Any of Stony Brook's upperclassmen who experienced the Seawolves' bitter America East semifinal loss to Boston University two years ago had to be anxious down the stretch of Sunday's matchup with Albany.
Again it was the semifinals. Again it was against the No. 4 seed. And again Stony Brook's dreams of making it to the NCAA tournament for the first time were in jeopardy.
History did not repeat itself, however, because this time Stony Brook made the biggest plays down the stretch. Senior Dallis Joyner, a starter on the 2010 team, swooped in for a buzzer-beating putback of teammate Dave Coley's errant jumper, lifting the Seawolves to a 57-55 victory and a spot in the America East title game against second-seeded Vermont.
The ending was somewhat bizarre because the shot clock and game clock were separated by less than two seconds. As a result, the shot clock buzzer went off before Joyner's tip-in but officials ruled the ball left his hands four tenths of a second before the game clock expired, which was all that mattered.
"I almost held up when I heard the first buzzer," Joyner told Newsday. "Coach drew it up for Dave to get a shot up. When I tipped it, I didn't think it would count because I heard the horn go off for the shot clock. But I saw there was time on the game clock, so I knew it was good."