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SBU wins another game in Ireland

Stony Brook's men's basketball team exchanges gifts with

Stony Brook's men's basketball team exchanges gifts with UCD Marian before their exhibition game in Dublin, Ireland. (Aug. 14, 2011) Photo Credit: Stony Brook

DUBLIN -- The Stony Brook men’s basketball team improved to 2-0 on its overseas trip with a 76-65 win over UCD Marian in front of a nearly sold out crowd that was heavily behind its home team on Sunday.

Similar to Boise State University’s football field, UCD Marian’s home court is blue. The Seawolves were not bothered by it though and played well against a sharp Marian club that boasted newly signed American Donnie Stith, who played his collegiate ball at Tulane.

After Stony Brook took a lead at the end of the first quarter on Marcus Rouse’s three-pointer, the Seawolves suppressed every UCD Marian rally with big baskets. Ron Bracey and Leonard Hayes pulled SBU away with big three-pointers in the second half. Bracey finished with a team-high 19 points, and Hayes added 16.

After the victory, the crowd said thanks to the Seawolves for the great game by chanting “Stony Brook!” The two teams posed for a group photo, and then the team was greeted by another Seawolves alum: recently graduated women’s track & field performer Laura Huet, who is a native of Carrickmines, Ireland, which is just south of Dublin.

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