Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Stony Brook shoots and defends well in 76-53 rout of Cornell

Ithaca, N.Y. - Freshman Jameel Warney (Plainfield, N.J.) had a career-high 19 points and 11 rebounds, and junior Anthony Jackson (Columbus, Ohio) had a game-high 20 points as the Stony Brook men's basketball team shot a season high 53.7 percent in a 76-53 win over Cornell Wednesday night at Newman Arena. The win was the 100th at Stony Brook for head coach Steve Pikiell.

Warney was 7-for-8 from the field and 5-for-7 from the free throw line. Jackson was 7-for-10 from the field and 3-for-6 from three-point range. Senior Tommy Brenton (Columbia, Md.) added nine points, six rebounds and six assists.

Coach Steve Pikiell's Reaction
"I liked the way we played tonight. We did our damage in the post, both on offense and defense. I liked how we forced them to take jump shots, and we made sure to outrebound them and avoid second chances. We now have to head home and prepare for another big game on Saturday."

Turning Point
In the first half, the two teams traded leads in the early going, but it was Stony Brook that took control with a 14-0 run. Warney got the Seawolves started with a layup, and the Seawolves then hit four consecutive jump shots to close the run, including a pair of Jackson threes to give Stony Brook a 33-19 lead.

The Seawolves never looked back, holding as much as a 25-point lead in the middle of the second half while playing strong defense. Stony Brook punctuated the game mid second half when Warney connected on a layup in traffic and drew a foul. He missed the free throw, but Brenton broke free from his man and put back the miss to complete a four-point play.

By the Numbers
  • Stony Brook shot a season-high 53.7% from the field.
  • Stony Brook's 58.6% first-half shooting percentage is its best for a half this season. The 42 points are second-best for a half, behind the team's 48-point first half vs. Mount Ida.
  • Stony Brook outscored Cornell in the paint 32-9 and produced 29 points off of 17 Big Red turnovers.
  • The Seawolves outrebounded the Big Red 38-20, the 28th time in their last 31 games they've outrebounded their opponent.
  • In addition to his career-high scoring output, Warney matched his career high in rebounds with 11.
  • Brenton posted his fourth game of five or more assists this season.
  • Nine different Seawolves scored points.
  • Stony Brook's defense limited Cornell to 34.8% shooting and just 53 points. SB is now 20-1 since the start of the 2011-12 season when holding teams under 60 points.

News & Notes
  • Pikiell earns his 100th win at Stony Brook. His record is 100-120 (.455), but he is 64-39 (.621) since the start of the 2009-10 season.
  • Stony Brook is now 5-2 for the first time since November 2009, matching the 2009-10 team for best seven-game start and best month of November in the program's Div. I history.
  • The team also matches the 2009-10 team for best four-game road start with a 3-1 record.
  • Stony Brook improves to 3-4 against Cornell and 16-15 against the Ivy League all-time.
  • The Seawolves came into the game America East's highest scoring offense (68.8 PPG).

Up Next
The Seawolves are back at home Saturday, Dec. 1 against Eastern Illinois at 2 p.m. For tickets, visit or call (631) 632-WOLF.