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Stony Brook Tops Retriever Men's Basketball, 69-61, in America East Opener
Baltimore—The visiting Stony Brook Seawolves blistered the nets at a 56.5 percent rate and defeated the UMBC men’s basketball team, 69-61, in the America East Conference opener for both teams.
UMBC fell to 6-7 overall, while Stony Brook won for the seventh time in nine games and improved to 8-5 overall.
UMBC senior forward Darryl Proctor (District Heights, Md.) continued his torrid pace, leading all scorers with 26 points and adding 10 rebounds. He was named UMBC’s America East Conference Player of the Game, along with Stony Brook’s Muhammed El-Amin, who shared scoring honors with freshman guard Bryan Dougher, tallying 19 points each.
It was Proctor’s sixth double-double of the season and the fifth in his last seven games. He was coming off a personal UMBC-best 29 point effort on Tuesday at Saint Louis. He hit nine of 17 shots from the floor and all eight free throw attempts in 40 minutes of action. However, junior forward Justin Fry (New Bloomfield, Pa.) was the only other Retriever in double figures with 12 points.
In all of its five losses since Dec. 3, UMBC has fallen behind by double digits in the first half. Stony Brook began their barrage from behind the arc early, building a 20-6 lead at the 10:43 mark after Dougher’s second three-pointer of the half. SBU maintained a 31-20 lead at intermission, as the Retrievers misfired on 21 of 30 shots from the floor and the visitors drained 13 of 24.
But the Retriever quickly erased most of that deficit as they opened the half on an 11-2 run, capped by Fry’s jumper just 2:59 into the frame. The previous possession, senior guard Jay Greene (Whitehall, Pa.) ended an 87-minute drought from behind the arc with UMBC’s first and only trifecta of the game.
Stony Brook would rebuild the lead to 50-39 with 10:29 on another Dougher three-pointer, but Proctor sparked a furious 13-2 run with seven points, including a fast-break layup to tie the score at 52-all with 6:27 remaining.
The critical stretch took place with the score tied at 54-all, as after a Seawolf timeout and the shot clock down to single digits, El-Amin hit a three-pointer off the ensuing inbounds play. After a UMBC miss, SBU picked up a loose ball and freshman center Danny Carter hit a tossed-up three-pointer at the end of the shot clock to give the visitors a 60-54 advantage with 2:55 remaining.
UMBC would get as close as four points at 65-61 after junior guard Matt Spadafora (Richboro, Pa.) hit two free throws with 28 seconds remaining, but Carter hit two free throws one second later and the Retrievers would not score again.
Dougher hit five of six shots from behind the arc, leading the Seawolves to an eight-of-13 performance from long range. UMBC hit just one of 10 attempts from three-point range and were at just 35.9 percent (23 of 64) from the field for the game.
The Retrievers did convert 14 of 15 free throw attempts, outrebounded SBU, 36-30 and committed only six turnovers. But the visitors avenged a three-game series sweep from a year ago and cut the series deficit to 8-6 overall.