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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Stony Brook topped Hartford, 74-59, Saturday night at Chase Family Arena in the regular-season finale.

WEST HARTFORD, CONN. - Junior Jameel Warney (Plainfield, N.J.) tied a career-high with 32 points and junior Carson Puriefoy (Wenonah, N.J.) finished with 22 as the Stony Brook men's basketball team topped Hartford, 74-59, Saturday night at Chase Family Arena in the regular-season finale.

Warney shot 13 of 17 from the field and 6 of 9 from the free throw line, posting his second career 30-point game.

Warney's 13 field goals tied a career-high set at Detroit last season. He also tied a season-high with 18 rebounds.

Puriefoy, who entered the game with 984 career points, tallied his 1,000th career point on a layup with 10:19 left in regulation.

The 54 combined points scored by Warney and Puriefoy were the most since the duo enrolled at Stony Brook (21-10, 12-4 America East).

Corban Wroe had 17 points for Hartford (14-15, 7-9).

Quotes . . .
Steve Pikiell
"We played hard and we played good defense. Luckily for us, we had the big guy [Jameel Warney] going good for us tonight. He was locked in the whole night. 32 points and 18 rebounds are numbers you don't see too often. There was a lot of emotion in the building tonightwith Hartford honoring its senior class. I'm pleased with our effort and our intensity heading into Wednesday."

Jameel Warney
"I had my shot blocked twice to start the game. It told me that I needed to be more aggressive. Once I got into that zone, I felt like once the ball came my way, I was determined to score. Tre [Carson Puriefoy] was great for us. It was nice to see the two of us be able to lead going into the playoffs."

Key Moment
Stony Brook outscored Hartford, 18-5, to start the game and held the Hawks without a basket for a stretch of nearly 10 minutes before Wroe's three with 7:51 left in the first half. The Seawolves biggest lead was 25 after the layup that gave Puriefoy his 1,000-career point.

By The Numbers
• Stony Brook shot 15 of 30 compared to Hartford's 7-for-29 output in the first half.
• The Seawolves scored 40 points in a half for the eighth time this season.
• Warney's other 18-rebound effort came at Canisius in December.
• Stony Brook accounted for 13 assists. The Seawolves have recorded more assists than turnovers in five straight games.
• The Seawolves have posted a winning streak of six games for a third straight season.

News & Notes
• Warney's 32-point, 21-rebound effort at Detroit last season was a triple-overtime game.
• Hartford made 7 of its first 29 shots and had more free throws (9) than field goals in the first half.
• Warney has scored 10 points or more in nine straight games.
• Warney accounted for his nation-leading 20th double-double of the season.
• Stony Brook has won five straight against Hartford and 14 out of the last 15.
• Warney is the third player in the program's Division I history with 1,400 career points.

Up Next
No. 3 Stony Brook will host No. 6 Binghamton on Wednesday, March 4 at 7 p.m. For more information, visit StonyBrookAthletics.com or call (631) 632-WOLF

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Roland Nyama scores 22 points to lead Stony Brook past Binghamton

By MARK HERRMANN 
mark.herrmann@newsday.com

At this time last year, when Stony Brook was trying to peak for the conference tournament, Roland Nyama used to pretend to be a big scorer and great shooter. As a redshirt freshman, ineligible to play in games, he was assigned to fill the role of the next opponent's best player. Evidently, he learned plenty.

Nyama is not pretending anymore. For the second time in eight days, he was Stony Brook's big scorer and great shooter. This time he shot 6-for-7 from three-point range and 8-for-10 overall for 22 points in the Seawolves' 64-52 victory over Binghamton Saturday night at Island Federal Credit Union Arena.

He had just the right arc on his shots, as he did in shooting 6-for-8 from three-point range (and 9-for-12 overall) in a 24-point effort against Maine the previous Saturday. And that could mean an awful lot for the Seawolves (19-10, 10-4 America East) as they try to peak for this year's conference tournament.

"Our trajectory is just upwards," Nyama said of Stony Brook, which is tied for third with New Hampshire, a game behind Vermont. "I feel this week we've taken a big step forward."

For sure, they took a big step homeward. Having beaten first-place Albany -- the prickliest thorn in their side -- on the road Tuesday, the Seawolves assured themselves of a home game in the first round on March 4. "That was our goal at the beginning of the season. We love the atmosphere. Our fans are great, as you saw tonight," said Carson Puriefoy, who had 13 points, 10 in the first half, and six assists.

Jameel Warney (11 points, eight rebounds) added, "We can't drop these next two games and limp into the playoffs. It doesn't matter if we have a home game if we're playing bad basketball."

