Vermont outmuscles Stony Brook in America East Semifinals

All good things must come to an end and that's what happened to the Stony Brook men's basketball season in Burlington, Vermont on Tuesday March 6.

Vermont's Drew Urquhart is fouled by Stony Brook's Tyrell Sturdivant on Tuesday night in Patrick Gym.  — by The Times Argus
Vermont's Drew Urquhart is fouled by Stony Brook's Tyrell Sturdivant on Tuesday night in Patrick Gym.  — by The Times Argus

After a 69-60 upset victory over the Albany Great Danes, it gave the Seawolves a lot of momentum against the top team in the America East but Vermont was too much as the Seawolves fell to the Catamounts 70-51. Stony Brook concludes their season at 13-19. It's been nine straight years that Stony Brook has made it to the semifinals.

Stony Brook Head Coach Jeff Boals who just finished his second season with the Seawolves said Vermont is a great team but was overall proud of the effort his players put in.

Hats off to Vermont, they have an experienced group that knows how to win and they don't beat themselves," Boals said. " "I'm really proud of [our] team, all year they have competed and played hard.

Vermont's Drew Urquhart had a game-high points and eight rebounds in the victory. Behind him was Peyton Henson with 13 points who shot 75 percent from distance (3-4). Cam Ward also contributed 12 points off the bench for Catamounts.

For the Seawolves, Akwasi Yeboah carried Stony Brook with 15 points on 4-14 from the field. It's his fourth game in a row in double-figures. Elijah Olaniyi recorded 13 points with 10 of them coming in the second half. He also won the America East Player of the Year

The Catamounts lead at the half 30-21and both teams shot under 40 percent. The difference maker was shots from the perimeter where Stony Brook shot under 15.8 percent from deep (3-19) . The Catamounts made over 40 percent of their threes (7-17).

Sturdivant finished with one point, one assist and six rebounds to finalize his collegiate basketball career. The senior put himself in the Top 10 in career steals (102, 10th) and rebounds (548, 5th). After, the game he tweeted about his time as a Seawolf. He tweeted “it was a great 4 years, Thank you SBU.”

The Seawolves responded early in the second half when Olaniyi knocked down a three and then Akwasi Yeboah knocked down two free throws to bring the deficit to four. Vermont retaliated with an 11-2 run in 1 minute and 36 seconds where Urquhart was accountable for eight points with six of them coming from the foul line. He went 11-15 from there.

Stony Brook played over aggressive to begin that second half where foul trouble was detrimental putting the Catamounts in the double bonus in the final 10 minutes. Vermont made 37 trips to the free throw line and converted 29 times.

The Seawolves had six seniors on this team with Sturdivant, UC Iroegbu, Jakub Petras, Tim Donohue, Junior Saintel and Bryan Sekunda.