Defense helps men's hoops grind out 50-44 win at Manhattan

Jameel Warney

Jan. 1, 2013

Final Stats

Riverdale, N.Y. - The Stony Brook men's basketball defense forced 17 Manhattan turnovers while holding the Jaspers to 34% shooting, and freshman Jameel Warney (Plainfield, N.J.) made a couple of critical baskets in the final three minutes to lift the Seawolves to a 50-44 win over the Jaspers at Draddy Gymnasium. Warney, sophomore Anthony Mayo (Philadelphia, Pa.) and redshirt freshmen Scott King (Derry, N.H.) all scored eight points to lead Stony Brook.

Stony Brook finishes regular season non-conference play with a 9-4 record, marking the program's best 13-game start and best regular season non-conference win total in its Div. I history. Stony Brook also has proven itself on the road, currently sporting the most road victories in the nation with six.

Coach Steve Pikiell's Reaction
"Today was a great road win against a good Manhattan team. We've had great road toughness this season. I'm glad that we executed down the stretch and made big stops."

Turning Point
The game was a defensive battle throughout and neither team held a lead bigger than six points heading into the final four minutes of the contest. Trailing by one, 38-37, Manhattan went up by two points on Shane Richards' three-pointer with 4:01 to play. Going back down the other end, senior Tommy Brenton (Columbia, Md.) got into distributor mode with a kick-out pass to junior Anthony Jackson (Columbus, Ohio) for a three-pointer that put the Seawolves back out in front, 41-40.

It was then the Warney show at the end as junior Dave Coley (Brooklyn, N.Y.) executed a switch screen pass to him underneath for an easy layup to make it 43-40. Manhattan's RaShawn Stores was fouled on a three-point shot, but he missed all three free throws, and the Seawolves came back down and scored again on another Warney layup, this time from Brenton, to make it 45-40 with 2:01 to play.

The Jaspers cut it to three, 45-42, but the Seawolves made free throws down the stretch, going 5-for-6 in the final minute, to ensure the victory.

By the Numbers

  • Stony Brook and Manhattan each had 36 rebounds, the second time this season SB has matched its opponent on caroms.
  • Brenton had four assists to move him to within 20 of second place all-time in the program's Div. I history. He has 310 for his career.
  • Brenton also had two steals to move him within four of the program's all-time steals record across all divisions.
  • King's eight points surpassed his previous career high of six.
  • Mayo's eight points matches his season high; he also had eight vs. Canisius.
  • Warney had two blocks and now has recorded one in each of the last six games and all but one game this season.
  • Manhattan struggled from the free throw line, going just 8-for-20. Stony Brook was 15-for-22 and is now 27-3 since the start of the 2011-12 season when attempting more free throws than its opponent.



News & Notes

  • Stony Brook is currently the nation's leader in true road victories with six. Today's win pushes the Seawolves past Charleston and Bucknell, who each have five.
  • Stony Brook is now 7-0 this season and 23-1 since the start of the 2011-12 season when holding teams under 60 points.
  • The Seawolves completed their five-game stretch of consecutive road games with a 3-2 record, matching the 2008-09 team, which was the last time SB had played five consecutive games away from home.
  • This was just the second all-time meeting between the two teams whose campuses are only 60 miles apart. The Seawolves evened the series at 1-1.

Up Next
Stony Brook next begins its quest for a second straight America East regular season as it begins its conference schedule against New Hampshire Saturday at Pritchard Gymnasium at 2 p.m. For tickets, visit or call (631) 632-WOLF.