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Anthony Jackson scores 36 points as Stony Brook loses to Toledo

Stony Brook guard Anthony Jackson drives the ball

Stony Brook guard Anthony Jackson drives the ball against Vermont. (Feb. 15, 2013) Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

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."

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