Getting the ball to Jameel Warney is never a bad idea, but he took that concept to new heights last night.
Warney sank his first 10 field-goal attempts before finally missing with about seven minutes remaining as Stony Brook beat American, 86-68, in Washington.
The Seawolves made their first six field-goal attempts in the second half, putting them at 25-for-34 at that point (73.5 percent). They wound up 33-for-55 (60 percent) overall and 7-for-13 from three-point range.
Warney, who is averaging 19.6 points, 11.2 rebounds and 3.4 blocks per game, finished with 22 points and shot 10-for-12 from the field. He also had two blocked shots and two steals.
Carson Puriefoy III and Ahmad Walker added 18 points and six assists each and Bryan Sekunda had 10 points for Stony Brook (5-4).
“American is a team that shoots the ball well from the outside,’’ Stony Brook coach Steve Pikiell said. “I like the adjustment we made holding them to only one three in the second half. I always like when we share the game [20 assists on 33 field goals]. We got after it on the glass. It was a terrific team effort as we get ready for Hofstra Sunday.”
Walker’s layup capped a 19-6 run and gave Stony Brook a 65-40 lead with 14:34 remaining. Sekunda’s tip-in gave the Seawolves their largest lead at 74-45 and Tyrell Sturdivant’s jumper made the score 86-59 with 3:39 to play.
The Seawolves fell behind 15-12 but responded with an 11-2 run to take the lead for good. Roland Nyama hit a pair of three-pointers and Puriefoy added a three-point play during the run.
Warney has made at least 10 field goals in a game seven times this season. Stony Brook has made at least 25 field goals in eight of nine games this season, including five games of 30 field goals.
For American (2-7), Delante Jones had 15 points, Jesse Reed 14 and Paris Maragkos 12. Jones hit four three-pointers.