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Saturday, December 6, 2008

SECOND-HALF SURGE LEAD SEAWOLVES MEN OVER LEHIGH 71-50


Seawolves win third straight game.


Stony Brook, N.Y. - Sophomore Chris Martin (Springfield Gardens, N.Y.) scored a career-high 19 points and junior Desmond Adedeji (Landover Hills, Md.) added 11 points and nine rebounds as the Stony Brook University men's basketball team used a dominating second half to defeat the Lehigh Mountain Hawks, 71-50, on Friday night at Pritchard Gymnasium. Stony Brook improves to 4-3 with the victory while Lehigh falls to 5-3.
"We won this game with a great defensive effort in the second half," Stony Brook head coach Steve Pikiell said. "I couldn't be prouder of the effort and intensity our team played with tonight even after falling behind early. It was a terrific win for our team and for our fans, who were fantastic tonight."
Martin, the America East Player of the Game, scored 13 second-half points for the Seawolves who closed the game on a 39-10 run. In just his second game for the Seawolves, Adedeji went 5-for-9 from the field and blocked three shots. With the victory the Seawolves are now off to their best start since the 2004-05 squad also started the season 4-3.
The Mountain Hawks got off to a quick start, jumping out to a 10-2 lead behind eight early points from Marquis Hall. Stony Brook cut the lead to five at 12-7 on a three-pointer from freshman Danny Carter (London, England) before Lehigh answered with six straight points to push its advantage to 11 midway through the opening half.
SBU responded with six straight points though, cutting the Mountain Hawks lead to five on two Martin free throws with 7:46 remaining in the half. But the Mountain Hawks maintained the five-point lead the rest of the half and went into the break up 27-22.

Martin had a team-high six first-half points for the Seawolves who got points from seven different players in the opening period. Hall scored a game-high 10 points in the first 20 minutes for the Mountain Hawks.
Lehigh quickly scored the first five points of the second half, on a Hall three and Keefer jumper, to go up 32-22 just one minute into the period. Freshman Bryan Dougher (Scotch Plains, N.J.), who finished the game with 13 points and season-high eight rebounds, tallied the Seawolves first basket of the half a minute later, knocking down a three from the left side to cut SBU's deficit to seven.
The Mountain Hawks still led by eight with 11:11 remaining in the game after Zahir Carrington answered a thunderous dunk from Adedeji with a lay-up. But Carter then ignited the Seawolves as he blocked a Prentice Small shot and beat the Mountain Hawks down court, laying it in off a beautiful pass from Martin. Adedeji followed with a hook in the lane and junior Jonathan Moore (Cleveland, Ohio) then knocked down a three to pull the Seawolves within one at 40-39 with nine minutes left.
Stony Brook grabbed its first lead of game seconds later on an Adedeji put-back hoop and Martin then followed with an acrobatic lay-up that put the Seawolves up 43-40. A Small basket finally broke the Seawolves 11-0 run, but Moore hit two free throws on the Seawolves next possession to kick start a 19-2 Stony Brook run that put the Seawolves up 62-44 with 2:29 remaining.
Martin scored seven points in the run for the Seawolves, who held Lehigh to just two field goals over a nine minute span in the second half. SBU shot 53.3 percent (16-30) from the field in the second period while holding the Mountain Hawks to just 30 percent (9-for-30) shooting.
The Seawolves return to action on Sunday, hosting Mount Ida College at Pritchard Gymnasium. Game time is set for 2 p.m.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

SERAFINI TO PROVIDE COLOR COMMENTARY ON WOMEN'S BASKETBALL GAMES


Serafini To Provide Color Commentary On Women's Basketball Games
Seawolves take on Sacred Heart tonight at 7 pm.

