Thursday, January 29, 2015

Nyama, Stony Brook grind out 72-66 win over Hartford

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Redshirt freshman Roland Nyama (Frankfurt, Germany) led four Stony Brook scorers in double figures with a career-high 22 points as the Seawolves defeated Hartford, 72-66, Wednesday night at Island Federal Credit Union Arena.
Nyama, who played 29 minutes, shot 5-for-8 from the field, 3-for-5 from three, and 9-for-12 from the free throw line. The three three-pointers and nine free throws are career-highs.
Juniors Carson Puriefoy (Wenonah, N.J.) and Jameel Warney (Plainfield, N.J.) had 13 points apiece and junior Rayshaun McGrew (Chicago, Ill.) tallied his seventh double-double of the season with 10 points and 13 rebounds.
Stony Brook shot 11 of 22 from the field in the second half and 22 of 31 from the free-throw line. The 47 second-half points are a season-high for the Seawolves (15-8, 6-2 America East), who are 11-3 when three players score in double figures.
Hartford (11-10, 4-4) also had three players score in double figures. Taylor Dyson had 15 points, Corban Wroe tallied 13 and Mark Nwakamma 10. The Hawks shot 12 of 33 from behind the arc.
Quotes . . .
Steve Pikiell
"We grinded out another win. It's a good victory against the most experienced team in the conference. Every player on Hartford has the ability to shoot the ball. I'm really pleased with our end-of-game poise."
Roland Nyama
"We fed off the energy of the crowd tonight, especially in the second half. Our first option is always to get the ball into Jameel, but because they were playing him tough, I was open and made some shots."

Jameel Warney
"Every time I got the ball in the high post, Hartford doubled and triple-teamed me. We made some adjustments and made it a little easier for ourselves in the second half. It's a good learning experience for us. In the first half we played a little bit too lackadaisical and without enough energy. We played a lot better in the second half and a lot of that was due to Roland."
Key Moment
Stony Brook got within a point twice early in the second half and tied the game at 34 after Warney's basket with 15:41 left. Hartford scored seven straight and led 48-40 after Wroe's three with 10:48 left in regulation.
The Seawolves went on a game-changing 15-0 run over the next 4:37. Nyama had six points during the run as Stony Brook took a 55-48 with 6:15 to play.
Hartford made it a 57-55 game after Dyson's three with 4:17 to play.
Wes Cole hit Hartford's 12th and final three of the game with 11.3 seconds, but Nyama sealed the win with two free throws.
News & Notes
• Nyama scored 19 of his 22 points in the second half.
• Stony Brook made at least 20 free throws for the fourth time this season.
• The Seawolves also had four scorers in double figures against USMMA, Western Kentucky, LIU-Brooklyn and St. Thomas Aquinas.
• Nyama and Puriefoy combined to make 17 of the team's 22 free throws.
• Both teams committed only nine turnovers.
• Warney has blocked three shots in back-to-back games.
• Warney passed Mitchell Beauford to move into second all-time in the program's Division I history with 520 field goals. He's 14 shy of the all-time record.
• Stony Brook is 9-1 at Island Federal Credit Union Arena.
Up Next
Stony Brook will begin the second half of the America East schedule at New Hampshire Saturday afternoon. Tip off is slated for 12 p.m.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Junior Carson Puriefoy scored a career-high 27 points to lead Stony Brook to 61-54 victory over Binghamton Sunday

VESTAL, N.Y. - Junior Carson Puriefoy (Wenonah, N.J.) scored a career-high 27 points to lead the Stony Brook men's basketball team to a 61-54 victory over Binghamton Sunday at the Events Center.

Puriefoy shot 7 of 13, 3 of 7 from three, and went 10-for-13 from the free throw line.

It was Puriefoy's fourth 20-point effort of the season for the Seawolves (14-8, 5-2 America East), who shot 45 percent (9-20) from behind the arc.

Sophomore Kameron Mitchell (Jacksonville, Fla.) added 11 points off the bench, shooting 4 of 8, including 3 of 4 from three.

Junior Jameel Warney (Plainfield, N.J.) totaled nine points and 14 rebounds.

Marlon Beck II led four Binghamton (2-20, 1-5) scorers in double figures with 15 points.

