On Wednesday, Fed. 19, 2014, the Stony Brook University Men’s Basketball team beat the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Retrievers 72-53 on their home turf at Pritchard Gymnasium.
After an early 0-8 shoot out by UMBC, the home team jumped back in the game to lead the half 35-23.
Between guards Carson Puriefoy III and Dave Coley domineering center court, the Seawolves maintained that lead for the majority of the game as coach Steve Pikiell shuffled his pawns throughout the match.
“As a coach you make decisions and you try to get guys to get off to better starts and try to motivate guys,” said Pikiell. “The bench is a great motivator sometimes.”
Recovering from a tough loss to New Hampshire on Feb. 8, 2014, Pikiell choose to bench star forward Jameel Warney in last week’s match against University of Massachusetts Lowell. Warney, who typically starts for the Seawolves, told Pikiell prior to the game on Wednesday he would opt to let Anthony Mayo and Kameron Mitchell start the team off.
“It’s never important to me who starts the basketball game. It really isn’t,” said Pikiell. “It doesn’t mean anything—you don’t win or lose the game in the first two minutes.”
And, that’s a good thing considering Stony Brook didn’t put up their first points until more than five minutes into the game.
Warney said, “I like my role coming off the bench. Mayo was doing a very good job starting and providing good defensive minutes.”
Once on the court, he went on to led the team with 18 points.
“It’s all about the team. There’s no one bigger than the team,” said Warney.
And Warney wasn’t the only one celebrating a big game. With a victory against UMBC, Pikiell became the winningest coach in Stony Brook men’s basketball history with his 139th win with the Seawolves.
UMBC’s Brett Roseboro was also celebrating after scoring a career-high 20 points and capturing nine rebounds for the Retrievers.
With this win adding to a 13 game winning streak, Stony Brook will face Maine on Sunday. And they’ll look forward to an even more important impending game against Vermont as they chase a first-ever NCAA Tournament bid.