Men’s Basketball Drops Close Game To Stony Brook

Devin Brown

WORCESTER, Mass. — Stony Brook freshman guard Dave Coley drove the lane and hit a layup with 1.2 seconds remaining, to lift the Seawolves to a 54-53 victory over the Holy Cross men's basketball team at the Hart Center. The Crusaders were led by junior guard Devin Brown (Baltimore, Md.) with 21 points and three rebounds. Holy Cross falls to 0-7 on the season with the loss, while Stony Brook improves to 4-4.

The Seawolves opened the game with a 6-3 lead, before Holy Cross came back to score the next seven points and pull in front 10-6. Stony Brook responded with an 8-0 run, before the Crusaders went on an 8-0 spurt of their own to take an 18-14 advantage. Holy Cross went on to extend it lead to eight points (28-20) heading into the locker room.

The Crusaders held onto a slim lead for most of the second half, with the margin ranging from two to eight points. The Seawolves were finally able to tie up the game at 45-45 with eight minutes left to play on a jumper by Coley. Holy Cross scored the next five points to pull back in front, and was still up 53-48 with just over three minutes left to play. But a pair of free throws by Stony Brook junior guard Bryan Dougher and a jumper by Coley made the score 53-52 with just under two minutes remaining. Neither team would score again until the final seconds, when Coley hit the game-winning shot.

Junior guard R.J. Evans (Salem, Conn.) finished the night with 11 points and five rebounds, while senior center Andrew Keister (Galloway, N.J.) added eight points and 10 rebounds. The Seawolves were led by junior forward Danny Carter with 10 points and three rebounds.

The Crusaders return to action this Sunday, Dec. 12, when they play host to Fairfield at 4:00 p.m.