No. 17 Vanderbilt needs overtime to beat Stony Brook 79-72
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Wade Baldwin IV came off the bench to score 21 and lead No. 17 Vanderbilt to a 79-72 overtime win over Stony Brook on Thursday night.
Stony Brook's Carson Puriefoy's layup with one second left in regulation sent the game into overtime tied at 66. Free throws helped Vanderbilt pull out the win in overtime, outscoring Stony Brook 13-6.
Vanderbilt's Riley LaChance and Damian Jones both scored 13 points. Matthew Fisher-Davis added 11 points. Forward Luke Kornet, who missed the last 22 minutes of Monday's win over Gardner-Webb with a sprained ankle, scored nine.
Stony Brook's Jameel Warney, a two-time America East player of the year, led the Seawolves (1-1) with 22 points and 11 rebounds. He led the nation in double-doubles (24) and total rebounds (409) last season.
Puriefoy finished with 16 points and Stony Brook's Ahmad Walker had 13.
Stony Brook tied it at 64 on Warney's jumper with 1:21 remaining in regulation.
Damian Jones' layup gave Vanderbilt a 66-64 lead with 1:01 left in regulation but Puriefoy was able to tie it.
Stony Brook has reached or passed the 20-win mark the last four seasons.
Vanderbilt guard Nolan Cressler made his first career start in place of Baldwin IV, who had started the previous 21 games.
Stony Brook made seven of its first 12 shots from the floor to take a 19-9 lead on Puriefoy's jumper with 12:40 left in the first half.
It was the opposite of the Commodores' first two games, when they started with big leads in wins over Austin Peay and Gardner-Webb.
Vanderbilt answered with a 14-2 run, taking a 23-21 lead on Fisher-Davis' jump shot with 6:45 left in the half.
Stony Brook broke a 28-all tie by scoring the last four points of the first half, taking a 34-30 halftime advantage.
The Seawolves stretched their lead to 44-34 on Jakub Petras' layup with 15:07 left.
Stony Brook still led 49-40 when Vanderbilt went on a 7-0 run, cutting the deficit to 49-47 on Kornet's foul shot with 9:40 left.
Stony Brook visits Western Kentucky on Saturday.
Vanderbilt faces St. John's in the Maui Invitational on Monday.