Stony Brook, N.Y. - Senior Tommy Brenton (Columbia, Md.) posted a triple-double with 15 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists, and junior Eric McAlister (Hightstown, N.J.) scored a career-high 22 points as the Stony Brook men's basketball team rolled to a 79-69 win over Maine Saturday at a sold-out Pritchard Gymnasium.
Brenton's triple-double is the first in Stony Brook's Div. I history (and possibly the program's entire history dating back to 1960), and it fittingly comes on a day that Stony Brook celebrated its annual Alumni Day.
The Seawolves are now 15-5 overall and 6-1 in America East as they continue their best start in their Div. I history.
Coach Steve Pikiell's Reaction "I'm happy to get a win in front of another great crowd, our fourth straight sellout. Maine is a good team - the best scoring team in the league - and you saw that in the second half. But we clicked on offense today and managed to grind out a win. Now we have a tough game ahead of us on Tuesday."
Turning Point Stony Brook led the game throughout, but Maine used the three-point ball to stay in the game. Zarko Valjarevic sank six three-pointers in the second half, including one at 5:57 to cut Maine's deficit to eight, 61-53.
That's when Brenton finished off the Black Bears with back-to-back alley oop dunk passes, the first to McAlister at 5:08 and the second to freshman Jameel Warney (Plainfield, N.J.) at 4:14 to push the Seawolves lead back to 12, 65-53. The alley oop to Warney also represented Brenton's 10th assist of the game, giving him the coveted triple-double.
Maine got no closer than nine points the rest of the way as free throw shooting plagued the Black Bears. They were just 8-for-24 from the line in the game.
By the Numbers
This is only the 10th time a Stony Brook player has ever achieved 10 assists in a game. Brenton's 11 assists are the fifth-most in a single game in Seawolves history. His triple-double is the program's first in its Div. I history.
Brenton surpassed the 1,000 career rebounds mark with his 11th grab of the game. He is now the eighth player all-time in America East history to grab 1,000 rebounds.
Stony Brook shot 45% for the game and 41.2% from three-point range (7-for-17). Maine shot 40% overall and 33% from three-point range (9-for-27).
Freshman Jameel Warney (Plainfield, N.J.) grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked two shots.
McAlister's 22 points were a career high. He surpassed his previous career high of 12.
In total, five players scored in double figures, including juniors Anthony Jackson (Columbus, Ohio), who had 10 points, and Dave Coley (Brooklyn, N.Y.), who had 13 points, and senior Marcus Rouse (Upper Marlboro, Md.), who had 11.
News & Notes
Stony Brook is now 15-5 overall, the program's best 20 game start in its Div. I history. The 6-1 America East start also matches last season's team for best start in the league.
The Seawolves have won 14 consecutive home conference games, dating back to Feb. 2011. Overall, Stony Brook is 20-1 at Pritchard Gymnasium since the start of the 2011-12 season.
Stony Brook sold out Pritchard Gymnasium for the fourth consecutive game and 19th time since the start of the 2009-10 season.
The Seawolves improved to 12-16 all-time against Maine and have now won four in a row over the Black Bears.
Stony Brook has now won 15 or more games in a season for the fifth consecutive year.
Brenton was named America East Player of the Game.
Up Next Stony Brook embarks on three more road games, beginning Tuesday at Albany at 7 p.m. The game will be streamed online live on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN App on mobile and tablet devices.