Jameel Warney filled up the stat sheet and Stony Brook shot 10-for-12 from the free-throw line in the final 93 seconds Thursday night in a 76-69 victory over Loyola (Md.) in Baltimore.
Warney had 20 points and 11 rebounds and tied his career highs with five assists and four blocked shots for the Seawolves (8-4). He shot 7-for-8 from the field and 6-for-7 from the line. Anthony Jackson had 19 points.
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Jackson, who made his first 30 free throws this season before finally missing with 38.2 seconds left, shot 6-for-8 from the line in the final 93 seconds and Warney and Carson Puriefoy each went 2-for-2 to keep SBU ahead after Loyola came back from a 17-point first-half deficit to tie the score twice.
Puriefoy had nine points and Scott King and Rayshaun McGrew had eight each for SBU, which shot 23-for-45 from the field and 25-for-32 from the line. Dylon Cormier had 25 points and R.J. Williams added 11 for Loyola (5-4), 19-for-48 from the field and 27-for-35 from the line.
Stony Brook matched the 2012-13 team for the program's best 12-game start in its Division I history. "We were able to give a great effort on the road against a tough Loyola team that I have a lot of respect for,'' Stony Brook coach Steve Pikiell said. "They have good players and they did a good job staying in the game by getting to the foul line. I was proud of our team fighting back with big plays down the stretch and getting defensive stops when we needed them.''
McGrew's free throw with 4:48 left in the first half capped a 15-3 run that gave the Seawolves a 36-20 lead. Another free throw by McGrew made it 44-27 with 1:17 remaining in the half.
Cormier's two foul shots capped a 16-3 run that tied the score at 51 with 9:41 left, but Warney and Puriefoy immediately responded with layups.
Williams' layup tied the score at 63 with 3:16 remaining, but Jackson cut to the basket, took a pass from Eric McAlister and hit a layup that gave SBU the lead for good at 65-63. Then the Seawolves got the stops they needed and hit their free throws, taking a 76-67 lead before a dunk by Cormier with 14 seconds left.