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Saturday, February 7, 2009

MEN'S BASKETBALL LOSSES OVERTIME THRILLER TO BINGHAMTON, 63-61


Freshman Tommy Brenton ties a school record with 17 rebounds.

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Emanuel Mayben hit the game-winning jumper with 3.8 seconds left in overtime to lead the Binghamton Bearcats to a 63-61 victory over the Stony Brook University men's basketball team on Saturday afternoon before a sold out Pritchard Gymnasium. Junior Muhammad El-Amin (Lansing, Mich.) scored a team-high 16 points for the Seawolves, while freshman Tommy Brenton (Columbia, Md.) tied a school record with 17 rebounds. Stony Brook falls to 13-11 overall and 5-6 in the America East with the loss while Binghamton improves to 15-8 and 8-3.
"I'm disappointed in the loss but I'm extremely proud of the heart our guys showed this afternoon," Stony Brook head coach Steve Pikiell said. "Give credit to Binghamton though, they're a terrific basketball team and they made the plays they had to down the stretch."
El-Amin grabbed seven rebounds to go along with his 16 points for the Seawolves, who out-rebounded the Bearcats 52-33. Senior Demetrius Young (Sacramento, Calif.) added 10 points and 12 rebounds for Stony Brook and was named its America East Player of the Game. D.J. Rivera scored a game-high 22 points for Binghamton, with Reggie Fuller adding 20. Mayben recorded 10 assists as he was selected the America East Player of the Game for the Bearcats.
Rivera sent the game into overtime, knocking down a short jumper with 7.8 seconds left in regulation. The teams then exchanged the lead five times over the first two minutes of the extra period, with the Bearcats holding a 57-56 lead on two Fuller free throws with 3:01 left. Binghamton would push its lead to three on two Mayben free throws with 1:45 remaining but SBU would draw to within one on a put-back hoop from freshman Bryan Dougher (Scotch Plains, N.J.) with 1:20 to go.

Rivera answered with a lay-in but sophomore Chris Martin (Springfield Gardens, N.Y.) knocked down a short jumper with 33 seconds left to bring Stony Brook back within one. Chretien Lukusa missed both free throws on Binghamton's next possession and Brenton then hit one of two free throws with nine seconds remaining to tie the game at 61. But Mayben followed with the game-winning jumper to give the Bearcats their second victory over the Seawolves this season.
Binghamton led 47-43 with 3:15 remaining in regulation but El-Amin completed a three-point play with 2:31 left to draw the Seawolves within one and Dougher then knocked down a three from the left wing to put Stony Brook up two with 1:41 to go in the game. Binghamton then turned the ball over on its ensuing possession and Young followed with a lay-in to put SBU up four.
Rivera would knock down a three to draw the Bearcats within one with 38.7 seconds remaining before Dougher then knocked down one of two free throws to put the Seawolves up two. But Rivera then hit a jumper from 12 feet out with 7.8 seconds left to send the game into overtime.
The Seawolves jumped to a 5-0 lead just under three minutes into the game on a Dougher three and a put-back hoop from freshman Dallis Joyner (Norfolk, Va.). Binghamton answered with seven straight points but El-Amin then knocked down a three to start an 11-1 Stony Brook spurt that put the Seawolves up 16-8 with 10:30 remaining.
Binghamton scored 10 of the next 12 points though, tying the game at 18 on a Fuller dunk with 6:20 left. The Bearcats would eventually grab the lead on a Rivera dunk with five minutes left but Brenton then scored on a put-back hoop to put SBU back on top.
The Bearcats answered with four straight points to take a 25-22 lead but Martin came back with a short jumper and Young then converted a gorgeous alley-oop dunk off a feed from El-Amin to give SBU a 26-25 advantage with just over two minutes left until halftime. Binghamton scored five of the final seven points of the half though to take a 30-28 lead into the break.
Martin scored a team-high eight points in the opening period for the Seawolves, who had seven different players score in the first half. Fuller scored a game-high 14 points in the first 20 minutes for Binghamton, which shot 50 percent from the field in the first half.
Stony Brook would tie the game at 34 just over two minutes into the second half on an El-Amin hoop but both teams would then struggle to score over the next several minutes as the Bearcats grabbed a slim 37-36 lead midway through the half. But Young and Dougher then knocked down four straight free throws over the next minute to put SBU on top 40-37 with 9:15 remaining in the game.
The Seawolves return to action on Thursday, hosting the Albany Great Danes at Pritchard Gymnasium. Thursday's game will be televised live on MSG Plus. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

