Stony Brook, N.Y. - The Stony Brook men's basketball team held Vermont to its season low in scoring, and senior Marcus Rouse (Upper Marlboro, Md.) came off the bench to go 6-for-8 from the field for 16 points as the Seawolves came away with a 65-48 win over the Catamounts in front of a raucous sellout Pritchard Gymnasium crowd Friday night.
The Seawolves limited Vermont to 36.7 percent shooting from the field and 26.3 percent shooting from the three-point line (5-for-19).
On offense, Rouse was 4-for-5 from three-point range. Freshman Jameel Warney (Plainfield, N.J.) had 12 points and 10 rebounds. Senior Tommy Brenton (Columbia, Md.) had 13 points, six rebounds and six assists.
Stony Brook improves to 19-6 overall and 10-2 in America East as it continues to enjoy its best Div. I start in program history. The Seawolves have now won 16 consecutive home conference games, dating back to Feb. 2011.
Coach Steve Pikiell's Reaction "I want to thank the great crowd tonight. Another sellout and the loudest crowd of the year. I liked our defense tonight; we didn't give them easy points like we did last time. We got great production out of our bench and our bigs played great down low. We'll enjoy the win tonight, but we have to prepare for UMBC on Tuesday."
Turning Point The Seawolves came out of halftime and took control of the game with a 20-5 run that saw their lead expand from six points to 21. Warney got it started with a layup and a dunk underneath to get the crowd going. He had eight points in a five-minute span as the Seawolves lead grew to 14, 48-34, with 14:55 left.
The rest was history as the Catamounts missed six consecutive shots, turned the ball over three time and the Seawolves kept taking advantage.
Rouse punctuated the game with his fourth three-pointer of the night, coming at 5:55 that gave Stony Brook a 22-point lead.
By the Numbers
Stony Brook outshot Vermont 48.0% to 36.7%.
The Seawolves outrebounded the Catamounts 37-30, the 40th time in their last 49 games they have grabbed more caroms than their opponent.
Stony Brook converted 13 Vermont turnovers into 24 points.
The Seawolves committed only seven turnovers themselves, their third-lowest output of the year.
Warney was a perfect 5-for-5 from the field on his way to his fifth double-double of the season.
Brenton now has 14 games of five or more assists this season. He was 3-for-3 from the field and 6-for-8 from the free throw line.
Brenton's 13 points moved him into seventh place in the program's Div. I history in scoring. He has 913 for his career.
Rouse matched his career high for three-pointers made in a game with four. He matched his season high for scoring this season with his 16 points. He also had 16 against Sacred Heart and Eastern Illinois.
Senior Anthony Jackson (Columbus, Ohio) made one three-pointer on the night, the 100th of his career.
News & Notes
Stony Brook is off to its best 25-game start in its Div. I history at 19-6. The Seawolves' 10-2 America East record is second only to last season's squad that was 11-1 through 12 games.
The Seawolves have won 16 consecutive home conference games, dating back to Feb. 2011.
Stony Brook is 15-0 this season and 75-18 in the Pikiell era when holding its opponent under 60 points.
Stony Brook is now 28-5 in its last 33 conference games, also dating back to Feb. 2011.
The Seawolves are 47-16 (.746) at Pritchard Gymnasium since moving back into the facility at the start of the 2008-09 season.
Tonight's game represented the fifth sellout of Pritchard Gymnasium this season.
Up Next The Seawolves wrap up their three-game homestand Tuesday night against UMBC at Pritchard Gymnasium at 7 p.m. The game will be televised live on Optimum Local Channel 118, available to all Optimum cable subscribers in Nassau and Suffolk County.