This is not your father’s Stony Brook men’s basketball team.
I remember, when the University of Vermont fell to Stony Brook on Long Island two seasons ago, thinking it was a miserable, embarrassing loss for the Catamounts. Well, UVM’s 65-60 defeat to Stony Brook last night was easier to comprehend, considering the Seawolves have bolstered their talent and are off to their best start since joining the America East in 2001. UVM has a 15-3 edge in its series with Stony Brook.
After winning for the first time at Patrick Gym, third-place Stony Brook (13-7 overall, 5-2 AE) ripped into first-place Vermont’s cushion. The Cats are 5-1 in the league. Maine, which won at Albany last night, is in second place at 4-1.
“It’s very disappointing. We knew what was at stake, we had a chance to be 6-0 and give them a third (league) loss,” UVM coach Mike Lonergan said. “I’m realistic, you are not going to win them all. But you don’t want to lose at home to a team you think you’re going to compete with at the end of the season.”
Vermont went a frightful 16-for-28 from the foul line. Lonergan pointed to another reason the Catamounts had their seven-game winning streak snapped and lost for just the second time in the last 14 games.
“When our guard play is good, we’ve won 12 out of 13,” he said, “and our guard play was very poor tonight. Our best shooters aren’t making open 3’s.”
During UVM’s three-game home stand, the Catamounts went 9-for-42 from 3-point range, 21 percent.
Senior guard Maurice Joseph, UVM’s second-leading scorer and best shooter, is 1-for-13 on 3-pointers the past three games.
Here’s my game story and Tweets and Emily McManamy’s photo gallery from last night’s game. … A Vermont team that has the most road victories in the nation (9), plays at Binghamton on Sunday and at New Hampshire on Wednesday.