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Beginning with this Saturday's game against Northeastern, Stony Brook Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Administration Sue Serafini, will join play-by-play announcer Jeff Bernstein '92, providing color commentary on select women's basketball games, it was announced on Wednesday morning.
Serafini joined the Stony Brook athletics staff in January of 2008 as the department's Assistant AD for Sports Administration. She brings more than 16 years of athletics experience to the Stony Brook program as both an administrator and coach. Prior to Stony Brook, she served as an advanced scout for the New York Liberty of the WNBA.
Serafini spent eight seasons as an assistant coach with the Kansas State women's basketball team, where she helped build the Wildcat program into one of the finest in the nation. In her eight seasons with the program, the Wildcats advanced to the NCAA Tournament four times (1997, 2002, 2003 and 2004), won a WNIT Preseason Championship in 2002 and claimed a share of the Big 12 Conference regular season title in 2004. In addition to coaching responsibilities, Serafini was also responsible for the programs' marketing and promotions, community relations, academic progress and served as the campus and administrative representative for the program at the Big 12, WNIT and NCAA tournament appearances.
Serafini began her coaching career at the University of Scranton where she coached both women's basketball and volleyball. In 1995, as head coach of the basketball team, she led the squad to a 24-2 record, a berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament and was named the region's Coach of the Year. During her time as both a head and an assistant coach, the squad won three conference championships and made five NCAA Tournament appearances, advancing to the Final Four in 1993. Her volleyball teams won one league championship and were three-time divisional finalists.

A 1991 graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Serafini played for four years for the women's basketball team and earned a bachelor's degree in physical education. She earned a master's degree in human resources/school counseling from the University of Scranton in 1994.

SOFTBALL SIGNS THREE TO NATIONAL LETTERS OF INTENT


Players come from Pennsylvania, Florida and New Jersey

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Stony Brook University's softball team has received national letters of intent from Sarah Landes, Shannon O'Shea and Samantha Rossi, head coach Megan Bryant announced on Tuesday. "We are thrilled to welcome Sarah, Shannon and Samantha and their families to Stony Brook University and the Seawolves softball program," said Bryant. "These are exceptional young women who will make a difference here at Stony Brook."
Landes, a native of Telford, Pa., is finishing her senior year at Souderton Area High School. The 5'9'' infielder can play both third base and catcher and plays travel ball for TNT Gold and Coach Roy Godard. As a junior, Landes hit .372 with 62 RBI and posted a .982 fielding percentage. She was also named the Souderton Area High School Most Dedicated Athlete. "Sarah is a talented and smart player who hits for power and does a terrific job at third and behind the plate," said Bryant. "Sarah brings an incredible work ethic and intensity to our team and I have always admired her presence and confidence on the field. We see her in the middle of our line-up as a run producer. Sarah is also an outstanding student and Stony Brook is a great fit for her academically and athletically."
O'Shea is another multi-position player, with experience at both catcher and first base. Hailing from Lake Worth, Fla. she attends Park Vista Community High School and plays travel ball for the Lady Gators Gold and Coach Eric Call. As a junior, she was named all-conference after leading the team in extra base hits and driving in 21 runs while leading Park Vista to a 24-3 record. During her three years, Park Vista has a 71-10-1 record, has won three district titles and reached the regional semifinals. O'Shea is also a Park Vista Scholar-Athlete having posted a GPA of 3.5 or higher. "Shannon is an excellent catcher and has all the tools to be a dominant player in our conference," said Bryant. "She knows the position, works well with pitchers, has a strong arm with a quick release and leads from behind the plate. She also plays a very good first base. Shannon hits the ball hard and has good potential with the bat. She loves the game and knows what it takes to compete at the highest level."

Rossi, a native of Marlton, N.J., is also an infielder. Currently attending Cherokee High School, she plays travel ball for the Indian Mills Mystics Gold and Coach Stacy Jackson. Rossi hit .387 with 19 RBI and 16 steals last season, earning her team's MVP award and the honor of being named to the Carpenter Cup. "Sam is a great addition to our team both offensively and defensively," said Bryant. "She is a gutsy infielder with big play potential and she covers a lot of ground. Sam has tremendous speed from the left side and has the ability to drive the ball or drop it down. She works the count well and will put real pressure on the opponent's defense. We believe that Sam's game will take off at the next level.
"Sarah, Shannon and Sam have played for excellent travel programs and coaches who have prepared them well for the challenges of the college game. They all know what it means to lead a team and get to get the job done. Our staff expects all three to make an immediate contribution to our team's success."

