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    Men’s Basketball Out Of Tournament

    The Stony Brook Seawolves Men’s Basketball team lost their America East Tournament game by a score of 49-47, ending their difficult 2006-2007 season. They were seeded #9, having finished last in the conference, and were facing the #8 Hartford Haeks for the right to take on #1 Vermont on Saturday. Vermont beat Hartford, 81-62. The loss came on a buzzer-beating jump shot by Hartford’s Bo Taylor, following a turnover by Mitchell Beauford. Stony Brook blew a huge lead, having been up by 19 points with only 15:10 to play. They went the last 16:40 without a single field goal. Stony Brook finishes the season 9-20.

    The game had a very promising start for Stony Brook, with the Seawolves taking an immediate lead. The closest Hartford got in the first half was 2, about halfway through. Stony Brook would continue to pull away, and lead 34-17 at halftime.

    Going into the second half, SB’s lead fluctuated, getting as low at 13 just under 2 minutes in, but they pulled it back out to 19. From then on, though, Hartford would shut them down, with the Seawolves only being able to score on the occasional free throw for the rest of the game. Jaret Von Rosenberg and Joe Zeglinski stepped up their offensive play, and Hartford was able to close the gap, and tie it up at 47 with 1:26 to play. Mitchell Beauford missed a jumper with 59 seconds left. Hartford got the rebound, but Solomon Bamiro stole it back with :40 to play. Beauford lost the ball, and Bo Taylor was able to steal the win for Hartford at the last second.

    Mike Popoko was the only Seawolf with double-digit points, getting 11 points. He also had 11 rebounds, the most for Stony Brook. No other SB player managed more than 7 points. Hartford had one player with 23 points, and another with 10. Hartford also had 3 players with at least 36 minutes of court time, where SB had nobody break 30.

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