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Vermont shocker puts Stony Brook in 1st

Stony Brook guard Bryan Dougher shoots a foul

Stony Brook guard Bryan Dougher shoots a foul shot against Boston University. (Jan. 27, 2012) Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

The upset of the college basketball season put Stony Brook back in the driver's seat in the America East Conference. Previously winless Binghamton scored a stunning 57-53 victory over visiting Vermont. The Bearcats (1-26, 1-13 America East) were the last remaining Division I team without a win, but they stopped the Catamounts' 10-game winning streak and knocked them out of a first-place tie they controlled because of tiebreakers.

Vermont (19-11, 12-3) had taken control of its own destiny with a 68-49 thumping of Stony Brook on Feb. 12 in Burlington. The Catamounts had swept third-place Boston University (14-15, 10-4) after splitting with the Seawolves (19-8, 13-2). Since SBU split with Boston, Vermont was in control -- until Binghamton did the unthinkable.

While Vermont was losing, Stony Brook took care of business by scoring a 74-50 victory at Hartford Tuesday night. Bryan Dougher (pictured) led the Seawolves with 17 points; Dallis Joyner added 13, and Tommy Brenton had 11 points and 12 rebounds. Stony Brook outrebounded Hartford, 34-18, and shot 61.9 percent from the field while limiting the Hawks (8-20, 7-8) to 30.8 percent.

If Stony Brook wins its regular season finale against Maine 11-15, 5-9) at noon Sunday at Pritchard Gym, the Seawolves clinch their second regular-season America East title in three years and the top seed in the conference tournament. The highest-seeded team to reach the final hosts the game with an automatic NCAA berth on the line. The home team has won 25 of 28 America East finals. Winning the regular-season title also assures the champion of an NIT bid if it fails to win the conference tournament. Vermont also has one game remaining at home on Saturday against UMBC ((4-23, 3-11).

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