Dec. 28, 2012
Newark, N.J. - The Stony Brook men's basketball team went blow-for-blow with BIG EAST member Seton Hall Friday night and had a chance at a game-winning shot in its final possession, but junior Anthony Jackson (Columbus, Ohio) missed the game-winning three-point attempt as the Pirates escaped with a 60-59 victory over the Seawolves at the Prudential Center. Junior Dave Coley (Brooklyn, N.Y.) led all scorers with 21 points, which matched a career high.
Stony Brook had overcome a tough first half that saw the Pirates connect on seven three-pointers, six alone by reserve Brian Oliver. The Seawolves held the Pirates to just five field goals in the second half (5-for-24, 20.8%).
Coach Steve Pikiell's Reaction
"We had our opportunities, but Seton Hall was good. I like their team. We played well enough to be in the game, but you can't get off to that kind of start and expect to win. We made some adjustments in the second half, but we couldn't finish. It's a tough loss for us."
With the game tied at 55-55, Seton Hall took the lead for good when Brandon Mobley connected on a three-pointer with 4:29 to play in the game. Stony Brook senior Ron Bracey (Cincinnati, Ohio) answered with a jumper to get within one. Offense then came at a premium as each team had only one more field goal the rest of the game.
The Seawolves failed to take the lead when, after a 30-second timeout, Jackson had gotten free on a curl and had an open 15-foot jumper that rattled in and out of the net. The Pirates responded with a Fuquan Edwin jumper to go back up by three, 60-57.
Sophomore Anthony Mayo (Philadelphia, Pa.) cut it to one with a dunk at 1:45. Then the Seawolves had a chance to win, getting the ball with 17.4 seconds to play and the score still 60-59. Seton Hall's defense broke up two passes that led to Stony Brook having an out-of-bounds play with 1.3 seconds to go. Jackson took the in-bound pass and had a look, but was heavily guarded, and his game-winning shot didn't go.
By the Numbers
News & Notes
- Stony Brook outshot Seton Hall 45.3% to 35.8% overall and 50% to 34.6% from three-point range. The difference was in the Pirates making nine three-pointers and outrebounding the Seawolves 38-30. Seton Hall turned 12 offensive rebounds into 14 second chance points.
- It's the third time Coley has scored 21 points in his career, all of them on the road. He did it at Northeastern on Feb. 18, 2012 and at Boston University on Jan. 14, 2012.
- Coley also set a new career high for field goals made (9).
- Jackson finished with 15 points, the fourth time this season he's gone 15+.
- The Seawolves struggled at the free throw line, making only five of 10 attempts. It's uncharacteristic for this team, which leads America East in free throw shooting at 75.5% for the season.
- Stony Brook had 17 fastbreak points, often taking advantage of Seton Hall turnovers and breaking the Pirates press.
- Stony Brook fell to 0-4 all-time against Seton Hall with the last two losses both one possession.
- Despite the loss, Stony Brook (8-4) still has its best 12-game start in its Div. I history, surpassing the 2009-10 and 2008-09 teams, which were both 7-5 after 12 games.
- Stony Brook has lost to power conference members Connecticut, Maryland and Seton Hall by only a combined 19 points.
- Stony Brook is now 2-2 on its five-game road trip with one to play.
Stony Brook concludes its string of five consecutive road games and finishes non-conference play Tuesday at Manhattan at 2 p.m. The game will be streamed online on ESPN3.