Monday November 26, 2012

STORRS, Conn. -- Stony Brook coach Steve Pikiell might have been happy a few years ago with an 11-point loss to Connecticut.

But after starting this season 4-1 and leading the No. 21 Huskies for most of the game, the former UConn point guard was disappointed with Sunday’s 73-62 loss to his alma mater.

The Huskies (5-1) hit their final eight attempts from behind the arc Sunday to rally from a seven-point second-half deficit for the win.

"Basketball is a game of runs, they made run, we couldn’t execute and they came out on top," said Dave Coley, who led the Seawolves with 15 points. Tommy Brenton added 14.

Niels Giffey came off the bench to score a career-high 15 points and grab eight rebounds for UConn and Shabazz Napier had 15 of his 19 points in the second half.

Omar Calhoun added 14 points. The three players combined to go 9 of 16 from 3-point range. The team finished 10 of 22.

The Seawolves led 33-26 early in the second half after a 10-0 run that overlapped with halftime.

The Huskies chipped away at the deficit, tying it at 39 with 11:40 to play on a jumper by DeAndre Daniels.

Back-to-back 3-pointers by Napier and Giffey put UConn up 45-39. That started the run of consecutive makes from behind the arc by the Huskies. A four-point play by Napier put UConn up 61-47 with just over 4 minutes left.

Stony Brook made just five of its 18 3-point attempts and shot just 38 percent from the floor.

Coley opened the game with a 3-pointer and the Seawolves jumped out to an early 10-2 lead.

The Huskies missed 11 of their first 12 shots from the field and trailed 14-8 midway through the first half.

Daniels’ putback gave the Huskies their first lead at 19-17.

But Stony Brook scored the last eight points of the half. Anthony Mayo blocked a 3-point attempt by Ryan Boatright just before the buzzer and the Seawolves carried a 31-26 lead into the break.

The Huskies shot just 32 percent from the field in the first half, but moved to 64 percent in the second.

This was just the second home game for the Huskies, who were coming off their first loss of the season to New Mexico in the Paradise Jam final in the U.S. Virgin Islands.