BALTIMORE – Stony Brook won its fourth game in a row and improved to 5-0 in America East play, as the Seawolves (13-6) defeated host UMBC (5-14, 1-5), 81-62, at the RAC Arena.
UMBC senior forward Chase Plummer (Plainfield, N.J./St. Patrick) led UMBC with 21 points and seven rebounds and became the 12th player in school history to reach the 1,200-point plateau. He was named the Retrievers' America East Player of the Game, while SBU senior guard Dave Coley earned the honor for the visitors. Coley led all scorers with 22 points, hitting 13-of-15 shots from the charity stripe.
The Retrievers played toe-to-toe with the Seawolves in the early stages and were within 17-15 after a Plummer trey at the 11:19 mark. But SBU sophomore guard Carson Puriefoy responded with a three-pointer of his own and that started the game's key surge. Stony Brook outscored UMBC, 14-0, over a three-minute span and took a 31-15 advantage on another Puriefoy trey with 7:06 to play in the stanza.
The Seawolves settled for a 43-30 halftime advantage, buoyed by doubling up UMBC on the glass (22-11) and in second-chance points (14-7).
SBU built the lead to as many as 25 points at 64-39 with 12:29 remaining, but the Retrievers did not fold. UMBC would nearly halve the deficit, as Plummer capped a 10-1 surge with a long-range trey and the Retrievers had some hope, trailing, 73-60, with 2:57 remaining.
The Retrievers' press bothered SBU in the second half and a steal by freshman guard Rodney Elliott (Baltimore, Md./John Carroll) 11 seconds later gave the home side a chance to climb even closer. But UMBC committed a turnover and Coley hit two free throws on the other end with 2:18 remaining to stem the rally.
Elliott managed 13 points for UMBC, scoring in double figures for the 11 th time in his last 12 outings. Freshman backcourt mate Bryan Harris (Oxon Hill, Md./Southern) was also in double figures with 10 points, but the rookie duo only converted a combined 6-of-20 shots from the floor.
Stony Brook sophomore post Jameel Warney posted a double-double, with 17 points and a game-high 11 caroms.
UMBC shot below 40 percent from the floor for the third consecutive game, hitting 20-of-53 shots. SBU cooled off in the second half, and finished at 46.2 percent (24-of-52). The Seawolves outrebounded UMBC, 41-27.
Plummer now has 1,220 points and needs nine more to move into 11th place on the school's all-time scoring list.
After playing six times in 16 days, UMBC has its first mini-break of the conference schedule. They will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 25, when they welcome Hartford to the RAC Arena for a 3:30 p.m. contest.