Defense keys #Seawolves 80-54 quarterfinal win over Maine

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March 8, 2014

Final Stats

HIGHLIGHTS

Albany, N.Y. - Sophomore Jameel Warney (Plainfield, N.J.) scored 15 points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked four shots, and the Stony Brook men's basketball defense stifled Maine to the tune of 23 forced turnovers as the #Seawolves defeated the Black Bears, 80-54, Saturday at SEFCU Arena in the America East Championship quarterfinals.

Stony Brook has won 13 of its last 16 games and improves to 22-9 on the season. The #Seawolves will face either No. 3 Hartford or No. 6 Binghamton in Sunday's semifinals at approximately 7:30 p.m. Maine ends it season season at 6-23.

Head Coach Steve Pikiell's Reaction
"I thought we looked focused, had great energy and played outstanding defense against the top scoring team in the league. It was a complete 40-minute effort. Hopefully, we are playing our best basketball at the right time as we now get ready for tomorrow's semifinals."

Turning Point
Stony Brook stormed out of the gate with a 7-0 run, and the #Seawolves then took control of the game with a crippling 19-2 run over a span of eight-plus minutes. Sophomore Carson Puriefoy (Wenonah, N.J.) scored six consecutive points during the run, stripping a Maine player and turning it into a fastbreak layup, hitting a teardrop and then hitting a layup after Warney recorded a steal, making it 24-9 with 7:56 left.

During the 19-2 run, it was Stony Brook's defense that held Maine without a field goal as the Black Bears went 0-for-7 from the field and committed seven turnovers. Stony Brook led by as much as 27 points in the first half and went into halftime up 49-25.

Warney got the #Seawolves started in the second half with two early layups as they went on a 12-2 to expand the lead to 34, 61-27. Maine never got closer than 26 the rest of the way.

Inside the Numbers

  • Stony Brook shot 42.9% from the field, 25% from three-point range (4-for-16) and 75.9% from the free throw line (22-for-29).
  • Maine was limited to 30.9% shooting from the field and just 15.8% from the three-point line (3-for-19).
  • Stony Brook forced 23 Maine turnovers and converted them into 26 points. That was a season high forced turnovers for the #Seawolves.
  • The #Seawolves out-rebounded Maine 44-34, the 14th time this season they have been plus-10 on the glass in a game.
  • Stony Brook stole the ball a season-high 12 times.
  • Warney finished with a game-high 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting. He matched his career high with four blocks.
  • Puriefoy finished with 14 points, three assists and three steals.
  • Senior Dave Coley (Brooklyn, N.Y.) had 13 points and three steals.
  • Sophomore Rayshaun McGrew (Chicago, Ill.) had nine points and a career-high nine rebounds.

 

 


News & Notes

  • Stony Brook advanced to the America East Championship semifinals for the fifth straight season and sixth time in program history. The team is 6-5 all-time in the quarterfinal round and now 11-12 in all tournament games.
  • The #Seawolves have now beaten Maine in eight consecutive meetings and are now 16-16 all-time against the Black Bears, 2-1 in America East Championship games.
  • The 22 wins this season match the 2011-12 and 2009-10 teams for the sixth-most wins in program history, second-most in the program's Div. I history.
  • Stony Brook is now 9-0 this season and 89-18 in head coach Steve Pikiell's tenure when holding its opponent under 60 points.
  • The No. 2 seed is now 28-1 all-time against the No. 7 seed in the America East Championship.


Up Next
The #Seawolves will play for a coveted spot in the America East Championship final Sunday when they face either No. 3 Hartford or No. 6 Binghamton in the semifinals at SEFCU Arena at approximately 7:30 p.m. The game will be carried on ESPN3 and Champions Radio.