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Stony Brook escapes with 83-79 victory over Maine

Stony Brook coach Steve Pikiell shown here during a November 17th game against Indiana.
Stony Brook coach Steve Pikiell shown here during a November 17th game against Indiana.Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images

BANGOR---- On paper the game between the University of Maine and Stony Brook men's basketball teams at Cross Insurance Center on Sunday afternoon looked like a mismatch.

Maine came into the game with a record of 3-10 in America East play and 5-20 overall.

The defending conference champs from Stony Brook came in with a record of 11-2 in conference play and 19-8 overall.

Games are not played on paper, and the Black Bears gave the Seawolves all they could handle.

Stony Brook overcame a three point halftime deficit to defeat the Black Bears 83-79.

Dave Coley sank two free throws to cap a 12-0 rally and give the Seawolves a 57-49 lead with 12:52 remaining in the second half.

Anthony Jackson scored eight points during the run.

Stony Brook built their lead up to 15 in the second half.

Maine went on a 13-1 run to cut the deficit to 78-75 with 31 seconds remaining.

Stony Brook made five out of six free throws in the final 25 seconds to secure the victory.

Carson Puriefoy led Stony Brook with 21 points.

Eric McAlister added 15 points. Jamael Warney filled up the stat sheet with 15 points, nine rebounds, and five assists.

Jackson chipped in with 14 points (5-5 FT)

Till Gloger and Xavier Pollard scored 21 points each for the Black Bears. Pollard also had 11 rebounds and four assists.

Shaun Lancaster chipped in with 10 points and five assists.

Garet Beal scored seven points in 16 minutes.