Countdown to #Seawolves Tip-Off: Efficient Offense
Oct. 29, 2013
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Stony Brook, N.Y. - We know all about Stony Brook's defense. The #Seawolves suffocate, force teams into poor shots and hold them 10 points under their season average.
But what about the offense?
Stony Brook's never been a juggernaut in terms of scoring. The team's pace would never allow for a scoring average in the 70s or 80s. But just because Stony Brook averages fewer points than that doesn't mean the team isn't good on offense.
Last season, the #Seawolves led America East in scoring and finished in the top three in field goal percentage, three-point field goal percentage and assist/turnover ratio. When you dive into some of the deeper analytical statistics, you'll see that Stony Brook's effective field goal percentage, which accounts for the fact that the three-point shot when you make it is worth more than a regular jumper, was 49.8% last season. Stony Brook's true field goal percentage, which accounts for free throw shooting, was 54.1%. In terms of possessions, Stony Brook averaged 64.5 possessions per game and was scoring 1.05 points per possession.
Not into those advanced statistics? Know that Stony Brook returns 71.8% of its scoring from last season, including sophomore Jameel Warney, whose 61.8% field goal percentage was the fifth-best in the nation. The #Seawolves also return America East's leading free throw shooter, senior Anthony Jackson, who was 86.7% from the line last season. Jackson and fellow senior Dave Coley have the opportunity to become the fifth and sixth Stony Brook student-athletes in the program's Div. I history to record 1,000 points.
And you just may see Stony Brook pick up the pace in 2013-14. The #Seawolves have a very athletic group of student-athletes that can run the floor and score in bunches. Ultimately though, teams are who they are, and the offense will rely on the defense to set the tempo.
The buckets will continue Nov. 8 when Stony Brook hosts Marist in the 2013-14 season opener at Pritchard Gymnasium at 8 p.m.