Men's basketball's win streak stopped at two by Stony Brook

by Kevin Liao | 12/3/07 3:32am

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Alex Barnett '09 once again led his team in scoring with 14 points.
by Jennie Post / The Dartmouth

Dartmouth slipped to 3-4 on the season while Stony Brook earned its first win of the year.

Forward Alex Barnett '09 led the Big Green as the only player to score in double digits with 14 points on 7-for-11 shooting and seven rebounds. Guard DeVon Mosley '09 contributed with eight points, and captain Michael Giovacchini '08 chipped in five off the bench.

The Big Green struggled throughout on the boards as the Stony Brook Seawolves grabbed 17 offensive rebounds and dominated on the rebounding front by a total margin of 42 to 23.

For Stony Brook, senior Ricky Lucas scored a game high 19 points with eight rebounds. Junior Demetrius Young muscled his way to a double-double with 12 points and a game high 14 boards, including six on the offensive end.

Head Coach Terry Dunn was extremely disappointed with the team's performance on Saturday.

"We were outplayed in pretty much every category," Dunn said. "We did not win one statistical category, which speaks for itself about the competitiveness of the game."

Early on, the teams traded baskets with Dartmouth ahead 6-4 before Stony Brook went on an 8-0 run capped by back-to-back hoops from Young to take a 12-6 lead. The Seawolves then extended their lead to 21-10 on an alley to Young. Lucas pushed the margin to 13 with 6:49 remaining in the half.

Following the 14-4 run by Stony Brook, Dartmouth cut the deficit to 26-15 with a three ball from Robby Pride '10.

The Big Green allowed the Seawolves to score the final four points to close out the half and trailed 30-15 at the break.

By then, the Big Green had already turned the ball over 13 times. The team's shooting was also of concern, as Dartmouth only shot 35 percent from the field and one for eight from long range in the opening half.

What made matters worse was leading scorer Barnett's early foul trouble, which put him on the bench at the eight-minute mark.

After the break, the Big Green could not keep the Seawolves in check. Stony Brook opened the second half right where it left off, going on a 10-2 run to bust the game wide open, 40-17.

The Big Green finally made a run midway through the half while trailing by 25. The 9-0 run cut the deficit to 46-30, but that was as close as the Big Green would come the rest of the way. The Seawolves simply kept running and put the game on ice with a 12-4 run to make it 58-34 with 7:35 left. Stony Brook coasted from there on to snap Dartmouth's two-game winning streak.

"I was disappointed in our performance, and as a coach I take full responsibility," Dunn said. "We just came out flat, and based on our previous three games, this was totally uncharacteristic of our team and what we are."

Dartmouth struggled immensely with its shooting, barely making 35 percent of its shots overall. Even though Stony Brook shot 50 percent overall, it was troubles on the offensive end that sealed Dartmouth's fate.

"All in all, we just did not shoot the ball well tonight," Mosley said. "Our defense was there most of the night."

The team's 19 turnovers helped Stony Brook run up 19 points off turnovers. Also, the Big Green was overwhelmed by 42-14 in points in the paint.

On Monday, the Big Green returns to Leede Arena in hopes of recapturing its winning ways. Dartmouth welcomes UC-Davis for a 7 p.m. tip-off.

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