March 20, 2013
Amherst, Mass. - Junior guards Anthony Jackson (Columbus, Ohio) and Dave Coley (Brooklyn, N.Y.) both scored 20 points, and the Stony Brook men's basketball team held UMass to 36.7 percent shooting as the No. 7 seed Seawolves upset the No. 2 seed Minutemen, 71-58, in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament (NIT), Wednesday night at the Mullins Center. The victory is Stony Brook's first-ever national postseason win.
Stony Brook (25-7), who leads the nation in true road wins with 13, advances to play No. 3 seed Iowa Friday night in Iowa City, Iowa at 9:30 p.m., Eastern, 8:30 p.m., Central, live on ESPNU.
Coley was 8-for-15 from the field and 3-for-3 from the free throw line to finish with 20. He had a career-high five steals. Jackson was 8-for-10 from the floor and 4-for-5 from three-point range for 20 points. Freshman Jameel Warney (Plainfield, N.J.) was 8-for-16 to score 16 points, and senior Tommy Brenton (Columbia, Md.) had six points, six rebounds, seven assists and four steals.
Coach Steve Pikiell's Reaction
"It was a great win tonight against a really good UMass team. We can defend, and we did a great job defensively tonight once we settled down in the beginning. I'm really proud. This is a good basketball team, and they deserve to keep playing and get the opportunity to keep playing in this tournament."
Stony Brook led for most of the game, but Massachusetts seemingly was taking the momentum after grabbing a 25-21 lead with 7:05 left in the first half. But the Seawolves hunkered down and tightened up on defense, ending the half on a 17-0 run. Stony Brook only allowed UMass to take five shots the rest of the half while forcing seven turnovers.
On offense, Brenton scored the last six points of the half; he hit one of two free throws, then tipped in a missed jumper and then stole the ball and drove down and connected on a layup and drew a foul. He hit the free throw for the three-point play, giving the Seawolves a 38-25 advantage at the break.
UMass opened the second half on an 8-2 run to get within seven, but the Seawolves answered every Minutemen run with a big basket. The big blow came at the 2:15 mark when Coley drilled a three-pointer that gave the Seawolves an 11-point lead, 66-55, after UMass had cut it to eight.
By the Numbers
News & Notes
- Jackson and Coley are the first Seawolves pair to score 20 points in the same game all season. Both were just one points shy of their career high.
- Warney has now scored in double figures in eight straight games.
- Brenton's seven assists pushed him over 400 for his career. He now has 18 games of five or more assists this season.
- Stony Brook shot 51.8% for the game and held UMass to 36.7% shooting and 23.1% from three-point range (6-for-26).
- The Seawolves grabbed a career-high 14 steals. They had 23 points off of the Minutemen's 19 turnovers.
- Stony Brook continues its run while having its best Div. I season ever, now posting 25 wins.
- The Seawolves are now 20-0 this season and 80-18 during the Pikiell era when holding teams under 60 points.
- Stony Brook is also 21-1 this year when hold teams under 40% shooting.
- The Seawolves have now won 13 true road games this season, the most in the country.
- Pikiell won his 120th game as Stony Brook's head coach.
- This was Stony Brook's first-ever national postseason victory, improving to 1-2 all-time in the NIT.
- Stony Brook was the first team to ever beat UMass on its home floor during the NIT.
- The win was Stony Brook's first ever against a member of the Atlantic 10.
Stony Brook will head to the second round of the NIT, traveling to Iowa City, Iowa to face the University of Iowa Friday night at 9:30 p.m., Eastern, 8:30 p.m., Central live on ESPNU.