Stony Brook gives Maryland a scare in 76-69 loss

Stony Brook's Anthony Jackson drives from the top Stony Brook's Anthony Jackson drives from the top of the key against Canisius' Reggie Groves in the first half of a nonconference game. (Nov. 24, 2012) Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

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Stony Brook gave Maryland all it could handle in a 76-69 men's basketball loss to the Terrapins Friday night in College Park, Md., moving within two points in the final minute after falling behind by 20.

Anthony Jackson's three-pointer with 34 seconds to play brought Stony Brook within 71-69. But Pe'Shon Howard's two free throws with 27 seconds left and Nick Faust's pair with 14 seconds to play made it 75-69.

Said SBU coach Steve Pikiell, "We were scrappy, we were tough and we made it a game in the second half.''

Stony Brook (8-3) had won four straight since losing to Connecticut. The Terrapins (10-1) have won 10 straight since dropping the season opener to Kentucky. The 10-game streak is Maryland's longest since the 2000-01 season.

Dez Wells' fast-break layup gave Maryland a 56-36 lead with 17:54 remaining, and a layup by Faust made it 68-57 with 5:12 to play. But a dunk by Eric McAlister, two free throws by Jameel Warney, a three-pointer by Jackson and a layup by Tommy Brenton brought Stony Brook within 69-66 with 1:18 to play.

Alex Len missed two free throws with 54 seconds left, but the 7-1 center grabbed the rebound and dunked it.

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Warney scored 17 points, shooting 7-for-11 from the field, and McAlister had 12, shooting 5-for-7, but the rest of the Seawolves shot 15-for-46. Brenton added nine points, a career-high nine assists and eight rebounds.

Wells and Len scored 19 points each for the Terrapins, who hit 11 of their first 13 shots from the field.

Howard added eight points and seven assists for Maryland, which shot 28-for-53 from the field, including 9-for-18 from three-point range.

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