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Stony Brook leaves London with a victory

The Stony Brook and Milton Keynes basketball teams

The Stony Brook and Milton Keynes basketball teams pose for a group photo after their exhibition game in England. SBU won, 84-60. (Aug. 18, 2011) Photo Credit: Stony Brook

MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND -- The Stony Brook men’s basketball team shook off Wednesday’s loss and an excruciating bus trip by playing crisp defense, making their shots and playing a better interior game than its opponent in a 84-60 win over Milton Keynes Thursday night to improve to 3-1 on the tour with one game to go.

Ron Bracey and Bryan Dougher each scored 15 points for the Seawolves, and Stony Brook forced numerous Lions turnovers that turned into points. Eric McAlister led with eight rebounds, and Tommy Brenton had eight assists. Coach Pikiell’s team rebounded well from the previous night’s loss to the Midnight Madness All-Stars.

"I'm proud of the team's effort tonight," head coach Steve Pikiell said. "We're a good defensive team, and tonight we forced turnovers and converted them into points. We executed well and made good shots. Now we'll turn our attention to going to Paris and playing our final game on Saturday."

The game was played in Milton Keynes, England, approximately 45 miles away from the team’s hotel in central London. However, due to an immense amount of traffic, it took the team three hours and 10 minutes to reach the arena. The team only had 30 minutes to warmup, though the Seawolves’ performance proves it did not have a negative effect on them.

Stony Brook will head to Paris via the Eurostar Train, which uses the Chunnel (English Channel Tunnel) and is a 2-hour, 15-minute ride from London. The team will play Charenton Saturday night.

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