Every Stony Brook player knows that no matter how well the team has played in recent regular seasons, it has not yet won the conference tournament. Something always has held it back, which is what makes Nyama's hot streak so promising.

The Seawolves again saw Saturday night that if an opponent packs the paint to stop Warney, they have a strong option on the outside in Nyama, a 6-6 forward from Frankfurt, Germany. His first five baskets in a 17-point second half were three-pointers.

"The thing is, I really don't realize it until my teammates keep feeding me the ball," Nyama said. "We had 16 assists today and all my makes came off assists, I believe. It's just great to know that my teammates believe in me and keep giving me the ball."

Warney recalled, "Last year, we used to play pickup and we stayed on the block with him because he couldn't shoot. But he has improved a lot. He's a good option on our team now. You've got to guard pretty much everyone in our starting lineup now because we're all pretty much good in our own ways.''

Late nights, alone in the gym, helped Nyama immensely. Coach Steve Pikiell, though, said he was most impressed Saturday night with Nyama's defense. In fact, his steal and two-handed dunk with 6:25 left, which made the score 60-44, might have been his signature play.

It gave his whole team another reason to hope. "It's important to have a home game in March," Nyama said. "We would like to bring some March Madness back to Stony Brook."

Friday, February 20, 2015

Stony Brook University and Joe Spallina agree to contract extension

For immediate release...
 
Spallina is the architect of the Seawolves’ meteoric rise to national prominence

 Stony Brook, N.Y. — Stony Brook University has extended the contract of women’s lacrosse head coach Joe Spallina through June 2019, Director of Athletics Shawn Heilbron announced Friday. The winningest coach in program history after only three seasons, Spallina has led the Seawolves to back-to-back America East titles and NCAA Tournament first-round wins.
 
“Joe has worked tirelessly to establish Stony Brook as one of the top women's lacrosse programs in the country, and I am thrilled he will continue to lead our student-athletes towards even greater heights.” Heilbron said. “Long Island is a national hotbed for lacrosse, and Joe is a homegrown product who has done a phenomenal job of turning Stony Brook into a premier destination for top talent. I look forward to working with Joe and his staff as they continue to guide our student-athletes towards their ultimate goal of winning a national championship.”
 
Spallina will begin his fourth season at the helm when the No. 16/16 Seawolves take on USC at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium Saturday at noon. He took over a Stony Brook team that had never played in an America East championship game, qualified for the NCAA Tournament, had an All-American or Tewaaraton nominee or been nationally ranked.
 
“I want to start off by thanking Director of Athletics Shawn Heilbron, Executive Associate Director of Athletics Donna Woodruff and President Stanley for their unbelievable support,” Spallina said.  “I am so happy and appreciative for the opportunity to continue my role as the head women’s lacrosse coach at this prestigious university.  The national rise of this program during my tenure at Stony Brook would not be possible without this great administration and support staff as well some of the best assistants in the game and a committed, unparalleled group of student-athletes.

“My wife Marybeth and our four— soon-to-be five children— are thrilled to have the opportunity to call Long Island home. This extension and my ability to continue our incredible journey towards a national championship demonstrate a continued commitment to excellence for women’s lacrosse at Stony Brook. We are graduating and will continue to graduate champions on and off the field as Long Island’s team. My staff and I are so incredibly excited for the 2015 season and beyond as we strive to be the best.” 
 
Under Spallina’s guidance, the Seawolves have rewritten the record books and reached unprecedented heights. He has produced a stellar 48-12 overall mark, a 15-2 record in conference play, three IWLCA All-Americans (Claire Petersen, 2012; Demmianne Cook, ’13; Frankie Caridi, ’14) and two Tewarraton semifinalists (Cook, ’13 and Caridi, ’14).
 
Spallina, who boasts a 121-14 career record (.896) dating back to his four-year stint at Adelphi, has brought Stony Brook its first two women’s lacrosse America East championships and NCAA Tournament wins and has guided the Seawolves to the America East title game in every one of his seasons. SBU has been nationally ranked in at least one major poll 34 times and cracked the top 10 for the first time in program history in 2013, rising to as high as No. 7 in the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll.
 
Hired June 9, 2012, Spallina engineered the nation’s best turnaround in his first season with a 14-5 overall mark and led Stony Brook to a win over No. 20/17 Johns Hopkins March 3 for the program’s first win over a nationally ranked opponent. A week later, the team entered the national rankings for the first time ever at No. 19 in the media poll. Spallina was named America East Coach of the Year.  
 
