SEATTLE — Stony Brook traveled a long way for a huge victory.
Jameel Warney banked in a short runner with 30 seconds left to give Stony Brook its first lead, and the Long Island university overcame a 16-point deficit to stun No. 13 Washington 62-57 on the night of Dec. 28.
“This is our biggest win in program history,” said Warney, who scored over Robert Upshaw, the nation’s leading shot blocker.
It’s only the second win ever against a team from a power conference for the America East school, which knocked off Penn State in 2006.
After Stony Brook trailed by as much as 16, Carson Puriefoy hit a 3-pointer from the left wing with 1:07 left to pull the Seawolves even at 57.
“I’m a confident player, I know I can make shots, big shots,” said Puriefoy, who went 2 of 12 from the field. “I love to take the big shot, but I’m really glad I have great teammates around me (to) pick up the slack throughout the game.”
Stony Brook (8-6) finished on a 17-2 run, holding Washington scoreless during the final 3:41. The Huskies (11-1) responded to Puriefoy’s tying shot with a turnover and then completely missed the hoop on their attempt following Warney’s go-ahead bucket.
Warney finished with 15 points, and Kameron Mitchell added 12 on 4-of-5 shooting from 3-point range.
Stony Brook overcame a poor shooting performance in the first half when it shot 2-of-9 from beyond the arc. The Seawolves started 3 for 15 from the floor and didn’t hit a 3-pointer until their sixth attempt.
“I thought we were getting decent looks,” coach Steve Pikiell said. “Certainly, in a game like this against a great team, you’re not going to get a lot better. I love their defense, I think they’re real good defensively, so I told our guys, you got to take the first one that becomes available.”
The Huskies, who were looking to get off to their best start ever under 13th-year coach Lorenzo Romar, had a double-digit lead for much of the night.
Nigel Williams-Goss scored six straight points early in the second half to spark an 8-0 run that gave Washington a 47-31 lead. Stony Brook answered with a 9-2 run to stay in the game.
Upshaw had 10 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks for Washington. Williams-Goss also scored 10 points.
“Mentally, we just weren’t there,” Romar said. “And with so much at stake, you wonder why not. Obviously, me as the head coach, should have had our guys better prepared to go out and finish this up, but I didn’t do a good enough job, obviously.