Dec. 15, 2013
Durham, N.H. - The Stony Brook men's basketball team knocked down 10 three-pointers and dominated on the boards by a plus-18 margin as the #Seawolves defeated New Hampshire, 67-48, Sunday in the America East opener at Lundholm Gymnasium. Sophomore Carson Puriefoy (Wenonah, N.J.) led a balanced Stony Brook offense with 15 points, one of four players with at least eight points.
Stony Brook improves to 7-4 on the season, 1-0 in America East, the sixth consecutive season that the #Seawolves have won their conference opener. New Hampshire drops its seventh straight game and falls to 2-7.
Head Coach Steve Pikiell's Reaction
"We grinded out a good win against a tough, well-coached New Hampshire team. I thought we did a good job adjusting at the start of the second half. We don't usually turn the ball over, but we had seven in the first half. Once we stopped turning the ball over, we were able to make some shots, come back down and play strong defense. It was important to get off to a 1-0 start in league play."
The #Seawolves and UNH engaged in a close first half that saw them take a seven-point lead into halftime. In the second half, it took nearly three minutes for anyone to score, but once senior Anthony Jackson (Columbus, Ohio) drained a three-pointer at 17:09, the #Seawolves were off to the races.
Stony Brook went on a 16-5 run with sophomore Scott King (Derry, N.H.) burying a trifecta of three-pointers in front of family and friends during the run, the last one giving the #Seawolves a 49-32 advantage with 11:41 remaining.
Defense played a huge role too as the #Seawolves forced seven turnovers and held UNH to 2-for-7 shooting between the start of the second half and King's final three-pointer.
New Hampshire got as close as 12 points at 49-37, but the #Seawlves went on another big run, scoring the game's next nine points on a coast-to-coast layup by Puriefoy, a three-pointer from senior Dave Coley (Brooklyn, N.Y.), a Jackson layup and a sophomore Rayshaun McGrew (Chicago, Ill.) outback layup. Stony Brook led 58-37 with 5:22 to play and extended its lead to 26 before finishing with the 19-point victory.
Inside the Numbers
- Stony Brook shot 46.3% from the floor and 45.5% (10-for-22) from three-point range.
- New Hampshire shot 42.6% from the field but just 23.1% from behind the arc (6-for-26).
- Stony Brook allowed a season-low 48 points, besting the 55 points it gave up to Marist in the season opener.
- The #Seawolves outrebounded UNH 41-23 and turned 15 offensive rebounds into 18 second chance points.
- Stony Brook also took advantage of 14 UNH turnovers, converting them into 19 points.
- With his game-high 15 points, Puriefoy has now led Stony Brook in scoring four times this season. He was 5-for-9 from the field and 2-for-3 from behind the arc.
- Coley has now scored in double figures in seven straight games. He surpassed Muhammad El-Amin and Tommy Brenton for fifth all-time in Stony Brook's Div. I history in scoring. He is just 16 points away from 1,000 in his career.
- King was 3-for-3 from three-point range, matching his career high for most three-pointers made in a game. He is the America East leader in three-point shooting at 63.2% (12-for-19).
- This was the second time this season Stony Brook connected on 10 or more three-pointers (Toledo Nov. 22).
News & Notes
- Stony Brook is 1-0 in America East for the sixth consecutive season.
- The #Seawolves have now beaten the Wildcats seven straight times, including four straight in Durham. Stony Brook is 13-14 all-time against UNH.
- Stony Brook is now 33-5 in its last 38 America East games, dating back to February 2011. This is also the program's 50th America East win since the start of the 2009-10 season (50-15).
- Stony Brook is now 2-0 this season and 82-18 all-time during head coach Steve Pikiell's tenure when holding its opponent under 60 points.
- Stony Brook has won six of its last seven road conference games, dating back to Feb. 2013.
The #Seawolves head south to Baltimore to take on Loyola Maryland Thursday at 7:30 p.m.