Feb. 24, 2014
Cambridge, Mass. - After scoring a career-high 24 points in the Stony Brook men's basketball team's win at Maine this past Sunday, sophomore Carson Puriefoy (Wenonah, N.J.) has been named the America East Player of the Week, the conference office announced Monday.
Puriefoy picks up his first career conference weekly honor, and it is the fourth Player of the Week nod for the team this season. Fellow sophomore Jameel Warney (Plainfield, N.J.) twice was named Player of the Week, and senior Anthony Jackson (Columbus, Ohio) earned the honor once.
Puriefoy had a big day in Stony Brook's 83-79 win over Maine on Feb. 23. He dropped 14 points in the first half and then followed with 10 in the second half, including two critical free throws at the end of the game that turned a one-possession game into a two-possession game. The 24 points and nine field goals made were career highs, surpassing his 22-point effort on 8-of-15 shooting at Indiana last November.
For the week, Puriefoy averaged 18.0 points and 2.5 assists while shooting 52 percent from the field. He has scored in double figures in eight consecutive games, averaging 15.0 points during the process.
For the season, Puriefoy is averaging 12.7 points a game, which is third-best on the team and 10th best in America East. He leads the team in assists (75), steals (36) and free throws made (94).
Puriefoy and the #Seawolves are 20-8 overall and 12-2 in America East. This is Stony Brook's third consecutive 20-win season and fourth in the last five years. The team will tangle with 13-1 Vermont Thursday in Burlington, Vt., in a 7 p.m. game that will be nationally broadcast on ESPN3.