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Stony Brook holds off men’s basketball in closing minutes 60-54

Mansell nets game-high 22 points; Gray adds 12 points, five steals

January 5, 2012


Stony Brook holds off men’s basketball in closing minutes 60-54

Box Score

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y.—Visiting Stony Brook took the lead for good with a 14-1 run midway through the second half and the Seawolves (7-6, 2-0 AE) held off Binghamton (0-14, 0-2 AE) 60-54 in an America East game Thursday night from the Events Center.

Junior forward Tommy Brenton notched a double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds to pace Stony Brook’s offense. Binghamton was led by sophomore guard Robert Mansell, who netted a game-high 22 points on 7-of-14 shooting. Both players were selected as the America East Players of the Game.

Ahead 43-39 with 11:08 left, the Bearcats went without a field goal for nearly eight minutes and the ensuing run gave Stony Brook the lead and control of the game. Binghamton went 0-for-6 with four turnovers during the run, which spanned 6:46 and ended with a 53-44 Seawolves advantage. Mansell produced a pair of free throws and a layup that trimmed the Bearcats’ deficit to five, 53-48, with 3:13 left, but Brenton delivered the back-breaker on a putback dunk with 1:37 remaining. The Seawolves hit 5-of-6 free throws in the final 38 seconds to seal the win. Binghamton missed 10 of its last 13 shots and committed two costly turnovers in a six-second span in the game’s final 2:20. 

“Overall I thought we played a great game,” head coach Mark Macon said. “We are having success on the floor and the guys are getting better. They are continuing to play very hard and smart and that’s all a coach can ask for. We are an inexperienced team gaining experience every day. The wins will come.”

Starting three freshmen for the first time in the program’s 11-year Division I tenure, Binghamton hit four three-pointers and took a lead into intermission for the first time this season, 28-27. Junior guard Jimmy Gray drained 3-of-4 three-pointers for 11 first-half points and the Bearcats shot 46 percent to forge ahead. Stony Brook responded to start the second half, however, using a 12-2 run to claim a 39-32 advantage just 4:28 into the period. But the Bearcats drained three long-distance shots in a two-minute span - two by freshman guard Chris Longoria - to spark an 11-0 run that gave them a four-point lead, 43-39, with 11:08 left. Binghamton’s offense stalled, however, and the Seawolves took the lead for good on a three-pointer from senior sharpshooter Bryan Dougher with 8:39 remaining.

Mansell scored 13 of his points in the second half to keep the Bearcats within striking range. Gray wound up with 12 points, a career-high five steals and four assists in 39 minutes. Longoria chipped in 12 points. Freshman forward Ben Dickinson, BU’s second-leading scorer (13.0 ppg.), was held without a point for the first time this season but contributed a team-high six rebounds and four assists.   

Each team shot 42 percent from the field but the Seawolves’ plus-11 rebound margin provided seven more shots and their inside play resulted in 21 BU fouls and 19 free throw attempts.

The Bearcats hit the road for two tough road games at Boston on Sunday and at Vermont on Thursday - the only two programs with a higher league win percentage than Binghamton since 2001.

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