STONY BROOK, N.Y. — Leonard Hayes scored six of his 16 points in overtime and Bryan Dougher scored all 20 of his points after intermission Saturday to lift Stony Brook University to a 71-69 America East men’s basketball victory over the University of Maine.
A sold-out crowd of 4,423 fans and an ESPNU national audience watched as the Seawolves handed the Black Bears their fourth consecutive loss.
Coach Ted Woodward’s UMaine team slipped to 14-11 overall and 8-5 in conference play while dropping into third place in the America East standings.
Despite giving up 11 3-pointers, the Bears limited Stony Brook (11-14, 6-7 AE) to 38 percent shooting overall, including 29 percent in the second half. The Seawolves helped make up for that with their strong rebounding, outrebounding UMaine 40-34 while grabbing 14 offensive boards that resulted in 17 second-chance points.
Stony Brook climbed into fourth place with the win.
UMaine returns to action Wednesday night with a home game against league-leading Vermont.
The Bears shot 50 percent (9-for-18) in the second half, but had to overcome a 10-point deficit during the last 9:35 of regulation. Troy Barnies sent the game into overtime with a close-range basket with 32 seconds to play and Dougher’s 3-pointer missed with four seconds left.
Barnies, a senior from Auburn, paced UMaine with 18 points and 15 rebounds in 43 minutes of action. Gerald McLemore tossed in a game-high 23 points, including 10-for-10 shooting from the foul line.
Senior Sean McNally of Gardiner contributed 14 points and six rebounds for the Bears, who emerged with a 22-8 advantage from the foul line.
Dougher and Hayes combined to go 13-for-27 from the floor to lead the way for Stony Brook, which also received 12 points from Danny Carter and 10 rebounds from Dallis Joyner.
Hayes buried a 3-pointer 30 seconds into overtime to put the hosts on top for good. The Seawolves went up by as many as five points in the extra period, but the Bears trimmed the deficit to one (66-65) on two McLemore foul shots with 1:37 remaining.
However, Dougher eventually hit a jumper with 35 seconds left, after an SBU miss and offensive rebound. Terrance Mitchell’s second turnover of overtime then led to a Hayes free throw that gave the Seawolves a two-possession lead with 19 seconds to play.
Barnies scored six points and McLemore tallied five as UMaine raced to a 14-2 advantage five minutes into the contest. However, the Seawolves responded with a 22-8 surge to claim a 24-22 edge with 5:50 left in the first half.
Stony Brook led 34-33 at halftime.
UMaine struggled to open the second half and the Seawolves took advantage. The Bears missed six of their first seven field-goal attempts of the half and committed three turnovers, opening the door for a 17-8 Stony Brook run that gave the hosts a 51-41 lead with 9:35 to play in regulation.
UMaine responded with a strong finish that included 8-for-12 shooting to close out the second half. McNally scored three baskets from close range to spark a 16-6 burst lasting 6 1/2 minutes that got the Bears even at 57-57 with 3:01 left.