Balanced scoring, strong defense lead #Seawolves past Fairleigh Dickinson

Ahmad Walker

Dec. 4, 2013

Final Stats

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Five Stony Brook men's basketball players scored in double figures, led by sophomore Carson Puriefoy's (Wenonah, N.J.) 15 points as the #Seawolves defeated Fairleigh Dickinson 77-62 Wednesday night at Pritchard Gymnasium.

The win improves Stony Brook's record to 6-3 on the season while Fairleigh Dickinson falls to 3-7.

Head Coach Steve Pikiell's Reaction
"I liked our energy tonight, and we needed that against a tough and confident Fairleigh Dickinson team that's had some big wins this season. They have a terrific point guard that's going to help them win some big games this season. But I liked the way we defended tonight. Our goal was to hold them to 58 points, and we held them to 62, so we got back to playing good defense without fouling. And a lot of guys were able to score tonight, which I liked too. We now get to move on to our next opportunity at Madison Square Garden."

Turning Point
The #Seawolves led from the 15:42 mark of the 1st half on and led by as many as 17 points, but the Knights went on a 26-5 run mid second half to get within four at 57-53. Sidney Sanders Jr. then got FDU within three with a layup to make it 62-59 with 3:17 on the clock.

Needing a big basket, the #Seawolves went inside, but senior Eric McAlister (Hightstown, N.J.) drew a double-team on the block. He dished out to senior Dave Coley (Brooklyn, N.Y.) on the perimeter, and Coley drained a back-breaking three-pointer to put the #Seawolves back up by six, 65-59.

The #Seawolves then forced a turnover, and FDU missed three straight shots, leading to Stony Brook free throws, and the #Seawolves converted down the stretch, making all 10 attempts in the final 34 seconds.

Inside the Numbers

  • Stony Brook shot 44 percent from the field and 41.7 percent (5-for-12) from the three-point line.
  • The #Seawolves outrebounded FDU 38-26 and grabbed 15 offensive rebounds that led to 13 second chance points.
  • Stony Brook was 28-for-36 at the free throw line while committing a season-low 13 fouls that only led to seven FDU free throw attempts.
  • Puriefoy produced his third double-digit scoring game of the season with a team-high 15 points.
  • Redshirt freshman Ahmad Walker (Port Washington, N.Y.) set a new career high with 14 points and matched his career high in rebounds with seven.
  • McAlister had a career-high nine rebounds.
  • Sophomore Jameel Warney (Plainfield, N.J.) posted 13 points and five rebounds.
  • Senior Anthony Jackson (Columbus, Ohio) had 13 points and was 6-for-6 from the free throw line, maintaining his perfect season from the charity stripe (26-for-26).
  • Coley now is only 40 points away from 1,000 for his career.



News & Notes

  • Stony Brook improved to 4-1 against Fairleigh Dickinson all-time and 3-0 at home.
  • The #Seawolves are now 29-2 in their last 31 games at Pritchard Gymnasium.
  • Stony Brook's 6-3 record equals its second-best nine-game start in its Div. I history. The team was also 6-3 during the 2009-10 season and was 7-2 in 2012-13.
  • Stony Brook now has 90 wins since the start of the 2009-10 season, tied for the second-most wins in the Metropolitan New York area during that span.

Up Next
Stony Brook heads to the World's Most Famous Arena Saturday as it takes on La Salle in the first game of the MSG Holiday Festival at Madison Square Garden at 11 a.m. The game will be televised on MSG and will be broadcast on Champions Radio 96.9/107.1 FM, and the TuneIn Radio App.