Big veteran plays at end drive #Seawolves to 56-52 win over Hartford

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Feb. 1, 2014

Final Stats

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Senior Dave Coley (Brooklyn, N.Y.) scored 12 points, none bigger than his three-point play with 2:42 remaining in the game that gave the Stony Brook men's basketball team a two-point lead, as the #Seawolves went on to beat three-point shooting Hartford, 56-52, Saturday at Pritchard Gymnasium.

Stony Brook improves to 16-7 on the season, 8-1 in America East. The #Seawolves have now won 23 consecutive home conference games, the third-longest active streak in the nation. Hartford slips to 4-5 in America East, 11-14 overall.

Head Coach Steve Pikiell's Reaction
"Today was a good, old-fashioned grind-it-out victory. We continue to struggle with turnovers, but our veterans made big plays down the stretch to win the game. I was happy with our effort and energy, and I thought our crowd did a great job for us today."

Turning Point
The game was a slugfest as Stony Brook and Hartford exchanged the lead 12 times and had five ties. The Hawks grabbed a 50-49 lead with 2:42 on the clock after Corban Wroe drained a three-pointer.

Coming back down, sophomore Jameel Warney (Plainfield, N.J.) missed a jumper, but Coley was underneath for the rebound and put-back layup while drawing a foul in the process. He completed the three-point play with a free throw and gave the #Seawolves a 51-49 advantage.

After a Hartford miss, Warney extended the lead with back-to-back layups, but the Hawks answered with another three-pointer, their 12th of the game. It was 55-52 with 52 seconds to play.

After Stony Brook came up empty on its next possession, the Hawks had a chance to tie on a final shot, but Nate Sikma's three-point attempt with five seconds to go fell short, senior Anthony Jackson (Columbus, Ohio) grabbed the rebound and drew the foul. He hit one free throw to ice the game.

Inside the Numbers

  • Stony Brook shot 50% for the game, making 23 of 46 shots. Hartford was 17-for-45 from the field (37.8%) and 12-for-32 from three-point range (37.5%).
  • Incredibly, Hartford only had five field goals INSIDE the three-point line. Sixty-nine percent of the team's points came from threes.
  • Stony Brook out-rebounded Hartford 34-21, the ninth time in the last 13 games the #Seawolves have been plus-10 on the glass.
  • Stony Brook turned the ball over 20 times in the game, and Hartford converted those turnovers into 21 points.
  • The #Seawolves outscored Hartford in the paint, 34-8.
  • Coley and Jackson both had 12 points to lead the #Seawolves. Jackson also had five assists.
  • Warney finished with 11 points and five rebounds.
  • Senior Eric McAlister (Hightstown, N.J.) had eight points, six rebounds and two blocks.

 

 


News & Notes

  • Stony Brook, which has won seven of its last eight games, is now 15-14 all-time against Hartford and has won 11 of the last 12 matchups.
  • The #Seawolves have now won 23 consecutive home conference games, the third-longest active streak in the nation.
  • Overall in America East play, Stony Brook is 36-5 since the start of the 2011-12 season.
  • Stony Brook is 35-2 in its last 37 games at Pritchard Gymnasium.
  • The #Seawolves are 15-1 this season when leading at halftime and 15-1 when out-rebounding their opponent.

Up Next
The #Seawolves are headed to Binghamton for a Tuesday night game against Binghamton. The game will be nationally streamed online through ESPN3 and WatchESPN, and it will be broadcast on Champions Radio 96.9/107.1 FM, ChampionsRadio.com and the Tune In Radio App.