Stony Brook Ends Drought at Pitt Center, Tops SHU 64-59

Stony Brook Ends Drought at Pitt Center, Tops SHU 64-59

FAIRFIELD, CT (December 18, 2012) - Sacred Heart senior Shane Gibson (Killingly, CT) netted his third-straight 20-point game with 22 points but the Stony Brook Seawolves closed out the game outscoring SHU 10-5 to earn their first-ever win in the William H. Pitt Center, 64-59, Tuesday night.  The Seawolves were 0-5 in the Pitt Center and improve to 8-2 with their fourth-straight win.

The Pioneers (2-7) drop their fifth-straight, their longest losing skid since the 2010-11 season (five-straight).  Gibson was the only Pioneer in double digits, scoring 22 on eight-of-17 shooting including a trio of threes.  He added four rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal to his game totals.

The Seawolves (8-2), who avenge a 64-62 loss to the Pioneers at home back in November, got 17 points, eight rebounds and three blocks from center Jameel Warney in the win.  Guard Anthony Jackson tossed in 10 points, grabbed five boards and dished six assists in the win.

Stony Brook got off the blocks quickly as Eric McAlister finished off an alley-oop pass from Tommy Brenton with a dunk just five seconds in and the Seawolves sprinted out to a 10-2 lead just over four minutes in.  SHU chipped away and a Gibson three at 12:12 gave the Pioneers their only lead in the first half at 13-12. 

After a Phil Gaetano (Wallingford, CT) runner tied the game at 15-15, Stony Brook went back in front thanks to consecutive jumpers by Jackson and Brenton on consecutive possessions.  Their lead hit 24-19 on a Leonard Hayes three with 6:45 left but Gibson answered right back with his second triple to pull SHU within a bucket.  The Pioneer offense went stone cold from there and didn't produce a point until Steve Glowiak (New Britain, CT) buried a three with 40 seconds left.  SBU could only push their lead to nine as Ron Bracey hit a three at 1:06 for a 31-22 lead.

Sacred Heart opened the second half with a 14-6 run and grabbed the lead back at the 15:04 mark.  Gaetano got a pair of steals on consecutive possessions, setting up Louis Montes (Brockton, MA) for an old-fashioned three-point play and then a lay-up, forcing a SBU time-out at 17:57.

Gibson drilled his third from behind the arch to pull within 37-35 and Glowaik gave the Pioneers a 38-37 lead next time down with a three from the wing.  The SHU lead was short lived as Stony Brook went back up four on a Scott King three and led 47-43 on a Bracey three with 9:07 left.

The Pioneers used another run, this time an 11-3 rally to take a two-point lead with 4:30 left.  Gaetano a three and back to back lay-ins by Mostafa Abdel Latif (Alexandria, Egypt) and Nick Greenbacker (Coventry, CT) put the Pioneers up 52-50 with 4:30 left.  Stony Brook got the lead back after a Warney lay-up and Brenton jumper, 54-52, but Gibson delivered with consecutive jumpers and the Pioneers led 56-55 with 2:31 left.

From there Stony Brook put the game away as Warney got a dunk and a lay-in for a 59-56 lead.  The Seawolves forced a turnover and Dave Coley double the lead with a wide-open three on the wing to lead 62-56 with 30 seconds left.  SHU got to within three and had a look at a potential tying three but Gibson's shot missed the mark and the Seawolves closed it out at the free-throw line for the win.

Stony Brook held a 48-32 advantage on the glass and overcame 17 turnovers in the win.  The Pioneers shot just 36.5 percent (23-63) in the loss including just seven-of-23 from three.

Montes just missed a double double with nine points and 11 rebounds for Sacred Heart.  Gaetano had nine points, five assists and four steals in the loss.

The Pioneers will be back on the road and at La Salle on Saturday, December 22nd.  Tip-off is at 2:00 pm.