Thursday, February 28, 2013

Stony Brook MBB wins outright America East Regular Season title with 71-55 win at BU

BOSTON - Senior Tommy Brenton (Columbia, Md.) posted 14 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists, and the Stony Brook men's basketball team jumped out to a 33-5 lead over Boston University before going on to defeat the Terriers, 71-55, to clinch the outright America East regular season championship Thursday night at Agganis Arena.

The Seawolves have now won five straight games and 14 of their last 16. They have now won 13 America East games and have secured the regular season championship for the second straight year and third time in the last four seasons. They will be the No. 1 seed in the upcoming America East Championship.

Freshman Jameel Warney (Plainfield, N.J.) led all scorers with 15 points on 6-of-6 shooting. Junior Anthony Jackson (Columbus, Ohio) added 12 points. Stony Brook is now 22-6 overall and 13-2 in America East.

Coach Steve Pikiell's Reaction
"We did a great job against a strong, well-coached BU team. I really liked our first half. I thought we did a great job on both ends. We held them to a season-low for a first half, and they're the best scoring team in the league. We knew they would score points, but we made plays on offense and got stops on defense when we needed them. When you come up here and win, it says you're road tough."

Turning Point
Stony Brook was in control from the first tip of the game, taking it to the Terriers early with jumpers, layups and on-the-ball, suffocating defense. Brenton set the tone during the 33-5 run with nine points, including a nifty three-point play at 9:23 that put Stony Brook up 22-5.

During the stretch, the Seawolves defense held BU without a field goal for 7:32 and then again for 7:29, meaning the Terriers had just one field goal over the course of 15:01 of the first half, stretching from 19:30 to 4:29.

BU made a second-half run to get within 10 points, but the Seawolves never wavered, and it was Warney who took the wind out of BU's sails at the 4:31 mark when he rebounded a missed free throw, put it back up for a layup and drew the foul. His completed three-point play put Stony Brook on top, 63-47, and the Terriers got only as close as 13 from there on out.

By the Numbers
  • The Seawolves shot 52.2% for the game while holding the Terriers to 38.2%. 
  • Stony Brook outrebunded BU 40-23 and has now outrebounded its opponent in 43 of its last 52 games played.
  • The Seawolves were 20-for-26 from the free throw line, led by Brenton's 8-for-9.
  • For the second straight game, Brenton came just three assists shy of a triple-double. He is averaging 10.6 points, 11.8 rebounds and 5.0 assists over the last five games.
  • Brenton's double-double was his sixth of the season and 23rd of his career. Tonight was the 16th time this year he's posted five or more assists.
  • Warney was 6-for-6 from the field, the third time this season he's made every field goal attempt in a game. He added seven rebounds and two blocks and is shooting 75% from the field over the last five games. He leads America East with a 63.2 season field goal percentage.

  • Stony Brook wins the America East regular season championship for the second straight year and third time in the last four seasons. Stony Brook is the first back-to-back America East regular season champion since Boston University won back-to-back titles in 2003 and 2004.
  • The Seawolves have set a new program Div. I regular season record for wins with 22, surpassing the 2009-10 team which won 21 games during the regular season. The 22 wins matches the 2009-10 and 2011-12 teams for most wins during the program's Div. I history.
  • Stony Brook earned its 12th true road victory of the season, which sets a new program record across all divisions, surpassing the Div. III 1978-79 team. The Seawolves lead the nation in true road victories.
  • Stony Brook is now 18-0 this season and 78-18 during the Pikiell era when holding teams under 60 points.
  • Stony Brook is also 20-1 this season when it limits its opponent to under 40% shooting.
  • The Seawolves are 31-5 in their last 36 America East games.
  • This was Boston University's final America East game.
Up Next
The Seawolves conclude the regular season at home Sunday against Albany at Pritchard Gymnasium at 2 p.m. It will be Senior Day, and the Seawolves will honor Brenton, Marcus Rouse (Upper Marlboro, Md.), Leonard Hayes (Voorhees, N.J.) and Ron Bracey (Cincinnati, Ohio) prior to the game