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Jaron Cornish's 3-pointer lifts Stony Brook over Albany in overtime

Seawolves improve to 5-0 in conference despite struggling on the road against Albany. 

Stony Brook guard Jaron Cornish dribbles the ball

Stony Brook guard Jaron Cornish dribbles the ball up court against LIU Brooklyn during the first half an NCAA Division I men's basketball game at IFCU Arena on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. Photo Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Stony Brook is still perfect in the America East, but the Seawolves had to work for their victory Wednesday night, rallying to defeat host Albany, 67-66, in overtime.

Jaron Cornish, the Seawolves’ lone senior, played hero, making the go-ahead three with 1:43 left in overtime. Stony Brook (17-3, 5-0) didn’t allow a point in the final 3:41.

It wasn’t an easy game for the Seawolves, who struggled to find a rhythm down the stretch. They trailed by eight in the second half, and Albany (5-15, 0-4) controlled the game in the paint, including a 44-40 edge in rebounds.

Stony Brook still had a chance to put the game away in regulation after Miles Latimer made a jumper with 15 seconds left for a 61-59 lead. Albany answered nine seconds later, tying it on Ahmad Clark’s layup and forcing overtime.

Akwasi Yeboah gave Stony Brook a 64-61 lead on the its first possession of OT, but Albany responded with a 5-0 run and had a two-point lead with 3:42 left. Neither team scored until Cornish hit the winning shot.

Yeboah had a game-high 21 points along with 11 rebounds for the Seawolves, who will host Vermont Saturday at 7 p.m. The Catamounts dropped their first league game of the season Wednesday, falling to UMBC, 74-61, at home.

Albany 54, Stony Brook 49. Jerell Matthews scored 14 points and India Pagan added 12 for Stony Brook’s women’s team. Host Stony Brook (3-3) was held to only 32.7 percent from the floor, including 4-for-19 from behind the arc, and trailed Albany (4-2) the entire game.

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