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Rutgers beats men’s hoops at Madison Square Garden

The Stony Brook men’s basketball team continued its brutal start to the season with a 67-58 loss to Rutgers at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.

The game marked the first time the Seawolves (3-6)  have played at the Garden as a Division I program, and the first time since 1995.

A career-high 17 points from sophomore Dave Coley wasn’t enough to keep the Seawolves from losing for the fourth time in the last five games. Senior Bryan Dougher added 14 points, and Tommy Brenton picked up his second double-double of the season with 11 points and 12 rebounds.

It was poor play on the offensive end that once again doomed the Seawolves, as Stony Brook shot an icy 26.7 percent from the field.

“We didn’t make enough shots,” Stony Brook head coach Steve Pikiell said in a press release. “Had we done what we needed to do on offense, we would have been in better shape to win the game. Moving forward, we have to get better and get ready for league play.”

Stony Brook led just once in the contest, taking an 8-7 lead on a Coley jumper with 14:33 left in the first half.

But an 11-0 run by Rutgers in the latter portion of the first half pushed the Scarlet Knights ahead for good.

Stony Brook doesn’t play again until Dec. 28, when it will host Cornell at Pritchard Gymnasium at 7 p.m.  The Seawolves have not lost at home this season, but haven’t earned a road win, either.

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