One of the most positive aspects of Stony Brook's past two victories is this: Carson Puriefoy III is back.
After shooting 6-for-42 in a four-game span, Puriefoy -- Stony Brook's second-leading scorer at 14.1 points per game -- rediscovered his game this week. He scored 18 points, eight of which came in a 25-0 run, as the Seawolves beat Maine, 82-39, on Saturday in Bangor, Maine.
Puriefoy has scored 33 points in the last two games, shooting 12-for-22 from the field and 5-for-9 from three-point range. With Stony Brook (12-7, 3-1 America East) hosting Albany (9-7, 4-0) Monday night, the point guard's resurgence has come at a good time.
"I've really been trying to pick and choose my spots the last couple of games and let the game come to me more,'' said Puriefoy, who had five assists. "I feel like when I'm able to get my teammates involved in the offense more, the opportunities for me to be successful happen more as well. Our offense feeds off our defense.''
Said coach Steve Pikiell, "Tre [Puriefoy] has been playing at a different level the last two games. He's using his defense to score on offense.''
SBU held Maine scoreless for 13:17 while extending its lead from 18-16 to 43-16. Maine missed 12 shots and turned the ball over eight times in that span.
"I'm just really pleased by our effort after a long travel day the day before,'' Pikiell said. "We were really locked in to our assignments for 40 minutes, which is a good sign for us. I loved our ability to defend and rebound. I thought our approach to today's game was outstanding.''
Stony Brook shot 59.6 percent from the field and made 10 three-pointers in its seventh win in eight games. Jameel Warney had 14 points and shot 7-for-9. Rayshaun McGrew added 10 rebounds. Roland Nyama scored seven of his 12 points during the 25-0 run and had five steals. Aaron Calixte's 11 points led Maine (1-16, 0-5).