Stony Brook headed into this weekend needing a sweep in order to finish 5th in the America East. Things didn’t turn out that way for the Seawolves however, as a series split leaves them at 7th place.
Things were neck and neck early on. Albany pulled ahead with a small lead in the opening minutes, but it was quickly diminished. Things changed rather quickly, as Stony Brook went on a commanding 16-0 run. They never looked back from there. They used great defense and just enough offense to propel themselves to a 59-43 win.
Stony Brook was without their two main big men, Jaden Sayles and Mouhamadou Gueye. This meant they had to get things going from the outside. Juan Felix Rodriguez helped with that as he led Stony Brook with 14 points, including 3 three pointers. Tykei Greene provided his 4th double double of the season with a 13 point, 12 rebound performance. SBU only shot about 39% from the field for the game, but that didn’t matter. They held Albany to just 25.9% shooting, which is almost unheard of.
Stony Brook couldn’t repeat their performance from the day before. They could only pull ahead by as many as 3 about midway through the first half. Once Albany pulled ahead, it stayed that way. Things got close, but couldn’t finish the job. Albany ended up with a 67-59 win.
Gueye was still out, and Sayles played limited minutes. This was apparent today as Stony Brook couldn’t defend inside. C.J. Kelly led the way for Albany with 18 points. Felix Rodriguez and Tykei Greene were the only players in double figures. The Seawolves only shot 35.6% from the field, and couldn’t manage more than 3 three pointers.
Stony Brook’s Playoff Preview
With a NJIT loss, Stony brook secures the 7 seed for the America East playoffs. They will take on Umass Lowell next weekend, a team they swept earlier in the season. If they win, they get to take on New Hampshire, who swept the Seawolves earlier on in the season. If they lose, it’s all said and done for Stony Brook for this season.