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Seawolves’ Anthony Jackson out indefinitely
For the second straight game, Stony Brook was without point guard Anthony Jackson, and following the Seawolves’ 75-48 blowout of Boston University Tuesday night at Pritchard Gymnasium, coach Steve Pikiell said there is no timetable for Jackson’s return.
Losing Jackson, SBU’s second-leading scorer (11.7) and leader in three-point field goals made (30), for an extended period is no small thing. But the Seawolves responded with two straight home wins over Hartford and BU and face another tough test Friday at Vermont.
Freshman Carson Puriefoy (pictured) scored 15 in his first start against Hartford and then added nine points and four assists in the win over Boston. In addition, Pikiell has gotten quality backcourt minutes from Marcus Rouse off the bench, and even seldom-used reserve Ben Resner has filled in capably.
“I play a lot of guys, and I have a lot of faith in my bench,” Pikiell said. “You just never know when it’s your time [to play]. I want my guys ready, and they certainly have stepped up in his absence. He’s a major loss for us because he’s having a real good year. Tre [Puriefoy] is getting quality minutes and doing a real good job, and Ben is backing him up and doing a good job.”
Gesturing toward guard Dave Coley and forward Tommy Brenton at the postgame press conference, Pikiell added, “These two guys have stepped up and done a great job of filling in and taking on bigger defensive roles and bigger offensive roles.”
Coley tied his career-high with 21 points against the Terriers while holding leading BU scorer D.J. Irving to just six points. Brenton looked for his shot more often on offense, scoring all 12 of his points in the first half, and he added 10 rebounds and four assists.
Pikiell said Jackson is nursing the dreaded high-ankle sprain, and he ruled him out of the Vermont contest. Asked when Jackson might return, Pikiell said, “We’ll just keep going game-by-game and see what happens. He hasn’t practiced once [since being injured].”