The Stony Brook Seawolves took the relatively short trip across to New Jersey to battle the NJIT Highlanders. The Highlanders were coming off an amazing win at St. John's where Damon Lynn score a whopping 32 points.
Both teams have had tough nonconference schedules, with opponents like Notre Dame, Princeton, Vanderbilt, Providence and Kentucky. And with NJIT coming off a great win, it was surely going to be a back and forth battle, right?
It's not a Stony Brook article without mentioning Jameel Warney. Finally a senior, his aptitude and pure talent on the court has clearly been proved in numbers. Going into the game averaging 20 points per game, he's the current leading scorer in the America East, tied at 30th nationally for most points per game, and currently sits 11th nationally in rebounds per game with 10.9.
Now that his accolades are out of the way, let's talk about the game.
Warney was one of the four who scored the first eight points in the game. Their roaring start straight out of the gate proved to be a problem for NJIT. Once Stony Brook took the lead, they never relinquished it. Warney had the ability to get to the basket pretty evenly between shots from his teammates, pulling in 20 points. When he wasn't scoring, he was rebounding. He came one short of a double-double, with nine. His overall presence was troublesome in general for NJIT with two steals and three blocks.
Though Warney was a huge part of the win, it wasn't without help. Ahmad Walker, Carson Puriefoy, and Bryan Sekunda all ended the game with 15 points, and Walker picked up 11 rebounds for the double-double. It was their scoring that kept the Seawolves afloat when Warney went down in the second half with an ankle injury.
While NJIT couldn't keep up with Stony Brook, their three pointers kept them in the game. Chris Jenkins came up with five of their eight from beyond the arc. He also had a team high 15 points. They did have a break when Warney left the game, where they really showed how he's a main support of the team. Multiple times they were able to bring the Seawolves into the single digits of the shot clock.
While the Seawolves leave with their first four game win streak of the season, they have a few days to prepare for another Ivy League battle against Columbia for their first game of 2016.