Quotes . . .
Steve Pikiell
"To get a victory on the road is always a good thing. When they came back and took the lead, I really liked our execution. We made a couple of baskets in a row and then our defense created some offensive opportunities. Our poise and ability to execute was crucial. To Binghamton's credit, they did a good job. With their full complement of players, I think they're a very good team."

Key Moment
Binghamton rallied from a 36-26 deficit, outscoring Stony Brook, 20-9, over a 12-minute stretch. After the Bearcats took a 46-45 lead, Puriefoy scored seven straight points and junior Rayshaun McGrew's (Chicago, Ill.) put back off a Puriefoy miss helped Stony Brook regain a 54-46 lead with 4:07 left.

Puriefoy scored the next seven points for the Seawolves and finished the game with 17 of the team's final 19 points.

News & Notes
• Today's game against Binghamton was the 60th all-time between the two schools. Stony Brook leads 34-26.
• Puriefoy scored 17 of his 27 points in the second half.
• Opponents have turned the ball over at least 11 times in 18 of 22 games.
• Warney nearly accounted for his first double-double since a 26-point, 10-rebound effort at Vermont on January 10.
• Binghamton's Willie Rodriguez, the team's active leading scorer at 10.4 ppg, didn't make a field goal until 2:14 into the second half. He finished with 10.
• Puriefoy has made at least seven free throws in six games this season, including 10 three times.
• Stony Brook made five three-pointers in the first half, surpassing its games total against Albany and UMass Lowell.

Up Next
Stony Brook will host Hartford on Wednesday, January 28 at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on WUSB 90.1 FM

Thursday, January 22, 2015

#Seawolves win at UMass-Lowell 65-45 Thursday afternoon...

LOWELL, MASS. - Juniors Rayshaun McGrew (Chicago, Ill.) and Jameel Warney (Plainfield, N.J.) combined for 28 points and 15 rebounds in Stony Brook's 65-45 win over UMass Lowell Thursday night at the Costello Athletic Center.

McGrew finished with game-highs of 15 points and eight rebounds. Warney posted 13 points and seven rebounds.

Four other Stony Brook (13-8, 4-2 America East) players had at least eight points, including redshirt freshman Roland Nyama (Frankfurt, Germany), who added nine.

Freshman Deshaun Thrower (Muskegon, Mich.), sophomore Ryan Burnett (Richmond, Va.) and junior Carson Puriefoy (Wenonah, N.J.) had eight points apiece.

Matt Harris hit four threes for UMass Lowell (9-11, 3-4) and finished with 12 points.

Quotes . . .
Steve Pikiell
"I thought we executed the game plan real well. We were locked in offensively and defensively for 40 minutes. Our energy was great from start to finish. Just a real good team victory."

Key Moment
Brad Schaub hit a three for UMass Lowell to bring it within two, 12-10, with 14:19 to play in the first half. But Stony Brook outscored the home team, 25-6, the rest of the way. The River Hawks got as close as 15 in the second half.

News & Notes
• Stony Brook scored 50 of its 65 points in the paint, including 26 of 37 in the first half.
• Opponents have turned the ball over at least 10 times in 17 of 21 games this season.
• The River Hawks shot 3 of 16 and the Seawolves shot 11 of 18 during Stony Brook's 25-6 spurt.
• Puriefoy had a season-high six assists.
• Thrower and Burnett each made their first career starts.
• Burnett recorded career-highs in points and rebounds (5).
• Thrower made a three-pointer for a third straight game.

Up Next
Stony Brook will be back on the road for a game at Binghamton Sunday afternoon. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.

Monday, January 19, 2015

#Seawolves fall to UAlbany 64-47 Monday night

STONY BROOK, N.Y. - The Stony Brook men's basketball team had its two-game winning streak snapped with a 64-47 loss to Albany Monday evening at Island Federal Credit Union Arena.

It was the first home loss for the Seawolves (12-8, 3-2 America East), who were led by junior Jameel Warney's (Plainfield, N.J.) 16 points. Warney also had seven rebounds and five blocks.

Junior Rayshaun McGrew (Chicago, Ill.) tallied his sixth double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Freshman Tyrell Sturdivant (Chester, Pa.) added seven points and seven rebounds in 14 minutes off the bench.

Evan Singletary led four Albany (10-7, 5-0) players in double figures with 21 points. Sam Rowley added 16 points and 13 rebounds.

