Jameel Warney came off the bench to score 19 points and senior guard Dave Coley recorded his first career double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds as Stony Brook beat UMass Lowell, 78-68, Saturday in Lowell, Mass.
Anthony Mayo started in Warney's place and played 15 minutes, but Warney had seven rebounds and three assists and shot 7-for-13 in his 25 minutes. Carson Puriefoy had 16 points and four assists in 30 minutes off the bench and Ahmad Walker added eight points, eight rebounds and four assists.
Stony Brook (18-8) improved its America East record to 10-2, one game behind Vermont (11-1). The Seawolves, who already have beaten the Catamounts, will play at Vermont on Feb. 27.
"I liked our effort tonight,'' said coach Steve Pikiell, who earned his 138th win at Stony Brook, tying former Seawolves coach Joe Castiglie (1984-91) for the most in school history. "I liked the way we shared the ball and played efficiently on offense.
"I also liked our defense, especially in the first half, holding them to 21 points. UMass Lowell is a tough, gritty team and they got back in it with three-pointers at the end, but we contested their shots and ultimately got the stops we needed.''
Coley made a three-pointer to give the Seawolves a 54-33 lead with 11:48 left, and his three-pointer made it 69-50 with 5:58 to play.
The River Hawks made six of their 11 three-pointers in the final nine minutes and got as close as 75-68 with 40 seconds remaining, but Coley stole the ball with 24 seconds left to clinch it.
Akeem Williams had 20 points and nine assists for UMass Lowell (8-17, 6-7). Carlos Taylor scored 15 points and Mark Cornelius added 13.