Stony Brook, N.Y. - Freshman Carson Puriefoy (Wenonah, N.J.) drove a Stony Brook men's basketball rally over Albany, scoring 15 of his career-high 17 points after halftime to lead the Seawolves to a 75-70 victory over the Great Danes on Senior Day at sold-out Pritchard Gymnasium.
Stony Brook ends the regular season having won the America East regular season championship, clinching the No. 1 seed in the upcoming conference tournament, setting a Div. I program record for wins in a season (23) and extending its home winning streak to 10 overall and 18 during conference play.
Coach Steve Pikiell's Reaction "We had another great crowd today. Our seniors were great today. We broke a school record today for most Div. I wins in a season. It's all because of these guys. They're unselfish, great kids. They were ready to play tonight, and they knew the importance of playing on Senior Night."
Turning Point Albany led by as much as 10 points in the second half, but the Seawolves turned up the defense in the final six minutes. After Albany's Jacob Iati nailed his fifth three-pointer of the game at the 6:00 mark to put the Great Danes up 63-61, the Seawolves did not let them hit another field goal until there was only 3.2 seconds to play.
In the meantime, Puriefoy and Brenton took over, frustrating Albany on defense while making things happen on offense. Brenton picked off a Mike Black pass and fed an outlet to Puriefoy, who chased the ball down and hit a layup to put SB back on top 64-63.
Then at the end, Stony Brook got itself to the free throw line while continuing to frustrate Albany into tough shots. In the final 2:21, Brenton and Puriefoy were both 4-for-4 from the free throw line.
By the Numbers
Uncharacteristically, Stony Brook allowed Albany to shoot 56.5% and was outrebounded by the Great Danes 26-22. However, the Seawolves did shoot 51.1% themselves and were 7-for-9 (77.8%) from three-point range.
Stony Brook had 16 assists to 13 turnovers.
Puriefoy's 17 points were a career high. He was 5-for-8 from the field and 6-for-6 from the free throw line.
Brenton notched seven assists for the third consecutive game. It's the 17th time this season he's had five or more assists in a game.
Freshman Jameel Warney (Plainfield, N.J.) had 10 points and now has scored in double figures in five straight games.
Bracey had nine points, and Rouse and Hayes each had eight points. Rouse tied a career high with four assists.
News & Notes
Stony Brook ends the regular season as its most successful in its Div. I history, setting a new program Div. I record for wins with 23. The Seawolves also matched their best America East output at 14-2, tying last season's squad.
The Seawolves stretched their home winning streak to 10 games overall and 18 in conference games. Stony Brook is 25-1 at Pritchard Gymnasium in its last 26 games.
Stony Brook is now 32-5 in its last 37 conference games. Over the last two seasons alone, Stony Brook is 28-4 in America East.
This is the first time in its last 11 games that Stony Brook has allowed an opponent to score 70 points.
The Seawolves have now won six straight games over Albany.
Stony Brook's overall six-game winning streak is tied for the fourth-best in the program's Div. I history.
Stony Brook sold out Pritchard Gymnasium for the seventh time this season.
Up Next Stony Brook now begins its quest for an NCAA Tournament bid as it travels to Albany, N.Y., for the 2013 America East Championship. The Seawolves will be the No. 1 seed and face No. 8 Binghamton Saturday at 6 p.m. The game will be streamed live on ESPN3. For tickets in the Stony Brook section, call (631) 632-WOLF.