Quotes . . .
Steve Pikiell
"Albany definitely was the better team tonight. They got the better of us today. We showed some good signs at times tonight, but we just got to be more consistent. We're going to plug away and get better. A lot of basketball is still to be played."

Jameel Warney
"At the end of the day, we need to play harder. There were times when our effort was there and there also were times when it wasn't."

Rayshaun McGrew
"It's always a team effort when you talk about Stony Brook basketball. It's on all of us to step up and give more of an effort. The whole team needs to do more."

News & Notes
• McGrew has posted at least 10 rebounds in three straight games.
• Warney became the fourth player in the program's Division I era to record 500 field goals (D.J. Munir - 533; Mitchell Beauford - 517; Bryan Dougher - 514; Warney 504).
• Sturdivant's seven points was the most since scoring 11 against St. Thomas Aquinas on November 29.
• Stony Brook accounted for at least 14 assists for the third straight game.
• The 15 offensive rebounds were Stony Brook's most since accounting for 15 against American on December 23. 
• The 22 three-point attempts were the third-most attempted by Stony Brook this season.

Up Next
Stony Brook will begin a two-game road swing Thursday night at UMass Lowell. The men's game, which will tip off at 5:30, is part of a doubleheader with the women's squad.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

#Seawolves win at Maine 82-39

BANGOR, MAINE - The Stony Brook men's basketball team made a season-best 34 field goals in an 82-39 win over Maine Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center.

The Seawolves made 17 field goals in each half, shooting 17-for-27 (.630) in the first half and 17-for-30 (.567) in the second.

Stony Brook (12-7, 3-1 America East) tied a season-high with 10 field goals.

Junior Carson Puriefoy (Wenonah, N.J.) had a game-high 18 points, shooting 7 of 12, 3 of 7 from three, to along with a free throw.

Junior Jameel Warney (Plainfield, N.J.) scored 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting.

Redshirt freshman Roland Nyama (Frankfurt, Germany) accounted for 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting, including a pair of threes.

Junior Rayshaun McGrew (Chicago, Ill.) added six points and 10 rebounds.

Aaron Calixte had 11 points for Maine (1-16, 0-5).

Quotes . . .
Steve Pikiell
"I'm just really pleased by our effort after a long travel day the day before. We were really locked in to our assignments for 40 minutes, which is a good sign for us. I loved our ability to defend and rebound. I thought our approach to today's game was outstanding. Tre (Carson Puriefoy) has been playing at a different level the last two games. He's using his defense to score on offense."

Carson Puriefoy
"I've really been trying to pick and choose my spots the last couple of games and let the game come to me more. I feel like when I'm able to get my teammates involved in the offense more, the opportunities for me to be successful happen more as well. Our offense feeds off our defense."

Key Moment
Stony Brook, which never trailed, led 18-16 with11:26 left in the first half. The Seawolves ended the first half on a 23-0 run to lead 41-16 at halftime.

Warney scored the first basket of the second half to make it a 25-0 run before Shaun Lawton ended Maine's scoring drought at 13:18 with a three1:52 into the final 20 minutes.  Maine missed 12 shots during its drought and turned the ball over eight times.

News & Notes
• Everyone who played for Stony Brook scored a basket.
• Stony Brook outrebounded Maine, 39-24.
• Stony Brook had 38 points in the paint to Maine's 8.
• Stony Brook also made 10 three-pointers against USMMA.
• Maine made less than 10 baskets in each half. It was the second time Stony Brook has held an opponent to fewer than 10 baskets in each half this season (Loyola Maryland).
• Nyama had a career-high five steals.
• Maine's Zarko Valjarevic was held to five points after scoring 23 in his last game.
• Seven of Maine's 14 baskets were three-pointers.
• Maine's 16 first-half points tied a season-low for an opponent.

Up Next
Stony Brook hosts Albany (9-7, 4-0) Monday night at 7 p.m. The game will be LIVE ON WUSB

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Seawolves struggle before beating UMBC


It was just over two weeks ago that Stony Brook traveled cross-country to Washington and came from 16 points behind to beat a team then ranked No. 13 in the country. So it was a little weird that the Seawolves found themselves five points down to a 2-13 UMBC team with 9:07 left Wednesday night at Island FCU Arena.

