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Steve Pikiell's frustration shows

Stony Brook's head coach Steve Pikiell yells instructions

Stony Brook's head coach Steve Pikiell yells instructions to his team during the mens basketball game against Boston University on Feb. 4, 2011. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Stony Brook had no answer for the inside power of Boston University's 6-5 John Holland and 6-6 Patrick Hazel in a 62-49 America East loss Friday night at Pritchard Gymnasium. The Terriers owned the paint with a whopping 32-14 advantage in scoring and 39-29 in rebounding.

Power forward Dallis Joyner suffered through a poor game with 2 points, including an 0-for-4 effort at the foul line, and 6 rebounds. Freshman Eric McAlister started but played only eight minutes with a 104-degree fever. Veteran forwards Chris Martin and Al Rapier combined to shoot only 2 for 8, totaling 5 points and 5 rebounds.

For much of the game, Stony Brook coach Steve Pikiell used the quickness of freshman guard Dave Coley to contend with Holland. At one point, Pikiell tried 6-10 freshman center Anthony Mayo, but that lasted only three minutes until Mayo wandered well away from the basket and wasn't in play for a rebound behind him.

"They were too physical," Pikiell said. "Mayo's not ready for that. Dallis gives you a physical presence in the post, and so does Al. This was more of a man's game. We were playing enough boys. I didn't want to go with another boy. Mayo has been fine, but they have some men and you need to go to war with other men."

And it doesn't get any easier for the Seawolves from here. They travel to first-place Vermont for a game on Sunday, return home and then travel to New Hampshire for a game on Wednesday. Two long round-trip bus rides that could leave Stony Brook exhausted by the time it plays Maine on Saturday, Feb. 12 in Stony Brook Arena in a nationally televised game on ESPN.

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