SBU WOMEN BEAT MAINE, 57-39 ON WEDNESDAY...SEAWOLVES HAVE WON THREE-STRAIGHT

Seawolves forced 35 Maine turnovers

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Sophomore Kirsten Jeter (Elmont, N.Y.) had a game-high 17 points including six during a 22-5 stretch to open the second half as the Stony Brook University women's basketball team pulled away for a 57-39 win over Maine at Pritchard Gymnasium on Wednesday night. Jeter added six rebounds and six steals for the Seawolves, who outscored Maine, 34-13 in the second half. Sophomore Misha Horsey (Wyncote, Pa.) had a career-high eight assists and tied a career-high with seven rebounds. Stony Brook (5-15, 3-5 America East), which won its third straight game for the first time since the 2006-07 season, forced Maine (2-19, 0-8) into 35 turnovers.
"We rebounded the ball and defended much better in the second half," head coach Michele Cherry said. "I thought we came out in the second half more intense and ready to play."
Down 26-23 at halftime, the Seawolves scored 15 of the first 17 points of the second half and quickly took a ten point lead, 38-28. A Kazadi jump hook in the lane extended the lead to 45-31 with 9:23 left. Three possessions later, Amanda Tewksbury's three cut the Stony Brook lead to 45-34. The three from Tewksbury was only the second field goal Maine scored to that point.
Stony Brook maintained a double digit lead with the Black Bears cutting it to 11, twice the rest of the way. Brittany Boser's (12 points) jumper made it a 50-39 game but the Seawolves finished 7-of-8 from the free throw line to end the game.
After taking a 9-4 lead, the Seawolves went cold, going 0-for-6 until sophomore Jodie Plikus (Waterford, Conn.) hit her 16th three-pointer of the season. Maine tied the game at 19 and entered the break with a three-point lead 26-23. Maine was only 8-of-22 from the field but shot 9-of-11 from the line.

13 of Jeter's 17 points came in the second half as she was named America East Player of the Game. Sophomore Tamiel Murray (Teaneck, N.J.) added nine points for the Seawolves, who grabbed a season-high 50 rebounds. Junior Sarah Kazadi (Bronx, N.Y.) had three blocks to go along with 11 rebounds.
Colleen Kilmurray had a team-high 14 points including 7-of-9 from the free throw line to earn America East Player of the Game honors for Maine. Kristin Baker had seven assists for the Black Bears, who made just four second half shots.
Stony Brook opens the second half of conference play at Boston University on Wednesday. Tip-off against the Terriers is slated for 7 pm.

STONY BROOK FOOTBALL ANNOUNCES 2009 FOOTBALL RECRUITING CLASS

Seawolves Add 25 Names to Roster for 2009
Stony Brook, N.Y. -
Stony Brook University head football coach Chuck Priore has announced a 2009 recruiting class of 25 players that will be taking the field next fall for the Seawolves. Stony Brook is coming off its first season as a member of the Big South Conference, finishing in second-place with a 3-2 conference record. This is the fourth recruiting class for Priore, who saw his team win four of its last five games in 2008 and finish ninth in the nation in rushing offense.
"With the combination of losing the number of seniors we had and our increase to the full 63 scholarships for an FCS program, we were able to examine our program and take care of our needs from the bottom up," remarked Priore. "We have been able to plug in some players in January to help our immediate needs as well as bringing in a group of freshmen that will be very important to the class."
Stony Brook's class includes eight players that are already enrolled at SBU and will participate in spring practice in preparation for the fall season. The Seawolves picked up the majority of their class from California, with 10 of the players on the list hailing from the West Coast. Four players from the local New York area have also committed to Stony Brook, along with three each from Pennsylvania and New Jersey, two from Florida and one each from Connecticut, Massachusetts and Texas.
"Having the full scholarships this year helped us to bring in a real freshman class for the first time," said Priore. "Now we can start redshirting some kids and get some fifth-year players in our program. That was a major thought in our recruiting process this year. Now we can take a player that we can project into the future and not necessarily have them be an impact player right away. We can allow our strength and conditioning program to put them in position to be a great player."