Spallina and Stony Brook continued to burst onto the national scene in 2013. The Seawolves won their first America East championship and defeated Towson, 8-6, in their first NCAA Tournament game.  As a result, Spallina was named Synapse Division I Coach of the Year for leading Stony Brook to a historic season.
 
The Seawolves reloaded in 2014. Despite losing 60 percent of their scoring from 2013 to graduation and starting three freshmen all season, Spallina mentored the Seawolves to a program record of 17 wins, an America East title and NCAA Tournament first-round win for the second straight year. On April 12, Stony Brook upended No. 18/17 Albany, 8-4, to make Spallina the program’s all-time leader in wins with 43 in less than three seasons.
 
In a year that saw the young offense take shape, Stony Brook’s heralded backer-zone defense put together one of the best seasons in NCAA history. The Seawolves posted an NCAA-record team GAA of 5.33, breaking their own mark of 5.65 from a year before.
 
Accomplished on the field and off, Stony Brook was also named an IWLCA Honor Squad in 2014 and Marina Mestres was named to the Honor Roll.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

#SEAWOLVES WIN AT ALBANY 59-56

Albany, NY - No more sweep dreams UAlbany won't be running the table in America East after loss to Stony Brook

The undefeated season in the America East Conference swept out of SEFCU Arena faster than the temperatures have been dropping the last week. Right before 9 p.m. on Tuesday night, the University at Albany was unbeaten no more in the league.

That's because Stony Brook, a team the Great Danes beat by 17 points on Long Island last month, did what no other team has been able to do in the last month and a half. The Seawolves, who looked as if they were playing like this was the league championship game, dropped a 59-56 loss on UAlbany in front of 3,886.

With the defeat, the Danes fell to 12-1 in the league and 18-8 overall. This game ended a Division I-era program record 13-game winning streak. The last time UAlbany lost was Dec. 30 when Niagara beat the Danes 65-47 in western New York.

"If people want to say the pressure is off us now, so be it," said UAlbany senior forward Sam Rowley, who had his seventh double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds. "They can think that, but we want to win every game. We are disappointed."

With the win, Stony Brook improved to 9-4 in the league and is tied with New Hampshire for third place in the league. Vermont, at 11-2, is alone in second place.

UAlbany has three games left in the regular season, starting with a home game Friday night against Hartford. After a road game at UMBC next Wednesday, UAlbany ends with a home game against Vermont a week from Saturday.

Dreams of an undefeated season in the America East Conference were dashed.

"We realize now we are not untouchable," Rowley said. "I think this can refocus us and make us realize the gap between us and the other teams in the league is not that far. There are good teams in this league, and if you let your guard down, they will beat you."

Stony Brook rode atop the broad shoulders of 6-foot-8, 255-pound junior forward Jameel Warney, who scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. It was the 18th double-double of the season for Warney, who leads the country in that category. His baby hook shot from the right baseline with 2:44 left gave the Seawolves a 57-52 lead and proved to be the winning points.

UAlbany got back to within 57-56 and had a chance to take the lead, but Ray Sanders, who had made three of five 3-pointers up to this point, missed one from the right corner with 17.4 seconds left.

"Shots fall, and shots don't fall," said Sanders, who also scored 12. "I thought we relaxed tonight, and we can't take any nights off."

Stony Brook's Carson Puriefoy, who finished with 15 points, made two free throws with 13 seconds left to make it 59-56. Evan Singletary, who has bailed out the Danes with late-game heroics all season long, could not make it happen again. He missed a deep 3-pointer in the final seconds.

UAlbany coach Will Brown said he was not mad about the loss; rather, he was upset with how the Danes lost. Stony Brook pushed the Danes around inside in the second 20 minutes, outrebounding them 21-13, including a 9-3 edge on the offensive end.

Stony Brook outscored UAlbany 40-18 in the paint, 24-10 in the second half.

"They out-toughed us," Brown said. "They hurt us on the glass, big time. We shot too many jump shots. If we are going to take 22 3-pointers, we better be making 13 or 14 of them."

Tuesday night, the Danes made seven. Brown also wasn't happy that his team got to the foul line only 13 times (the average is just under 20). Rowley, who played 37 minutes and does virtually all his work inside, did not take a free throw.

Stony Brook coach Steve Pikiell was obviously pleased that it was his team that was the first to beat the Danes. He was not about to start thinking of possibly playing the Danes again in the postseason.

The Seawolves still have to play Binghamton and UMass-Lowell at home and finish at Hartford on the road.

"If it happens, it would be a great thing," Pikiell said. "Albany is a great team. You never look forward to playing them. We will worry about our next few games, and hopefully we will have a chance again to meet."

twilkin@timesunion.com 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Behind the scenes as Tigers' Nathan '97 preps for new season

 By Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press 8:56 a.m. 
With his chances dwindling, Joe Nathan finds motivation in wanting a World Series ring.



KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Joe Nathan ties his shoes, and "Oh, boy," he says, "here we go," and again, he is off, the best off-season of his post-prime over, and he grabs his glove for the first bullpen session of the 14th year of his major league career.

He is sitting on a couch inside a cubbyhole office inside the University of Tennessee baseball weight room on this February day, 40 years old, goatee long since grayed, and across from him, in the middle of the wooden shelf behind the wooden desk, there is a saying:

"Very few burdens are heavy if everyone lifts."

And Nathan has been burdened before. With shoulder injuries. Elbow injuries. Boos. But now, the Tigers' closer is burdened with a fight against Father Time, and it's heavy and weighing on his World Series chances.

"Do I feel like I'm playing on bonus time?" he says. "No, because I still have something to prove. I've put the time in. I do this every year and, because of that, I feel like that's why I'm still playing."

And if you had told him at the start of his career that he would have been pitching until he was 40, the sixth-round shortstop draft pick out of Stony Brook would have said, "I don't think so."

There's no retirement talk nowadays, his trainer says, but everybody wonders.

How many more off-seasons does he have in him? Monday and Tuesday, front squats, lat pull-downs and ab wheels. Thursday and Friday, reverse lunges, chest-to-bar pull-ups and more ab wheels. Swim day on Wednesday.

"Nobody shows up," Herman Demmink III says. "He's there. Complains the whole time, but he's there."

He's there five days a week, pacing a pack of twentysomething minor leaguers, answering the question everybody wonders when Demmink asks: "Can you handle that, old man?"

The two have been working together for six years in Knoxville, Nathan's off-season home. And this winter they went back to the drawing board and came up with a workout to increase his mobility, lean his body and get him in front of the eight ball for this, the defining season of his late career. Last season, Nathan had a career-high seven blown saves and a 4.81 ERA, his second highest since becoming a reliever in 2003.

"I can tell this upcoming year is not going to be the same as the last," Demmink says. "I think that's probably driven him more."

And with Nathan, he says, watching him bounce from the squat rack to the ab roller, a set every minute on the minute as the kid next to him checks his phone, "There's no cruise control with him."

Stony Brook's shortstop

As a freshman at Stony Brook in New York, Nathan was a shy, undersize shortstop.

And one day in practice, he took a backhand in the hole and threw it across the diamond. "It was an absolute seed," Stony Brook coach Matt Senk said, and he stopped practice, planting the seed of Nathan's pitching career.

He said: "Now tell me again why you've never pitched?"

And Nathan said: "I'm an infielder."

And Senk thought about it and said: "Well, OK, you can help us there."

And he did. Nathan was the team's best hitter, too. But once his coach convinced him to get on the mound and close games, the scouts followed, and the Giants drafted him in the sixth round in 1995 as a shortstop.

But the following spring, after just one short season — he hit .232 in Class A — they pulled Nathan into the office as the rest of the players headed out of spring training and told him they wanted him to stay behind because he was going to pitch.

"Just give me one long season," he pleaded. "I really want to prove myself."

But the Giants weren't interested in his case.

So Nathan retired at 20.

Missing baseball

With his baseball career stalled in 1996, Nathan returned to Long Island to finish his degree.

Joe Nathan exults after getting the last out in a 3-0
Joe Nathan exults after getting the last out in a 3-0 win over the Minnesota Twins on Sept. 28, 2014 - a victory that clinched the American League Central Division for the Tigers. (Photo: Diane Weiss, Detroit Free Press)
On the side, he worked at a local golf course, pulling carts and grabbing clubs by day and bar-backing by night.

He worked on Wall Street with an old roommate for a week, cold-calling people for 8-10 hours a day. "And that's about all I needed to know that I didn't want to do that," he said.

And as he fetched golf carts and Grey Goose vodka, baseball crept back into his mind.

"I missed it," he said. "Every day, I was thinking, 'Man, I gotta give it a shot.' "

So one day, he called the Giants and asked whether they would take him back.

They would, they said, but as a pitcher. And show us that you're all-in.

He did, in a handwritten letter.

Nathan finished school in New York on May 16, 1997. He started pitching in Arizona a few days later.

Throwing hard

He basically was just a thrower then.

"I threw as hard as I could," he said. "I threw hard, and at that level, it was good enough, because kids swing and they're very aggressive."

With that fastball, Nathan blew through the minor leagues as a starting pitcher, then became one of the best closers in baseball with the Twins and Rangers.

