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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Great team effort leads to 78-68 #Seawolves win at UMass Lowell


Warney with 19 points, Puriefoy 16 points, Coley gets first career double-double.

Lowell, Mass. - Sophomore Jameel Warney (Plainfield, N.J.) scored 19 points, and senior Dave Coley(Brooklyn, N.Y.) recorded his first career double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds as the Stony Brook men's basketball team took down UMass Lowell, 78-68, Saturday at the Tsongas Center.
Stony Brook, which has won nine of its last 11 games, improved to 10-2 in America East and 18-8 overall. The River Hawks fell to 8-17 overall and 6-7 in the league.

Head Coach Steve Pikiell's Reaction
"I liked our effort tonight. I liked the way we shared the ball and played efficiently on offense. I also liked our defense, especially in the first half, holding them to 21 points. UMass Lowell is a tough, gritty team and they got back in it with three-pointers at the end, but we contested their shots and ultimately got the stops we needed."

Turning Point
Stony Brook led for all but one minute of the game, but it was the team's 19-8 run early in the second half that created separation from the River Hawks. Sophomore Scott King (Derry, N.H.) had a nice put-back layup off a Warney miss. Then the #Seawolves made plays with their defense as redshirt freshman Ahmad Walker (Port Washington, N.Y.) stripped DJ Mlachnik and threw a baseball pass down court to Warney who put up the layup and drew the foul. 

After Warney converted the free throw for the three-point play, Walker again made a play by stealing the ball from Mlachnik again and this time taking it the distance for a dunk, putting Stony Brook up 44-28 with 14:47 left in the game.

The two teams traded three-pointers, but it was Warney again who demoralized the River Hawks. Sophomore Carson Puriefoy (Wenonah, N.J.) initiated a nifty slip pass at the elbow, giving Warney a clear path to the basket, and he finished with a big dunk, making it 49-31.

Stony Brook led by as much as 21, but the River Hawks made six three-pointers in the final nine minutes to get as close as seven. It was an eight-point game when Coley came up big with a steal in the final 30 seconds to end any chance of a comeback.

Inside the Numbers
  • Stony Brook shot 44.4% for the game and was 17-for-21 (81%) from the free throw line. UMass Lowell shot 43.6% for the game, including 54.8% in the second half. The River Hawks drained 11 three-pointers.
  • Stony Brook out-rebounded UMass Lowell 41-31 and had 15 offensive boards that led to 21 second chance points.
  • Warney had 19 points, seven rebounds and three assists while shooting 7-for-13 from the field.
  • Coley produced his first career double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. He was one rebound away from matching a career high.
  • Puriefoy finished with 16 points and four assists.
  • Walker had a nice line of eight points, eight rebounds and four assists.



News & Notes
  • Stony Brook is now 10-2 in America East and one win away from clinching no worse than the No. 2 seed at the America East Championship.
  • The #Seawolves are now 7-4 in true road games and will finish the regular season with a winning true road record.
  • Head coach Steve Pikiell tied Joe Castigle (1984-91) for first all-time in #Seawolves head coaching victories. This was Pikiell's 138th win.
  • Stony Brook is now 38-6 in America East games since January 2012.

Up Next
Stony Brook will host UMBC Wednesday at Pritchard Gymnasium at 7 p.m. The game will be carried on WUSB 90.1 FM and www.wusb.fm/sports and www.tunein.com. The first 500 fans in attendance will receive a free, limited edition Wolfie Bobblehead, courtesy of Bagels Express.