For 31 and a half minutes, defending Patriot League Champion American University and America East Conference heavy-hitter Stony Brook slugged and slogged it out in a basketball version of trench warfare.
Offensive rebounding, low post play, and point guard Carson Puriefoy proved to be the difference for the Seawolves, who pulled away down the stretch for a 59-47 win, improving to 7-6 on the season.
Puriefoy scored 13 of his game-high 18 points in the second half, and fellow junior Jameel Warney continued his all-out destruction of opposing front courts, scoring 10 points, pulling down 12 rebounds, dishing out four assists and swatting two shots. Junior power forward Rayshawn McGrew added eight points and seven rebounds, freshman small forward Roland Nyama added nine points, and guard Kam Mitchell came off the bench to add seven points, hitting 2-of-3 from downtown.
The battle of the boards, highlighting Warney’s continued dominance and the continued struggles of American’s front court, proved to be one of the biggest deciding factors, as the Seawolves out-rebounded the Eagles 36-20 overall and 15-3 on the offensive glass, leading to a 15-3 advantage in second-chance points.
American was led by its three-headed back court monster, with Darius “Pee Wee” Gardner and Jesse Reed scoring 12 points and dishing out five assists apiece, with Reed adding six rebounds, while John Schoof added 10 points.
The game was tied at 42 with 8:27 remaining after a Gardner lay-up, but the Seawolves rattled off 10 straight points and cruised the rest of the way.