NEW YORK – Jerrell Wright scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half Saturday and La Salle rallied from a 12-point deficit to defeat Stony Brook, 65-57, in the ECAC Holiday Festival tournament at Madison Square Garden.
Wright, a 6-foot-8 junior from Dobbins Tech, sank all five of his shots from the floor in the final 20 minutes and went on to match his career high. Tyrone Garland scored 12 points and Steve Zack added 11 plus 10 rebounds for La Salle (5-4).
Trailing 31-22 at the half, the Explorers gave up the first basket of the second half but then ripped off a 13-2 run and tied the game at 35-all with 14:16 to play. Wright notched two baskets and a pair of free throws during the run.
The Seawolves (6-4) later went back in front 41-38 but La Salle scored the next eight points, four by Wright and four by Zack. A three-point basket by D.J. Peterson grew the margin to six, 49-43, with 6:49 remaining and Wright converted a layup after a Stony Brook basket to make it 51-45.
The lead was cut to two but Stony Brook missed two chances to tie, and La Salle responded with an 8-0 run that featured a basket by Wright and five free throws by Tyreek Duren. Duren sank his final pair with 59.9 seconds to play to give the Explorers a 60-50 lead.
La Salle held an early 12-9 lead before the Seawolves gained control with the help of a 19-4 run, hitting nine of 10 field goal attempts during that time. Back-to-back baskets by Ahmad Walker and a three-pointer by Anthony Jackson gave Stony Brook its largest margin at 28-16 with 4:20 left until halftime.