Weirder still was the fact that leading scorer Jameel Warney had zero points and second-leading scorer Carson Puriefoy III had just five at that stage. But that was when the two Stony Brook stars engaged, shooting the Seawolves to a 64-54 victory by totaling 14 points in a 16-3 run that put them back in the driver's seat.

"We don't need to tell each other when it's time for us to take over a game and get shots for ourselves,'' Puriefoy said. "Our teammates did a great job of making shots and getting open. Jameel did a great job of finding them. He was great. Down the stretch, we just grinded it out, played good defense and made big shots.''

Until that critical juncture in the second half, Warney was content to play point-center. Despite a scoreless first half, he dominated by passing out six assists, making two steals and blocking a shot. The Seawolves (11-7, 2-1 America East) led by 13 points before settling for a 32-24 halftime advantage.

Puriefoy, who was mired in a 6-for-42 shooting slump in his previous four games, also was not aggressive looking for his shot. Warney didn't even attempt a shot in the second half until he missed a 19-foot jumper with 13:07 to play.

But after the Retrievers (2-14, 0-3), who had only eight players available because six were suspended or injured, went on a 20-4 run to take a 46-41 lead, Stony Brook was in danger of losing four days after an emotional loss at Vermont.

That's when Warney hit a 16-foot jumper for his first points with 8:44 remaining. Puriefoy followed with a three-pointer and a layup. After two foul shots from Rayshaun McGrew (nine points, 11 rebounds), Warney scored on a three-point play, a dunk and another layup for a 57-49 Stony Brook lead.

"I started off passing, and I guess I stayed in that mode,'' Warney said of his second-half effort. "I had to get myself out of that mindset to start scoring and being more aggressive. Once I made my jump shot, I felt like it was time to score.''

Puriefoy finished with 15 points, shooting 5-for-10, and Warney just missed a triple-double, totaling nine points, 11 rebounds and a career-high eight assists. The Seawolves also got 12 points from Roland Nyama.

Asked if there was an emotional letdown following the Vermont loss, Warney said, "We can't let games go that we should win because we're dwelling on losing to Vermont in a big game.''

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Warney scores 26 in loss at Vermont

Burlington, Vt. - Despite 26 points and 10 rebounds from junior Jameel Warney (Plainfield, N.J.), the Stony Brook men's basketball team lost at Vermont, 71-57, Saturday at Patrick Gymnasium.

Warney was 10 of 14 from the field, scoring 20 of his 26 points in the second half.

It was Warney's nation-leading 14th double-double in 17 games.

Junior Rayshaun McGrew (Chicago, Ill.) added 10 points.

The Seawolves (10-7, 1-1 America East) were 16 of 16 from the free throw line. Warney and McGrew made six free throws apiece.

Ethan O'Day led Vermont (7-8, 3-0) with 16 points. Kurt Steidl had 13 points and Dre Wills added 12.

Quotes . . .
Steve Pikiell
"All the credit goes to Vermont.  It's a tough place to play, and we didn't deserve to win today's game.  We didn't play as well as we're capable of and some of that goes to the way Vermont played today.  Not too many teams come up here and win.  I think we're a better basketball team than we showed today; they just played better than us today."

Turning Point
Trae Bell-Haynes hit a three to put Vermont ahead 56-42 with 9:40 to play in the second half.  Stony Brook cut the deficit to nine after sophomore Chris Braley's (Newport, Maine) three-pointer with 7:01 left.  Warney's layup with just over four minutes to go made it 62-57.  Braley's attempt to make it a one-possession game went in-and-out with 3:15 remaining.  The Seawolves did not score after that, and the Catamounts made seven of their next eight free throws.

News & Notes
• Vermont leads the all-time series, 22-8
• Warney scored at least 20 points for the third straight game
• Stony Brook is 5-5 when Warney scores 20 points or more
• McGrew tied a career-high with six free throws in the first half
• Both teams were perfect from the line in the first half (Stony Brook 6-6; Vermont 4-4)
• The Seawolves were outrebounded for the first time since Washington and for only the third time this season

Up Next
Stony Brook will host UMBC (2-12, 0-1) on Wednesday, January 14 at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Jameel Warney dominates inside as Stony Brook beats Columbia


Technically speaking, this last non-conference game of the season will not help Stony Brook one bit in its drive to finally make the NCAA Tournament. The point is, though, that the Seawolves know there is much more to a season than little technicalities.