He was not one of the best closers in baseball last year with the Tigers.

"Last year was frustrating, for sure," Nathan said. "I got off to a start that I didn't want to, one that I hoped I didn't and you hope that you never do, but you're never guaranteed results."

Nathan had a 6.31 ERA in the middle of June.

He was putting too many batters on base and wasn't getting enough of them out.

After looking at film — and they have things now that research this, he says — he saw that his arm angle was 2 inches higher than it was when he was pitching well.

He struck out the side June 19 in a save against the Royals.

"It just felt night and day," he said.

The way he was finishing pitches, the arm whip-through, the hitters' swings.

"At first it felt like learning a new language because it felt like I was dropping down sidearm," he said. "It got better and better because it got more comfortable."

'Get the dust off'

His arm feels good, he says. He started this off-season by throwing a football.

Now, with spring training approaching, he's long-tossing a baseball at 95 yards, which he hasn't done since he was in Minnesota.

Nathan is wearing a black cut-off with black shorts, black socks and a black headband.

"Time to get the dust off," he said.

And there is dust.

The first pitch is in the turf, off a turf mound inside Tennessee's indoor batting cage. The second pitch is high. The third looks like a strike.

Somebody wants to put some country music on.

It's "rapid fire," Nathan said later.

He throws, gets the ball back from Demmink, a former catcher in the Phillies' organization, left foot down, right foot on the rubber, sets, throws.

Country music booms through the cage. A few of his fastballs boomed, too.

Pitch No. 22 makes a certain pop — Demmink nods.

Pitch No. 25, too, and he holds it there.

"Not bad for the first one," Nathan said.

There was one change-up he really liked. The catcher lined up inside against a right-handed hitter. He hit it.

"Felt good on the arm side," he said.

And it felt good on his feet. As good as it gets for the first bullpen session, Nathan said. Four more until spring training.

"Now the fun part begins," he said.

'Lost opportunity'

The worst part for a player is when he is sitting on the bench, watching the opposing team celebrate on his home field after sweeping his team out of the playoffs.

It's worse than when you're standing on the mound, getting booed on your home field after giving up a leadoff walk in the ninth inning of a four-run game.

It's worse than chin-flicking the fans after getting out of it two batters later in the Tigers' 8-4 win over the Pirates on Aug. 13.

"It's a ton of things," Nathan said. "Another lost opportunity. Disappointment. It's a tough day when you're eliminated, it's just a sinking, depressing kind of feeling."

And it's even worse when you're pushing 40 and only have a couple of cracks left.

"It's been fueling him all off-season," Demmink said. "There's a flame that somebody gave some extra oxygen and extra gas to."

And it burns in every squat and stroke and ab roll — "Sounds kind of sick, but I like it" — but it's the reason he's still pitching for a living, he thinks.

He is asked if he ever thinks about winning a World Series while he works out.

"No, because I don't know what that feels like," he said. "So is that motivation enough? That I haven't been there and that's what I'm playing this game for? Absolutely."

'I want that ring'

At the outset of the off-season, Demmink asked Nathan a question.

"The first thing I said was, 'What do you want to work on?' " he said. "And he said, 'The only thing I want to work on is I want to win a World Series. I want that ring.' "

Nathan saw Torii Hunter leave Detroit without one after two tantalizingly close years.

And he sees his leash as the Tigers' closer shortened with the team's advantage in the American League Central shrunk.

He knows his age (40), and he knows the number of saves he is away from John Franco and fourth all-time (48) and says, "Why not?"

"Motivation can be whatever you want it to be," he said. "For me, a lot of it's placed on, do something that you know somebody else isn't doing to prepare themselves. Do something more than somebody else is doing."

So he goes to the gym four days a week, pacing the youngsters, squatting and rolling and flexing his wrists to even the score as his playing days drip down the drain.

He squats one minute, ab rolls the next. Every minute on the minute for 15 minutes.

Squat rack, ab roller. Squat rack, ab roller. They started at 10:02 a.m.

It's 10:09 a.m. Nathan is sweating.

Country music is playing.

"Never gonna grow up," the song says.

"Never gonna slow down," he said, and rolls away, 14 reps closer to redemption.

Contact Anthony Fenech: afenech@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @anthonyfenech.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

#Seawolves top Maine 80-52 Saturday afternooon...head to UAlbany Tuesday

STONY BROOK, N.Y. - Redshirt freshman Roland Nyama (Frankfurt, Germany) scored a career-high 24 points and led four Stony Brook players in double figures as the Seawolves topped Maine, 80-52, Saturday afternoon at Island Federal Credit Union Arena.

