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On This Day In History | 2003

January 16, 2011

The Bears | Rooney (Back, 2nd from left), Vimont (#42), Sprauve (#23), Penn (#31) & Harney (#4)

On this day 8 years ago the boys basketball team took on Mercy in a tilt between 2 unbeaten teams.  The importance of the game in the scope of League VIII was reflected in the play of both squads during the 1st quarter.  The pace was fast and the atmosphere intense as the Bears took the opening frame 20-19.  The Monarchs bounced back in the 2nd quarter as their hard-nosed defense held the Brook to just 7 points as they built a 5 point halftime lead.  The Bears came out of the gates quickly in the 2nd half and rode the effort of Sean Sprauve, who dominated underneath the hoop, to a 16-13 quarter, leaving them down just 2 entering the final quarter.  The blue and white finally clawed back to tie the game with 2:30 remaining and, after a frenetic 2 minutes, took a 1-point lead with 17 seconds left.  The Bears had a chance to extend their lead, but a miss on a wide open layup and a squandered 1-and-1 opportunity gave the ball back to Mercy.  The Bears got a huge stop, stripping the Monarch’s best player and getting the ball back.  Sprauve was fouled with just seconds remaining and on a night when he missed 16 free throws he coolly sank both tries as the raucous crowd taunted him, sealing the 58-55 win.  Sprauve finished with a career-high 26 points, Steve Harney contributed 10, Brendan Penn and Ed Rooney each scored 8 and Burt Vimont chipped in with 6.

Senior Sean Sprauve scored seven points in a row as Stony Brook (3-0) ended the game on a 10-2 run. Ed Rooney’s three-pointer began the run. Sprauve had a career-high 26 points.

~ Newsday

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