By Raimundo Ortiz
Bryan Dougher scored 17 points Friday night at Pritchard Gymnasium, including a three-pointer to become Stony Brook’s all-time leader in threes made, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Boston Terriers, who beat the Seawolves 62-49.
The record three-ball came with 11:23 left in the first half, off an assist from Danny Carter. It was his first attempt of the night and tied the game at nine.
“I’m happy for Bryan,” said head coach Steve Pikiell. “He works hard. He hasn’t been blessed with God-given talent but he makes the most of what he’s got.”
That three was the highlight of the night for the Seawolves who struggled all game to get good looks from the outside and were dominated in the paint by John Holland and Patrick Hazel.
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Dallis Joyner recorded six rebounds, none of them offensive boards, while Holland and Hazel had 13 combined. The Terriers also scored 32 points in the paint while the Seawolves only had 14.
“Dallis has to play,” said Pikiell. “He really does. Their kid is a man so Dallis has to play well.”
Stony Brook guard Marcus Rouse had a nice first half—3-of-4 shooting and nine points–but cooled off significantly in the second half. He finished the game with those same nine points.
Dave Coley tried to pick up the slack for the sluggish Seawolves, but his aggression had its pros and cons. He had an ankle-breaking crossover in the first half, and hit several contested shots in the second half while contributing six rebounds. He also committed four turnovers, two of them coming on key possessions late in the game.
“Dave is a freshman trying to make plays,” said Pikiell. “I liked his defense. He was aggressive, getting better.”
Pikiell noted that the veterans are the engine of this team, and their performance was not up to par.
“Chris (Martin) didn’t play well. Dallis didn’t play well,” said Pikiell. “Bryan needed to play with a little more composure out there when the kids are struggling.”
Another problem for Stony Brook was their inability to convert free throws into points.
“I would shoot them for them if I could,” said Pikiell.
The Terriers shot 87.5% from the stripe, and Holland was 9-of-10 from the line. Stony Brook shot a mere 46.2% from the line, including an 0-for-4 showing from Joyner.
The Seawolves’ next game will be at Vermont, on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.