Nyama shot 9-for-12 from the field, 6 of 8 from three, to tally his second career 20-point game. Nyama had 16 points in the first half as Stony Brook scored 80 points for the third time this season.

Juniors Jameel Warney (Plainfield, N.J.) and Rayshaun McGrew (Chicago, Ill.) each posted double-doubles. Warney totaled 13 points and 11 rebounds for his nation-leading 17th double-double and McGrew accounted for 10 points and a career-high 15 rebounds.

Junior Carson Puriefoy (Wenonah, N.J.) added 12 points and six assists. The Seawolves recorded season-highs in three-point field goals made (11) and assists (21). They outrebounded the Black Bears, 52-28, including 20-3 on the offensive end.

Freshman Deshaun Thrower (Muskegon, Mich.) finished with a career-high seven assists.

Quotes . . .
Steve Pikiell
"I'm obviously pleased with today's effort. 21 assists and eight turnovers. I particularly liked how we shared the game. Maine has a lot of good guards who can make it difficult with their ability to drive so I liked the way we defended without fouling. A good win with contributions from a number of players.

Carson Puriefoy
"We try to preach playing four minutes at a time. When we went up early in the first half and then they made their run, we didn't defend and their guards were able to get into the lane. At the timeout, our coaches stressed to keep them out of the lane and rebound and run. I thought that we did that well and were able to open up a bigger lead.

Roland Nyama
"I'm just trying to have fun on the court and do what I love. To be successful, we've got to have a solid supporting class. If someone has an off night, it's up to everyone to step up. Tonight, we put together a great team effort. That's what basketball is about.

Key Moment
Maine cut Stony Brook's 15-2 lead to 21-18 with8:46 left in the first half. Back-to-back threes from Nyama capped a 19-5 run to make it 40-23 with1:20 left in the half. The Seawolves outscored the Black Bears, 30-8, over the first 13:21 of the second half to take their biggest lead of the game, 72-33.

News & Notes
• Stony Brook had four scorers reach double figures for the sixth time this season.
• The Seawolves have outrebounded their opponent by 20 for the second straight game.
• Stony Brook is 6-2 when McGrew finishes with a double-double.
• McGrew and Warney have posted double-doubles in the same game four times this season.
• Opponents have recorded less than 10 offensive rebounds in five straight games.
• Stony Brook averaged 81 points this season in two games against Maine.
• In the two games against the Black Bears, Stony Brook held them to less than 10 field goals in both halves.
• Freshman Bryan Sekunda made at least three three-pointers in a game for the fifth time.

Up Next
Stony Brook will head upstate to take on Albany on Tuesday, February 17. The game will be broadcasted LIVE ON WUSB!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

#Seawolves win at UMBC 73-61 Wednesday night

Baltimore, MD - Juniors Carson Puriefoy (Wenonah, N.J.) and Jameel Warney (Plainfield, N.J.) combined for 46 points in a 73-61 win over UMBC Wednesday night at the RAC Arena.

Puriefoy shot 9-for-12 from the field, including a three, and 7-for-8 from the free throw line for a game-high 26 points.

Puriefoy made all five of his attempts in the second half and scored 15 of his 26 points in the final 20 minutes.

Warney made his first eight shots and finished with 17 points.

Junior Rayshaun McGrew (Chicago, Ill.) added nine points and 12 rebounds.

Freshman Deshaun Thrower (Muskegon, Mich.) had seven points, four assists and three rebounds in his first start for Stony Brook (16-10, 7-4 America East), which outrebounded UMBC (3-21, 1-10), 41-20.

Cody Joyce finished with 24 points for the Retrievers.

Quotes . . .
Steve Pikiell
"I feel good right now. We had two tough performances so it was good to bounce back the way we did. I thought our defense was good. We made some defensive adjustments in the second half, which helped our offense. We generated enough offense from our defense. Tre (Carson Puriefoy) and Jameel are a tough one-two combo when they play that well."

Key Moment
Stony Brook built a double-digit lead in the second half, but UMBC countered, taking a 35-31 lead almost a minute into the second half. The Seawolves outscored the Retrievers, 17-7, over a six-minute stretch. Freshman Tyrell Sturdivant's (Chester, Pa.) three-point play made it 60-46 with9:02 left to give Stony Brook its biggest lead in the second half.

News & Notes
• The 26-point effort was Puriefoy's fifth of the season.
• Warney became the fourth player in Stony Brook's Division I history with at least 1,300 points.
• Puriefoy has made 99 free throws this season, which leads the America East.
• UMBC had six offensive rebounds, marking the fourth straight game in which Stony Brook has held an opponent to under 10 offensive rebounds.
• Puriefoy reached double figures in the first half for the sixth time this season.
• UMBC countered Stony Brook's 17-2 run with an 18-6 spurt to close the first half.
• Stony Brook shot 55 percent for the game.

