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Turnovers hurt Stony Brook in loss to VCU

Stony Brook guard Carson Puriefoy drives the ball

Stony Brook guard Carson Puriefoy drives the ball during the second half of a game against Albany. (March 3, 2013) Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Stony Brook was outscored 17-0 to begin the second half, completing a run of 19 straight points by Virginia Commonwealth that broke open a close game, and fell to the Rams, 81-63, last night in Richmond, Va.

The Seawolves (9-5) outrebounded VCU 40-26 but turned the ball over 21 times. "Give credit to VCU. That's a good team that plays hard," coach Steve Pikiell said. "We needed to limit our turnovers. I thought we did a good job limiting their opportunities in the first half, but they wore us down in the second half and turned our mistakes into points."

Dave Coley and Carson Puriefoy had 16 points each for the Seawolves. Puriefoy added seven rebounds and six assists. Jameel Warney added 12 points and eight rebounds and Ahmad Walker had 10 points.

Treveon Graham led the Rams (12-3) with 20 points.

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