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MEN'S BASKETBALL SEASON COMES TO A CLOSE WITH FIRST ROUND 65-59 LOSS TO STONY BROOK IN AMERICA EAST CHAMPIONSHIPS
Boston, MA--#8-seeded Stony Brook University built a 19-point second half lead, and managed to hold off a hard-charging UMBC team, 65-59, in the First Round of the America East Conference Men's Basketball Championships. UMBC finishes its season at 7-21.The Seawolves jumped out to a 21-7 lead after a 15-0 run early in the game. UMBC cut the deficit to 21-14, but the Seawolves hit 12 of 23 shots in the first half and built a 38-24 lead at the break. SBU built the advantage to 45-26 early in the second half before the Retrievers began to chip away. Despite holding Stony Brook scoreless over seven minutes, the Retrievers missed several good inside looks and still trailed, 57-44 with 4:01 to play. But junior guard Rob Gogerty took over, hitting a three-pointer, and after a made SBU free throw, Gogerty's drive resulted in a traditional three-point play. Stony Brook would miss the front end of a one-and-one and Gogerty nailed a long trey to cut the gap to 58-53 with 1:48 remaining. UMBC would get within four points at 59-55 after a Kareem Washington layup with 1:33 to play, and UMBC had two chances with the ball to get within one possession of the lead. But Gogerty and Seth Davis misfired on three-point attempts and SBU guard D.J. Munir made four straight free throws to seal the win for Stony Brook.Gogerty tied a career high with 20 points and converted a career high 5 (of 7) three-point goals. Cory McJimson added 10 points for UMBC, but the Retrievers could not climb out of the deep hole they dug early in the game.