Men's hoops' historic season ends at Iowa in NIT loss

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March 23, 2013

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Iowa City, Iowa - The Stony Brook men's basketball team gave Iowa everything it could handle in 40 minutes of gritty basketball, but ultimately, the Hawkeyes came away with a 75-63 win over the Seawolves in the second round of the NIT at a sold-out Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Freshman Jameel Warney (Plainfield, N.J.) led Stony Brook with 17 points and seven rebounds. Junior Anthony Jackson (Columbus, Ohio) had 15 points, and junior Dave Coley (Brooklyn, N.Y.) added 12 for the Seawolves, who shot 47.1 percent for the game.

Iowa was led by Roy Devyn Marble, who scored a game-high 28 points.

The Seawolves conclude their historic season with a Div. I program record 25 wins, their third America East regular season championship and their first-ever national postseason victory.

Coach Steve Pikiell's Reaction
"We knew we would see a very good Iowa team. I thought we played well and battled with them until the end, but they were better tonight. But I'm proud of my guys; they played tough tonight and all season long. They are part of the best season in program history."

Turning Point
On every big Iowa basket, the Seawolves punched back with a big bucket of their own, taking a three-point lead late in the first half before settling for a 37-34 deficit at halftime.

However, the Hawkeyes wore the Seawolves down in the second half with tough defense and big shots. After Warney tied the game at 41-41 with a pair of free throws at 16:26, Iowa went on a 13-3 run that culminated in Zach McCabe's open three-pointer at 11:49 to give the Haweyes a 10-point lead, their largest of the game.

Jackson got the Seawolves back within four after a big four-point play that came after swishing a three-pointer at 9:36, but Iowa came right back with a quick jumper and three-pointer to deflate Stony brook, who went on to only make four field goals the rest of the game against a tight defense.

By the Numbers

  • Stony Brook shot 47.1% for the game but allowed Iowa to shoot 47.3%.
  • The Hawkeyes outrebounded the Seawolves 34-30.
  • Iowa turned 11 Seawolves turnovers into 12 points.
  • Stony Brook outscored Iowa in the paint, 26-20.
  • Warney was 7-for-9 from the field and finishes the season shooting 61.8% from the field, which will rank him in the top 10 in the country.
  • Warney finishes the season having scored in double figures in nine straight games.
  • Jackson had 15 points, the seventh time this season he's posted 15 or more in a game.
  • Senior Tommy Brenton (Columbia, Md.) finished his career with 971 points, 1,115 rebounds, 405 assists and 220 steals. The latter three stats all rank first in the program's Div. I history.
  • Brenton tied Northeastern's Mark Halsel for third in America East Conference history in career rebounds.

News & Notes

  • The Seawolves end their historic 2012-13 season with a 25-8 record, the most wins in the program's Div. I history.
  • Stony Brook ended the season with a 13-7 road record this year. The 13 wins are the most in the country.
  • Stony Brook fell to 1-4 all-time against members of the Big Ten.
  • It was only the sixth time this season that Stony Brook had allowed 70 points in a game.
  • Tonight's game marked the final contest for seniors Brenton, Ron Bracey (Cincinnati, Ohio), Leonard Hayes (Voorhees, N.J.) and Marcus Rouse (Upper Marlboro, Md.).