Senior Dallis Joyner tipped in an offensive rebound with four-tenths of a second remaining to break a 55-55 tie and send the Stony Brook men’s basketball team to a 57-55 win over Albany in the semifinals of the America East Championship on March 4. The offensive rebound by Joyner was one of a season-high 22 for the Seawolves, who turned those second chances into 20 points.
The win sends the top-seeded Seawolves (22-8) to the America East Championship final for the second consecutive season, and this year they will host the game against No. 2 seed Vermont on Saturday, March 10, at Stony Brook Arena at 11 am. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN2. Ticket information is available now.
The victory is Stony Brook’s 13th win in its last 14 games and 19th in its last 21. SBU’s 22 victories tie the program’s Division I record, originally set in 2009-10. Joyner finished with 14 points, eight rebounds and two blocks. Senior Bryan Dougher had a team-high 15 points, and junior Tommy Brenton battled through foul trouble to produce eight points, nine rebounds, four assists and two steals.
“It was a great game and a great finish,” said Head Coach Steve Pikiell. “Albany played a great game, I expected nothing less. Our guys hung tough through the three-pointers and made winning basketball plays tonight. Dallis never gets any credit, but he had a fantastic game on both ends of the floor, and he’s been doing it all season.”