Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Men's hoops picks up another road win, beats UMBC 67-60

BALTIMORE - Junior Dave Coley (Brooklyn, N.Y.) scored a game-high 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds, and the Stony Brook men's basketball team held UMBC to 34.8 percent shooting as the Seawolves came away with a 67-60 road victory over the Retrievers Wednesday night at RAC Arena.

The win gives Stony Brook its sixth victory in its last seven games and gives the team its eighth true road win of the season, which is tied for the most in the country. Now at 14-5 overall and 5-1 in America East, the Seawolves have reclaimed first place in the conference, a half game ahead of Vermont and Albany.

Senior Tommy Brenton (Columbia, Md.), playing near his hometown, had 12 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

Coach Steve Pikiell's Reaction
"Tonight we had to grind out a road victory against an improved UMBC team. We have to get better, and we have to prepare for a good Maine team on Saturday."

Turning Point
Despite the close score, Stony Brook never trailed in the game, thanks in large part to opening the contest on a 16-4 run that included holding UMBC to 1-of-14 shooting.

UMBC could never get it to one possession. The Retrievers cut the deficit to four to open the second half, but the Seawolves scored the next six points to make it a 10-point lead again.

Late in the game, UMBC used three-pointers to once again get within four, 64-60, but the Seawolves hit seven of 10 free throws in the final minute to seal the victory.

By the Numbers
  • Stony Brook shot 42.0% for the game and 45.5% from three-point range. The Seawolves also made 20 of 26 free throw attempts for 76.9%.
  • The Seawolves held UMBC to 34.8% shooting.
  • Stony Brook outrebounded the Retrievers 42-34, the 36th time in its last 43 games the team has grabbed more caroms than its opponent.
  • Coley has reached double-figure scoring in four straight games and has gone for 15 or more points in all four of them.
  • Brenton moved to within just 11 rebounds of 1,000 for his career.
  • Five Seawolves scored at least nine points, including Coley, Brenton, freshman Carson Puriefoy (Wenonah, N.J.) (10), junior Eric McAlister(Hightstown, N.J.) (9) and freshman Jameel Warney (Plainfield, N.J.) (9).
  • Warney set a career high with four assists.
  • Stony Brook made seven of 10 free throws in the final two minutes and is now shooting 81.8% for the season in that scenari