Strong defense, Warney lead men's hoops to win over UNH

Warney Block

Jan. 5, 2013

Final Stats

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Freshman Jameel Warney (Plainfield, N.J.) scored a game-high 18 points and blocked four shots, and the Stony Brook men's basketball team's swarming defense held New Hampshire to 30 percent shooting and zero field goals in the final 6:20 as the Seawolves topped the Wildcats 65-49 Saturday at a sold-out Pritchard Gymnasium.

The Seawolves are now 10-4 overall and 1-0 in America East as they continue their best start in Div. I program history. They also have now won 11 consecutive home conference games, dating back to February 2011.

Coach Steve Pikiell's Reaction
"It was a great crowd today; I loved the environment. With the students on break, the community did a great job coming out to support us. I loved our defense today and we scored what we needed to to get a win. It was great to have a deep bench and it helped us a great deal. It was a good win against a well-coached New Hampshire team."

Turning Point
At the 8:39 mark of the first half, the Seawolves took the lead for good on a three-pointer by senior Marcus Rouse (Upper Marlboro, Md.). The Seawolves led by 10 points at halftime, but UNH attempted a second-half comeback as Ferg Myrick completed a three-point play, and Patrick Konan drained a three-pointer to cut SB's lead to eight, 42-34.

However, the Seawolves put the hammer down on the Wildcats thereafter as Warney was the recipient of a nice pass from senior Tommy Brenton (Columbia, Md.) for an easy dunk at 11:29. Then two possessions later, Rouse easily floated a pass over a UNH defender guarding Warney, who laid the ball in with ease to make it a 12-point lead again at 46-34 with 10:34 to play.

New Hampshire got within eight again, but the Seawolves finished the game on a 10-2 run, holding the Wildcats to 0-for-7 shooting from the field in the final 6:20.

By the Numbers

  • Stony Brook shot 42.3% for the game and held UNH to 30.8% shooting.
  • The Seawolves outrebounded UNH 40-39, the 31st time in the last 38 games they have grabbed more rebounds than their opponent.
  • SB turned 13 UNH turnovers into 15 points.
  • The Seawolves bench came up with 27 points on the day, contributing as multiple Seawolves starters battled foul trouble.
  • Warney scored 18 points for the second time this season, missing his career high of 19 by just one point. Today was the fourth time this season he's attempted at least eight field goals and made at least seven of them.
  • Warney blocked a career-high four shots and has now blocked a shot in seven consecutive games and 13 of 14 games this season.
  • Brenton grabbed 12 rebounds, the sixth 10+ rebound game of the season and 43rd of his career. He also recorded five assists, the ninth time this season he's recorded 5+ assists this season.
  • Rouse and freshman Carson Puriefoy (Wenonah, N.J.) each had a strong day off the bench with nine points and two assists apiece.
  • Senior Leonard Hayes (Voorhees, N.J.) had a great day off the bench with five points, five rebounds and three assists.



News & Notes

  • Stony Brook has now started America East play 1-0 for the fifth consecutive season. Only four teams in the history of the conference have ever started 0-1 and gone on to win the title.
  • The Seawolves have now won five consecutive games over the Wildcats and have held them to an average of 53.0 points per game in that span.
  • Stony Brook is now 19-3 in its last 22 America East conference games and has won 11 consecutive conference home games, both dating back to February 2011.
  • The 10-4 start is the program's best 14-game start in its Div. I history, surpassing the 2009-10 team's 9-5 record.
  • Stony Brook is now 42-26 (.724) at Pritchard Gymnasium since moving back into the facility in November 2008.
  • The Seawolves are now 8-0 this season, 24-1 in the last two seasons and 68-18 in the Pikiell Era when holding their opponent under 60 points.

Up Next
Stony Brook hits the road again for the eighth time in the last nine games on Wednesday when it faces Binghamton in Vestal, N.Y., at 7 p.m.