Albany, N.Y. - The Stony Brook men's basketball team battled Siena hard in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational, but the Saints went on a 12-0 run that extended to 21-7 mid-second half to pull away with a 66-55 victory over the #Seawolves Tuesday night at the Times Union Center. Sophomore Jameel Warney (Plainfield, N.J.) led Stony Brook with 15 points and 10 rebounds for his 10th double-double of the season.
Stony Brook's season concludes with another successful 20-win season at 23-11. Siena improves to 16-17 and advances to the CBI quarterfinals against either Penn State or Hampton.
Head Coach Steve Pikiell's Reaction "Congratulations to Siena - they played a great game, played hard in what was a really physical game. I liked what we did in the first half, but we really struggled with making shots against their zone in the second half, and we had trouble with turnovers."
Turning Point Stony Brook led Siena at halftime, 34-31, and got off to a good start in the second half as sophomoreCarson Puriefoy buried a three-pointer at 17:28 to give the #Seawolves a 39-34 advantage.
But it was pretty much all Saints from there on out. Brett Bisping connected on a layup and drew a foul, and he completed the three-point play with a free throw to make it 39-37. A few plays later, Rob Poole tied the game at 41-41, and Warney gave the #Seawolves their last lead of the game with a jump hook at 14:48.
Then Siena went on a 12-0 run, hitting layups and making free throws as the #Seawolves had already been called for 10 fouls by the 11:08 mark. The dagger was a three-pointer by Poole with 9:13 to go that gave the Saints a 53-43 lead.
After Warney's jump hook at 14:48, Stony Brook managed only four field goals the rest of the game. The #Seawolves got within six at 56-50 with 7:32 to go, but Stony Brook couldn't get any closer, going scoreless until 2:13 and by the Siena had built a 15-point advantage.
Inside the Numbers
Stony Brook shot 36.4% from the field and 27.8% from three-point range (5-for-18). The #Seawolves were 10-for-14 from the free throw line.
Siena shot 41.1% from the floor, 36.4% (4-for-11) from behind the arc and 64% (16-for-25) from the free throw line.
Stony Brook out-rebounded siena 38-37 and used 15 offensive rebounds to record 16 second chance points.
Warney led Stony Brook with 15 points and 10 rebounds, his 10th double-double of the season. He also blocked a career-high five shots.
Senior Anthony Jackson (Columbus, Ohio) ended his career with 13 points. He is now tied with Mike Popoko (2003-07) for fifth place in Stony Brook's Div. I history in scoring with 1,048 points. He also finishes third in the Div. I record book with 170 three-pointers.
Senior Dave Coley (Brooklyn, N.Y.) had six points and seven rebounds. He ends his career with 1,228 points, which ranks fourth in Stony Brook's Div. I history. He also is third in the Div. I record book with 518 rebounds and sixth in assists with 198.
Senior Eric McAlister (Hightstown, N.J.) had two points, five rebounds, a career-high four assists and two blocks. He wraps up his career third in Stony Brook's Div. I history with 75 blocks.
Senior Ben Resner (Centerport, N.Y.) appeared in his 34th and final game tonight.
News & Notes
This was the third consecutive season and fourth time in the last five years that Stony Brook had appeared in a national postseason tournament. The #Seawolves' record in postseason is 1-4.
This was Stony Brook's first-ever appearance in the College Basketball Invitational. This also was Stony Brook's first-ever meeting against Siena.
Stony Brook concludes its season with 23 victories, second-most in the program's history. It's the third consecutive 20-win season and fourth in the last five years.
Stony Brook lost only for the third time this season when leading at halftime (20-3).
The loss snapped a six-game winning streak against MAAC opponents. The last #Seawolves loss to a MAAC team was Feb. 19, 2011 against Manhattan.
Up Next Stony Brook's 2013-14 season ends with a 23-11 record. The #Seawolves will resume action this fall when they will open newly renovated Stony Brook Arena. To place your season ticket deposits, call (631) 632-7142.