By Jordan Gibbons
Dallis Joyner’s season-high 16 points (5-of-5) and Bryan Dougher’s five three-pointers led Stony Brook to a convincing 67-42 victory over the Binghamton Bearcats Saturday afternoon in Pritchard Gymnasium on Senior Day.
Stony Brook’s lone senior, Chris Martin, contributed four points, six assists (career-high) and three rebounds in his final game in front of a packed house at Pritchard. Martin was honored before the game and was in the starting lineup for the first time since he injured his knee earlier in the season.
“I had nerves my last game out here, playing in front of a whole bunch of fans that I love,” Martin said. “But I knew we had to come out here and get the win and that’s what we did.”
Seawolves head coach Steve Pikiell was proud to grab a win for Martin in his last home game.
“He’s come along way from his freshman year to now. I’m real pleased for him,” Pikiell said. “I always want to win on senior night. It’s an important tradition.”
Stony Brook began its last game of the regular season on fire when Martin found Leonard Hayes for a quick three-pointer to open up the scoring. Hayes (3-of-4 from three) would hit the second of his three long distance buckets a few minutes later, foreshadowing a great night of shooting for the Seawolves.
Anthony Jackson came off the bench to provide the Seawolves with a spark and extend a lead that Binghamton never overcame. Jackson, who had eight points, five rebounds, two steals and two assists, drained a three from the corner with 12:20 left in the first half. That was part of a 13-0 run by Stony Brook and would put them on top for the remainder of the game.
The Bearcats struggled to get anything going on either side of the ball, shooting 34 percent in the first half.
Preye Preboye provided a shot of energy for Stony Brook and the fans when he entered the game midway into the first half. Preboye immediately made an impact, rejecting a jump shot by Bearcat Jimmy Gray and igniting the crowd.
Dallis Joyner dominated the smaller forwards on Binghamton, imposing his will in the paint with eight rebounds and two blocks while fine-tuning his free throw shooting (6-of-8). Stony Brook scored 20 points in the paint to Binghamton’s 10.
“They had a lot of gimmicks on defense, so it really opened it up,” Joyner said. “I was able to get my hands on the ball down low and I was able to make free throws today too.”
Stony Brook scored a season-high 42 points in the first half shooting 60 percent from the field (15-of-25) and 70 percent from three-point land (7-of-10). They entered the locker room with a 42-25 lead.
Bryan Dougher lit up the scoreboard in the second half, scoring nine of his 15 points (5-of-9 overall), with a trey that bounced high off the rim and landed through the net to give Stony Brook a 45-27 advantage.
The Seawolves stretched the lead to 30 when Jackson found Joyner under the hoop for an explosive slam that brought the crowd to its feet with 8:25 left in the game.
Sophomore walk-on Ben Resner got his first point of the season on a free throw, which gave the Stony Brook fans one more reason to cheer as the clock ticked down on the 2011 regular season.
Senior Greer White led Binghamton with 11 points (5-of-9), four assists and four rebounds. Forward Moussa Camara contributed nine points on 3-of-6 shooting from three-point range in the losing effort.
The Seawolves ended the season with a 13-16 record, (8-8 AE) and are the No.5 seed in the America East tournament next weekend.
After the game, Dougher put the season and the upcoming tournament in perspective.
“We havent had the type of season record-wise that we expected,” said Dougher. “But it only takes one good weekend in the tournament to achieve our goal of the NCAA tournament.”
Pikiell battled through a tough season, managing injuries that resulted in 62 games missed by players, but is confident the experience will aid them in Hartford, C.T. next weekend.
“If any team’s ready for adversity, it’ll be us in this tournament,” he said. “We’ll be ready to play.”
Stony Brook will face Albany in the first round of the tournament Saturday, Mar. 5 at 12 p.m. The Seawolves were swept by Albany in the season series.