DOUGHER'S CAREER-HIGH 24 POINTS LEAD MEN'S BASKETBALL TO 60-39 VICTORY OVER NJIT


Seawolves win second straight game.


Newark, N.J. - Freshman Bryan Dougher (Scotch Plains, N.J.) knocked down five three-pointers on his way to a career-high 24 points to lead the Stony Brook University men's basketball team to a 60-39 victory over the New Jersey Tech Highlanders on Tuesday night at the Fleisher Athletic Center. Stony Brook improves to 3-3 with the victory while the Highlanders fall to 0-6.
"I couldn't be happier with the effort and intensity our guys played with on the defensive end tonight," Stony Brook head coach Steve Pikiell said. "Bryan got us off to a tremendous start and then our defense really took over the game."
Dougher was spectacular for the Seawolves, scoring 18 of his 24 points in the opening half. The 6-1 guard shot 6-for-8 from the field for the game in addition to knocking down seven of his nine free throw attempts. Junior Muhammad El-Amin (Lansing, Mich) added 13 points for the Seawolves who held the Highlanders to 30 percent (15-for-50) shooting from the field.
The Seawolves were sharp from the start, opening the game on a 14-4 run behind Dougher who scored the Seawolves first eight points on two three-pointers and a driving lay-up. The Seawolves defense was stifling to open the game, holding the Highlanders to just two baskets over the first 10 minutes of the contest.
SBU pushed its lead to 12 minutes later on two free throws from junior Andrew Goba (Durban, South Africa) and another three from Dougher. NJIT would cut the Seawolves lead to nine at 22-13 with just under six minutes left in the opening half but Dougher once against had an answer, knocking down his fourth three of the half to put SBU back up by 12.

The Seawolves still led by 12 at 27-15 with just three minutes remaining in the first period but freshman Tommy Brenton (Columbia, Md.) then got free from an easy lay-up and Dougher followed with another three-pointer to send Stony Brook to the break with its largest lead of the game at 32-15.
Dougher, the America East Player of the Game, was sensational in the opening 20 minutes, shooting 6-for-7 from the field and 5-for-6 from three in addition to recording three steals. El-Amin chipped in eight first-half points for the Seawolves who forced 14 NJIT turnovers while holding the Highlanders to 20.9 percent (5-for-24) shooting in the opening period.
Stony Brook continued its strong play to open the second half going on a 7-2 run, highlighted by a Brenton fast-break dunk, to build its lead to 39-17 with just under 16 minutes remaining in the game. NJIT would cut the lead to 16 on a Teddy Schickel lay-up with just under 11 minutes left but El-Amin answered with five straight Seawolves points to build the SBU lead back to 20 with 9:50 remaining.
Brenton followed with four straight points, on two free throws and a tough runner in the lane, to give the Seawolves their largest lead of the game at 50-26. NJIT would close to within 19 on a Gary Garris dunk with just under four minutes left but Dougher set up senior Demetrius Young (Sacramento, Calif.) for an easy lay-up on the ensuing possession as the Seawolves coasted to their second straight victory.
The Seawolves return to action on Friday, hosting Lehigh at Pritchard Gymnasium. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

Monday, December 1, 2008

LATE MARTIN HOOP LEADS MEN'S BASKETBALL TO 62-60 VICTORY OVER COLUMBIA


Late Martin Hoop Leads Men's Basketball To 62-60 Victory Over Columbia
Freshman Bryan Dougher leads Seawolves with 15 points.

