The Stony Brook men's basketball team built a 16-point lead with 12:03 remaining before falling to Sacred Heart, 78-70, yesterday in Fairfield, Conn.
"We played well in spurts. We just didn't shoot the ball well enough to win against a very good Sacred Heart team," Stony Brook coach Steve Pikiell said. "They are a veteran team and they made the plays they needed to make down the stretch."
An acrobatic layup by Stony Brook's Chris Martin tied the score at 67 with 2:13 remaining, but Sacred Heart then scored 11 straight points for a 78-67 lead with 17 seconds to play. Stony Brook's Tommy Brenton dunked and completed the three-point play with three seconds left to complete the scoring.
Sacred Heart also had scored 13 straight points to reduce a 55-39 deficit to 55-52.
Muhammad El-Amin scored 16 of his 21 points in the first half for the Seawolves (7-4). Sophomore Dallis Joyner had 15 points and a career-high 11 rebounds and Martin had 14 points. Brenton added 11 points and seven rebounds.
Corey Hassan scored 23 points and Liam Potter added 18 points and 13 rebounds for Sacred Heart (6-4).
Stony Brook went ahead 55-39 with 12:03 left on Martin's two free throws, but Sacred Heart rallied to take its first lead of the second half on Potter's two free throws with 4:52 left. Martin hit two free throws with 3:50 remaining to give SBU the lead back, but Hassan's two free throws gave Sacred Heart a 64-63 lead.
Joyner's two free throws put the Seawolves ahead 65-64, but Hassan hit a three-pointer from the right wing to give the Pioneers a two-point lead with three minutes left. The Seawolves tied the game with 2:13 left on Martin's layup, but the Pioneers ran off the next 11 points in a span of 87 seconds to put the game away.
Stony Brook led 33-32 at the break and came out hot to start the second half, scoring 15 of the first 19 points of the half to take a 48-36 lead.