#Seawolves seniors carry Stony Brook to win over Albany on Senior Day

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March 2, 2014

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Stony Brook, N.Y. - On Senior Day, his day, senior Dave Coley (Brooklyn, N.Y.) would not let the Stony Brook men's basketball team lose. He helped ignite a 16-0 #Seawolves run with a trifecta of three-pointers as the #Seawolves overcame a 10-point deficit to defeat Albany, 73-68, Sunday afternoon at Pritchard Gymnasium. The team had honored Coley, Anthony Jackson (Columbus, Ohio), who scored his 1,000th career point today, Eric McAlister (Hightstown, N.J.) and Ben Resner (Centerport, N.Y.) prior to the game.

Stony Brook ends the regular season with a 21-9 record overall and 13-3 in America East. The #Seawolves will be the No. 2 seed in next week's America East Championship and will play No. 7 seed Maine in the quarterfinals Saturday at SEFCU Arena at 6 p.m. 

Albany falls to 15-12 overall and 9-7 in America East. The Great Danes will be the No. 4 seed in the tournament and play No. 5 UMBC on their home court Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

Unless Stony Brook hosts the final of the America East Championship or a postseason tournament game, this was the last basketball game played at Pritchard Gymnasium, where the #Seawolves went 61-18 (.772) since moving back into the facility in November 2008, including 37-3 in the last 40 games.

Head Coach Steve Pikiell's Reaction
"Our seniors won the game today in front of a great crowd that gave us a ton of energy. It was their day and I'm proud they made big plays on both sides of the ball when they needed to at the end of the game. These seniors have done a lot of for us, won us a ton of games and they made sure we won one more here at Pritchard."

Turning Point
Stony Brook led at halftime, 35-34, but the Great Danes took control in the second half going up 10, 55-45, with 8:09 remaining in the game.

But the #Seawolves seniors, with some help from the young guys, made sure that they were not going to lose on Senior Day. Redshirt freshman Ahmad Walker (Port Washington, N.Y.) delivered a three-point play at 7:39 to cut Albany's lead to seven, 55-48, and then drove to the basket for another layup at 6:11 to make it 55-50.

After Albany's John Puk missed a dunk attempt, Coley took the ball and refused to lose. He drilled a three-pointer at 5:39 to cut Albany's lead to two. Then he drew a charge on Albany's Peter Hooley to create a turnover. McAlister jump hooked a basket to tie the game, and the #Seawolves defense came back down and forced a shot clock violation.

Coley immediately buried another three-pointer at 4:09. Then at 3:26 after sophomore Jameel Warney (Planfield, N.J.) had a huge block on Albany's Gary Johnson, Coley had a huge catch-and-shoot three-pointer from about 24 feet to complete a 16-0 #Seawolves run and give them a 61-55 advantage.

The #Seawolves built the lead to nine on Jackson's three-pointer at 1:32, but the Great Danes got within three, 71-68, late before Jackson sealed the game with two free throws.

Inside the Numbers

  • Stony Brook shot 48.1% from the field and 42.9% (6-for-14) from the three-point line.
  • Albany shot 42.6% overall and 50% (8-for-16) from behind the arc.
  • Albany out-rebounded Stony Brook, 34-31, and grabbed 13 offensive rebounds that led to 14 second chance points.
  • The #Seawolves had 19 assists on 26 field goals and turned the ball over only seven times in the game, five in the first half.
  • Coley finished with a game-high 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting overall and 5-of-8 from three-point range. He made five of Stony Brook's six three-pointers on the day.
  • Jackson scored his 1,000th career point in the first half, and he finished the game with 13 points and six assists against zero turnovers. He is the sixth #Seawolves player in the program's Div. I history to score 1,000 career points, 23rd player overall.
  • McAlister was 5-of-7 from the field and had 13 points.
  • Resner made his first career start.
  • Walker had a big day with 11 points, nine rebounds and five assists.

News & Notes

  • Stony Brook honored its four graduating seniors - Coley, Jackson, McAlister and Resner. Coley will graduate with his Bachelor's degree in Health Science. Jackson will graduate with his Bachelor's degree in Multidisciplinary Studies. McAlister, who already has his Bachelor's degree in Sociology, will earn his Master in Human Resource Management. Resner already has his Bachelor's in Multidisciplinary Studies and will now earn a Master of Liberal Studies and Coaching.
  • The #Seawolves finished the regular season with a 21-9 record overall and 13-3 in America East. This is the fourth time in the last five seasons at they have won 13 or more conference games.
  • In the last three seasons, Stony Brook has been 41-7 (.854) in America East play.
  • Stony Brook may have played its final game at Pritchard Gymnasium, and the #Seawolves were 61-18 in the building since moving back into the facility in November 2008. They are 37-3 in their last 40 games here.
  • Stony Brook trails Albany in the all-time series, 37-26, but the #Seawolves have now won 12 of the last 16 matchups.

Up Next
The quest for the America East Championship and NCAA Tournament berth begins Saturday when the #Seawolves play in the tournament quarterfinals. Stony Brook will be the No. 2 seed and face No. 7 Maine at SEFCU Arena in Albany, N.Y., at 6 p.m. The game will be carried on ESPN3 and 96.9/107.1 FM.