SBU MEN WIN AT MAINE, 70-59 TUESDAY NIGHT, SEAWOLVES MATCH BEST DIVISION 1 START


El-Amin, Young Lead Men's Basketball to 70-59 Victory Over Maine

Orono, Maine - Junior Muhammad El-Amin (Lansing, Mich.) scored a game-high 22 points and senior Demetrius Young (Sacramento, Calif.) added 17 as the Stony Brook University men's basketball team matched its best America East start ever with a 70-59 victory over the Maine Black Bears on Tuesday night at Alfond Arena. Stony Brook improves to 13-10 overall and 5-5 in the America East while Maine falls to 8-15 and 3-7.
"We've won with defense all season and tonight was no different," Stony Brook head coach Steve Pikiell said. "We played with a lot of energy on the defensive end and picked up a terrific victory on the road against a very good Maine team.
The America East Player of the Game for the Seawolves, El-Amin scored scored 16 of his 22 in the first half. Young shot 6-for-11 from the field, pulling down six rebounds to go with his 17 points. Freshman Tommy Brenton (Columbia, Md.) collected a game-high 11 rebounds for the Seawolves, who scored 34 points off 20 Maine turnovers. Sean McNally led four Black Bears in double-figures with 15 points.
Maine jumped to a an early 10-8 lead behind two Gerald McLemore three-pointers but a long jumper from sophomore Chris Martin (Springfield Gardents, N.Y.) tied the game at 10 with 13:22 remaining. El-Amin carried the Seawolves early, scoring SBU's first eight points. The Black Bears would answer with five straight points but Martin followed with a jumper and a three to tie it at 15 with 11:09 left.
The Seawolves would eventually build a 23-17 advantage on a three from freshman Bryan Dougher (Scotch Plains, N.J.) with 7:30 left but McLemore answered with his third three-pointer of the half, kick starting a 7-0 run Maine run that put the Black Bears up 24-23. Martin answered with long jumper though and El-Amin then followed with his fourth three-pointer of the half to give the Seawolves a 28-24 advantage with four minutes remaining in the half.

Stony Brook would close the half on a 9-3 run to go into the break with a 37-29 lead. Young scored all nine points in the Seawolves run. El-Amin tallied 16 first half points for the Seawolves, knocking down four of his five three-point attempts. Young and Martin added nine apiece in the first half for SBU. McLemore scored a team-high nine points in the opening 20 minutes for the Black Bears.
SBU still led by seven just over four minutes into the second half but Young then completed a three-point play to push the Seawolves lead up to 10. McLemore answered with a three but freshman Dallis Joyner (Norfolk, Va.) then scored four straight points to give Stony Brook a 50-39 lead with 12:41 remaining.
Dougher's second three of the game with eight and a half minutes remaining would gave the Seawolves their largest lead of the game, at 55-41, but Maine then ran off seven straight points to close to within seven with 6:29 remaining. Martin ended the Black Bear run with a long jumper but Troy Barnies answered with three to cut the SBU lead to six with 4:26 to go in the game.
The Seawolves responded with four straight points though, on a Dougher jumper and two El-Amin free throws, to push the SBU lead back to 10 with 2:55 remaining. Maine would get back within eight but Young would seal the game for the Seawolves seconds later with a thunderous fast-break dunk.
The Seawolves return to action on Saturday, hosting the Binghamton Bearcats in a game that that will be televised live on MSG Plus. Game time is set for 4 p.m.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

LATE MARTIN FREE THROW LEADS MEN TO 56-55 AMERICA EAST WIN OVER UMBC


Late Martin Free Throw Leads Men's Basketball To 56-55 Victory Over UMBC
Junior Muhammad El-Amin scores a game-high 15 points for the Seawolves.
Jan. 31, 2009
Final Stats
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Sophomore Chris Martin (Springfield Gardens, N.Y.) hit the go-ahead free throw with 18 seconds left to lead the Stony Brook men's basketball team to a thrilling 56-55 victory over defending conference champion UMBC on Saturday night at Pritchard Gymnasium. Junior Muhammad El-Amin (Lansing, Mich.) scored a team-high 15 points for the Seawolves, who defeated the Retrievers for the second time this season. The Seawolves improve to 12-10 overall and 4-5 in the America East with the victory while the Retrievers fall to 9-12 and 3-6.
"What a terrific basketball game in a fantastic atmosphere," Stony Brook head coach Steve Pikiell said. "UMBC is an excellent basketball team but our guys hung tough and made the plays they had to make down the stretch."
Stony Brook led by five with 3:42 remaining but UMBC then scored five straight points to tie the game at 55 with 48 seconds left. The Seawolves got the ball to Martin on their ensuing possession and he was fouled driving to the hoop, sending him to the foul line with 18 seconds remaining.
Martin hit the first throw to put SBU up 56-55, but then missed on the second to give the Retrievers the ball with a chance to win. But Matt Spadafora missed on a contested jumper as time expired to give SBU the one-point victory.
The America East Player of the Game for the Seawolves, Martin scored 11 points. El-Amin went 6-for-14 from the field for Stony Brook, who shot 46 percent from the field for the game. Darryl Proctor scored a game-high 20 points for the Retrievers. Justin Fry added 10 points and 12 rebounds for UMBC and was named their America East Player of the game.
UMBC scored the first four points of the game but the Seawolves then scored six straight, four by El-Amin, to grab a 6-4 lead just under three minutes in. The Retrievers responded with four straight points but the Seawolves grabbed the lead a minute later as freshman Tommy Brenton (Columbia, Md.) completed a thunderous alley-oop dunk off a feed from freshman Bryan Dougher (Scotch Plains, N.J.). Brenton was also fouled on the play and his free throw gave SBU a 9-8 advantage.

