Stony Brook cut an 18-point deficit with 10 minutes remaining to four before losing to Vermont, 81-73, Friday nightin an America East Conference game in Burlington, Vt.
Candon Rusin had 25 points as Vermont ended the Seawolves' winning streak at five games. Vermont, which shot 26-for-52 from the field, is 11-6, 5-1. Stony Brook fell to 13-5, 4-1.
"Give credit to Vermont,'' Stony Brook coach Steve Pikiell said. "We're a good defensive team, but they made us look like a poor defensive team. They executed really well.''
Rusin's three-pointer gave the Catamounts a 55-37 lead with 10 minutes to go, but redshirt freshman Scott King scored eight of his career-high 14 points during a 24-10 Stony Brook run that made it 65-61 with 2:48 left. Jameel Warney's three-point play brought Stony Brook within 71-66 with 1:13 left.
Warney had 15 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks and Dave Coley had 15 points for the Seawolves. Carson Puriefoy scored 11 points and Tommy Brenton had 10 points and four assists.
Clancy Rugg had 19 points and 15 rebounds, Sandro Carissimo added 12 points and Trey Blue had 10 for Vermont.