Late Defense Propels Stony Brook Past Men's Basketball

Dec. 21, 2014

Final Stats

STONY BROOK, N.Y. - Stony Brook University held Loyola University Maryland to only one field goal in the game's final seven minutes, and the Seawolves outscored the Greyhounds, 18-9 during that stretch, for a 67-52 non-conference victory at Island Federal Credit Union Arena on Sunday afternoon.

Loyola (3-7 overall) led the preseason America East Conference favorite for the majority of the first half, and went up 35-32 on a Tyler Hubbard three 3:02 into the second half, but Bryan Sekunda responded in kind to tie the score, 35-35, 22 seconds later.

Sekunda's three, one of just two in the game by the Seawolves (6-6), started a 10-0 Stony Brook run that gave it a 42-35 lead on a Rayshaun McGrew basket with 13:17 left in regulation.

Loyola cut its deficit to three, 42-39, on an Eric Laster runner in the lane at 11:33, but the Seawolves then did not allow a Greyhounds' field goal until a Cam Gregory bucket with 7:15 remaining.

Gregory led Loyola with 14 points and seven rebounds, topping the team in both categories for the second game in a row.

His basket at 7:15, however, were the last Loyola points until Laster made a pair of free throws with 3:12 remaining. It was also the Greyhounds' final field goal until a Colton Bishop driving layup at 1:43.

Jameel Warney, the national leader in double-doubles and rebounds per game paced Stony Brook with 18 points and 11 rebounds. McGrew added a double-double with 15 points and 10 boards, while Carson Puiefoy scored 16 and had five assists and five rebounds.

Hubbard scored 10 for the Greyhounds, and Denzel Brito matched his season-high with five assists.

Gregory scored seven Loyola points in a row during the first half, helping the Greyhounds lead 20-16 with 5:30 remaining in the frame. Hubbard hit two free throws with 2:55 left in the stanza, giving them their largest lead of the half, 22-17.

Loyola returns to action in a week after a break for the Christmas holiday. The Greyhounds will play former Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference foe Fairfield University at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 28 in Brooklyn, New York, at Barclays Center.