IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Two defensive powerhouses in their respective conferences entered Carver-Hawkeye Arena in what shaped up to be a battle of keeping points off the board.
Instead, the NIT second-round game between the Big Ten's Iowa and the America East's Stony Brook turned out to be a high-scoring matchup won by the Hawkeyes, 75-63.
"I kept saying to my assistant coaches, 'How is [Iowa] not in the NCAA Tournament?' " Stony Brook coach Steve Pikiell said. "They have good players . . . It's disappointing we ended our season this way. It's the winningest season in school history, and we fought until the end."
Freshman Jameel Warney had 17 points, Anthony Jackson added 15 and Dave Coley had 12 (all in the first half) for the Seawolves(25-8). Warney shot 7-for-9 as Stony Brook finished at 24-for-51 from the field.
Iowa guard Roy Devyn Marble scored 28 points and Aaron White added 13. The Hawkeyes (23-12) shot 26-for-55.
In his final game for Stony Brook, versatile Tommy Brenton couldn't find a rhythm all night. He had five points, five rebounds and four assists.
"Some nights you have it, some nights you don't," said Brenton, the America East player of the year. "We knew going in their defense was strong. They played good team defense. Tonight I just didn't have it."
Iowa coach Fran McCaffery lauded Pikiell, saying that his squad played like many of the Big Tenteams Iowa faced in the regular season.
"Steve's a tremendous coach. He's done a phenomenal job with this program. That's a Big Ten team," McCaffery said.
The Seawolves didn't have an answer for Iowa's three- point shooting, which ultimately served as the dagger. Iowa shot 8-for-19 from three-point range and 15-for-21 from the free-throw line to Stony Brook's 6-for-16 and 9-for-17.