DURHAM, N.H. – Senior Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) and sophomore Frank Okeke (DeSoto, Texas) scored 14 points each, but the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team dropped its America East Conference opener to Stony Brook University, 67-48, Saturday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium.
The Seawolves got off to a hot start, opening the game on a 12-4 run. After UNH opened the scoring on a Jacoby Armstrong (Sachse, Texas) jumper, Jameel Warney got the run started for Stony Brook when he hit a layup in the paint. Dave Coley followed with a jumper, Carson Puriefoy and Anthony Jackson buried two free-throws each and Eric McAlister notched four points to give Stony Brook the 12-4 advantage.
Following the run, the teams went back and forth for 10 minutes. With the Seawolves leading 26-19 with 5:12 remaining in the half, the Wildcats strung together an 8-2 run to cut the lead to one point. Okeke started the run when he buried a three-pointer form the right side. Bronner followed with the next five points for UNH to trim Stony Brook's lead to 28-27.
The Seawolves answered back with a 5-0 run to close the half and extend its lead to 33-27. Coley notched a three-ball from straight-away, before Warney added a layup to give Stony Brook a six-point edge at the half.
Coley and Puriefoy paced the Seawolves at the half, hitting for eight points each. Okeke led the way for UNH, scoring 12 points in the first frame. Bronner added five points for the Wildcats in the first half.
Stony Brook stormed out of the second half gate with a 13-2 run to extend its lead to 17 points. Jackson opened the half with a three-pointer from straight away before Coley added a jumper form the right elbow. Bronner answered with a jumper, but Stony Brook responded with eight-straight points. McAlister notched a jumper and Scott King hit back-to-back three's to give the Seawolves a 17-point lead.
The Seawolves cruised the rest of the way, extending its lead to 26-points midway through the stanza before finally closing out the game ahead 67-48.
Puriefoy paced the Seawolves with 15 points, three rebounds, two assists, and two steals, while Coley chipped in with 14 points, three rebounds, three assists and, one steal.
Okeke and Bronner each scored 14 points to lead the Wildcats. Freshman Williams Gabriel (Lagos, Nigeria) grabbed seven rebounds and posted two blocks for UNH in the loss.
With the win Stony Brook improves to 7-4 overall and 1-0 in America East Conference play. UNH falls to 2-7 overall and 0-1 in AE play.
Next up for UNH is non-conference meeting with intrastate rival Dartmouth College, Wednesday Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. at Lundholm Gymnasium.