Columbia's 12 three-pointers lead to 68-63 #Seawolves defeat

Jameel Warney

Jan. 8, 2014

Final Stats

NEW YORK - The Stony Brook men's basketball team was unable to weather a storm of Columbia three-pointers as the Lions sank 12 three-pointers, including nine in the second half as the #Seawolves lost 68-63 Wednesday night at Levien Gymnasium. Sophomore Jameel Warney (Plainfield, N.J.) led Stony Brook with 20 points.

The #Seawolves slip to 9-6 on the season as they wrap up the non-conference portion of their regular season schedule. Columbia improves to 10-6 on the year.

Head Coach Steve Pikiell's Reaction
"We knew we were facing a good, tough opponent in Columbia. They shot the ball very well, which we knew they could do. But we were beat to too many rebounds, and that hurt us. We were plus-14 on the boards the other night at VCU, and I thought we'd be plus-10 tonight, not minus-10. We'll need to get better to make sure we don't give teams second opportunities."

Turning Point
The two teams played even basketball in the first half, and the #Seawolves went into halftime trailing by only one, 28-27, at halftime. The #Seawolves then opened the second half with back-to-back buckets to take a 32-28 lead.

However, from there Columbia took over with a bevy of three-pointers. Alex Rosenberg and Maodo Lo both hit consecutive three-pointers in the first four minutes of the second half as Columbia re-claimed the lead, 40-36.

After sophomore Scott King (Derry, N.H.) drained a three-pointer of his own to tie the game at 46-46 with 12:24 on the clock, the Lions then made a pair of free throws, and Lo bombed a three-pointer to put the Lions up five, 51-46.

Stony Brook battled back with six consecutive points from senior Anthony Jackson (Columbus, Ohio) and a layup from senior Eric McAlister (Hightstown, N.J.) that tied the game at 54-54 with 5:31 to go.

But once again Columbia went back to the three-point ball. With the Lions up one, a Columbia missed jumper was rebounded by Luke Petrasek, keeping possession with Columbia, and that gave Lo time to set up another three-pointer, his seventh of the night that put the Lions on top, 58-54, with 4:25 to play.

Stony Brook got within two again, but the Lions made their free throws and the #Seawolves went just 2-for-7 from the field in the final three minutes.

Inside the Numbers

  • Stony Brook shot 47.3% from the field, but struggled at the free throw line, going 8-for-13 (61.5%). Columbia was 20-for-47 from the field for 42.6%, and the Lions were 12-for-30 (40%) from three-point range. 
  • Three-pointers accounted for 52.9% of Columbia's scoring. On the season prior to the game, three-pointers accounted for 36% of the team's scoring.
  • Columbia outrebounded Stony Brook 35-25 and grabbed 12 offensive rebounds that led to 14 second chance points.
  • Warney led Stony Brook with 20 points, the third time this season and fourth time in his career he's reached 20 points.
  • Jackson was 8-for-14 from the field for 16 points.
  • Senior Dave Coley (Brooklyn, N.Y.) contributed eight points and a team-high six rebounds.
  • Lo scored a game-high 29 points for Columbia. Rosenberg had 24 points.



News & Notes

  • Stony Brook and Columbia have now met in 11 of the last 12 seasons, and the #Seawolves lead the all-time series 8-6.
  • Stony Brook is now 18-16 all-time against Ivy League foes.
  • Stony Brook has dropped two straight at Columbia; the team's last win at Levien came on Nov. 29, 2008.
  • The #Seawolves have lost two straight games in January for the first time since losing three in a row Jan. 17-22, 2011.
  • Stony Brook's final non-conference record for the regular season is 8-6. The program's record for most non-conference regular season wins since joining America East is nine, set by the 2012-13 team.

Up Next
Stony Brook now will focus all its attention on the other eight members of the America East Conference as the #Seawolves re-enter conference play Sunday at Hartford. The game, which will broadcast live on ESPN3 and Champions Radio, will tip at 2:30 p.m.