AMERICA EAST MENS TOURNAMENT
- at Chase Arena, West Hartford, Conn.
Saturday, March 5 –
No.5 Stony Brook (13-16) vs. No.4 Albany (16-15) - Noon
On Stony Brook: Stony Brook’s up-and-down season ended on a high note with two straight wins, including a 67-42 drubbing of Binghamton last Sunday. The good news for Stony Brook is that the Seawolves are as close to 100 percent as they have been at any time this season. Senior guard Chris Martin (torn meniscus) is back after missing a couple of games with some soreness. The Stony Brook offense has also perked up recently. Save for a bad loss at Albany, the Seawolves have caught a little fire.
Bryan Dougher, who was named to the All-America East second team, is averaging 16.4 points per game over his last five games, including a 15-point effort on Sunday. Leonard Hayes has been a pleasant surprise, reaching double figures in seven of his last 12 games. The Seawolves offense has been woeful at times, but they have developed several players who have shown the capability to put up big numbers. The key to Stony Brook’s offense may be Dallis Joyner. When the big guy gets going, it’s easier for the Seawolves perimeter players to get open looks. Guards Marcus Rouse, Dave Coley and Anthony Jackson have all shown they can be solid producers. But they are more effective if someone is scoring in the paint.
On Albany: Albany’s top three –Tim Ambrose, Logan Aronhalt, Mike Black– are all capable players. Ambrose has especially been a terror. He’s scored in double figures in all but one game this season. He totaled 37 points and 17 rebounds in two games against the Seawolves this season. Black and Aronhalt weren’t effective the second time around against Stony Brook as they totaled nine points. But they didn’t need to be because Stony Brook struggled in a 58-43 loss.
Assessment: Stony Brook has always been a hard-working defensive team. But the key will be the offense. The Seawolves must find a way to get easy shots. Stony Brook went 4-for-18 from three-point range in their last loss to Albany, compared to 10-for-19 against Binghamton. But Stony Brook can’t believe they’ll eventually get hot from three-point range. Martin and Coley, the team’s best penetrators, will need to exert themselves on the drive and find the open man. If that happens, the Seawolves can advance. The winner gets a shot at the winner of No.1 Vemont vs. No.8/No.9.