VCU 81, Stony Brook 63

Stony Brook had a chance for an important road win on Friday night at VCU. It was the Seawolves’ second to last non-conference test (they play at Columbia on Wednesday night) and a chance for a big statement win. It wasn’t to be though as Havoc got the SBU and VCU captured a 81-63 home victory. Continue reading “VCU 81, Stony Brook 63”

Season At A Glance — Stony Brook

This is the sixth of what will eventually be capsules for each of the NYC teams when I’m sure their season has concluded.

Team: Stony Brook

Record: 22-10 (14-2 in America East)

Season High: Going 14-2 in America East play with the two losses on the road

Season Low: The offense disappearing in the first half of two big games (at Boston College, championship vs. Vermont)

Really Good At: Defense — Stony Brook’s defense was just stifling during America East play. The Seawolves led the conference in defensive rebounding and defensive free throw rate.

Struggled With: Turnovers – No single Seawolf had an assist rate higher than their turnover rate this season. It speaks volumes that Tommy Brenton led the team in assist rate. Stony Brook turned the ball over on 20.4% of its offensive possession in America East play, sixth in the conference.

Key Losses:

  • Bryan Dougher (First Team All-America East, Stony Brook’s all-time Division I leading scorer, 13.2 PPG)
  • Al Rapier (8.1 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 51.0% FG%)
  • Dallis Joyner (Third Team All-America East, 8.8 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 60.0% FG%)
  • Danny Carter (key guy off the bench)

Key Returnees:

  • Dave Coley, So., G (10.0 PPG, 3.7 RPG)
  • Tommy Brenton, Jr., F (America East Defensive Player of the Year, 8.0 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 3.3 APG, 1.6 SPG)
  • Anthony Jackson, So., G (5.6 PPG)

They Said It:

“As a person, he’s been the best I’ve coached in 20 years.” — Steve Pikiell on Dougher

Outlook: Reloading. This senior class is one that deserved to play in the NCAA tournament. Stony Brook got so close on multiple occasions, but they just couldn’t get over the hump. With Dougher, Rapier and Joyner graduating much of the Stony Brook offense is going to have to be reconfigured. There will still be talent on Long Island. Coley is a talent that Pikiell can build an offense around. Of course they’ll have to make sure the defense stays up to recent levels. Interior defense is going to be of a concern. Still, the program is definitely trending in the right direction and Stony Brook will be a consistent America East contender.