Jameel Warney dominated his America East debut, going for 18 points and four blocks in Stony Brook's 65-49 thrashing of New Hampshire at Pritchard Gym. (Photo courtesy of Newsday)
Stony Brook head coach Steve Pikiell's opening statement:
"We haven't been here in 34 days, so it feels like forever since we played a home game. We went eleven-deep against a good New Hampshire team, and we held them to (I think) their lowest point total of the season. I appreciate the crowd and everyone that came here. It was a good win for us today."
On freshman forward Jameel Warney (18 points, 4 rebounds, 4 blocks) and his evolution this season:
"He's really learning how to use his body. His best game of the season was Maryland, by far, when he went up against a 7-1 guy. (Alex Len) I love how he's really going after it, and I'm excited that he's only a freshman."
On his bench:
"I trust them. Your bench has got to have checked into games before you call on them. I'm real pleased with their effort. Everyone's got to be ready. We want our guys to be coachable, and we want them to be ready."
Jameel Warney on his America East debut:
"I've seen it all. Today, I just wanted to be active everywhere, really leave a mark on the game."
Tommy Brenton (5 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists) on Warney and what he brings to the table:
"He brings us this big offensive presence that we're not used to having, and he's huge on the defensive end too and no one really talks about him there."
Nuggets of Note:
- Warney's four blocked shots all came in the first half, and the 6-8 New Jersey native was able to assert himself under the rim early and often against a weaker New Hampshire front line, scoring seemingly at will whenever he wanted to and shooting 7-of-8 from the field.
- As is usually the case, Tommy Brenton didn't light up the box score, but the do-it-all senior did exactly that with his five points, twelve rebounds and five assists. Of Brenton's dozen boards, four came on the offensive glass, and it was quite impressive to watch him get his own carom off just one bounce whenever he missed a shot.
- Dave Coley, who torched St. Francis from long range and also had an effective game in the losing effort against Seton Hall, was a nonfactor with just two points, but he was bailed out by nine points each from Carson Puriefoy and Marcus Rouse off the bench. Leonard Hayes saw significant action today as well and made the most of it, chipping in with five points, five rebounds and three assists in 16 minutes.
- Between Puriefoy, Rouse and Hayes, the Seawolves picked up 23 of their 27 bench points, which outnumbered the production from New Hampshire's reserves by a 4.5:1 margin. Ron Bracey and Anthony Mayo scored two points each to add to a final tally of 27-6 in favor of Stony Brook as far as bench scoring was concerned.
- Finally, Stony Brook played a crisp transition game to go along with their stifling defense. Not only did the Seawolves force 13 turnovers while only committing eight of their own, they also managed 14 assists while going on first half runs of 7-2, 9-2 and 10-2, as well as one final 10-2 spurt over the final 6:08 to close out the game and improve to 10-4 on the year.