Poor first half dooms Broncs at Stony Brook
The Broncs dug themselves a 20-point hole they couldn’t get out of and fell to Stony Brook, 79-62 Friday night in their final game of 2011.
Jeff Jones led Rider (3-11) with 17 points. Jones banged home his fifth 3-pointer with 6:03 remaining to cut the Seawolves’ lead to 61-53 but the Broncs would get no closer.
As Rider ran out of gas in those final six minutes, Stony Brook (5-6) pulled away.
Dave Coley scored 16 points and Dallis Joyner added 15 for the Seawolves.
The Broncs were their own worst enemy in the first half. They turned it over 10 times and shot 7 for 20 in the opening 20 minutes.
The Seawolves attempted 13 more shots (33-20) in the first half and scored 20 points in the paint.
Rider did come out strong in the second half, outscoring SBU 17-9 to open the final stanza.
After the Broncs got it to eight on Jones’ 3-pointer, the team’s traded baskets for the next three minutes before the Seawolves finished the game on a 10-3 run.
Brandon Penn had 10 points and 11 boards for his second consecutive double-double.
Rider returns to action Jan. 2, traveling to Manhattan where it will try to avoid a season sweep at the hands of the Jaspers.