Dec. 19, 2013
BALTIMORE - Sophomore Jameel Warney (Plainfield, N.J.) posted 20 points, 11 rebounds, a career-high five assists and a career-high four blocks and made multiple clutch plays down the stretch to lead the Stony Brook men's basketball team to a 76-69 victory at Loyola Maryland Thursday night at Reitz Arena.
Stony Brook improved to 8-4 on the season, matching the program's best 12-game start in its Div. I history. The 2012-13 team also was 8-4 through 12 games. Loyola Maryland falls to 5-4.
Head Coach Steve Pikiell's Reaction
"We were able to give a great effort on the road against a tough Loyola team that I have a lot of respect for. They have good players and they did a good job staying in the game by getting to the foul line. I was proud of our team fighting back with big plays down the stretch and getting defensive stops when we needed them.
Stony Brook led by as much as 17 points in the first half, but the Greyhounds battled back with a 16-3 run in the second half to knot the game at 51-51.
The game was once again tied at 63-63 when the #Seawolves looked to move the ball inside. Senior Eric McAlister (Hightstown, N.J.) received a pass at the block and then sent a cutting pass to senior Anthony Jackson (Columbus, Ohio) underneath the basket, and Jackson put through the layup to put Stony Brook back on top 66-63.
Then it was Warney's turn as he drew a foul after Jackson created a Loyola turnover and made one free throw. He made two more free throws at 1:07 to give Stony Brook a 70-64 advantage. Then on the defensive end, Loyola's Dylon Cormier grabbed an offensive rebound and went up for a put-back, but Warney swatted the ball away, grabbed the loose ball and fed Jackson, who was fouled to go to the free throw line.
From there, Stony Brook finished off the Greyhounds with free throws and enough defense to force up wild three-point attempts.
Inside the Numbers
News & Notes
- Stony Brook shot 51.1% from the field and 45.5% from three-point range (5-for-11). Loyola shot 39.6% overall and 30.8% from three-point range (4-for-13).
- The #Seawolves outrebounded Loyola Maryland 33-22.
- Stony Brook was 25-for-32 from the free throw line (78.1%) as Warney and sophomore Rayshaun McGrew each went 6-for-7.
- Stony Brook committed a season-high 18 turnovers.
- Warney had 20 points, 11 rebounds and five assists, which matched a career high. He recorded his fourth career 20-point game and also matched a career high in blocks with four.
- Jackson had 19 points but missed his first two free throws of the season. Coming into the game, he was leading the nation in free throw shooting and was the only qualified player to hit every free throw.
- Sophomore Scott King (Derry, N.H.) was 2-for-3 from three-point range and continues to lead America East in three-point shooting. He is 14-for-22 this season, which is 63.6%.
- This was the first meeting between Stony Brook and Loyola since Feb. 5, 2001. Stony Brook now leads the series 3-0.
- Stony Brook is 8-4, matching the program's best 12-game start in its Div. I history. The 2012-13 team also was 8-4.
- The #Seawolves are 3-1 in true road games this season and 16-8 since the start of last season.
- This was Stony Brook's first game against a Patriot League member since Dec. 29, 2010 (Colgate).
- Since the start of the 2011-12 season, Stony Brook is 45-5 when leading at halftime.
Stony Brook will play one more time before Christmas, taking on Cornell at home Sunday at Pritchard Gymnasium at 6 p.m. The game can be seen on AmericaEast.TV and heard on Champions Radio 96.9/107.1 FM, ChampionsRadio.com and the TuneIn Radio App.