Jan. 29, 2014
Albany, N.Y. - Sophomore Jameel Warney (Plainfield, N.J.) had a big night with 21 points on 10-of-15 shooting, but the Stony Brook men's basketball team allowed Albany to shoot 51.1 percent from the field and 26-for-32 from the free throw line as the Great Danes defeated the #Seawolves, 77-67, Wednesday night at SEFCU Arena.
This was Stony Brook's first America East loss of the season and snapped a 13-game conference winning streak that dated back to last February. The #Seawolves are now 15-7 overall and 7-1 in America East. Albany improves to 11-10 overall and 5-3 in the conference.
Head Coach Steve Pikiell's Reaction
"Our game plan coming into the night was to keep Albany off the foul line. They're the best free throw shooting team in the conference, and we needed to limit their opportunities there because you can't defend the free throw line. Obviously, we didn't do that, and give credit to Albany for capitalizing."
Stony Brook and Albany were matching baskets in the early going, and the #Seawolves had as much as a seven-point lead, but Albany took advantage of Stony Brook foul trouble to initiate a 10-0 run. Sam and Michael Rowley each drew fouls and each made two free throws to grab the lead, then Gary Johnson and DJ Evans made layups to extend the Albany advantage to 31-25 with 3:36 left in the first half.
Albany took a five-point lead, 38-33, into halftime. The #Seawolves closed to three on senior Eric McAlister's (Hightstown, N.J.) put-back dunk that made it 44-41, but the Great Danes exploded with a 12-0 run that included back-to-back three-pointers from Evans and Dallas Ennema that made it a double-digit game, 56-41, with 13:01 to play.
Stony Brook, which turned the ball over 11 times in the second half, got no closer than nine points and that came with under a minute to play.
Inside the Numbers
News & Notes
- Stony Brook shot 45.6% for the game and was 8-for-20 from three-point range and 7-for-9 from the free throw line.
- Warney had 21 points on 10-of-15 shooting, his fourth 20-point game of the season. He is America East's leading scorer at 15.6 points a game.
- Albany shot 51.1% for the game and 45.5% from the three-point line. The Great Danes had a decided advantage at the charity stripe, going 26-for-32.
- Stony Brook was whistled for 24 fouls; Albany only 14.
- Stony Brook was out-rebounded by Albany, 31-26.
- Senior Anthony Jackson (Columbus, Ohio) had 13 points and four assists.
- Redshirt freshman Ahmad Walker (Port Washington, N.Y.) had 10 points, five rebounds and four assists.
- Sam Rowley led Albany with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
- Stony Brook's overall six-game winning streak was snapped.
- This was Stony Brook's first America East loss since dropping a game to Hartford on Feb. 10, 2013. The loss snapped a 13-game conference winning streak.
- Stony Brook had been pining for its first-ever 8-0 start to conference play.
- At 7-1, Stony Brook is in a tie with Vermont for first place in the conference.
- Stony Brook fell to 1-6 this season when trailing at halftime and 0-4 when an opponent shoots 50% or better.
Stony Brook begins the second half of the conference schedule with a home contest against Hartford Saturday at Pritchard Gymnasium at 2 p.m. The game will be carried nationally on ESPN3. The game will be carried nationally on ESPN3 and will be broadcast on Champions Radio 96.9/107.1 FM.