IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Two defensive powerhouses in their respective conferences entered Carver-Hawkeye Arena in what shaped up to be a battle of keeping points off the board.
"I kept saying to my assistant coaches, 'How is [Iowa] not in the NCAA Tournament?' " Stony Brook coach Steve Pikiell said. "They have good players . . . It's disappointing we ended our season this way. It's the winningest season in school history, and we fought until the end."
Freshman Jameel Warney had 17 points and seven rebounds, Anthony Jackson added 15 points and Dave Coley had 12 (all in the first half) for the Seawolves (25-8), who defeated UMass in the first round of the NIT for their first national postseason victory. Warney shot 7-for-9 as Stony Brook finished at 24-for-51 from the field. Jackson's four-point play with 9:36 left brought Stony Brook within 56-52, but the Seawolves never got that close again.
Iowa guard Roy Devyn Marble scored 28 points and Aaron White added 13. The Hawkeyes (23-12) shot 26-for-55.
In his final game for Stony Brook, versatile Tommy Brenton couldn't find a rhythm all night. He had five points, five rebounds and four assists. "Some nights you have it, some nights you don't," said Brenton, the America East player of the year. "We knew going in their defense was strong. They played good team defense. Tonight I just didn't have it."
Iowa coach Fran McCaffery lauded Pikiell, saying that his squad played like many of the Big Ten teams Iowa faced in the regular season. "Steve's a tremendous coach. He's done a phenomenal job with this program. That's a Big Ten team," McCaffery said.
Iowa shot 8-for-19 from three-point range and 15-for-21 from the foul line to Stony Brook's 6-for-16 and 9-for-17.