Men's hoops lead slips away vs. Sacred Heart

Marcus Rouse

Nov. 18, 2012

Final Stats

Stony Brook, N.Y. - The Stony Brook men's basketball team held a 14-point, second half lead against Sacred Heart, but the Pioneers closed the game on a 24-8 run to steal a win from the Seawolves, 64-62, Sunday afternoon at Pritchard Gymnasium.

Senior Marcus Rouse (Upper Marlboro, Md.) scored 16 points to lead the Seawolves, who had their 15-game Pritchard Gymnasium winning streak snapped.

Coach Steve Pikiell's Reaction
"Today we missed free throws and layups, and we didn't get stops, so it's disappointing, but you saw some of our youth today. We have to get rebounds and we have to get stops. We got them at Marist and got them at Rider but we didn't get them today."

Turning Point
Stony Brook led 54-40 with 7:42 remaining in the game after Rouse drilled a three-pointer. The Pioneers then closed the game on a 24-8 run to steal the win. Nine of the 24 points came on three-pointers, including back-to-back treys from Shane Gibson with under two minutes remaining.

SB still led by three with 1:27 to play after a pair of Rouse free throws, but Gibson connected on a jumper, the Seawolves missed a shot down on their end, and Gibson came back down to get a layup and draw a foul. He completed the three-point play to make it 64-62 Pioneers, their only lead of the game. SB's final chance saw freshman Jameel Warney (Plainfield, N.J.) miss a layup underneath the basket.

By the Numbers

  • Stony Brook struggled on offense, shooting 32.7% from the field (18-for-55) and 62.1% from the free throw line (18-for-29). Sacred Heart shot 46.2% for the game (24-for-52) after posting a 51.6% second half (16-for-31).
  • The Seawolves were outrebounded (41-33) for just the third time in their last 28 games.
  • Rouse was 4-for-4 from the field and the free throw line. His four three-pointers made tied a career high.
  • Senior Tommy Brenton (Columbia, Md.) had 11 rebounds, eight assists and three steals.
  • Junior Eric McAlister (Hightstown, N.J.) chipped in 11 points, five rebounds and two blocks.
  • Montes led Sacred Heart with a game-high 20 points. Gibson scored all 14 of his points in the second half.



News & Notes

  • Stony Brook missed an opportunity to go 4-0 for the first time in its Div. I history.
  • The Seawolves lost at Pritchard Gymnasium for the first time since Feb. 19, 2011, a 64-63 overtime loss to Manhattan. It was a span of 15 games.
  • Sacred Heart is now 15-4 all-time against Stony Brook and has won four straight in the series.

Up Next
The Seawolves play back-to-back games next weekend, hosting Canisius Saturday and playing at Connecticut Sunday. For tickets, visit or call (631) 632-WOLF.