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St. Peter's hands Stony Brook first home loss, 67-46

To this point, Stony Brook's players had guarded Pritchard Gymnasium as if they were featured in an Under Armour commercial, treating visitors like unwelcome salesmen and warding off L's like insects.

That was until St. Peter's barged in Monday night, disregarded the rules and did as it pleased, handing Stony Brook its first home loss of the season, 67-46.

The Seawolves (7-5) had been holding opponents to 53 points per game and shooting a respectable 42.5 percent themselves on their court. Heck, they were 3-0 there for the first time since the 1997-98 season and were off to their best overall start since 1992-93 - back in the Division III days.

But St. Peter's scored more, was more efficient (47.8 percent) and restricted the Seawolves' offense (18-for-55) better than any of their previous opponents there. Yes, in Stony Brook's house, the Peacocks did everything but drink milk from the carton and insult the cooking.

"I'm disgusted with my team and that's what I told them," said coach Steve Pikiell, whose team had beaten St. Peter's, 68-52, last season. "We missed layups, free throws, open jumpers. We turned it over 19 times. Every way you can be inept offensively is what we were."

Wesley Jenkins did the damage early, scoring 12 of his 17 points in the first half and opening 4-for-4 as the Peacocks (6-6) took a 25-17 lead at intermission. Nick Leon provided the finishing touch, adding 16 points - all in the second half - and six steals.

"We made sure that we looked for [Jenkins] because coming off our loss [to Rutgers], it was important that we get off to a good start," Leon said.

The Seawolves were without guard Chris Martin, whom Pikiell called his best defender. He was scratched before the game with a stomach virus. "But that's not an excuse," said Pikiell, who was visibly upset. "We'd have lost to them and a lot of teams playing the way we did."

Bryan Dougher (18 points) was the only Stony Brook player in double figures. Muhammad El-Amin, who scored 21 against St. Peter's in the last meeting, was held to seven and shot 3-for-15.

The Seawolves got the crowd revved up a bit by pulling within 39-25 with 14:41 left on Dougher's consecutive threes. Then Jordan Costner vacuumed the energy from the room with 12:57 left, banging in a soaring one-handed dunk from about 10 feet to the right of the basket that made it 43-26.

The only highlight for Stony Brook was El-Amin's steal and breakaway tomahawk dunk with 1:14 left in the first half to pull the Seawolves to 22-17.

St. Peter's took its largest lead, 57-30, with 4:15 left on Ryan Bacon's free throws after Tommy Brenton's flagrant foul.

There was no coming back.

"You can't score,'' Pikiell said, "you can't win."

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