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Stony Brook back in first place

Connecticut's Omar Calhoun, left, attempts to block the

Connecticut's Omar Calhoun, left, attempts to block the shot of Stony Brook's Ron Bracey. (Nov. 25, 2012) (Credit: AP)

Stony Brook is back in first place in the America East. But how long will it last? You can’t afford to take a night off these days no matter who the opponent is.

The America East was put on notice after Maine’s 71-68 home win over Vermont on Tuesday night that any team can lose. Vermont knocked off Stony Brook two days earlier and took over first place in the America East.

On paper, most would have assumed that it was Vermont's name to lose as Maine entered the game on a three-game losing streak. That didn’t seem to matter as Maine found itself against the Catamounts, shot 46 percent from the field and had 19 assists. That is proof that any team can beat any other team.

Thanks to Maine’s win, Stony Brook (14-5, 5-1) is in sole possession of first place. That stay at the top could be short lived, however, if the Seawolves don’t play hard every night.

Stony Brook’s 67-60 win over UMBC on Wednesday night was the perfect example of how a superior team can get caught sleeping and overlook a struggling program. Stony Brook saw a 15-point second-half lead cut to just four with 17 seconds left.

Tommy Brenton put the game away with three late free throws. The outcome could have been different if he doesn’t hit them.

"The league is good, every game is a war. It's especially hard to win on the road as you've seen recently,” said Stony Brook coach Steve Pikiell. “Everyone has tape on you and there are no secrets, so it's important to practice hard and play hard every night. There are no off nights in this conference."

Next up for Stony Brook is a home game against Maine and three straight road contests against Albany, New Hampshire and Hartford.
 

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