Jan. 25, 2014
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Sophomore Jameel Warney (Plainfield, N.J.) delivered 18 points and nine rebounds, senior Anthony Jackson (Columbus, Ohio) had 16 points and the Stony Brook men's basketball team survived a furious Vermont rally with stout defense at the end as the #Seawolves came away with a 67-64 victory over the Catamounts at a raucous, sold-out Pritchard Gymnasium Friday night.
Stony Brook, 14-6 overall and 6-0 in America East, has now won five straight games overall, 12 straight conference games and 21 straight home conference games. In their last 43 conference games, the #Seawolves are 38-5. Vermont's seven-game win streak is over, and the Catamounts fall to 11-9 overall, 5-1 in America East.
Head Coach Steve Pikiell's Reaction
"In a great environment with great fans, we were able to grind out a great win against a tough, skilled and experienced opponent in Vermont. We knew they would rebound from a tough first half, and we had to bear down and get good defensive stops at the end to hold on. I'm pleased with the effort our guys gave tonight, and we have no time to enjoy it because we have to prepare for Maine on Sunday."
Stony Brook dominated the first half after shooting 54.5 percent and out-rebounding Vermont, 23-10. The #Seawolves had a 50-33 lead with 16:31 left in the second half when they suddenly went cold, going scoreless for six minutes and 27 seconds. Vermont went on a 13-0 run to cut it to 56-42 with 10:04 to play.
The game was a see-saw battle from then on out. Vermont got within three, 67-64, after a Jackson jumper was sandwiched by a three-pointer from Vermont's Kurt Steidl and a jumper from Vermont's Hector Harold.
Stony Brook could not score from there on out, but defense carried the day. Steidl went up for a layup, and Warney came up with the block and the rebound. After another empty #Seawolves possession, Ethan O'Day went up with a layup and Warney then swatted the ball away from the side into the crowd.
Vermont missed three more tries, but the #Seawolves missed a pair of 1-and-1 opportunities at the free throw line to set up Catamounts ball with four seconds to go. Senior Dave Coley (Brooklyn, N.Y.) broke up the long in-bound pass, setting up another try with two seconds left. UVM's Brian Voelkel got the ball to O'Day about 28 feet from the basket, and his attempt at the game-tying shot hit the front rim at the buzzer, giving the #Seawolves the victory.
Inside the Numbers
News & Notes
- Stony Brook shot 46.6% for the game; 54.5% in the first half but just 36% in the second half. Vermont shot 37.7% for the game and made eight three-pointers on 22 attempts (36.4%).
- The #Seawolves out-rebounded Vermont 39-35 and used 12 offensive rebounds to score 15 second chance points.
- Warney had a game-high 18 points to go with nine rebounds and three blocks. The nation's leader in field goal percentage coming into the game, he was 7-for-11 from the floor. He has scored in double figures in nine straight games.
- Jackson was 4-for-4 from three-point land and finished with 16 points.
- Senior Eric McAlister (Hightstown, N.J.) was sharp with eight points and 10 rebounds.
- Vermont's bench scored 46 of the team's 64 points, led by O'Day's 17, 16 of which came in the second half.
- This was the most points Vermont has allowed to an America East opponent this season. In the first five games, the Catamounts had held teams to 48 points or under.
- Stony Brook improved to 6-0 in America East, a first in program history. The #Seawolves are the first America East team to start 6-0 since Vermont did so in 2005.
- The #Seawolves have now won 21 consecutive home conference games at Pritchard Gymnasium, which dates back to Feb. 2011.
- Stony Brook has won 12 straight America East games overall, winning the first six this season and the last six of the 2012-13 season.
- Stony Brook has dominated conference play; the team is 38-5 in its last 43 America East games.
- Stony Brook is now 33-2 overall in its last 35 games played at Pritchard.
- The active five-game winning streak is tied for seventh in the program's Div. I history.
Stony Brook will be back on the court in less than 48 hours as it hosts Maine Sunday at Pritchard Gymnasium at 2 p.m. The game can be seen on AmericaEast.TV.