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Stony Brook routs Hartford for 10th win in row

Jameel Warney goes up for a shot in

Jameel Warney goes up for a shot in the first half of Stony Brook's game against UMBC at Stony Brook University's Island FCU Arena on Jan. 13, 2016. Photo Credit: Daniel De Mato

It ain’t over till it’s over? Stony Brook’s game against Hartford on Monday was over long before that.

In their 77-43 victory, the visiting Seawolves took a 15-0 lead behind Carson Puriefoy’s six points and Bryan Sekunda’s five and held the Hawks scoreless for the first 9:08 until Justin Graham drove for a layup, Hartford’s first basket in 10 attempts. The Hawks never got closer than nine again.

The Seawolves then held Hartford scoreless for the first 3:48 of the second half and scored nine straight points to take a 41-17 lead.

“That’s the class of our league, obviously,’’ Hartford coach John Gallagher said. “As crazy as it sounds, I thought the tempo in the first half was to our favor, and then it just got away from us.’’

Rayshaun McGrew scored 16 points and Jameel Warney had 13 points, 11 rebounds and five assists for Stony Brook (14-4, 5-0 America East), which has won 10 straight games. Lucas Woodhouse (4-for-4 shooting) added a season-high 13 points and Puriefoy scored 11. Ahmad Walker had eight points, 12 rebounds and four assists.

Stony Brook held Hartford 26.4 points below its average two days after holding New Hampshire to 50 points, 21.5 below its average. “When you play a team like that, they make you sort of ask a lot of questions,’’ Gallagher said. And his team didn’t have the right answers, particularly offensively.

In the last two games, Stony Brook held New Hampshire leading scorer Tanner Leissner (14.2 points per game) and Hartford leading scorer Pancake Thomas (16.1) scoreless in the first half. Hartford’s No. 2 scorer, George Blagojevic, also went scoreless in the half. Thomas and Blagojevic had been averaging 27.9 points per game between them. Thomas and Blagojevic shot 0-for-10 between them before Thomas drove for a layup with 15 minutes remaining in the game.

“Hartford’s a scary team,’’ Stony Brook coach Steve Pikiell said. “They can really shoot the ball well. I thought we did a great job on Pancake Thomas today. He’s a really good player.’’

In the last two games, Stony Brook has held its opponents’ top two scorers to a total of two points and 1-for-15 shooting in the first half. The four players had entered the games averaging more than 55 points per game between them.

Warney, who entered averaging 18.7 points, didn’t score until 1:57 remained in the first half, but by then, he had five rebounds and five assists. The Seawolves picked up assists on 11 of their 13 baskets in the half.

Evan Cooper had 10 points for Hartford (6-13, 1-3). Thomas, who shot 4-for-16, and Taylor Dyson added eight each.

The 10 straight victories is tied for the longest in the Seawolves’ 17-year Division I history. Stony Brook is off to its best 18-game start in that span.

“We had a great weekend,’’ Pikiell said. “We played some real ly good basketball. I love the assists [20 on 27 baskets] and rebounding [47] numbers.’’

Puriefoy became the all-time leader in made free throws in Stony Brook Division I history, passing D.J. Munir.

Stony Brook will host perennial nemesis Albany (4-1 America East) at 9 p.m. Friday. — GREG GUTES

Stony Brook women win. The Stony Brook women’s basketball team beat visiting Hartford, 58-35, for its ninth straight victory, tying the school’s Division I program record set in 2013-14. This is the 17th season of Division I play for the Seawolves.

Ogechi Anyagaligbo had 16 points and eight rebounds in only 23 minutes for Stony Brook (13-5, 5-0 America East). Elizabeth Manner added 10 points and seven rebounds. Christa Scognamiglio had eight points, five steals and four assists.

Darby Lee had 14 points for Hartford (6-11, 2-2), but the rest of the Hawks shot 6-for-37.

Hartford entered the game tied for first in the America East in three-point field-goal percentage but struggled against Stony Brook’s top-ranked three-point field-goal defense, going 0-for-12. Stony Brook outscored Hartford 34-16 in the game’s final 19:25.

Stony Brook will visit Albany on Thursday at 7 p.m. The teams are tied atop the conference standings.

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