The Seawolves still led by one, 20-19, after a hoop from senior Demetrius Young (Sacramento, Calif.) with 6:45 remaining before El-Amin drilled a three from left corner to give Stony Brook its largest lead of the game. UMBC would close within two on a Chauncey Gilliam jumper with 2:45 remaining but Martin and El-Amin each followed with a hoop to put SBU up 27-21.
The Retrievers scored the final four points of the half though as the Seawolves went into the break up 27-25. El-Amin scored nine points and Martin added seven to pace SBU in the opening 20 minutes. Proctor led UMBC with eight first half points.
UMBC would tie the score at 31 just over three minutes into the second half on a Fry dunk but El-Amin knocked down two free throws on SBU's ensuing possession and junior Desmond Adedeji (Landover Hills, Md.) followed with a hoop in the lane to put the Seawolves up four.
Still leading lead by four with 12:31 left, Brenton completed another three-point play to put the Seawolves up 42-35. UMBC would close to within four again, at 47-43, on a Fry jumper with 9:15 left but El-Amin scored on a put-back hoop on Stony Brook's ensuing possession to put the Seawolves back up by six.
The Retrievers would not go away though, scoring four straight points to close within two. But El-Amin once again had an answer, drilling a step back jumper. Jay Greene knocked down a three with five and a half minutes left to pull UMBC within one but senior Marques Cox (Jamaica, N.Y.) hit an off-balance jumper with the shot clock winding down on Stony Brook's next possession and Dougher then followed with his first hoop of the gameto put the Seawolves up 55-50.
The Seawolves return to action on Tuesday, traveling to take on the Maine Black Bears. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.

JETER, HORSEY LEAD WOMEN TO 78-62 WIN OVER UMBC SATURDAY


Kirsten Jeter leads all scorers with a career-high 24 points

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Sophomore Kirsten Jeter (Elmont, N.Y.) had a career-high 24 points and sophomore Misha Horsey (Wyncote, Pa.) added 14 points as the Stony Brook University women's basketball team used a 16-2 run to end the first half en route to a 78-62 upset win over UMBC on Saturday afternoon in Pritchard Gymnasium. Junior Crystal Rushin (Valley Stream, N.Y.) added 11 rebounds for the Seawolves, who won at home for the first time since December 8. Carlee Cassidy led UMBC with 20 points, including four threes, but was just 6-for-27 from the floor. Stony Brook (4-15, 2-5 America East) has won two straight games for the first time since a regular season ending win over New Hampshire and a first round victory over Maine last season. UMBC, which had won three straight over the Seawolves, has lost two straight and is 12-9, 4-4.
"I was proud of our team's effort and energy tonight," head coach Michele Cherry said. "We played extremely hard for 40 minutes and competed. We had a lot of women's basketball alums come back and watch us today and I'm proud that we gave them a great game."
UMBC, which shot 11-for-18 to start the game, led by as many as seven twice in the first half, with the last coming on Tonishea Mack's layup that made the score 25-18. Stony Brook scored the next six points and tied the game at 27 on Jeter's third three-pointer of the season. The Retrievers re-took the lead on their next possession but Horsey's three with 6:37 left in the first half gave the Seawolves their first lead since the opening minutes, 30-29. Horsey's third three of the half sparked a 16-2 run for the Seawolves, who held UMBC to just 2-for-13 the final seven minutes of the half and just a pair of free throws. All told, Stony Brook was 7-for-13 from behind the arc in the first half and led 43-31 after the first 20 minutes.

With Stony Brook leading 47-35 Cassidy began to heat up, knocking down two three-pointers in a 22-second span to cut the Seawolves lead to six, 47-41. But Stony Brook answered, scoring six straight points, building a 12-point lead.
The Seawolves took their largest lead of the game, 61-45, after Horsey found Rushin alone for a layup. UMBC scored the next seven points to get within nine, however Stony Brook quickly regained a double-digit lead. During a 1:30 span, Rushin, who had eight offensive rebounds, grabbed three key ones as Stony Brook maintained a lengthy possession.
Jeter added seven rebounds and six steals in addition to her 24 points to earn America East Player of the Game honors. Horsey tied a career-high with seven assists. For the second straight game, the Seawolves got a solid contribution off the bench as they tallied 28 points.
Erin Brown had 17 points, but just two in the second half, to earn America East Player of the Game for UMBC. Meghan Colabella had 10 rebounds to pace the Retrievers.
Stony Brook will look for its third-straight win when it takes on Maine on Wednesday evening. Tip-off in Pritchard Gymnasium against the Black Bears is slated for 7 pm.