Senior guard Anthony Jackson scored 26 of his career-high 36 points in the second half and Stony Brook shot 59 percent from the field, but the Seawolves couldn't overcome foul trouble and Toledo's balanced offense in a 103-99 loss in the 2K Sports Classic yesterday at the University of Detroit.
Jackson's 36 points matched the program's Division I record set by D.J. Munir on Nov. 19, 2001 against Sacred Heart. This is the Seawolves' 15th season in Division I.
"We had a great offensive night, but we continue to struggle adjusting to the new rules," coach Steve Pikiell said after his team committed 29 fouls and watched the Rockets shoot 34-for-42 from the line. "We have to figure out how to defend without fouling because we're giving teams too many points at the free-throw line."
Stony Brook played the first of three games in three days, all part of the Classic -- something Pikiell called "tough" but necessary. "We did this to help get ready for our conference tournament when you have to play back to back," he said. "This is a good test for us."
Julius Brown had 23 points and eight assists for Toledo (4-0), which had an 11-point lead cut to two on Ahmad Walker's three-pointer with four seconds left. Jameel Warney scored 17 points and shot 8-for-11 for the Seawolves (3-2). Dave Coley added 13 points and five assists and Carson Puriefoy had 12 points and five assists.
Pikiell said of Jackson: "He showed veteran toughness and was fearless in shooting the ball. He helped keep us in the game."
Jackson shot 12-for-16 and is averaging 21.6 points per game: "I took what the defense gave me,'' he said. "I was feeling good at halftime during warm-ups and took the open shots, which were falling for me today. But at the end of the day, 36 points doesn't mean anything in a loss."