Home winning streak snapped as #Seawolves lose to St. Francis Brooklyn in final seconds

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Dec. 1, 2013

Final Stats

Stony Brook, N.Y. - The Stony Brook men's basketball team and St. Francis Brooklyn engaged in a tight contest that featured five ties and nine lead changes, and it was the Terriers that came out on top after Wayne Martin tipped in a missed layup with 1.5 seconds remaining in the game to beat the #Seawolves, 70-68, Sunday at Pritchard Gymnasium.

The #Seawolves had a chance at the buzzer, but sophomore Carson Puriefoy's (Wenonah, N.J.) 40-foot three-point heave rimmed out, holding everyone breathless for a moment. Puriefoy led Stony Brook with 17 points.

The loss snapped Stony Brook's 13-game home winning streak.

Head Coach Steve Pikiell's Reaction
"Today was a tough game against a well-coached, good opponent in St. Francis Brooklyn. That team beat Miami and took Syracuse to the wire, so we knew coming in that we were facing talented players. I liked our offense; we scored 68 points despite not playing at our best, but we once again struggled with foul trouble. Jameel and Eric were in foul trouble all day, and it hurt our ability to defend and make plays inside. But again give credit to St. Francis; they made winning plays. We'll get right back to work and get ready for our next game."

Turning Point
The game was tight the entire way with neither team holding more than a nine-point lead. The #Seawolves led 66-61 with 2:54 remaining in the game, but the Terriers fought back and took the lead, 68-66, with 40 seconds remaining on Jalen Cannon's three-pointer.

The #Seawolves answered with senior Anthony Jackson (Columbus, Ohio) driving through the lane and throwing up a floater that swished to tie the game with just under 20 seconds to play. That was plenty of time for St. Francis Brooklyn, which gave the ball to Sheldon Hagigal. He drove baseline and threw up a layup that missed, but Martin was in front of the rim at the right time, tipping in the miss and giving the Terriers the two-point edge.

With 1.5 seconds left, the ball was inbounded to Puriefoy, who drove down the line and took a clean shot from about 40 feet away. The ball got much of the rim, but failed to go down.

Inside the Numbers

  • Stony Brook shot 53.2% for the game and 50% (3-for-6) from the three-point line. The #Seawolves struggled at the charity stripe, making just 15 of 23 free throw attempts (65.2%).
  • St. Francis Brooklyn shot 50% from the field and 38.9% (7-for-18) from three-point range.
  • Puriefoy led the #Seawolves with 17 points and four assists.
  • After a monster weekend last week, sophomore Jameel Warney (Plainfield, N.J.) got into foul trouble and was limited to five points and five rebounds. His streak of 16 consecutive games with double-digit points was snapped.
  • Senior Dave Coley (Brooklyn, N.Y.) had 12 points and is now just 53 away from 1,000 for his career.
  • Sophomore Rayshaun McGrew (Chicago, Ill.) scored a career-high 12 points.
  • Cannon led the Terriers with a game-high 23 points.
  • The game featured five ties and nine lead changes.



News & Notes

  • Stony Brook falls to 1-2 all-time against St. Francis Brooklyn.
  • The loss snapped Stony Brook's 13-game home winning streak. The #Seawolves are now 28-2 in their last 30 games at Pritchard Gymnasium.
  • This was the first time Stony Brook trailed at halftime at Pritchard Gymnasium since Feb. 9, 2012 vs. UMBC, a span of 16 games.
  • Stony Brook missed out on matching its best eight-game start in its Div. I history. The 2009-10 and 2012-13 teams both started out 6-2.

Up Next
Stony Brook will host another NEC team - Fairleigh Dickinson - Wednesday at Pritchard Gymnasium at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on Champions Radio 96.9/107.1 FM and will be streamed online at AmericaEast.TV.