Albany, N.Y.- Stony Brook's Dave Coley's almost perfect shooting performance, going 8-of-9 from the field totaling 17 points led Stony Brook over UAlbany, 76-69, on Saturday, Feb. 4 at SEFCU Arena. UAlbany drops to fourth place with a 15-10 and 7-4 in the America East, while Stony Brook improves to 15-7 and 10-1 in league play to put them on top of the conference. The Great Danes have a quick turnaround as they face Boston U. on Monday, Feb. 6 at SEFCU Arena.
Gerardo Suero, America East Player of the Game, tallied his 16th 20-plus point game of the season to lead all scorers with 21 points. Logan Aronhalt and Mike Black each in double-figures with 15 points apiece, respectively.
The Seawolves had four players in double digits tonight as Coley led the team with 17 points and four rebounds in only 20 minutes before fouling out. Al Rapier recorded the games only double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds, three of which were offensive. Bryan Dougher and Anthony Jackson finished the game with 14 and 11, respectively.
Stony Brook, for the second game against UAlbany this season, shot very proficient shooting over 50 percent from both the field (53.1 %) and from behind the arc (56.3%). UAlbany struggled from behind the arc, shooting 5-of-22 (22.7%) from three-point land. The Seawolves outrebounded the Great Danes as well, 32-30.
UAlbany and Stony Brook went back and forth to begin the first half with the half being tied six different times. Stony Brook would go up as much as eight points, 19-11, with 9:55 remaining in the first half. The largest lead of the half was off Bryan Dougher's three-pointer.
UAlbany would climb back to grab the lead, 23-21, after a 12-2 run which was capped by Suero's acrobatic three-point play. The Great Danes would hold onto the lead going into the half, 33-30.
Both teams shot well in the half, with Stony Brook taking a slight lead in shooting percentage, 48.1-46.7. UAlbany would outrebound Stony Brook, 18-13.
Stony Brook would jump out in the second half with the game's largest lead to that point of 10, 52-42, with 11:28 left in the game. Both Jackson and Leonard Hayes would hit two three-pointers each during that stretch.
UAlbany would come back quickly as Black scored six of his game's 15 points in the next two minutes to cut the deficit to two, 52-50, with 9:07 left to play. Black would cap the 8-0 run with a momentous three from the top of the key.
Stony Brook would capitalize on the offensive boards with two key rebounds by Dougher and Coley that would lead to a Seawolves run and a lead of 11, 67-56, with 2:44 left to play. Stony Brook would shut the door by not allowing UAlbany to get any closer than six in the closing minutes of the game.