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Dave Coley's 22 points lift Stony Brook past UMBC, 81-62

Stony Brook's Dave Coley is surrounded by Columbia

Stony Brook's Dave Coley is surrounded by Columbia defenders. (Jan. 8, 2014) Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Now that conference play has begun, Dave Coley has hit his stride at just the right time for Stony Brook.

The senior guard scored at least 20 points for the third time in his past four games Monday, recording a career-high 22 to lead the Seawolves to an 81-62 win over UMBC in Baltimore.

Coley, who is averaging 18.0 points in his last four games to bring his season average up to 11.8, shot 13-for-15 from the free-throw line as Stony Brook (13-6) moved to 5-0 in America East play for the first time in its 13 seasons in the conference.

Jameel Warney had 17 points and 11 rebounds for Stony Brook, turning in his eighth double-double of the season. Warney, who entered the game leading the nation in field-goal percentage at 66.1 percent, shot 7-for-11.

Carson Puriefoy scored 14 points and Anthony Jackson -- back from a three-game suspension after violating a team rule -- added 11 off the bench.

Coach Steve Pikiell moved over .500 for the first time in his nine seasons with the Seawolves at 133-132. "We had no time to prepare for them, but we came out and battled and got good effort on both ends of the floor,'' he said. "And once again, I'm proud of our rebounding as we were plus-14 on the glass [41-27], making sure that they didn't get many second chances.''

Chase Plummer led UMBC (5-14, 1-5) with 21 points.

The Seawolves have won four straight and have captured their last 11 regular-season conference games.

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