Stony Brook A Heavy Favorite In America East Preseason Poll

Stony Brook junior Jameel Warney (photo courtesy: Frank Fumelli)

Stony Brook reigned supreme for the second straight season in the America East conference’s preseason poll, earning seven of a possible eight votes for the top spot, since coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team. Continue reading “Stony Brook A Heavy Favorite In America East Preseason Poll”

Glory For Peter Hooley, Heartbreak For Stony Brook

Where do you start after Peter Hooley’s prayer with 1.6 seconds left gave Albany its third straight America East title over Stony Brook in Saturday’s title game?

With Stony Brook and coach Steve Pikiell? Crushed. Devastated. Dumbfounded.

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Stony Brook On Brink Of NCAAs Again After Upending Vermont

Stony Brook coach Steve Pikiell looked like he was reenacting Kevin Bacon’s role at the end of Animal House midway through the first half of Sunday afternoon’s America East semifinal at Patrick Gym.

Ethan O’Day had just gotten a breakaway dunk of a Brandon Hatton steal to complete a 7-0 run that put the Catamounts up 23-9. One of the best crowds in all of mid-major college basketball was screaming and Pikiell’s team had already used three of its allotted five time outs, so all he could do is wave his hand and say “Go!” to his team, which they likely couldn’t have heard anyway.

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Three Thoughts: Stony Brook 74, Hartford 59

Mark Nwakamma came out to jump center on Senior Night Saturday just as he had for almost every game of his collegiate career for Hartford. Only when the referee tossed the ball, Nwakamma didn’t even jump, allowing Stony Brook to control the ball. The whistle then blew, Nwakamma shook hands with everyone and walked off the Chase Family Arena floor for the final time.

It was all prearranged, Hartford choosing not to risk Nwakamma’s pesky bone bruise on his knee with the America East Tournament looming Wednesday and both teams’ seeds set. However, it basically served to give junior Jameel Warney free reign he probably didn’t need, but his conference Player of the Year campaign was given a nice boost with 32 points and 18 rebounds as the Seawolves cruised to a 74-59 win in the regular season finale for both teams.

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Albany Loss Hurts For Stony Brook, But It’s Not March Yet

It was de ja vu all over again for Stony Brook fans Monday night, many of whom were in approximately the same seat (albeit a much nicer one since Stony Brook Arena has been refurbished and rebranded as Island Federal Credit Union Arena) three years ago as the Seawolves’ shooting aim inexplicably disappeared at the worst possible time, shooting just 4-19 from behind the arc and 17-58 from the field as Vermont came in and took the America East title, 51-43. Continue reading “Albany Loss Hurts For Stony Brook, But It’s Not March Yet”