Sunday, February 5, 2012

Coley's 17 help Stony Brook sweep Albany and stay in first

Dave Coley scored 17 points, shooting 8-for-9 from the field, and led four players in double figures as visiting Stony Brook beat Albany, 76-69, in America East Conference action Saturday night. The Seawolves (15-7, 10-1), who shot 59.1 percent from the field in the second half, have won six straight and 12 of 13. Stony Brook maintained sole possession of first place in the conference, one game ahead of Vermont (15-10, 9-2). Stony Brook will play at Vermont at noon next Sunday in a game that could go a long way toward determining the America East's regular-season champion.
Bryan Dougher scored 14 points, Anthony Jackson had 11 points in only 10 minutes and Al Rapier added 10 points for Stony Brook. Jackson hit three three-pointers in three attempts and Rapier had 12 rebounds. "I liked our offense but I didn't like our defense tonight,'' coach Steve Pikiell said. "But a lot of guys stepped up and made big plays on the road, which isn't easy to do in front of a sellout crowd.''
It was one of the more efficient offensive games of the season for Stony Brook, which shot 53.1 percent from the field and hit 9 of 16 three-point attempts.
Jackson, who scored 14 points in an 82-48 win over Binghamton on Wednesday night, has been particularly hot lately. The 6-foot sophomore has hit 11 of his last 20 three-point attempts.
Stony Brook found its offense early in the second half. With the Seawolves trailing 33-30 at the half, Coley and Jackson scored six points each in a 22-9 run that gave Stony Brook a 52-42 lead with 11:28 left.
Albany got within 54-52 on two free throws by Gerardo Suero at the 8:25 mark, but the Seawolves countered with a 13-4 run and went ahead 67-56 with 2:44 left.
Suero had 21 points and Mike Black and Logan Aronhalt added 15 each for Albany (15-10, 7-4). The Great Danes fell to 9-1 at home this season and had their home winning streak snapped at 12 games.