Nov. 13, 2012
Lawrenceville, N.J. - A 6 a.m. game, a sold-out crowd rooting against you, a banked halfcourt three-pointer…none of that could deter the Stony Brook men's basketball team from knocking off Rider on national television as part of ESPN's College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon.
Juniors Dave Coley (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Anthony Jackson (Columbus, Ohio) each scored 12 points and hit big buckets in the final minutes to lead the Seawolves to a 54-46 victory over the Broncs Tuesday morning in front of a sold-out Alumni Gymnasium crowd of 1,650.
Coach Steve Pikiell's Reaction
"We were good enough to grind out a win today. I like the fact that we outrebounded them and that, when it was tied, we won the basketball game. That's what we do, we defend and held them to a season low. The guys did a real good job with less than 48 hours to prepare for a big basketball game. This is a great game for us - we're happy to be on ESPN in a great environment. It's great for our program, and it's exciting to get a win."
Stony Brook led by as much as 11 points in the second half, but Rider closed the gap and then tied the game on a strange sequence. With the Seawolves up five, Rider's Nurideen Lindsey had the ball poked away from him, and it sailed to the backcourt. He recovered and with the shot clock nearing zero, he heaved a halfcourt shot that hit the backboard and banked in for a three-pointer. SB then turned the ball over, and Rider's Daniel Stewart dunked the ball to tie the game at 41-41 with 4:16 to play.
Stony Brook stayed composed, and on the next possession, Coley took his man off the dribble on the left near side wing and sank a 15-foot jumper. Stewart missed a layup on the other end, and then it was Jackson on the opposite side draining a long jumper from the wing to put Stony Brook back up by four, 45-41, with 2:40 left in the game. The Seawolves closed out the game with free throws and great defense.
By the Numbers
- Stony Brook shot 42.1% for the game and 54% from two-point range.
- Stony Brook won the battle at the free throw line, going 19-for-24 (79.2%) while Rider was just 8-for-14 (57.1%).
- Jackson and Coley combined to go 9-for-9 from the free throw line.
- The Seawolves held Rider to 30.8% shooting.
- Stony Brook outrebounded Rider 35-27. The team has outrebounded its opponent in 25 of its last 27 games, dating back to December 2011.
- Freshman Jameel Warney (Plainfield, N.J.) led the team with nine rebounds and three steals.
News & Notes
- Stony Brook is now 3-0 for the first time since November 2009. Stony Brook will look to go 4-0 for the first time in its Div. I history and first time since 1990.
- The team also is now 2-0 all-time in ESPN 6 a.m. games, having also won at Monmouth on Nov. 16, 2010.
- Pikiell picked up his 98th win at Stony Brook.
- It's the third straight game SB has held its opponent under 60 points. The team is now 19-1 when doing that since the start of the 2011-12 season.
- Stony Brook is 22-2 since the start of the 2011-12 season when attempting more free throws than its opponent.
- The Seawolves are 2-3 all-time against Rider and have won the last two meetings (beat the Broncs at home on December 30, 2011).
The Seawolves will host Sacred Heart Sunday at Pritchard Gymnasium at 2 p.m. For tickets, visit GoSeawolves.org/tickets or call (631) 632-WOLF.