Jan. 15, 2014
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Senior Dave Coley (Brooklyn, N.Y.) reached the 20-point mark for the second straight game, and the Stony Brook men's basketball team was plus-18 on the boards as the #Seawolves outmuscled Binghamton, 67-47, Wednesday night at Pritchard Gymnasium.
Coley, who was 5-for-9 from the field and 8-for-8 from the free throw line, also had six rebounds and four assists. Senior Eric McAlister (Hightstown, N.J.) added 15 points and six rebounds. Sophomore Jameel Warney (Plainfield, N.J.) had 13 points and nine of Stony Brook's 38 rebounds on the night as the #Seawolves had a 38-20 edge over Binghamton on the glass.
Stony Brook is now 11-6 overall and 3-0 in America East as the team starts out 3-0 in conference for the third consecutive season and fourth time in the last five years. Binghamton falls to 4-13 overall and 1-3 in the league.
Head Coach Steve Pikiell's Reaction
"I liked our energy and focus tonight in front of another great home crowd. We did a great job on defense, which gave us opportunities on offense, and I really liked our effort on the boards. We were plus-18 tonight, and that means we were able to limit their second chances. And I was excited about the depth we showed; our bench provided quality minutes. Overall, it was a solid team performance."
Both teams were plagued with turnovers and poor shooting in the game's first few minutes. Binghamton led 18-17 with 7:35 left after Marlon Beck converted a three-point play. After that, it was all #Seawolves, who went on a 14-0 run that included a pair of buckets from McAlister and a sophomore Carson Puriefoy (Wenonah, N.J.) three-pointer that gave Stony Brook a 31-18 advantage.
The #Seawolves went into halftime up 14, 37-23, and then put the game away with a mid-second half 10-2 run as Coley scored seven straight points on a triple and four free throws, showing a knack for getting to the rim.
Stony Brook then put on a show with four consecutive dunks, three by Warney and one by McAlister to put the #Seawolves on top, 62-39, with under eight minutes left in the game.
Inside the Numbers
- The 47 points allowed were a season low by Stony Brook's defense.
- Stony Brook outrebounded Binghamton, 38-20, the eighth time this season the #Seawolves have been plus-10 or better on the glass.
- Stony Brook shot 47.7% for the game, 41.7% (5-for-12) from three-point range and 83.3% (20-for-24) from three-point range.
- Binghatmon shot only 31.8% for the game, 37.5% (6-for-16) from behind the arc and 68.4% (13-for-19) from the line.
- Coley recorded his second consecutive 20-point game and the seventh of his career. He surpassed Mike Popoko (2003-07) for 17th all-time in scoring at Stony Brook. He now has 1,065.
- Coley was 8-for-8 from the free throw line.
- McAlister recorded 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field and 5-of-5 shooting from the free throw line.
- Warney had 13 points and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds.
- Redshirt freshman Ahmad Walker (Port Washington, N.Y.) recorded a career-high five steals.
- For the second straight game, freshman Chris Braley (Newport, Maine) came off the bench to nail a pair of three-pointers.
News & Notes
- Stony Brook and Binghamton have now met 58 times in their history. The #Seawolves now lead the all-time series 33-25 and have won eight in a row over the Bearcats.
- Stony Brook has won 19 consecutive home conference games dating back to Feb. 2011. Overall, the #Seawolves have won nine straight conference games dating back to Feb. 2013.
- Stony Brook is now 3-0 in America East for the third consecutive season and fourth time in the last five years. Each of the previous 3-0 starts have resulted in America East regular season championships.
- Stony Brook is now 5-0 this season and 85-18 during Pikiell's tenure when holding its opponent under 60 points.
Stony Brook will remain at home to face UMass Lowell Saturday night at Pritchard Gymnasium at 7 p.m. The game will be streamed online at AmericaEast.TV, and will be broadcast on Champions Radio 96.9/107.1 FM.