Dave Coley scored 17 points on 8-of-9 shooting to lead the Stony Brook men's basketball team to a 76-69 win over Albany and preserve the Seawolves' position at first place in the conference on Saturday.
Coley sparked the offense early in the second half to score or assist on four plays to put the Seawolves (15-7, 10-1 AE) up 38-37, a lead they'd hold onto the rest of the game. Stony Brook led by as many as 11 in the second half, but allowed Albany (15-10, 7-4) to get within two points. Bryan Dougher (14 points) and Al Rapier (10 points, 12 rebounds) made key plays down the stretch to put the Seawolves back up by 10.
Stony Brook struggled with free throws, making 15 of 24 in the game, but shot 53.1 percent from the field and 56.3 percent at the three-point line. The Seawolves have won six straight and 11 of their last 12 games.
"I liked our offense, but I didn't like our defense tonight," head coach Steve Pikiell said after the game. "But a lot of guys stepped up and made big plays on the road, which isn't easy to do in front of a sell-out crowd."
Stony Brook's next contest is Monday at 7 p.m. against New Hampshire (8-13, 3-7), a game that will be streamed live online at ESPN3 and broadcast on WUSB 92.1 FM.
Women's Basketball: Albany 57, Stony Brook 47. Whitney Davis scored 16 points for the Seawolves (4-20, 1-10), who trailed by two in the second half before Albany (15-9, 9-2) went on a 14-2 run to pull away. Dani Klupenger added 12 points as Stony Brook held Albany to 37 percent shooting.
Track & Field: Van Dalen Sets Record. Lucy Van Dalen ran the fastest 1,000 m race in the country this season at the Giegengack Invitational at Yale University. Her time of 2:42.53 was about five seconds faster than the previous Stony Brook record and about six seconds faster than the previous meet record. For the men's team, Eric Speakman won the 1,000 with a time of 2:24.86.
Swimming & Diving: Men's Team, Women's Team Fall to Binghamton. The Seawolves fell 173-127 on the women's side and 172.5-108.5 on the men's side. Darcy Heuser picked up wins in the 100 free, 500 free and 1,000 free to lead the women's team, while Cole Underwood led the men's team with second-place finishes in the 200 free and 500 free.