West Hartford, Conn.- Stony Brook's Dallis Joyner's last-second tip-in ends UAlbany's run in the America East Conference Tournament with a 57-55 final on Sunday's semifinal contest at Chase Family Arena. Stony Brook moves onto the America East finals to face the winner of Vermont/Hartford on Saturday, March 10 at Stony Brook, N.Y. UAlbany finishes its America East season 19-14 overall and 9-7 in the conference.
Gerardo Suero had a game-high 17 points, five rebounds and four assists. Jayson Guerrier and Mike Black each scored in double-digits with 14 and 17, combining for six of the team's 11 total three-pointers. UAlbany shot 55.0 percent (11-20 3FG) from behind the arc and 39.6 percent (19-48 FG) from the floor.
Stony Brook's Joyner had a team-high 14 points, eight rebounds and two blocks. Both Bryan Dougher and Dave Coley each shot 6-for-15 in the contest, scoring 15 and 12, respectively. Stony Brook out rebounded UAlbany by 19, 45-26, 22 of which were offensive boards.
A back and forth battle in the first half, Stony Brook began the first half with an six point lead, 14-8, with 15:00 remaining in the first half. Four of the five starters for the Seawolves each contributed at least a bucket to begin the game with America East Defensive Player of the Year Tommy Brenton leading the charge with all four of his first half points during the stretch.
UAlbany would respond with an 11-3 run to grab the lead, 19-17, with 11:20 remaining in the half. Black, Suero and Guerrier, in that order, knocked down consecutive threes. The Great Danes would build on that to grab their lead of five, 31-26, with 4:22 left in the half. The run was capped off with Luke Devlin hitting a deep three from the top of the arc for his first points of the half.
Stony Brook's Dougher would end the half with a three-pointer in the right corner to tie the game at 33 apiece. The Seawolves would out rebound the Great Danes at the half 20-14 while the Great Danes would have the hot hand from behind the arc, shooting 53.8 percent (7-13 3FG). Both teams would combine for only three turnovers (SBU-2, UA-1).
UAlbany would open the second half with a five-point lead, 42-37, with 16:38 remaining in the game. Guerrier would hit one of his four three pointers to give the Great Danes the lead. Stony Brook would go on a 5-0 run to go up 43-42 with 14:02 remaining in the game.
Neither team would score a point for the next four minutes of play until Suero grabbed his own miss on the offensive end and put it back to put the Great Danes up 44-43 with 9:52 remaining. Stony Brook would grab the largest lead of the half at six, 53-47, after a Dougher three pointer from top left corner of the arc.
Then UAlbany with 37 seconds and down by three, 55-52, junior guard Jacob Iati with ice in his veins drained the game's biggest three from the right corner to tie the game up at 55 apiece.
Following the Iait three-pointer, Stony Brook head coach Steve Pikiell called a timeout with 13 seconds remaining to call the last play. The ball was dished out to Dave Coley to take the last shot but as he was heavily guarded by Mike Black, he missed the shot just before the shot-clock went to zero but with one second and change left Joyner was able to get off the game's last shot to end UAlbany's run and move on in the tournament.