It was clearly evident at the start of the game that this was going to be a contrast in offensive styles. New Hampshire was content to shoot from long distance, while Stony Brook worked it inside. Brian Benson gave the Wildcats their first and only lead at 3-2 on a three pointer. But that was their only basket on their first five possessions as they turned the ball over on the other four. Meanwhile, Al Rapier got off to a good start as he scored the first eight Seawolves' points. Stony Brook was up early 14-5 with ten and half minutes left.
Earlier in the game, my color analyst, my six year old son Matthew, commented that all that New Hampshire does is shoot threes. He was correct. In the first half, the Wildcats had twenty field goal attempts, twelve of which came from beyond the arc. New Hampshire hit four of those, which kept them in the game. Meanwhile, Stony Brook was only two of ten from beyond the arc, but ten of sixteen from two point field goals.
With much of the credit due to Brenton, Stony Brook opened up a 48-33 lead on New Hampshire with about eight and a half minutes left. During the first eleven and a half minutes of the second half, the Wildcats only shot three of nine from the field and committed six turnovers. Things looked bleak for New Hampshire.
The three pointer can get a team back into a game quickly and as noted in the first half, New Hampshire loves to shoot the three. The Wildcats would mix in four three pointers along with several other baskets over the next seven minutes and cut the Seawolves lead to seven, 57-50 with a minute and a half left. But the clock ran out on New Hampshire as Stony Brook held onto win 61-52.
It was Stony Brook's eighth straight home win of the season and their ninth in a row overall dating back to last season. Their recent Pritchard Gym winning streak is helping the Seawolves maintain first place in the America East with a 5-1 record. Holding serve at home is half the battle in conference.