In a battle of unbeaten teams, Stony Brook took sole possession of first place in the America East standings with a 67-64 win over Vermont Friday at soldout Pritchard Gym.
The Seawolves (14-6, 6-0 AE), improved to 6-0 in league play for the first time as an America East member, grew a 17-point lead by shooting 54 percent from the floor in the first half. The Catamounts (11-9, 5-1 AE), who had their seven-game win streak snapped, clawed back to draw within three in the second half however, but Ethan O'Day's 28-foot attempt at the buzzer hit off the front rim sealing Stony Brook's fifth-straight win.
Jameel Warney led the Seawolves with 18 points, nine rebounds and three blocks. Anthony Jackson had 16 points off the bench, while Carson Puriefoy had 11. Hector Harold led Vermont with 17 points off the bench. Ethan O'Day led had 16 points, all coming in the second half, as did Kurt Steidel, as the UVM reserves accounted for 46 of their 64 points.
On Saturday, UMBC (5-14, 1-5 AE) hosts Hartford (10-11, 4-2 AE) at 3:30 p.m. on AmericaEast.TV. Fans can watch through a web browser from their computer, tablet or smartphone. How to Watch
All five of UMBC's wins have come at home this season while Hartford has won four of its last five games. The two teams met in last year's America East Championship with the Retrievers upsetting the Hawks in the quarterfinals.