Sunday, February 24, 2013

Brenton's career day lifts men's hoops to regular season championship

Orono, Maine - Senior Tommy Brenton (Columbia, Md.) nearly recorded a second straight triple-double against Maine, scoring 13 points, grabbing a career-high 20 rebounds and dishing out seven assists as he led the Seawolves to a 69-53 victory over the Black Bears Sunday at Alfond Arena. With the victory, Stony Brook has clinched at least a share of the America East regular season championship and the No. 1 seed in the upcoming America East Championship tournament.

Stony Brook has won four straight games and 12 of its last 14 and improves to 21-6 overall and 12-2 in America East.

Brenton's seven assists also pushed him past D.J. Munir (2000-04) for the school's Div. I record for career assists. He now has 375 for his career. His 20 rebounds is a Stony Brook Div. I single-game record, and he is the seventh player ever at Stony Brook to grab 20 rebounds in a game.

Freshman Jameel Warney (Plainfield, N.J.) had a game-high 15 points to go with seven rebounds, three steals and two blocks.

Coach Steve Pikiell's Reaction
"I liked our effort today against a good Maine team on their Senior Day. We played smart defense, limited our turnovers and played great in transition."

Turning Point
Stony Brook took the lead for good at the 16:13 mark of the 1st half, but the lead was only 10 at halftime. Maine hung around for a while until the Seawolves used a 10-0 run that spanned from 15:54 of the second half to 11:42 to build a 23-point lead.

During the run, Brenton asserted himself with a layup and two free throws and then assisted on a Carson Puriefoy (Wenonah, N.J.) jumper and a Warney dunk that punctuated the run and put the Seawolves on top 55-32.

Maine got as close as 11 points, but the Seawolves finished strong on defense as the Black Bears made just one of their final 10 field goal attempts.

By the Numbers
  • Stony Brook shot 41.9% for the game and held Maine to 34.5% shooting overall and 25.0 percent from three-point range.
  • The Seawolves outrebounded Maine 46-40 and turned 15 offensive rebounds into 18 second chance points.
  • For the fourth consecutive game, Stony Brook has had more assists than turnovers. Today, the team had 11 assists to just seven turnovers.
  • Brenton broke his own Stony Brook Div. I single-game record for rebounds and is just the seventh player at Stony Brook to ever grab 20 rebounds in a game. It's Brenton's fifth double-double of the season and the 22nd of his career.
  • Stony Brook is 30-12 all-time when Brenton scores 10 or more points.
  • In the second half alone, Brenton had a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds.
  • Brenton had a triple-double (15-14-11) vs. Maine earlier this season. Against the Black Bears this season, Brenton is averaging 14.0 points, 17.0 rebounds and 9.0 assists.
  • Brenton surpassed Vermont's Kevin Roberson for fourth place all-time in America East history in career rebounds. He now has 1,069.
  • It's the 10th time this season Warney has scored 15 points or more.
  • Junior Dave Coley (Brooklyn, N.Y.) finished with 12 points. Stony Brook is 27-8 all-time when he scores 10 or more.


News & Notes
  • Stony Brook secures its third America East regular season championship in the last four seasons. The Seawolves have a share of the title, but they can win it outright with one more win in their final two games.
  • The Seawolves continue their best start in program history; they are 21-6 after 27 games, surpassing the 2009-10 team's 20-7 record.
  • Stony Brook's 12-2 America East record matches last season's team for best conference start.
  • The Seawolves are now 17-0 this season and 77-18 in the Pikiell Era when holding teams under 60 points.
  • Stony Brook is 30-5 in its last 35 America East conference games. 
  • The Seawolves won their 11th true road game of the season, which is a program Div. I record and matches the 1978-79 team for most in program history across all divisions. It also ties them with Bucknell for most true road wins in the country this season.
  • Stony Brook's 21 wins is tied for the seventh-best in the program's all-time history and is just one away from matching the program's Div. I record of 22 victories.