Hurricane Brenton: Seawolves survive downpour of Northeastern 3′s, climb on the back of do-everything forward for the win.Sunday, February 19th, 2012
(Boston, MA)–Hurricane Brenton struck Matthews Arena Saturday afternoon, leaving quaking backboards and a path of destruction in his wake.
Stony Brook forward Tommy Brenton was everywhere Saturday night – clogging passing lanes, dishing out assists, rattling the rim for big dunks, and making all the plays that don’t show up in the stat sheet – leading the visiting Seawolves to a win over Northeastern in the Sears BracketBusters.
“I thought [Brenton] was the biggest single factor in the game,” said Northeastern head coach Bill Coen.
Brenton scored 13 points on a perfect 5-5 shooting to go with seven rebounds, seven assists, two steals, two blocks, and a pair of thunderous dunks, to carry the Seawolves back from a nine-point deficit with under six-minutes to play, to a 76-69 win.
“Tommy does everything for us: [He] made every big play, grabbed every big rebound,” said Stony Brook head coach Steve Pikiell.
During a five-minute span late in the second half in which the Seawolves turned an eight-point deficit into a two-point lead, Brenton played a direct role in 15 of the Seawolves 17 points, scoring nine, dishing out two assists, while adding two steals that led directly to baskets.
“I think he just willed his way: He just made winning basketball plays, whether it was hustle plays, tips on the ball, offensive rebounds, defensive stops,” said Coen.
Sophomore guard Dave Coley matched his career-high with a game-high 21 points – including huge plays to close out the first half and put Stony Brook on top in the second, and four free-throws in the final 40 seconds to ice the game. Center Dallis Joyner added a 10 point 10 rebound double-double. (more…)