After two straight road losses to Binghamton and Maine, some were wondering if Stony Brook was starting to fade.
Good teams win road games. Six of Stony Brook's seven losses were on the road. The Seawolves had dropped four of their last six on the road. In order to turn the corner and become a respectable program, winning on the road is a must.
It happened on Thursday night as Stony Brook (13-7, 5-2 America East) handed Vermont (14-6, 5-1) it's first conference loss of the season and stopped the Catamounts' winning streak at seven games. Click here for my story on the game.
The win did two things for the Seawolves. It kept them alive in the conference race and gave them a confidence boost. Winning on the road against a first-place team is saying something.
If anyone is wondering the catalyst behind Stony Brook's turnaround, just check the stats. The Seawolves have done two things extremely well this season. They play excellent defense and they can shoot the three.
Sophomore guard Bryan Dougher has been the main sharpshooter. The New Jersey native went 5-for-6 from three-point range and dropped 20 points in Thursday's win. He's made 38 of his last 59 threes. It was the seventh time he has hit five or more three-pointers in a game.
Dougher's partner in crime, Muhammad El-Amin, also has the ability to light it up. El-Amin is a bit streaky, but he has hit three or more treys in a game three times this season. He's hit at least two in a game seven times.
When Dougher and El-Amin are on, the Seawolves are tough to beat.
It doesn't get much better than that.
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