Up Next
Stony Brook hosts Maine on Saturday, February 14 th on WUSB 1:45 pm

Sunday, February 8, 2015

#Seawolves fall to Vermont 57-48

STONY BROOK, N.Y. - The Stony Brook men's basketball team fell to Vermont, 57-48, before a crowd of nearly 3,900 Saturday night at Island Federal Credit Union Arena.

Junior Jameel Warney (Plainfield, N.J.) finished with 14 points and 15 rebounds to record his nation-leading 16th double-double of the season.

Warney connected on six field goals to pass D.J. Munir for the most in Stony Brook's Division I history.  Munir finished his career with 533 and Warney has 534 after 92 games.

Junior Carson Puriefoy (Wenonah, N.J.) led Stony Brook (15-10, 6-4 America East) with 15 points and four assists.

Ethan O'Day tallied 12 of his game-high 17 points in the second half for Vermont (14-10, 9-2). The Catamounts rallied from a 17-point deficit to earn the victory.

Quotes . . .
Steve Pikiell
"It was a tale of two halves. We played great in the first half and Vermont was great in the second. I loved our effort. It's disappointing, but we're going to get better.

Jameel Warney
"Like coach [Pikiell] said, a tale of two halves. Hats off to them. They made shots in the second half. They shot 70 percent from the field in the second half. Most teams will win with a shooting percentage like that.

Carson Puriefoy
"Everyone is capable of scoring on this team. We showed that in the first half. We just didn't shoot well the rest of the game. We have to get better and we will. We're going to keep pushing."

Key Moment
Stony Brook led 29-15 at halftime and pushed the lead to 38-21 with 14:30 left. Vermont rallied, hitting nine of its next 11 shots and took a 43-42 lead with 5:44 left after O'Day's basket. The Catamounts closed the game on a 10-2 run.

News & Notes
• Vermont shot 16 of 22 (.727) in the second half.
• 60 of the game's 105 points were scored in the paint.
• Vermont had more free throws (7) than field goals (4) in the first half.
• Stony Brook held Vermont to a season-low 15 first-half points for an opponent.
• Warney nearly tallied a double-double in the first half alone with eight points and 11 rebounds.
• Warney needs eight points to become the fourth players in the program's Division I history with 1,300 career points.

Up Next
Stony Brook will head south and face UMBC Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Longwood running back Isaiah White signs with Stony Brook on National Signing Day

By STEVEN MARCUS  steven.marcus@newsday.com
2015 #SEAWOLVES RECRUITING CLASS

Longwood running back Isaiah White signed a national letter of intent to attend Stony Brook beginning next fall, the university announced Wednesday. He will become the latest Hansen Award winner to play for the Seawolves.

White is fully aware of Stony Brook's history with winners of the Hansen, given annually to the top player in Suffolk. The list includes Eddie Gowins (Bellport), Hofstra transfers Brock Jackolski (Floyd) and Miguel Maysonet (Riverhead), JeVahn Cruz (Half Hollow Hills West) and, currently,
Massachusetts transfer Stacey Bedell (Floyd).

"All great running backs, I watched them all when I was little," White said of the past Hansen winners. "I used to watch Maysonet with my dad, he took me a couple of times. Jackolski played against my brother in his junior year, he beat us in the championship. It's nice to be in the same group of people."

Bedell met White during the recruiting process.

"It's very exciting to keep all the talent from Long Island home," Bedell said. "I told him what it would be like if he came here, it would be a good fit for him because we love running backs. It's going to be fun working with him. Playing at Stony Brook, a lot of people that you know from Long Island expect you to play big when you get to college, especially being one of the best players to come out of Long Island, there's kind of some hype you have to live up to."

Stony Brook coach Chuck Priore has been interested in White since first meeting the player during a camp at the university. "He was a young kid but I thought he had some great potential," Priore said of the then-high school sophomore. "He was a developed kid at a very young age. I followed obviously since then."


White was slowed by a concussion in his sophomore year and missed all but three games rehabilitating from a broken hip as a junior. But he had a spectacular senior year. The 5-11, 195-pound two-way player rushed or 1,948 yards and 28 touchdowns. He returned two interceptions and one kickoff for a touchdown.

"In the weight room he was a leader," Longwood coach Jeff Cipp said. "He was already a strong kid but I think the whole team came together with his leadership. To go from 3-6 (in 2013) to 9-1 this year is a testament to all of those seniors, including Isaiah, who was a big leader and role model for all these kids."

