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Dave Coley powers Stony Brook over Hartford

Stony Brook's Dave Coley (5) drives the baseline

Stony Brook's Dave Coley (5) drives the baseline as St. Francis Ben Mockford (3) defends. (Dec. 1, 2013) Credit: George A. Faella

Senior Dave Coley scored 15 of his 20 points to spark a 47-point second half by Stony Brook in a 73-50 America East Conference victory over Hartford on Sunday in West Hartford, Conn.

Coley, who had six rebounds and a career-high seven assists, shot 8-for-13 for Stony Brook (10-6, 2-0). Jameel Warney added 16 points. Redshirt freshman Ahmad Walker had 10 points and 10 rebounds for his first career double-double and Carson Puriefoy also scored 10 points. Puriefoy started in place of guard Anthony Jackson, who was suspended for a violation of team rules and did not travel with the team.

Warney shot 7-for-10 from the field, the eighth time this season he's shot at least 70 percent in a game.

Stony Brook, which trailed 7-0 and 12-3, fell behind 20-10 when Hartford's Nate Sikma hit a layup with 8:07 left in the first half. But the Seawolves responded with a 25-5 run, including the first nine points of the second half, and took a 35-25 lead on Coley's three-pointer with 17:37 left.

Oren Faulk's layup brought Hartford within 49-41 with 10:04 left, but the Hawks managed only two field goals after that. Coley's three-point play gave SBU a 54-43 lead with 8:50 left, and the Seawolves led by double digits the rest of the way.

"I thought we had a slow start to the game, turned the ball over too much," coach Steve Pikiell said. "But once we settled down and got back to playing Stony Brook basketball, I thought we did a great job defending, taking care of the ball and running our offense. It was a great team win against a tough and talented Hartford team."

Stony Brook outscored Hartford 47-25 in the second half. The Seawolves shot 57.1 percent from the field (28-for-49) overall, including 69.2 percent (18-for-26) in the second half.

Stony Brook outrebounded Hartford 33-18 and outscored the Hawks in the paint 40-16.

Wes Cole scored 15 points and Mark Nwakamma 11 for Hartford (7-11, 1-2), which shot 17-for-46 from the field and 8-for-27 from three-point range. The Hawks' second-half figures were 9-for-26 and 4-for-18.

Freshman Chris Braley had a career-high eight points for Stony Brook, which has won 10 of its last 11 games against Hartford. SBU has won eight straight regular-season conference games and is 34-5 in conference play dating to February 2011.

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