New York, N.Y. - Sophomore Chris Martin's (Springfield Gardens, N.Y.) put back lay-up with 35 seconds remaining broke a 60-all tie as the Stony Brook's men's basketball team defeated the Columbia Lions, 62-60, on Saturday afternoon at Levien Gymnasium. Stony Brook improves to 2-3 with the victory while the Lions fall to 2-4.
"This was a terrific team win for our guys on the road against a good basketball team," Stony Brook head coach Steve Pikiell said. "We really stepped up and made the plays we needed to make down the stretch on both the offensive and defensive end. Hopefully we can build on this win as we move forward."
With the score tied at 60, freshman Tommy Brenton (Columbia, Md.) missed on an off-balance jumper but Martin was there to grab the rebound and lay it in and give SBU the 62-60 lead with 35 second left. Columbia missed on a three-point attempt on their next possession and then fouled junior Jonathan Moore (Cleveland, Ohio) after Brenton had grabbed the defensive rebound.
Moore missed on the front end of a one-and-one to give Columbia one last chance to tie or take the lead. The Lions worked the ball to Ansenso Ampim who came up short on his three-point attempt with four second remaining. Niko Scott was there to grab the offensive rebound for Columbia but his off-balance three-pointer as time expired missed to give the Seawolves their second straight victory at Levien Gym.
Freshman Bryan Dougher (Scotch Plains, N.J.), the America East Player of the Game, led the Seawolves with 15 points while junior Muhammad El-Amin (Lansing, Mich.) chipped in 11. Martin finished with nine points for Stony Brook who shot 54.5 percent (12-for-22) from the field in the second half.

Columbia scored the first four points of the game before Dougher hit a long three to notch the Seawolves first basket of the contest. Moore then sandwiched two threes around a Columbia basket to give Stony Brook a 9-6 lead just over four minutes in.
K.J. Matsui scored five of Columbia's next six points to give the Lions a 12-9 lead but El-Amin answered with a jumper and Martin followed with a driving lay-up to give the Seawolves the lead. Columbia responded by going on a 10-4 run, with Matsui scoring five of those points, to take its largest lead of the game at 22-17 with just over four minutes left in the opening half.
Dougher came back with four straight points though and freshman Danny Carter (London, England) followed with a fast-break lay-up to give the Seawolves the lead back. Joe Bova tied the game at 23-all with a free throw but Carter answered with two free throws and El-Amin followed with a short jumper to make it 27-23 in favor of Stony Brook.Patrick Foley knocked down a short jumper with time running down in the first half to bring the Lions within two at the break.
Dougher scored a team-high seven points in the opening period for the Seawolves who forced 12 Columbia turnovers. Matsui had a game-high 10 first half points for the Lions who shot 40.9 percent over the first 20 minutes.
The Seawolves looked to put the game away at the start of the second period, scoring 18 of the half's first 21 points to take a 45-30 lead with just over 15 minutes remaining. The run was highlighted by three-pointers from Dougher, Moore and El-Amin and a fast break lay-up from senior Marques Cox (Jamaica, N.Y.).
Columbia answered with a 7-0 run but Martin came back with a three from the right wing to push the Seawolves advantage back to 11. The Lions did not go away though, going on a 14-5 spurt to draw within two on a Scott three with 4:40 to go in the game.
Foley nearly tied it on the Lions next possession but his fast-break lay-up just rolled off the rim. Cox then came back and hit a short baseline jumper to make it 55-51 Stony Brook with just over four minutes left. Ampin hit two free throws on Columbia's next possession to draw the Lions back within two but Dougher then nailed a three from the left side to make it 58-53 in favor of Stony Brook.
Matsui answered for the Lions, hitting another three-pointer, but El-Amin responded with a driving lay-up on the other end to make it a four-point Seawolves lead. But Columbia scored four straight points to tie the score at 60-all with just under a minute to go.
The Seawolves return to action on Tuesday, traveling to take on NJIT. Game time is set for 7 p.m.