White said it was difficult to miss so much of his junior year.

"It was hard, I was so anxious and wanted to get back so fast," he said. "My coaches just told me to calm down, not try to rush it. It was a stressful process. I didn't want to jinx it, but I knew it would be a special [senior] season."

Cipp said Stony Brook never wavered from its interest in White.


"Stony Brook sold themselves really well, they did a great job," he said. "They were here often, they kept in touch with him."

Priore added, "Unfortunately he had an injury plagued junior year, but we were excited to see him turn the corner this year. I really think he's a physical runner who can hopefully make an impact in this program like the other Hansen Award winners have."

White won USA Today's defensive player of the year in New York State, but he will not be a two-way player at Stony Brook. "He's an offensive player," Priore said. "Maybe at some point in his career he might move to defense if we have needs, but right now we're planning on him on offense."

White is not likely to redshirt in the fall.

"If there's a position on your team that freshmen can play it is running back," Priore said. "I would like to think that would be the case. We only have two scholarship running backs in our program, Stacey and Tyler Fredericks, so I think there is potential to play, yes. We've had great success with the Hansen Award winners. I think we're a very good fit for him."

For White, the best part is that he will stay close to home.

"That's a good thing to know," he said, "that everybody that I know and everybody who likes to see me play they'll get to see me. I like

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Nyama, Stony Brook grind out 72-66 win over Hartford

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Redshirt freshman Roland Nyama (Frankfurt, Germany) led four Stony Brook scorers in double figures with a career-high 22 points as the Seawolves defeated Hartford, 72-66, Wednesday night at Island Federal Credit Union Arena.
Nyama, who played 29 minutes, shot 5-for-8 from the field, 3-for-5 from three, and 9-for-12 from the free throw line. The three three-pointers and nine free throws are career-highs.
Juniors Carson Puriefoy (Wenonah, N.J.) and Jameel Warney (Plainfield, N.J.) had 13 points apiece and junior Rayshaun McGrew (Chicago, Ill.) tallied his seventh double-double of the season with 10 points and 13 rebounds.
Stony Brook shot 11 of 22 from the field in the second half and 22 of 31 from the free-throw line. The 47 second-half points are a season-high for the Seawolves (15-8, 6-2 America East), who are 11-3 when three players score in double figures.
Hartford (11-10, 4-4) also had three players score in double figures. Taylor Dyson had 15 points, Corban Wroe tallied 13 and Mark Nwakamma 10. The Hawks shot 12 of 33 from behind the arc.
Quotes . . .
Steve Pikiell
"We grinded out another win. It's a good victory against the most experienced team in the conference. Every player on Hartford has the ability to shoot the ball. I'm really pleased with our end-of-game poise."
Roland Nyama
"We fed off the energy of the crowd tonight, especially in the second half. Our first option is always to get the ball into Jameel, but because they were playing him tough, I was open and made some shots."

Jameel Warney
"Every time I got the ball in the high post, Hartford doubled and triple-teamed me. We made some adjustments and made it a little easier for ourselves in the second half. It's a good learning experience for us. In the first half we played a little bit too lackadaisical and without enough energy. We played a lot better in the second half and a lot of that was due to Roland."
Key Moment
Stony Brook got within a point twice early in the second half and tied the game at 34 after Warney's basket with 15:41 left. Hartford scored seven straight and led 48-40 after Wroe's three with 10:48 left in regulation.
The Seawolves went on a game-changing 15-0 run over the next 4:37. Nyama had six points during the run as Stony Brook took a 55-48 with 6:15 to play.
Hartford made it a 57-55 game after Dyson's three with 4:17 to play.
Wes Cole hit Hartford's 12th and final three of the game with 11.3 seconds, but Nyama sealed the win with two free throws.
News & Notes
• Nyama scored 19 of his 22 points in the second half.
• Stony Brook made at least 20 free throws for the fourth time this season.
• The Seawolves also had four scorers in double figures against USMMA, Western Kentucky, LIU-Brooklyn and St. Thomas Aquinas.
• Nyama and Puriefoy combined to make 17 of the team's 22 free throws.
• Both teams committed only nine turnovers.
• Warney has blocked three shots in back-to-back games.
• Warney passed Mitchell Beauford to move into second all-time in the program's Division I history with 520 field goals. He's 14 shy of the all-time record.
• Stony Brook is 9-1 at Island Federal Credit Union Arena.
Up Next
Stony Brook will begin the second half of the America East schedule at New Hampshire Saturday afternoon. Tip off is slated for 12 p.m.