Men's hoops loses at Albany in the America East semifinals

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March 10, 2013

Final Stats

Albany, N.Y. - The Stony Brook men's basketball team, which leads the nation in true road victories, was unable to pull one more out as the Seawolves fell to Albany on Mike Black's last-second layup, 61-59, in the semifinals of the America East Championship at Albany's SEFCU Arena.

Freshman Carson Puriefoy (Wenonah, N.J.) had 16 points to lead the Seawolves, whose seven-game winning streak was snapped and fell to 24-7.

Stony Brook struggled to make shots, shooting 33.3 percent from the field. The Seawolves were also outrebounded 38-32.

Coach Steve Pikiell's Reaction
"Give a lot of credit to Albany; I thought this was one of the best games they played all season. Unfortunately for us, Albany played two points better than us tonight. In my 21 years of coaching, I've never been around a better group of guys, the most unselfish team I've ever coached. I'm glad that they will get a chance to play another game. We are going to go to the NIT and compete and try to win games."

Turning Point
Although the game came down to a final shot, the Seawolves struggled the entire game against Albany. Stony Brook led 10-3 early in the first half when the Great Danes went on a 20-5 run during which the Seawolves had just two field goals. In fact, Stony Brook was just 2-for-13 from the floor between junior Anthony Jackson's (Columbus, Ohio) three-pointer at 15:42 and freshman Jameel Warney's (Plainfield, N.J.) dunk at 3:28.

Stony Brook trailed at halftime, 28-22, and trailed by as much 10 in the second half before staging a last-minute comeback. Trailing by two, junior Dave Coley (Brooklyn, N.Y.) hit a pair of free throws with 12 seconds remaining to tie the game.

On the final possession, Black drove to the basket and connected on a layup. Coley's desperation shot for the win did not go in.

By the Numbers

  • Stony Brook shot only 33.3% for the game, the team's third-lowest shooting output of the season.
  • The Seawolves were outrebounded 38-32, only the 11th time in their last 55 games they have been outrebounded.
  • Puriefoy's 16 points were his second-highest scoring output of his career. He had a career-high 17 points against Albany just last Sunday.
  • Coley finished with 15 points.
  • Senior Tommy Brenton (Columbia, Md.) had a game-high 12 rebounds, pushing him over the 1,100 career-rebound mark. With 1,104, he is 11 rebounds shy of Northeastern's Mark Halsel for third all-time in America East history.

 

 

News & Notes

  • Stony Brook still has its best 31-game record in its Div. I history at 24-7. 
  • The loss snaps a six-game winning streak against Albany, and the Great Danes avenged having been eliminated by the Seawolves in each of the last three conference tournaments.
  • Stony Brook is now 10-12 all-time in America East Championship games and 2-3 in the semifinals.
  • Stony Brook was only the third No. 1 seed in America East Championship history to have to play a road game in the semifinals. The first two No. 1 seeds both won; Vermont beat Binghamton in 2005 and Boston University beat Delaware in 1997.

Up Next
As a result of winning the America East regular season championship, the Seawolves have earned an automatic bid into the NIT, the program's third appearance in the last four seasons. Stony Brook will learn its opponent next Sunday, March 17, at 9 p.m., live on ESPNU.