Dec. 18, 2012
Fairfield, Conn. - Freshman Jameel Warney (Plainfield, N.J.) scored a team-high 17 points and hit a pair of critical baskets late in the game to lift the Stony Brook men's basketball team to a 64-59 victory over Sacred Heart Tuesday at the William H. Pitt Center.
Stony Brook has now won four straight games and extends its best start in its Div. I history, winning eight of its first 10 games. The Seawolves' 5-1 road record is also their best road start ever.
Warney was 8-for-9 from the field with eight rebounds and three blocks. In another outstanding all-around performance, senior Tommy Brenton (Columbia, Md.) had eight points, 11 rebounds, five assists and four steals.
Coach Steve Pikiell's Reaction
"This was a tough game against a good Sacred Heart team. We were able to make big plays late down the stretch, and I liked our execution. We called important timeouts and came out and executed our plays to get the win."
In a game that featured eight lead changes and seven ties, this one came down to the final two minutes. Sacred Heart's Shane Gibson, who had a game-high 22 points, knocked down a jumper with 2:31 to play to put the Pioneers on top 56-55. The Seawolves then called timeout and regrouped. They immediately came out and hit a basket as Brenton found an open Warney underneath for a dunk to allow Stony Brook to re-claim the lead.
After a Sacred Heart miss, Brenton and Warney repeated as Brenton again had the right court vision to find Warney underneath for a layup to make it a three-point lead. Junior Dave Coley (Brooklyn, N.Y.) followed with a big three-pointer to extend the lead to six, 62-56, with 30 seconds to play.
Gibson made it interesting with three free throws, but the Seawolves sealed the win when Brenton stripped Sacred Heart's Louis Montes and called timeout. He then inbounded the ball to junior Anthony Jackson (Columbus, Ohio), who got fouled and made two free throws.
By the Numbers
News & Notes
- Stony Brook shot 42.1% (24-for-57) from the field and 36.8% (7-for-19) from three-point range. The Seawolves struggled from the free throw line, going only 9-for-16.
- The Seawolves outrebounded the Pioneers 48-32, the 30th time in their last 34 games they have outrebounded their opponent. The Seawolves turned 16 offensive rebounds into 12 second chance points.
- Warney now has five games of at least 10 points and seven rebounds this season.
- Warney's 8-for-9 from the field is tied for the third-best shooting performance in program history with at least eight attempts. He already owns the record with an 8-for-8 performance on Nov. 11.
- Brenton now has seven games of at least five assists and currently leads America East in assists per game. Tonight was also his 42nd career double-digit rebounding game.
- Jackson had a season-high six assists and five rebounds.
- Stony Brook snapped a four-game losing streak to the Pioneers. It's the team's first win over them since Nov. 23, 2002.
- The Seawolves' 10-game start (8-2) and six-game road start (5-1) are the best in the program's Div. I history.
- Stony Brook is now 6-4 against the NEC since the start of the 2009-10 season.
- Stony Brook is now 6-0 this season and 66-18 in the Pikiell era when holding teams under 60 points.
- Stony Brook has held a halftime lead in each of its 10 games this season.
Stony Brook travels to Maryland to face the ACC's Terrapins Friday night at 8 p.m. The game will be streamed live on ESPN3 with Byron Kerr and Glenn Consor.