Stony Brook, N.Y. - The Stony Brook men's basketball team had five players scoring in double figures, and the defense limited UMBC to 26.3 percent shooting and just 10 points in the second half as the Seawolves ended the game on a 69-16 run and defeated UMBC 83-39 Tuesday night at a sold-out Pritchard Gymnasium.
Stony Brook is now 20-6 overall and 11-2 in America East as the program continues to have its best start in its Div. I history. The win marks the program's third 20-win season over the last four years. With three games remaining in the conference schedule, the Seawolves' first-place lead is at two games.
Coach Steve Pikiell's Reaction "We had another great crowd tonight, and we're appreciative of the community and students' support. We came out a little flat tonight, but our bench did a great job of giving us some offense and our defense did a great job of staying focused and applying pressure to their shooters. Now we'll have to go back on the road and take on a talented Maine team."
Turning Point Mid first-half, the Seawolves were trailing 23-14 and allowing UMBC to shoot over 50 percent from the field. But all the Seawolves needed was a run to spark the offense. Senior Tommy Brenton (Columbia, Md.) got them started with a layup and then Bracey and Rouse knocked down back-to-back three-pointers as Stony Brook posted a 13-0 run to claim a four-point lead, 27-23, with 6:08 left in the first half.
Stony Brook ended the first half on a 33-5 run as they went into halftime up 47-29. The Seawolves defense turned up the heat on the Retrievers as UMBC was 10-for-18 from the field before SB's 13-0 run, just 2-for-11 the rest of the half and 5-for-39 the rest of the game.
By the Numbers
Stony Brook shot 51.7% for the game and held UMBC to 26.3%, which is the lowest shooting percentage an opponent has had against Stony Brook this season.
The Seawolves outrebounded UMBC 46-31, the 41st time in their last 50 ames they have outrebounded their opponent.
Stony Brook dished out 20 assists tonight, the most assists the team has had since Nov. 11, 2011 when the Seawolves posted 24 against Mount Ida.
Stony Brook's 44-point margin of victory is the most against a Div. I opponent era, surpassing the team's 40-point win at UMBC on Jan. 11, 2012.
Warney continued his hot streak with 13 points, three assists and two blocks. He is now 23 for his last 29 from the field (.793).
Brenton grabbed six rebounds and surpassed former Vermont forward Marqus Blakely for fifth all-time in America East history in career rebounds. He now has 1,049.
Junior Dave Coley (Brooklyn, N.Y.) grabbed a game-high nine rebounds.
News & Notes
Stony Brook has now won 10 consecutive games against UMBC, dating back to the start of the 2008-09 season. The Seawolves are 15-8 all-time against the Retrievers.
The Seawolves are 20-6, their best 26-game start in their Div. I history, surpassing the 2009-10 team's 19-7 record. Their 11-2 America East start is second only to last season's 12-1 start.
Stony Brook has won 20 or more games in three of the last four seasons.
Stony Brook is now 29-5 in its last 34 America East conference games, dating back to Feb. 2011.
The Seawolves are 16-0 this season and 76-18 in the Pikiell era when holding teams under 60 points.
This was the sixth sellout of the season at Pritchard Gymnasium.
Up Next The Seawolves are back on the road this weekend as they battle the Maine Black Bears in Orono, Maine Sunday at 1 p.m.