Men's hoops fights Maryland to the end but falls 76-69

Eric McAlister

Dec. 21, 2012

Final Stats

College Park, Md. - Down 20 points in the second half to Maryland, the Stony Brook men's basketball team roared back to get within two points of the Terrapins, but it wasn't enough as Maryland held on for a 76-69 win over the Seawolves Friday night at the Comcast Center. Senior Tommy Brenton (Columbia, Md.) just missed a triple-double with nine points, a career-high nine assists and eight rebounds in his return to his home state.

Freshman Jameel Warney (Plainfield, N.J.) scored 17 points and blocked three shots to lead the Seawolves (8-3), who saw their four-game winning streak come to an end.

Maryland (10-1) built up its lead by shooting 64.3% in the first half and connecting on 7-of-12 three-point attempts. The Terps finished with nine three-pointers.

Coach Steve Pikiell's Reaction
"Give credit to Maryland, they made all their shots in the first half. I didn't think we played bad defense, they just had the hot hand. But we were scrappy, we were tough and we made it a game in the second half."

Turning Point
In the first half, the Terps set the tone by making 11 of their first 13 shots, posting 27 points in the first nine minutes of the half. Alex Len was 4-for-4 during the run, and the Terps connected on four three-pointers.

Maryland extended its lead to 20 points in the second half, but the Seawolves fought back with an 11-0 run. Then with the score 69-61 in favor of the Terps, Stony Brook rattled off eight straight points, including a pair of three-pointers from junior Anthony Jackson (Columbus, Ohio), to get to within two, 71-69, with 34 seconds to play.

The Seawolves were forced to foul, and Maryland held on by making 6-of-7 free throw attempts.

By the Numbers

  • Stony Brook shot 42.2% from the field, but only 21.1% from the three-point line. Maryland shot 52.8% from the field and 50% from behind the arc.
  • The Seawolves were outrebounded 34-31, just the third time this season they have been outrebounded and just the fifth time in the last 35 games.
  • Stony Brook was 11-for-13 from the free throw line.
  • The Seawolves committed a season-low four turnovers in the game. Strangely, the team has lost both games in which it has committed under 10 turnovers (Sacred Heart on Nov. 18).
  • Stony Brook outscored the Terps in the paint 32-28.
  • Brenton surpassed his previous career high of eight assists, which he has done twice before. The America East leader in assists, he now has eight games this season of five assists or more.
  • Junior Eric McAlister (Hightstown, N.J.) tied his career high with 12 points.



News & Notes

  • Tonight was the first time all season that Stony Brook trailed at halftime.
  • Despite the loss, SB's 11-game start at 8-3 is still the best in the program's Div. I history.
  • This is just the third game this season that Stony Brook attempted fewer free throws than its opponent.

Up Next
Stony Brook will return to the court on Friday, Dec. 28 against Seton Hall at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on SNY.