On Nov. 26, Stony Brook’s season was at a crossroads. The Seawolves were 0-4 and trailed Hampton by 10 points at halftime.
Stony Brook head coach Jeff Boals snapped.
“I kind of went out of character and lost my mind a little bit,” Boals said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “(I) just basically challenged the seniors, Kam Mitchell and Lucas Woodhouse, and they responded and we out-scored them by 20 in the second half and won by 10. That kind of flipped our season (and) just kind of built momentum. Our guys have bought in and they trusted the system and had a one-game mentality every game. I’m just really proud of where they were and where they are now.”
Stony Brook (17-12) is 17-7 over its last 24 games. The team’s attitude and effort have greatly improved since its 76-66 win over Hampton.
“We had guys pointing fingers and putting their palms up and (our focus) wasn’t where it needed to be,” Boals said. “If you’re going to lose, do it by going down swinging and playing hard and doing it the right way. We weren’t doing that. It was a tournament. It was our second game in two days. I felt like our seniors needed to step up leadership-wise, and I challenged them. Lucas Woodhouse came out and scored 17 points in the second half and really stepped up.”
Woodhouse has been Stony Brook’s best player this season. He is averaging team-highs in points (14.5), assists (5.3) and steals (1.2).
He has more than doubled his scoring average from last season (6.7).
“I’m his fourth head coach in five years,” Boals said. “As a point guard, he’s had to learn four different systems and he’s never been in the role that we needed him. He’s always a distributor and a spot-up three-point shooter. Well, he was my most experienced guy coming back, and we lost a lot of minutes from last year. I needed him to be a scorer, a playmaker, a leader, communicate, defend – do everything. He wasn’t real comfortable because that’s not who he was, but he’s really evolved into everything I just mentioned.”
Stony Brook hosts Binghamton (12-19) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET.