Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Men's hoops defense stifles Albany in 65-49 win

Albany, N.Y. - The Stony Brook men's basketball defense held Albany to just 20 second-half points, and four players scored in double figures as the Seawolves handled the Great Danes 65-49 Tuesday night at SEFCU Arena to improve to 16-5 overall and 7-1 in America East.

Stony Brook, which earned its nation-leading ninth true road win of the year, held the Great Danes to 35.4 percent shooting for the game and 23.8 percent in the second half. Albany had just five field goals in the second half.

Junior Anthony Jackson (Columbus, Ohio) led the Seawolves with 14 points, including a team-high nine in the second half. Freshman Jameel Warneyposted a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Senior Tommy Brenton (Columbia, Md.) and sophomore Anthony Mayo (Philadelphia, Pa.) also had 10 points.

Coach Steve Pikiell's Reaction
"I thought we did a good job defending their backcourt tonight. We got back to playing defense the way I want to play. We were fortunate that we played well on both ends and did a good job passing the ball. It's tough to win on the road, but we're happy to get this one and we now have to prepare for two more road games."

Turning Point
Stony Brook opened the second half with good shots and even better defense. The Seawolves went on a 16-4 run for the first 10:45 of the second half. Brenont and Warney got it started with layups and free throws. Then Jackson extended Stony Brook's lead with a three-pointer at 16:52 to make it a 13-point game and then another triple at 10:23 that made it a 16-point lead.

All during the 10:45 stretch, Albany was just 2-for-13 from the field and really could not get any open looks against the tight Stony Brook defense.

Jackson seemingly put the nail in Albany's coffin at the 5:11 mark when he drained another three-pointer to stretch the Seawolves lead to 21, 61-40.

By the Numbers
  • Stony Brook outrebounded Albany 33-27.
  • The Seawolves shot 50.9% for the game, the fourth time they have eclipsed 50% shooting.
  • The five field goals allowed in the second half matches Stony Brook's season low for a half this season.
  • With 10 points and 10 rebounds, Warney turned in his third double-double in his last five games.
  • Brenton scored in double figures for the sixth consecutive game. He also moved into ninth place in the program's Div. I history in career points. He now has 876.
  • Stony Brook is 28-11 all-time when Brenton reached double figures in points.
  • Brenton grabbed seven rebounds and surpassed Northeastern's Dan Callahan for seventh in America East history in career rebounds.
  • Mayo matched his career high with 10 points.


News & Notes
  • Stony Brook has the most true road wins in the country with nine. The nine road wins also matches the program's Div. I high, previously set by the 2009-10 and 2008-09 teams.
  • The Seawolves are now off to their best 21-game start in their Div. I history at 16-5. They have also matched last season's team for best eight-game start to the conference schedule at 7-1.
  • Stony Brook is now 25-4 in its last 29 conference games dating back to February 2011.
  • The Seawolves are 12-0 this season and 72-18 in the Pikiell era when holding their opponents under 60 points.
Up Next
Stony Brook continues is stretch of three straight road games Saturday at New Hampshire at 4 p.m.