#Seawolves lose tough game to sharpshooting UNH, 73-69

Carson Puriefoy

Feb. 8, 2014

Final Stats

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Sophomore Carson Puriefoy (Wenonah, N.J) scored a game-high 18 points, but the New Hampshire Wildcats connected on 14 three-pointers to steal a 73-69 win over the Stony Brook men's basketball team Saturday at Pritchard Gymnasium.

Stony Brook, which saw its 23-game home conference winning streak snapped, falls to 17-8 overall and 9-2 in America East. New Hampshire improves to 6-17 overall and 4-6 in the conference.

Head Coach Steve Pikiell's Reaction
"Give all the credit to New Hampshire. They deserved to win the game today. They played an outstanding game, and we were not able to get stops when we needed them. And I think we were hurt by the missed free throws. We will learn from this game, have a great week of practice and get back to work at UMass Lowell."

Turning Point
In a game that featured six ties and nine lead changes in the second half alone, it came down to the final two minutes. Stony Brook had a 64-63 lead with 1:50 on the clock after a pair of Puriefoy free throws. UNH then answered with a Jaleen Smith three-pointer in the corner in front of the UNH bench to give the Wildcats the 66-64 edge.

The two teams then started trading blows as senior Dave Coley (Brooklyn, N.Y.) answered with a wide open three-pointer to put SB back on top, 67-66. But that was answered by UNH's Chris Pelcher, who took a jump hook in the paint with 41 seconds left that gave UNH the one-point advantage. Puriefoy then took the ball to the hoop with a layup with 25.7 seconds to go making it 69-68 #Seawolves.

But it was UNH and the three-ball all day, and that's how it ended. Daniel Dion buried a deep three with 13.8 seconds left to put UNH up 71-69, and back the other way, Puriefoy's drive to the basket for a game-tying bucket was stonewalled by Smith, leading to a jump ball and a turnover. UNH then iced the game with two free throws.

Inside the Numbers

  • Stony Brook shot 46.3% for the game and made eight three-pointers. The #Seawolves struggled at the free throw line, going only 11-for-20 (55%).
  • New Hampshire made 14 three-pointers, the second most of the season. UNH shot 43.6% for the game and 46.7% from behind the arc. The Wildcats also were nearly perfect at the free throw line (11-for-13).
  • This game featured eight ties and 13 lead changes.
  • Puriefoy had a game-high 18 points on 5-of-10 shooing, 3-for-3 from the three-point line.
  • Sophomore Jameel Warney (Plainfield, N.J.) posted his ninth double-double of the season and 16th of his career with 11 points and 10 rebounds. He also had four assists.
  • Senior Anthony Jackson (Columbus, Ohio) had 12 points and is now just 34 shy of 1,000 for his career.
  • Pelcher led UNH with 15 points and 11 rebounds.



News & Notes

  • Stony Brook saw its 23-game home conference winning streak snapped. The streak had been the third-longest active run in the nation. Stony Brook's last home conference loss was on Feb. 4, 2011 against Boston University.
  • Stony Brook's seven-game winning streak over UNH was also snapped, as the Wildcats now improve to 15-13 all-time against the #Seawolves.
  • This is just the second loss this season when Stony Brook leads at halftime (La Salle) and just the second time the team has lost when out-rebounding its opponent (VCU).

Up Next
Stony Brook has a week off from game competition and will play at UMass Lowell on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 4 p.m. Listen live on Champions Radio 96.9/107.1 FM or watch on AmericaEast.TV.