So they were pumped before their game at Columbia Tuesday night, and more pumped during and after it. They left Morningside Heights with a 70-61 win and with a feeling that they are much better off than when they started.

"We ended on a great note. We learned a lot in our non-conference games,'' said Jameel Warney, who had yet another dominant effort, with 25 points (12-for-16 shooting) and 13 rebounds. "We've grown as a team, our chemistry is getting better. It's great to go into conference play like this.''

It was the 13th double-double for Warney, most in the nation. He was as excited as anyone, letting out a whoop when he sank a foul-line jump shot, something not expected in his low-post repertoire. "If I can make that shot, it can open up a new world for me and my teammates, a new dimension for our offense,'' he said.

The new world they crave is the Big Dance. The Seawolves (10-6, 1-0) know there is little chance for an at-large bid for America East. So coach Steve Pikiell arranged a deliberately tough non-conference schedule to harden them.

"Teams play Jameel 100 different ways, and it's great,'' Pikiell said. "He's seen every kind of defense. During games I say, 'This is the exact same way American guarded you, this is the exact same way Princeton guarded you, this is how Washington guarded you.' ''

On Tuesday night, the key was how Stony Brook guarded someone else. The team challenged itself to stop guard Maodo Lo, who was averaging 17.8 points and was held to nine.

"We had a saying that everybody has to guard Lo,'' said Carson Puriefoy, who guarded him much of the game (and made 11 of 12 free throws in the second half to put the game away).

Rayshaun McGrew had another solid game, with 15 points, but Pikiell was pleased with his whole roster against a team that played tough in a 56-46 loss to No. 1 Kentucky. The Seawolves knew this game counted for something.

Warney said, "We love playing with each other and we know at the end of the day, this is one step closer to our goal.''

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Jameel Warney, Stony Brook show no letdown from big victory...beat UNH 71-61 for first America East win.

By Mark Herrmann, Newsday

Stony Brook., N.Y. - At halftime, the bright new video screens at Island Federal Credit Union Arena showed highlights of Stony Brook's previous game, arguably the biggest win the Seawolves ever have had. The home crowd enthusiastically applauded the recap of a stunning comeback road win against previously unbeaten, nationally ranked Washington.

Then the team came back on the court and gave what was essentially a live version.

The Seawolves recovered from a five-point deficit in the second half Saturday against a determined New Hampshire, showed exceptional poise (especially from the foul line, going 21-for-23 after intermission) and opened the America East schedule with a 71-61 win.

"We've been battle tested," said point guard Carson Puriefoy, who sat most of the first half with foul trouble, then controlled the flow down the stretch, sinking 10 of 11 free throws. "I think the coaching staff does a great job preparing us for these situations and our non-conference schedule prepared us for the tough conference schedule that we always have. We just preach toughness and togetherness. That's what we did today."

It was the team's first game since its watershed last Sunday, when SBU overcame a 16-point deficit in the final 14 minutes and beat the nation's No. 13 team by five points.

"It's a blessing and a curse," said Jameel Warney, who had 22 points and 10 rebounds Saturday (having collected 15 and eight, respectively, against Washington). "We have confidence now that we feel like we can beat any team in our league . . . But it also gives us a target on our back. We were preseason No. 1 but now since we beat an AP ranked team, teams want to give us more of their best shot."

Opponents didn't need the Washington game to notice Warney, who was frequently double-teamed Saturday. He was impressed by fellow junior, forward Rayshaun McGrew, who had his second consecutive double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds, showing enhanced range with his jump shot. "I know, with Jameel coming off being [America East] player of the year last year, I try to do a lot to take pressure off his back and make open shots so my man can't continue to go down and double team," McGrew said.

Stony Brook (9-6) needed all of its resources down the stretch, such as nine second-half points from Kameron Mitchell, capped by a clutch three-pointer that provided a seven-point lead with 5:30 left.

Suffice it to say, the Washington win had not gone to the Seawolves' heads, but it did embolden their hearts. "It's great for our program, it's great for our morale. It doesn't mean anything for the league, but we knew that we could play with the best teams in the country. We just needed everyone else to know," Puriefoy said.

McGrew added, "I feel that beating a team like Washington shows that if we play hard and play together, the sky is the limit for us."

Coach Steve Pikiell does not disagree, but he did put it in perspective: "You've got to win your next game."