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CBI First Round Recap: Stony Brook Looks Lost, Falls to Siena

Stony Brook couldn't catch up to Siena as they pulled away in the second half for a 66-55 win to advance to the next round of the College Basketball Invitational.

Steph Crandall

What's a Seawolf?

Whatever it is, it wasn't what I was watching tonight.

I spent $7.95 to watch this Stony Brook/ Siena match up, and if I would have known it was going to be this bad I would have settled for stats instead and saved myself some money. I want to know what happened to the Stony Brook team I remember from a few months ago, the team that was tied with Vermont for the top spot in the standings. The team that battled to keep their one loss as their only loss.

The only thing worth paying for was when the two teams went at it under the Siena basket and it almost turned into a brawl. But of course I missed it anyway.

After losing to the Albany Great Danes for the America East title, it seems that Stony Brook's mentality hasn't been the same.

The first half played out like any other game. They were trading baskets, with free throws being key to keeping the Seawolves in the game. But it was clear from the start that turnovers and fouls were going to be a problem. They turned the ball over 14 times by the end of the game and both Carson Puriefoy and David Coley ended with four fouls each.

Jameel Warney showed his prowess as a true post player, with a team high 15 points, and only one of those points came from a lonesome free throw. Anthony Jackson (13 points)  and Puriefoy (10) both ended in double digits as well, but it wasn't enough to keep up with the Saints' 32-16 run in the end.

Though Stony Brook and Siena don't have any real history between them, it got heated on the court during the second half. What seems to have happened was some words were exchanged after a foul that lead to both teams swarming under the basket. Technicals were given to both teams and the game continued.

But Stony Brook's mind was already out of the game. They showed how even one of the better teams in America East can still lose it once tempers flare.

Siena moves on to play whoever wins the Hampton v. Penn State game while Stony Brook gets a long bus ride back home to Long Island.