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Stony Brook beats Hartford to go to 8-2 in America East

Muhammad El-Amin and Chris Martin each scored 16 points as Stony Brook defeated Hartford, 54-44, in an America East Conference game Wednesday night in West Hartford, Conn.

The Seawolves (16-7) are off to their best overall start since 1990-91, and their 8-2 America East record - which puts them in first place - is their best after 10 conference games since they joined the conference in 2001-02.

The Seawolves are a game ahead of Vermont (7-3) and 11/2 games ahead of Maine (6-3), Binghamton (6-3) and Boston University (7-4).

"I really like the effort and energy our guys played with," coach Steve Pikiell said. "We didn't execute as well as we could on the offensive end of the court, but our defense was outstanding all night, and that's what won us the game."

Stony Brook held Hartford to 34.6 percent shooting from the field.

El-Amin went 8-for-9 from the free-throw line for the Seawolves, who have won five straight conference games for the first time since 2002-03. Their 16 wins match last season's team for most overall victories since they joined the America East.

Bryan Dougher hit a three-pointer to push Stony Brook's lead to 10 with about eight minutes remaining. The three was Dougher's 67th, setting the Seawolves' Division I record for three-pointers in a season.

Hartford drew within six points with 3:30 left before El-Amin hit two free throws with 2:25 to go to give Stony Brook a 47-39 lead. Joel Barkers scored inside for Hartford, but El-Amin answered with two more free throws and the Hawks turned it over on their ensuing possession to seal the game for the Seawolves.

Stony Brook women lose. Despite Misha Horsey's season-high 23 points, Stony Brook (6-16, 4-6) lost to host New Hampshire, 76-71, in women's basketball. New Hampshire (8-15, 3-7 America East) shot 55 percent from the field, including 8-for-15 from three-point range. Stony Brook is 6-16, 4-6.

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