Anthony Jackson scored 17 points off the bench and Marcus Rouse scored 14 for Stony Brook, owner of eight straight wins and 13 straight home wins, in the Seawolves' 80-68 win over University of Maryland-Baltimore County on Thursday.
Four players came off the bench to score a total of 38 points for the Seawolves, who are 17-7 and 12-1 in the conference.
But the game wasn't pretty. UMBC, who is 3-21 overall and 2-10 in the conference, carried a small lead over Stony Brook for most of the first half and led 35-34 at halftime. UMBC shot better than 59 percent in the first half while holding Stony Brook to 38.7 percent shooting. The Retrievers out-rebounded the Seawolves 37-35 in the game.
"It's a win. We've got three more, so that's what we're focused on," coach Steve Pikiell said. "I give UMBC credit. Nothing to lose. [They] played that way. We didn't play the way we're capable of."
With the Seawolves down 43-38 in the second half, Jackson hit a three-pointer and Rouse added a jumper on back-to-back possessions to tie the score with nearly 14 minutes left to play. Rouse scored again a minute later for a 45-43 lead. After that, UMBC couldn't regain the lead.
"AJ and Rouse, they came in and really gave us a lift," Pikiell said.
Bryan Dougher finished the game with 16 points and Dallis Joyner had 14 points and 8 rebounds.
"We've played some great games," Pikiell said. "You're not going to play great every night. That's just the way it is. ... Our guys know we didn't play as well as we're capable of."