Feb. 23, 2014
Bangor, Maine - Sophomore Carson Puriefoy (Wenonah, N.J) scored a career-high 24 points, and senior Anthony Jackson (Columbus, Ohio) ignited a second-half rally with eight straight points as the Stony Brook men's basketball team came back to beat Maine, 83-79, Sunday afternoon at Cross Insurance Center.
The #Seawolves, who have won 11 of their last 13 games, improve to 20-8 overall and 12-2 in America East. They have clinched their third straight 20-win season and fourth in the last five years. Maine falls to 5-21 overall and 3-11 in the conference.
Head Coach Steve Pikiell's Reaction
"Today was a tough battle with a talented Maine team, and I'm happy to be able to come away with another road win. I give them a lot of credit, they made big shots and took advantage of our poor first half when we were turning the ball over too many times. We're fortunate that we made big plays in the second half and got enough stops to take advantage."
Stony Brook allowed Maine to score 42 points in the first half, struggling with the Black Bears' potent offense. However, the #Seawolves knew they could hang with Maine's offense. They just needed to string together a run of points and stops.
Trailing 49-45 early in the second half, Jackson ignited that rally with a jumper at 15:11. That was followed by Puriefoy stripping Xavier Pollard and Jackson converting a layup and drawing the foul. He finished the three-point play with a free throw and the #Seawolves took a 50-49 lead. After Maine missed a jumper, Jackson drilled a three-pointer at 13:52 to make it 53-49.
Stony Brook extended the run to 20-4 as Maine went 0-for-6 from the field from the 15:35 mark to the 9:29 mark. The #Seawolves led by as much as 15, 77-62, before Maine went on a 13-1 run to get within one possession, 78-75. But the #Seawolves made their free throws to secure the win.
Inside the Numbers
News & Notes
- Stony Brook shot 45.5% for the game and was stellar at the free throw line, making 19 of 23 shots (82.6%).
- Maine was 52.8% from the field and 35.7% from three-point range. After going 5-for-10 from behind the arc in the first half, the Black Bears were 0-for-4 in the second half.
- The #Seawolves out-rebounded Maine 37-30 and used 15 Black Bear turnovers to create 23 points.
- Puriefoy scored a career-high 24 points, surpassing his previous high of 22. He was 9-for-16 from the field.
- Warney had 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting and nine rebounds.
- McAlister posted 15 points, and Jackson added 14. Jackson is now at 998 career points, two shy of 1,000 for his career.
- After turning the ball over seven times in the first half, the #Seawolves committed just two turnovers in the second half.
- Xavier Pollard and Till Gloger each scored 21 points for Maine.
- Stony Brook has now beaten Maine in seven consecutive meetings, including the last three on the road.
- The #Seawolves have reached the 20-win mark for the third consecutive season and fourth time in the last five years.
- Stony Brook remains in control of its own destiny for the America East regular season championship and tournament No. 1 seed.
- This was Stony Brook's third win of the season when trailing at halftime.
- The #Seawolves are 40-6 in their last 46 conference games.
- Stony Brook is now 8-4 in true road games this season and 21-11 since the start of the 2012-13 season.
Stony Brook will travel to Burlington, Vt., Thursday for a showdown with first-place Vermont. The clash will air nationally on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN App. Live audio will also be available on GoSeawolves.org.