Nov. 13, 2011
STONY BROOK, N.Y. - Junior forward Tommy Brenton (Columbia, Md.) recorded a double-double (11 points, 13 rebounds) and was just two assists short of a triple-double with eight as he led the Stony Brook men's basketball team to a 93-39 victory over Mount Ida Sunday in the Seawolves home opener at Pritchard Gymnasium.
The Seawolves shot 55.1 percent for the game, outrebounded the Mustangs 57-27 and had 24 assists to 16 turnovers. The 54-point margin of victory was the largest since beating the Mustangs 95-40 back in December 2009. The 24 assists were the most since having 21 vs. Northeastern in December 2004. Stony Brook had 27 second chance points and 28 points off of 19 Mount Ida turnovers.
Junior Ron Bracey (Cincinnati, Ohio) led the Seawolves scorers with 16 points and was one of five players in double figures. Senior Bryan Dougher (Scotch Plains, N.J.) added 15 and Brenton and sophomore Dave Coley (Brooklyn, N.Y.) each had 11.
"I like the way our team played today," head coach Steve Pikiell said. "We played defense, and I don't care who you play, you have to play defense to win games. We didn't do that the other night at Indiana but we did today. And I liked our offense. We had 24 assists and that really helped."
In the first half, it was an 11-11 tie and then the Seawolves were clinging to a two-point, 19-17 lead when Stony Brook soared past the Mustangs. Brenton cleaned up a Dougher miss with a rebound and layup, which started a 25-4 Seawolves run. Dougher hit a three and connected on a layup to extend the lead to nine. Later on, the team had a one-minute sequence that included layup and three from Coley and layups from Brenton and Rapier to make it 42-21. Stony Brook went into the break up 44-24.
In the second half, Brenton excited the crowd with a dunk off a steal from Coley that put SBU up 54-28. It was 54-21 after Keith Jones hit a three for Mount Ida, and then the Seawolves went on a 23-4 run, finished off by a three-pointer from junior Leonard Hayes and a pair of triples from Dougher, who connected on four three-pointers to push past the 250 mark for his career (253).
Stony Brook ended the game holding the Mustangs to just two field goals in the final eight minutes. Mount Ida shot only 22.4 percent for the game.
Stony Brook will finish its three-game, five-day stretch Tuesday at Sacred Heart at 7 p.m. The Seawolves' next home game takes place Tuesday, Nov. 22 vs. Columbia at 7 p.m. For tickets, call 631-632-WOLF or log on to GoSeawolves.org/tickets.