LONDON - After winning its first two games in Ireland, the Stony Brook men’s basketball team had hoped to continue its success in England. Matched up against the Midnight Madness All-Stars, the Seawolves were taking on some of the United Kingdom’s best basketball players in a game that was dubbed “The Battle of the Atlantic.” Unfortunately, the result was a 79-75 Stony Brook defeat in a game that was played at Kingston College Arena.
Senior Dallis Joyner led the Seawolves with 14 points, most coming in the second half. In his return to his native country, Danny Carter added 11 points and six rebounds. He connected on a set of three-pointers in front of family and friends and had received a warm welcome from the crowd prior to the game.
Bryan Dougher had 11 points and five assists, and Tommy Brenton grabbed seven rebounds and dished out six assists.
In a manner that was unaccustomed to Stony Brook, the entire game was played with the public address announcer calling the action to the audience, and music was played. And there was a funny moment at halftime when the Midnight Madness group was raffling off prizes. The top prize was a signed Luol Deng pair of shoes, and the winner was Coach Pikiell’s wife, Kate. However, she graciously gave the prize to an excited child that had been sitting near her during the game.
After the contest, the two teams shared in a group photo (as is becoming the custom for Stony Brook games in Europe), and then the two teams shared pizza for dinner.
The team will hope to rebound Thursday night against the Milton Keynes Lions. The game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., local, 2:30 p.m., Eastern.