Nov. 8, 2013
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Sophomore Jameel Warney (Plainfield, N.J.) busted through double teams to produce 16 points and 13 rebounds, and senior Anthony Jackson (Columbus, Ohio) poured in a career-high 22 points as the Stony Brook men's basketball team powered past Marist, 71-55, in the 2013-14 opener Friday night at sold out Pritchard Gymnasium.
The win is Stony Brook's 11th straight home victory and gets the team off to a 1-0 start, beating the Red Foxes in the season opener for the second consecutive season.
Head Coach Steve Pikiell's Reaction
"Tonight, we played a good game against a good opponent in front of a tremendous crowd. I really want to thank the community and the fans for coming. I liked our defense holding them under 60 points, and our veteran players did a great job keeping their focus and contributing. We played a great team game tonight, and I'm proud of our effort."
With Marist making shots and drawing fouls in the first half, the Red Foxes opened up a 29-22 advantage with just over four minutes before halftime. The #Seawolves then turned everything up a notch, and Warney started it all with a steal and feed to senior Eric McAlister (Hightstown, N.J.) for a dunk and the foul. Warney rattled off two straight baskets, and sophomores Scott King (Derry, N.H.) and Carson Puriefoy (Wenonah, N.J.) drained three-pointers. Meanwhile, Stony Brook's defense held Marist to one point in the final four minutes as the Red Foxes missed four three-pointers.
The run continued to start the second half as Jackson had a pair of three-pointers sandwiched by a Warney tip-in, giving the #Seawolves a 23-1 run and a 15-point advantage. Stony Brook never looked back as Marist could only get as close as nine points the rest of the game.
Inside the Numbers
News & Notes
- The #Seawolves shot 46.8% for the game and held Marist to 30.2% from the field.
- Stony Brook outrebounded the Red Foxes, 43-34.
- The #Seawolves held Marist under 60 points, and the team has now won 21 consecutive games when holding a team under 60.
- Jackson's 22 points were a career high, besting his 21-point effort against Canisius on Nov. 24, 2012. It's his fourth career 20-point game.
- Warney produced his sixth career double-double with 16 points (on 8-of-10 shooting) and 13 rebounds. He chipped in four assists, which match a career high.
- In his first collegiate game, Ahmad Walker (Port Washington, N.Y.) posted five assists to lead the team.
- Stony Brook has now won 11 straight home games at Pritchard Gymnasium. This was also the team's 50th win at Pritchard (50-16) since moving back to the building prior to the start of the 2008-09 season.
- This was the eighth sellout in the last nine games played at Pritchard Gymnasium. Since the start of the 2009-10 season, there have been 22 sellouts here.
- The #Seawolves won six consecutive games against MAAC opponents.
- Stony Brook leads the all-time series 4-2. The two teams also opened the 2012-13 season last year, and the #Seawolves won that game too.
Stony Brook will continue its three-game homestand Sunday afternoon against Haverford College at Pritchard Gymnasium at 2 p.m.