The Mid-Range Jump Shot Around NYC

The death of the mid-range jump shot is one of the most overwrought storylines in college hoops. Purists seem to think that it left us for good at some point and is never coming back. That’s not the case at all. It just turns out that it’s pretty inefficient to take one. Continue reading “The Mid-Range Jump Shot Around NYC”

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.

Stars come out as Stony Brook takes lead in America East

A defensive struggle might not seem ideal for national television, but Stony Brook and Boston University showed how to turn a slow-paced (61-possession), defensive battle into must watch television on Friday night. With a crowd worked into a frenzy thanks to a red out and the Seawolves wearing their road jerseys at home, Stony Brook made the final run and got a sliver of revenge for last season’s America East title game with a 66-57 win.

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Breakdown of Stony Brook’s loss to Sacred Heart

Stony Brook lost at Sacred Heart on Tuesday night, 73-64. The Seawolves got down in the first half and never recovered. The game provides a learning opportunity. The Pioneers are the first team near the level of an America East Conference team that Stony Brook has played against. What then went wrong tonight?

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