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    Men’s hoops embarks on conference play in style

    Stony Brook’s most recent game was a 58-52 victory over Maine, which concluded an 8-2 record over winter break. The team won a thrilling overtime victory over Cornell and  also played a game on the big stage in New York City.

    The Seawolves defeated Maine on Saturday for its eighth win in nine games and improved to 6-1 in the conference.

    Junior Tommy Brenton had nine points to go along with a season-high 15 rebounds. The team overcame 16 turnovers and scored 16 points of 22 Maine turnovers.

    Stony Brook kicked off the winter break with a game at Madison Square Garden against Rutgers.

    Even with a 67-58 loss, the game showed how far the Stony Brook basketball program has come. Sophomore Dave Coley  led the team with a career-high 17 points and was 3-for-4 from three-point range. The Seawolves outrebounded the Scarlet Knights 40-34 but shot only 26.7 percent.

    It was Stony Brook’s first game at Madison Square Garden as a member of the NCAA’s elite division and the Seawolves first appearance since Jan. 22, 1995, an 81-63 victory over Western Connecticut.

    Stony Brook’s next game was a 68-59 overtime victory over Cornell. Senior Bryan Dougher  and junior Ron Bracey led the Seawolves scoring 16 points each.

    Brenton  scored seven of his 12 points in overtime.

    Stony Brook led 49-38 with 6:34 left in the game, but Cornell scored 13 straight points to take a two-point lead.

    Bracey tied the game off an Al Rapier assist with 57 seconds left to force overtime.

    The Seawolves scored eight of the first nine points in overtime and did not look back from there.

    Stony Brook then defeated Rider 79-62 in its final game of 2011.

    The Seawolves were in control early as they jumped out to a 14-4 lead.

    The team shot 49 percent for the game, and Coley led the team with 16 points. Seniors Dallis Joyner and Dougher scored 15 and 14 points, respectively, in the game.

    In their first game of 2012, which was also the America East opener, the Seawolves defeated Vermont 65-59.

    Rapier had 17 points and Coley added 15 of his own to fuel the Seawolves offense. It was also Stony Brook’s fourth consecutive home opening win.

    The teams went back and forth the entire game, with Stony Brook up seven at the half.

    Vermont eventually went on a 12-2 run and was up one. A 14-6 run gave the Seawolves some momentum, but

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