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Fabulous freshmen help Stony Brook in easy win over USMMA

Stony Brook Seawolves forward Jameel Warney dunks during

Stony Brook Seawolves forward Jameel Warney dunks during an NCAA men's basketball game at Island Federal Credit Union Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. Credit: Andrew Theodorakis

Allow Stony Brook point guard Carson Puriefoy to introduce a few of his lesser-known freshman teammates.

"Roland is definitely the most athletic person on the team," Puriefoy said, referring to Roland Nyama, a starting forward who redshirted last season.

"Bryan is one really great shooter," Puriefoy said of Bryan Sekunda, who has deep range.

"Ty's attitude toward working hard is great and he's really funny. He's an important piece too," Puriefoy said of Tyrell Sturdivant, a versatile 6-7 forward.

" 'D' can really run this team," Puriefoy said, referring to guard Deshaun Thrower.

All of them contributed Sunday, and juniors Puriefoy and Jameel Warney posted typically solid numbers as the Stony Brook men's basketball team beat Division III USMMA, 89-54, at Island FCU Arena.

Warney, who has recorded a double-double in all four games this season, had 13 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks. Puriefoy had 15 points and four assists.

That wasn't surprising. Showcased throughout the game, though, was Stony Brook's energetic freshman group.

Sekunda was 5-for-6 from three-point range for 15 points. Sturdivant had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Nyama chipped in eight points and six rebounds. Thrower had eight points and three steals. "They get better every day," Warney said. "They each bring a different set of talents. It's refreshing."

Puriefoy said what impresses him the most is "you only need to tell them something once. And they get it."

That was evident when USMMA (0-4) took its only lead of the game, 23-21, with 8:24 left in the first half. Warney gathered the team in a huddle on the court after a Stony Brook timeout. The message? "It's time to go now," Puriefoy said. "It's time to break this one open."

Taking the cue from his veteran teammates, Nyama made a jumper and blocked USMMA's next attempt. It led to a fast break and layup for Puriefoy.

The Seawolves (2-2) closed the first half with a 22-5 run en route to their 31st straight win when holding the opposition to below 60 points.

"Our two veterans really led us," coach Steve Pikiell said. "But today was a good day to throw some of the younger guys into the fire."

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