Propelled by consistent offense throughout, Stony Brook’s men’s basketball team (12-6, 4-1 America East) earned their third straight win, knocking out UAlbany 86-78 at SEFCU Arena on January 22. .
The team shot 62.5 percent in the second half and hit four of its six outside shots to hold off rivals and set up a first-place showdown with Vermont on Wednesday night. Anthony Roberts and Jahlil Jenkins beat five double-digit Seawolves, finishing with 18 and 16 points, respectively. They combined to shoot 13 for 21 from the field.
UAlbany jumped out of the gates with a 21-12 advantage at 12:27 of the first half, but Stony Brook responded with a 10-2 run to reduce it to one. After the hosts hit a three, the Seawolves lapped them the rest of the way en route to a 40-35 halftime lead.
The Seawolves stormed the gates in the second half on a 10-4 run, opening up a double-digit lead that would only close to four the rest of the way to secure their third straight win.
“Very, very, very well played game for us. I think Albany came out and played really hard. They were prepared and excited,” said head coach Geno Ford. “We kept talking during these downtimes to weather the storm and stick to our game plan. We’ve had a tendency to be a bit scrappy when things aren’t going well for us, but tonight we didn’t and hopefully that’s a big sign of growth for us going forward. I think Albany played well. The difference in the game was the 3-point shot. Excited for our guys. It was a hard-fought victory. »
Next, the team hosted the Vermont Catamounts on January 26 for the second leg of a series between the two best preseason teams in the America East. Results were not available at the time of going to press.