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Stony Brook falls to Vermont, 71-57, despite Jameel Warney's 26 points

Stony Brook forward Jameel Warney drives the baseline

Stony Brook forward Jameel Warney drives the baseline with the shot against New Hampshire in a men's NCAA basketball game at Island Federal Credit Union Arena, Saturday, January 3, 2015. Photo Credit: GEORGE A. FAELLA

Jameel Warney leads the nation in rebounding and double-doubles, but in the second half of Saturday's game, he looked more like the leading scorer.

Visiting Stony Brook lost to Vermont, 71-57, but Warney did all he could to keep the Seawolves in the game, scoring 20 of his 26 points after halftime.

"All the credit goes to Vermont,'' Stony Brook coach Steve Pikiell said after his team's winning streak ended at five games. "It's a tough place to play, and we didn't deserve to win today's game. We didn't play as well as we're capable of, and some of that goes to the way Vermont played today. Not too many teams come up here and win.''

After Stony Brook (10-7, 1-1 America East) fell behind by 14 with 9:40 left, Warney's layup off a feed from Chris Braley brought the Seawolves within 62-57 with 4:09 left. But Stony Brook then missed its final seven shots and Vermont (7-8, 3-0) scored the final nine points, going 7-for-8 from the free-throw line in the last 1:23.

Warney, who is averaging 24.3 points and 11.0 rebounds in his last three games, shot 10-for-14 from the field and grabbed 10 rebounds for his 14th double-double in 17 games. The rest of the Seawolves shot 9-for-37. Rayshaun McGrew added 10 points. Stony Brook was 16-for-16 from the free-throw line.

"I think we're a better basketball team than we showed today,'' Pikiell said. "They just played better than us today.''

Ethan O'Day had 16 points to lead Vermont (7-8, 3-0). Kurt Steidl had 13 and Dre Wills 12.

After falling behind 10-2, Stony Brook took a 15-14 lead and trailed by only 28-26 after Warney's layup 18 seconds into the second half. But the Catamounts dominated the next 10 minutes and went ahead 56-42 on Trae Bell-Haynes' layup with 9:40 remaining.

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