Another day, another W, thanks in large part to the three Ws in Stony Brook’s starting lineup.
Jameel Warney, Lucas Woodhouse and Ahmad Walker totaled 55 points as the Seawolves extended their winning streak to 15 games — the longest active Division I winning streak in the nation — with a 91-73 victory over UMass Lowell on Saturday afternoon at the Costello Athletic Center in Lowell, Massachusetts.
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After Warney scored eight points in the first 4:29 en route to his 16th double-double in 23 games, Walker and Woodhouse totaled 17 points in a 22-7 run that broke open the game.
Warney had 24 points, 14 rebounds (eight offensive) and three assists for the Seawolves (19-4, 10-0 America East), who outscored UMass Lowell 54-45 in the second half. “It probably got into a little too much of a track meet towards the end, but we’ll enjoy it and take tomorrow to prepare for Hartford Monday,’’ said Stony Brook coach Steve Pikiell, whose team will try to reach the 20-victory plateau for the fifth straight season on Jameel Warney Bobblehead Night at Island FCU Arena..
The Seawolves led 28-25 before outscoring the River Hawks 9-3 in the final 2:11 of the first half and 13-4 in the first 3:02 of the second for a 50-32 lead. Walker had two three-point plays, a three-pointer and two assists and Woodhouse added two three-pointers. a layup and an assist in that stretch.
‘’There was a lot of good things on our end that I was happy with,’’ UMass Lowell coach Pat Duquette said. “I thought we played really good the first 16, 18 minutes of the first half. We let it slide a little bit two minutes before halftime. It’s too bad, ’cause we deserved to go into the half probably even tied. We played well. We didn’t take care of the basketball, some costly turnovers, we let it slip away a little bit. And then they’re obviously a very good team, so you have to be almost error-free to give yourself a chance against them.’’
Stony Brook went ahead 63-39 on Warney’s layup with 12:42 left and the River Hawks never got closer than 13 points after that. When Carson Puriefoy hit a three-pointer to give Stony Brook a 70-54 lead with 8:24 remaining, all five Stony Brook starters had reached double figures for the second straight game. Warney’s dunk gave the Seawolves their biggest lead at 89-64 with 2:54 left.
“When you play road games, you have to bring a different type of energy,’’ Walker said. “We’re doing everything we can to come together as a team. The great thing about this team is that everyone tries to put each other in a position to score. I think that’s why we get a lot of assists every game.’’
Puriefoy had 17 points, 14 in the second half, and nine rebounds for the Seawolves, who remained two games ahead of second-place Albany with six games remaining. Woodhouse had a season-high 16 points, three assists and three steals and shot 4-for-8 from three-point range, making him 24-for-43 (55.8 percent) from outside the arc in conference play. Walker had 15 points and Rayshaun McGrew added 11.
Isaac White had 20 points, shooting 7-for-9 overall and 6-for-8 from three-point range, for UMass Lowell (8-14, 4-6). Mark Cornelius and Matt Harris added 11 points each. Jahad Thomas, who entered the game as the River Hawks’ leading scorer (13.0 points per game) and rebounder (7.4), spent much of the game in foul trouble and was not much of a factor with nine points and seven rebounds in 27 minutes.
The Seawolves had no trouble solving UMass Lowell’s 2-3 zone early in the game, pounding the ball inside to Warney, who scored or assisted on Stony Brook’s first six baskets. “I’m really pleased with today’s effort,’’ Pikiell said. “We were able to get the ball inside to Jameel in the first half and he provided the spark. In the second half, we played off some post touches, made shots and built a lead.’’
“Stony Brook’s the biggest team in the league,’’ Duquette said, “and obviously, that’s our weak point.’’
The Seawolves built a 23-13 rebounding advantage in the first half as Warney pulled down eight and McGrew and Puriefoy added five each. Said Duquette, “They only called one foul against them in the whole first half, so I told my guys at halftime, listen, they’re not going to call fouls, so we’re going to have to play physical, and I was happy with the way some of our guys responded to that.’’
— GREG GUTES
Stony Brook women win. Brittany Snow scored 16 points and Christa Scognamiglio added 12 points and nine rebounds as the Stony Brook women’s basketball team (15-8, 7-3 America East) earned a 60-46 victory over visiting UMass Lowell (3-19, 0-10). The Seawolves scored the game’s final 13 points.