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On This Day in History | 1997

December 17, 2010

The Bears | Sherman (1st row, 2nd from left), D. Marvin (1st row, 2nd from right), J. Marvin (1st row, 1st on right)

On this day 13 years ago…

On a Wednesday night in Swanson Gymnasium, the boys’ basketball team triumphed in one of the most thrilling games in Stony Brook hoops history. The Bears had little time to recover for their matchup with League IV opponent Hauppauge after a close 62-54 win at Southold the night before, but showed their toughness early. The Brook jumped out to a 12-10 lead after one quarter, thanks to 6 points from Dave Marvin, but fell behind 25-27 going into the half. Sam Sherman found his form for the Brook in the third, drilling two 3-pointers, but the Blue and White dropped the quarter, 17-21, and trailed 42-48 entering the fourth quarter. With the team in need of a lift, the final eight minutes of the game became the Dave Marvin Show as the point guard poured in 13 of the Bears’ 18 points, coming up with every big shot as the Brook clawed their way back.

Marvin scored first as the quarter began, cutting the deficit to 44-48, then, after the Eagles extended their lead to 44-50, nailed his first of three 3-pointers in the quarter to bring us back within 47-50. Hauppauge scored five straight to push the lead to 47-55 with just 4:09 left in the game, but Jon Marvin connected on five free throws to pull us within 52-55. Dave Marvin followed with another trifecta to cap an 8-0 run and knot the game at 55-55 with only 1:35 remaining. Hauppauge scored to take a 57-55 edge, but Dave Marvin knotted the score again with just 34 seconds remaining. The Eagles grabbed a 1-point advantage on a free throw, but Dave Marvin answered with yet another clutch shot, drilling a dagger of a 3-pointer to take a 60-58 lead with a mere 13 seconds showing on the clock. Incredibly, the Marvin brothers had scored 18 points in a row for the Bears with Dave scoring the last eight on three clutch shots over 1:22. With 13 seconds left the Eagles still had time to run the length of the floor and get off a shot and in the huddle before the final play, coach Mike Hickey told players that if they were going to foul, to make sure the player did not make the shot. That was exactly what unfolded as Hauppauge raced up the floor and drew a foul with 00:00 on the scoreboard.

The game entered its most tense moments as the Eagle stepped up to the line with a potential overtime period two foul shots away. He connected on the first to make it 59-60. As he released his second attempt the crowd in Swanson Gymnasium held its breath, then rejoiced as the shot hit the front of the rim and bounced harmlessly away. The Stony Brook players poured onto the court in celebration as the crowd roared, reveling in an unlikely, hard-fought victory. Dave Marvin led all scorers with 21, including four 3-pointers. Jon Marvin added 15 points and Sherman chipped in with 10.

It was amazing. If you watch the film on that game and fast forward to the last free throw attempt by them, you’ll see me watching from half court with the rest of the guys. I jumped around like an idiot after he missed. And I didn’t care. It was just a preseason game, but they were a much bigger school than us and on paper, we shouldn’t have even been in that game.

~ Dave Marvin



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