#Seawolves hang tough with VCU in 81-63 loss

Dave Coley

Jan. 4, 2014

Final Stats

Richmond, Va. - The Stony Brook men's basketball team outrebounded VCU, 40-26, and led for a significant portion of the first half, but a 17-0 Rams run to open the second half doomed the #Seawolves as they lost, 81-63, Friday night at Verizon Wireless Arena. Senior Dave Coley (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and sophomore Carson Puriefoy led Stony Brook with 16 points apiece.

Head Coach Steve Pikiell's Reaction
"Give credit to VCU, that's a good team that plays hard. We needed to limit our turnovers; we average 12 a game, but we turned it over 21 times tonight and that's not how we win games. I thought we did a good job limiting their opportunities in the first half, but they wore us down in the second half and turned our mistakes into points."

Turning Point
Stony Brook was poised to go into halftime with the lead, up 35-34 with five seconds left in the first half after an impressive display of shooting and rebounding. But VCU's Briante Weber made a buzzer-beating jumper at the free throw line to give the Rams a 36-35 edge.

The momentum carried over into the second half as VCU went on a 17-0 run, using their press and stifling defense to force Stony Brook to go 0-for-8 from the field and commit five turnovers during a span of 6:46 until Coley made a layup at 13:14.

Stony Brook fell behind by as many as 22 points in the second half, but they showed guts and got within 12 at 68-56 with just over four minutes remaining. But the effort was not enough as VCU's Traveon Graham zapped the #Seawolves' momentum with back-to-back three-pointers.

Inside the Numbers

  • Stony Brook shot 41.4% for the game, but only 33.3% (11-for-33) in the second half after an impressive 52% (13-for-25) in the first half.
  • Four #Seawolves scored in double figures, including Coley (16), Puriefoy (Wenonah, N.J.) (16), sophomore Jameel Warney (Plainfield, N.J.) (12) and redshirt freshman Ahmad Walker (Port Washington, N.Y.) (10).
  • Puriefoy finished with a career-high seven rebounds and matched his career high in assists with six.
  • Stony Brook outrebounded VCU 40-26, marking the first time this season that the team lost a game when grabbing more rebounds than its opponent. The team had been 8-0 in that scenario.
  • Stony Brook had 15 offensive rebounds, but was only able to generate eight second chance points.
  • The #Seawolves committed a season-high 21 turnovers.



News & Notes

  • This was the first-ever meeting between Stony Brook and VCU.
  • Stony Brook missed out on matching the program's best 14-game Div. I start. The 2012-13 team was 10-4 through 14 games.
  • Stony Brook fell to 3-2 in true road games this season. The other loss came at Indiana on Nov. 17.
  • VCU is now 40-1 in its last 41 non-conference home games and now has 42 consecutive sellouts.
  • Stony Brook fell to 1-6 all-time against Atlantic 10 opponents.

Up Next
Stony Brook will finish the non-conference portion of its regular season schedule on Wednesday when it takes on Columbia in Manhattan at 7 p.m. The game will be carried live on Champions Radio 96.9/107.1 FM, ChampionsRadio.com and the TuneIn Radio App.