Stony Brook showed why it’s the class of the America East Conference, and the University at Albany didn’t put up much of a fight in Tuesday night’s renewal of the old State University of New York Athletic Conference rivalry.
The first-place Seawolves (7-1, 16-5) crushed the Great Danes, 65-49, and dominated on both ends of the court before a crowd of 2,378 at SEFCU Arena.
Stony Brook shot 50.9 percent from the floor, put 10 players in the scoring column, and held the Great Danes — losers of three straight games — to just 35.4 percent.
UAlbany senior guard Mike Black, the team’s leading scorer at 16 points per game, continued his shooting woes and was held scoreless for the first time since his freshman season. Black, who entered the game 9-for-50 from the floor over his last three outings, was just 0-for-7 and sat out the final minutes of the game. Unfortunately, it was “Blackout” T-shirt night, with the first 1,000 fans getting a free T-shirt in honor of the Chicago native.
“We did a good job on Mike Black,” said Stony Brook head coach Steve Pikiell. “I thought we shared the ball very well, and we played great team defense. We’ve played a lot of good guards this season. We wanted to make him take difficult shots.”
Pikiell said that his team, when clicking on all cylinders, can be tough to beat.
“If we play like this, we can be very good,” he said.
Anthony Jackson led the Seawolves with 14 points, while junior Tommy Brenton, coming off the league’s first triple-double in 10 years, added 10 points and seven rebounds. Both 6-foot-8, 255-pound freshman forward Jameel Warney, one of the nation’s top recruits a year ago, and Anthony Mayo scored 10 points off the bench, and Warney also grabbed 10 rebounds.
“I was very impressed with Stony Brook on film, and I thought they were the best team in the league,” said UAlbany head coach Will Brown. “No. 1, they are very good. They are experienced, and they are deep. When they substitute and hit shots, they put a lot of pressure on you.”
Stony Brook jumped out to a quick 8-2 lead, but the Great Danes roared back and took a 16-14 edge after consecutive put-back baskets by Luke Devlin and Gary Johnson with 11:35 left in the first half.
The Seawolves responded with an 11-0 run to pull ahead, 25-16, and they eventually took a 29-18 advantage before settling for a 35-29 halftime lead.
When Stony Brook opened the second half with a 16-4 spurt, it grabbed an 18-point cushion (51-33), and UAlbany never got back into the game.
The Danes made the score more respectable by scoring the final seven points of the game, including four at the free-throw line.
Redshirt freshman Pete Hooley led the Great Danes (5-4, 16-7) with 17 points, five rebounds and three assists. Johnson, a junior transfer used sparingly all season, added 12 points and five rebounds.
“They are a good team, but we didn’t execute tonight. It’s on us,” said sophomore forward Sam Rowley. “We didn’t prove we can compete against the best team in the league. We need to make some changes. We need to get tougher. We need to prove we can play with the better teams for 40 minutes.”
“We lost our last three games to three tough teams,” said Hooley. “It’s frustrating.
All of the Great Danes felt bad for Black, who couldn’t get any shots to fall for the fourth straight game.
“He’s still a great player, and he’s still our leader. I feel for him,” said Hooley.
“He’s a great guy,” said Rowley. “Mike is a fantastic player. We need him.”
“You need to be careful in this situation,” said Brown. “As good as he [Black] is, he’s in the toughest four-game stretch of his career. He’s beyond frustrated right now.”
Brown said he may eventually have to make changes in the lineup, especially since fifth-year senior
Jacob Iati has two sore feet and an Achilles tendon injury. He played only 17 minutes and scored just three points.
UAlbany hosts Binghamton in the annual Big Purple Growl Saturday night.
STONY BROOK (65)
Warney 4-7 2-2 10, McAllister 1-1 0-0 2, Brenton 4-9 2-3 10, Jackson 5-12 1-2 14, Coley 3-7 0-0 6, Bracey 0-0 0-0 0, Puriefoy 1-2 0-0 2, Rouse 2-4 0-0 5, Hayes 1-1, 0-0 3,
Mayo 5-9 0-0 10, King 1-1 0-0 2. Totals: 27-53 5-7 65.
Rowley 3-7 2-2 8, Puk 1-5 2-2 4, Iati 1-3 0-0 3, Black 0-7 0-0 0, Hooley 6-11 3-3 17, Evans 1-3 0-0 3, Devlin 1-2 0-0 2, Johnson 4-6 4-7 12, Metcalf 0-2 0-0 0, Guerrier 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 17-48 11-14 49.
Halftime: Stony Brook, 35-29. Three-point goals: Stony Brook 6-14 (Jackson 3-7, Coley 0-2, Rouse 1-3, Hayes 1-1, King 1-1); UAlbany 4-13 (Iati 1-3, Black 0-3, Hooley 2-4, Evans 1-1, Guerrier 0-2). Rebounds: Stony Brok 33 (Warney 10), UAlbany 27 (Hooley 5, Johnson 5). Assists: Stony Brook 8 (Brenton 2, Jackson 2, Rouse 2), UAlbany 8 (Hooley 3). Personal fouls: Stony Brook 19, UAlbany 12. Officials: Brian Dorsey, Gary Prager, Bill McCarthy. Attendance: 2,378.