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Stony Brook falls to Siena in College Basketball Invitational

Stony Brook players watch their season come to

Stony Brook players watch their season come to an end against Albany in the closing seconds of the America East Championship game, Saturday March 15, 2014. Credit: George A. Faella

Jameel Warney had 15 points and 10 rebounds for his 10th double-double of the season, but it wasn't enough as Stony Brook lost, 66-55, to host Siena Tuesday night in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational.

Stony Brook, which was denied its first trip to the NCAA Tournament with a home loss to Albany in the America East final Saturday, finishes the season 23-11. Siena (16-17) advances to the CBI quarterfinals against either Penn State or Hampton.

Stony Brook led 34-31 at halftime, but Siena used a 12-0 run in the second half to take control of the game.

"Congratulations to Siena. They played a great game, played hard in what was a physical game," SBU coach Steve Pikiell said. "I liked what we did in the first half, but we really struggled with making shots against their zone in the second half, and we had trouble with turnovers."

After Warney's jump hook at 14:48, SBU managed only four field goals the rest of the game. It got within six at 56-50 with 7:32 to go, but couldn't get any closer, going scoreless until 2:13 as Siena built a 15-point lead.

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