SEATTLE (AP) — Lorenzo Romar doesn’t think the Washington basketball team he watched Sunday night was the same as the squad that went undefeated and beat two top opponents.
Stony Brook took advantage and shocked No. 13 Washington 61-57 after overcoming a 16-point second-half deficit. Jameel Warney banked in a short runner with 30 seconds left to give Stony Brook its first lead and complete the Huskies’ (11-1) collapse.
“The entire game, we just weren’t with it totally,” Romar said. “We didn’t have that extra edge that we’ve had most of the nonconference season.”
Carson Puriefoy hit a 3-pointer from the left wing with 1:07 left to pull the Seawolves (7-5) even at 57. Nigel Williams-Goss turned the ball over on the ensuing possession, and Washington took a wild shot following Warney’s go-ahead bucket.
“This year when we come into offensive droughts, our defense picks us up and we get some transition and stuff like that. We didn’t bring our defense this game,” said Andrew Andrews, whose free throws with 3:41 left were the final points for the Huskies.
The Huskies, who were looking to get off to their best start ever in 13 years under 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 within striking distance.
Upshaw had 10 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks for Washington. Nigel Williams-Goss also scored 10 points for the Huskies, but committed the costly turnover late in the game.
“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.”
It’s only the second win ever against a team from a power conference for the America East school from Long Island that knocked off Penn State in 2006.
“This is our biggest win in program history,” said Warney, who scored the go-ahead basket over Robert Upshaw, the nation’s leading shot-blocker. “It give us more confidence as the season go on.”
Warney finished with 15 points, and Kameron Mitchell added 12 on 4-of-5 3-point shooting.
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.”
Stony Brook: Stony Brook won for the first time in seven road games this season. It was outrebounded, 47-45, by Washington, but the 23-ranked rebounding team in the nation still grabbed 45, more than its average of 40.7.
Washington: Robert Upshaw had four blocks to push his season total to 55, 12 away from the Washington single-season record of 67.
Stony Brook scored 19 points off turnovers, a statistic Romar wasn’t pleased about.
“In a game like this, that can’t happen,” Romar said. “We only had 12 turnovers, but they were crucial and led to buckets by the other team.”
Mitchell proved to be an important piece for the Seawolves by steadying a poor-shooting performance by the team. Mitchell made three 3-pointers during the late Stony Brook run, continually finding himself with wide open looks.
Stony Brook hosts New Hampshire on Saturday.
Washington visits California on Friday.
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