The Stony Brook men's basketball team returned to game action Saturday night for the first time since March and had to deal with a different set of playing rules. Instead of a 35-second shot clock, only 24 seconds; instead of two 20-minute halves, four 10-minute quarters; and instead of an NCAA regulation ball, a FIBA regulated basketball that was slightly larger in circumference with different seams.
Although the Seawolves fell behind Killester 11-2 with these new set of rules, the team shook off the rust, took the lead for good with 2:15 left in the first quarter and went on to a 100-75 win over their gracious hosts.
All 14 Seawolves got into the game, and were led by Marcus Rouse's 21 points. His three-pointer with 2:15 left in the first quarter gave the team its first lead of the game, 14-12. The Seawolves' largest lead of the game was 27 points.
Danny Carter, playing on his native continent again, added 17 points and three assists. In his first game in over a year, Tommy Brenton was up to his old game with 10 rebounds and three assists. In his first appearance in a Seawolves uniform, junior transfer Ron Bracey scored nine points and grabbed eight boards.
It was a strong first effort, and head coach Steve Pikiell agreed and hopes that things will progress throughout the trip, especially tomorrow against a UCD Marian squad that has just imported American Donnie Stith, a former student-athlete at Tulane.
"I thought it was a good first game for us," head coach Steve Pikiell said. "It was good for all our guys to get out there and play again, and they all made contributions. I think this bodes well for us, and now we'll have to come back tomorrow and play even better."
After the game, the two teams took a group photo together. Also, some of the Seawolves got to interact with alum Daire Birmingham, who graduated from Stony Brook in 2010 and holds the school's indoor and outdoor mile records. Birmingham is a native of Portmarnock, Ireland, a mere 20 minutes away from the site of the game.