Jan. 26, 2014
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Redshirt freshman Ahmad Walker (Port Washington, N.Y.) delivered a career-high 22 points and 11 rebounds, and the Stony Brook men's basketball used a 27-10 run at the start of the second half to pull away with a 79-61 win over Maine Sunday at Pritchard Gymnasium.
Walker was one of five #Seawolves in double figuring scoring, as Stony Brook shot 70.4 percent in the second half, compared to just 41.1 percent in the first half.
Stony Brook, 15-6 overall and 7-0 in America East, has now won six straight games overall, 13 straight America East games and 22 straight home conference games, which is the third-longest active streak in the nation. The team's 7-0 start is its best ever as an America East team.
Head Coach Steve Pikiell's Reaction
"I thought we didn't have great energy in the first half, but I was pleased with our ball movement and ability to score in the second half. Our defense wasn't as good as it could be, but I liked that we were plus-10 on the glass and limited their second chance opportunities. We're happy with the win and we'll move on to preparing for Albany."
After scoring just 27 points in the first half, Stony Brook needed just the first eight minutes of the second half to put up another 27 points. Leading Maine 27-20 at the start of the second half, the #Seawolves broke the game open with a 27-10 run, including a 13-2 run in the first 3:19.
Walker led the charge, opening the half with just his second three-pointer of the season at 19:25. He then fed sophomore Jameel Warney (Plainfield, N.J.) for a dunk inside. He then had an alley oop off a pass from senior Dave Coley (Brooklyn, N.Y.) that made it 40-22 #Seawolves.
Stony Brook expanded its lead to 25 points midway through the second half with a pair of senior Anthony Jackson (Columbus, Ohio) three-pointers sandwiched around a sophomore Carson Puriefoy (Wenonah, N.J.) layup.
Maine attempted a comeback and got within 14 with three minutes to play, but the #Seawolves finished the Black Bears off moments later when Puriefoy stripped Maine's Xavier Pollard and fed Walker for a big slam dunk to bring the lead back to 18 with under three to play.
Inside the Numbers
News & Notes
- Stony Brook shot 51.7% for the game, including a blistering 70.4% (19-for-27) in the second half. Maine shot 41.1% for the contest, including 60% (15-for-25) in the second half.
- Stony Brook out-rebounded Maine, 41-28, the 10th time this season the team has been +10 on the glass in a game, including eight of the last 11 games played.
- Stony Brook outscored Maine in the paint, 46-26.
- Walker's 22 points and 11 rebounds were both career highs. It was his second career double-double.
- Coley had 17 points to go with four assists.
- McAlister finished with 10 points and seven rebounds.
- Jackson and Puriefoy each scored 11 points.
- Stony Brook, which has beaten Maine six times in a row, improved to 7-0 in America East, a first in program history. The #Seawolves are the first America East team to start 7-0 since Vermont did so in 2005.
- The #Seawolves have now won 22 consecutive home conference games at Pritchard Gymnasium, the third-longest active streak in the nation.
- Stony Brook has won 13 straight America East games overall, winning the first seven this season and the last six of the 2012-13 season.
- Stony Brook has dominated conference play; the team is 39-5 in its last 44 America East games.
- Stony Brook is now 34-2 overall in its last 36 games played at Pritchard.
- The active six-game winning streak is tied for fifth in the program's Div. I history.
Stony Brook hits the road for a Wednesday night tilt at Albany at 7 p.m. The game can be seen on AmericaEast.TV and will be broadcast on Champions Radio 96.9/107.1 FM.