Feb. 19, 2014
Stony Brook, N.Y. - After starting the game 1-for-10 from the field, the Stony Brook men's basketball team rebounded nicely by finishing the game making 21 of its last 37 shots while holding UMBC to 17.6 percent three-point shooting as the #Seawolves defeated the Retrievers, 72-53, Wednesday at Pritchard Gymnasium to make Steve Pikiell the program's all-time winningest head coach.
Pikiell, who is 139-134 in nine seasons at Stony Brook, surpassed Joe Castiglie, who led Stony Brook to 138 wins as a Div. III program from 1984-91. Pikiell has been at the forefront of Stony Brook's renaissance as a basketball program, guiding the #Seawolves to 103 wins since the start of the 2009-10 season and three America East regular season championships.
Stony Brook has now won 10 of its last 12 games to improve to 19-8 overall and 11-2 in America East. With three games remaining on the schedule, the #Seawolves are now guaranteed to finish no lower than second place in the conference. UMBC falls to 9-18 overall and 5-9 in America East.
Sophomore Jameel Warney (Plainfield, N.J.) led the #Seawolves with 18 points.
Head Coach Steve Pikiell's Reaction
"I really liked our defense tonight. I thought we did a good job defending the three-point line, and if we didn't foul late, we could have held them in the 40s. I thought we shared the ball well offensively and overcame a slow start by attacking the rim and getting good looks."
Stony Brook was mired in an early slump, starting the game shooting 1-for-10 from the field and committing six turnovers in the first 6:40 of action.
Down 8-0 early, the #Seawolves bounced back, making their first field goal of the game at 14:51 on a sophomore Carson Puriefoy (Wenonah, N.J.) layup. Then Warney was instrumental, throwing down a huge dunk at 8:48 that tied the game at 16-16, and then he found a waiting senior Eric McAlister (Hightstown, N.J.) underneath the basket with a no-look pass for a layup to put Stony Brook up with a lead it would not relinquish.
The #Seawolves went on to close the half on a 21-7 run that included three-pointers from Puriefoy and senior Anthony Jackson (Columbus, Ohio) and a dunk from McAlister.
Stony Brook put the game away with a mid-second half, 11-1 run that was punctuated by a Warney dunk at 4:47 that made it 63-41 in favor of the #Seawolves.
Inside the Numbers
News & Notes
- Stony Brook shot 46.8% from the field, 35% from three-point range and 77.8% from the free throw line. After starting 1-for-10 from the field (10%), the #Seawolves finished making 21 of their last 37 shots (56.8%).
- The #Seawolves out-rebounded UMBC 38-22, the 13th time this season and 11th time in their last 17 games that they've been plus-10 on the glass.
- UMBC shot 40.4% for the game and just 17.6% (3-for-17) from three-point range. The Retrievers also struggled at the free throw line, making just 12 of 20 shots (60%).
- Warney finished the night with 18 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field and 8-of-11 shooting from the free throw line.
- Puriefoy added 12 points, and Coley had 10 points and five assists.
- Stony Brook has now defeated UMBC 12 consecutive times and improves to 17-8 all-time against the Retrievers.
- Steve Pikiell broke the all-time head coaching wins record, which was previously held by Joe Castiglie, who coached the #Seawolves from 1984-91.
- The #Seawolves have now won 10 of their last 12 games overall, 36 of their last 39 games at Pritchard Gymnasium and 17 of their last 19 America East games.
- Stony Brook is now 8-0 this season and 88-18 in Pikiell's head coaching tenure when holding its opponent under 60 points.
- At 11-2 in America East, Stony Brook has secured no worse than second place in the standings and the No. 2 seed in the America East Championship.
Stony Brook will head north...way north, as it goes to Bangor, Maine to face the Maine Black Bears Sunday at 2 p.m. The game will be carried on AmericaEast.TV.