It may have been an away game for Stony Brook, but it was like a home game for Scott King. He's from Derry, N.H., and he gave family and friends their money's worth Sunday in the Seawolves' 67-48 victory over New Hampshire at Lundholm Gymnasium in Durham.
The 6-10 sophomore -- the America East leader in three-point shooting at 63.2 percent (12-for-19) -- shot 3-for-3 from three-point range during a 16-5 run that began the second half and gave SBU a 49-32 lead in the America East opener for both teams.
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King hit all three from virtually the same spot, at the top of the key. "I was trying to find gaps in the zone,'' he said, "and when our guards penetrated the lane, I was trying to find the open spot.''
And he did, which made some people he knows well very happy. "There were about 10 people there to see me,'' he said. "The snow kept away some folks. There might have been about 20 people if not for the snow.''
He added, "It's always cool to play in front of my family, but I just go in and do my job, which is to shoot threes and spark the offense off the bench.''
Stony Brook scored nine straight points to take a 58-37 lead with 5:22 to play and went ahead by as much as 26 at 66-40.
Carson Puriefoy had 15 points and Dave Coley added 14 for the Seawolves (7-4), who outrebounded New Hampshire 41-23 and shot 10-for-22 from three-point range to the Wildcats' 6-for-26. Stony Brook allowed only 21 points by UNH (2-7) in the second half.
Said Stony Brook coach Steve Pikiell, "I thought we did a good job adjusting at the start of the second half. We don't usually turn the ball over, but we had seven in the first half. Once we stopped turning the ball over, we were able to make some shots, come back down and play strong defense. It was important to get off to a 1-0 start in league play.''