Thursday, January 6, 2011

Women's Hoops Falls To Binghamton, 63-43

Vestal, N.Y. - Stony Brook University's women's basketball team dropped an America East contest to the Binghamton Bearcats, 63-43, on Thursday night at the Events Center. Sophomore Sam Landers (Springfield, Va.) matched her career-best with a game-high 16 points.
Junior Destiny Jacobs (Glen Burnie, Md.) grabbed a season-high 11 rebounds for the Seawolves, while sophomore Juanita Cochran (Saginaw, Mich.) added 10 points and eight rebounds. Viive Rebane led four Binghamton players in double-figures with 14 points.
The teams played evenly over the first nine minutes, with Binghamton holding a slim 10-8 lead. Landers hit two threes in the first five minutes to account for the first six Stony Brook points.
Sophomore Amanda Corona (North Hollywood, Calif.) hit a three off an in-bounds play to give SBU an 11-10 lead before the Bearcats scored four straight points to take a three-point lead. Sophomore Gerda Gatling (Woodbridge, Va.) knocked down a jumper with the shot clock winding down to bring SBU within one but Orla O'Reilly answered with a three and Holmes followed with a three-point play to make it 20-13.
Stony Brook still trailed by six with just under four minutes remaining but Binghamton scored the next seven points to take its largest lead of the game, 28-15, with two minutes left. Landers hit two free throws with 59.7 seconds to go in the half but Sinead O'Reilly scored an inside hoop with 10 seconds left to send the Bearcats into the break with a 30-17 lead.
Binghamton pushed its lead to 17 early in the second half before sophomore Dani Klupenger (Aurora, Ore.) knocked down a long jumper to make it 36-21. Holmes then hit two free throws but Corona drilled a three from the right wing and Landers followed with a reverse lay-up to cut the SBU deficit to 12.

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But the Bearcats held SBU scoreless over the next five minutes as they built their lead back to 18 with nine minutes remaining. Landers ended the Stony Brook drought with a long jumper and Cochran then picked off a Bearcat pass and took it the length of the court for a lay-up and the foul. She then converted the free throw to make it 44-31 with 8:25 left.
A free throw from Jasbrille Swain pushed the Binghamton lead back to 14 but Corona answered with a three-point play to bring SBU within 11 for the first time since late in the first half. But that is as close as the Seawolves would get as Jackie Ward hit two free throws to kick start a 9-0 Binghamton run that put the game away.
Stony Brook held Binghamton to 33.8 percent shooting but shot a season-low 23.2 percent from the field. SBU turned the ball over just 12 times.
The Seawolves return to action on Wednesday, traveling to take on Vermont. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

Men's soccer head coach Cesar Markovic resigns

Stony Brook University Head Men’s Soccer Coach Cesar Markovic has resigned his position to become the Head Coach at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Stony Brook University Director of Athletics Jim Fiore announced Thursday. A national search for his replacement will begin immediately.

"We appreciate Cesar’s efforts in developing our men’s soccer program into one of the premier programs in New York and in the America East Conference,” Fiore said. "I thank Cesar for all of his efforts on behalf of Stony Brook and wish him and his family all the best as he pursues future endeavors. With an incredibly talented team returning in 2011, including two All-Conference players, our next head coach will be in a position to maintain our level of success and contend for an America East Conference championship."

Markovic spent seven seasons as the head coach at Stony Brook, winning the America East Conference championship and earning an NCAA Tournament berth in both 2005 and 2009. The Seawolves advanced to the second round of the 2005 NCAA Tournament with a win over Yale. In recognition of the team’s success, he was honored as the 2005 Coach of the Year. While at Stony Brook, he compiled a 58-59-22 overall record and a 24-20-10 mark in the America East during his seven seasons.

Markovic had a reputation of attracting strong talent to Stony Brook from around the country and throughout the world and for developing them into All-Conference players. Under his leadership, Stony Brook produced six NSCAA All-Region and 18 All-America East Conference selections, including Rookie of the Year and Midfielder of the Year honorees. Nine of his former student-athletes have gone on to sign professional soccer contracts.

"I want to thank Jim Fiore and Stony Brook University for the opportunity to coach at this fine institution," Markovic said. "It has been an incredible seven years and I am proud of all that that we have achieved. With the outstanding facilities, exceptional student-athletes and administrative support that exists at Stony Brook, I know that the men’s soccer program will continue to achieve great success in the years ahead."

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Stony Brook scores just 49, loses to Vermont


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Vermont rang the opening bell on its America East Conference men's basketball season last night by frustrating Stony Brook, its most persistent league rival of recent years, in a 55-49 defensive wrangle that emphasized a basic precept of the sport.
"You can't score, you can't win," Stony Brook coach Steve Pikiell said.
The America East Tournament champ, Vermont (10-3, 1-0) was put in something of a vise by Stony Brook's tireless defenders, falling 16 points shy of its league-high scoring average and five percentage points short of the most efficient field-goal shooting in the conference.
But, for Stony Brook (6-7, 1-1) - which twice beat Vermont last year on its way to the regular-season conference title - scoring was an even bigger problem. The home team could conjure a mere 21 points in the second half and made only 33 percent of its shots.
Though it opened a couple of seven-point leads in the first half, Stony Brook last had the advantage at 43-42 with 6:04 to play. Vermont, led by senior Evan Fjeld's 17 points and freshman Brian Voelkel's 11 points and 11 rebounds, produced just enough offensive punch down the stretch.
"We did a great job defensively," Pikiell said. "Unfortunately we struggled on the secondary way to score. We didn't get to the foul line, we didn't get second shots and we didn't have any offensive rebounds."
Stony Brook hit all seven of its free throws, but Vermont tried 23 and made 16. Vermont won the contest on the boards 38-32 as Stony Brook had only nine offensive. Another glaring statistic was junior Bryan Dougher's point total - seven, all in the second half - compared to his 14.3 average. And one clear pivot point was sophomore Marcus Rouse's foul on a three-point attempt by Vermont's Simeon Marsalis with six seconds left in the half and Stony Brook up by five.
"It's a lapse," Pikiell said. "We guarded [Marsalis] like he was Dwyane Wade and he hadn't hit a three all year. But Rouse [who led Stony Brook's scoring with a career-high 19 points] is trying. I don't fault the effort, but at that time we didn't need that. Every possession is huge for us."
Vermont's mascot is the Catamount, a mountain cat sometimes called a lynx, and for a while its players' wayward shots made them the Missing Lynx. In the end, though, Stony Brook missed more.

Highlights of Stony Brook Men's Basketball vs. Vermont (Jan. 4, 2011)

Vermont downs men's hoops 55-49

Marcus Rouse (Upper Marlboro, Md.) scored a career-high 19 points, but the Stony Brook men's basketball team suffered a 55-49 loss to Vermont Tuesday night in a hotly-contested defensive battle at Pritchard Gymnasium in Stony Brook, N.Y.
Stony Brook slips to 6-7 on the season, 1-1 in America East, and Vermont improves to 10-3 overall, 1-0 in the conference. The Seawolves shot 32.7 percent for the game, including just 20.6 percent in the second half. Vermont was only 1-for-13 from three-point range, but was 18-for-33 (54.5 percent) inside the arc.
"Vermont is a very good team," head coach Steve Pikiell said. "Every game with them is a war. We did a great job defensively, but unfortunately in a game like this, you have to play well offensively and defensively. We couldn't score enough points tonight."
The Seawolves came out shooting hot, making six of their first nine shots, including three trifectas. Rouse was at the forefront of the attack, dropping in two early three-pointers. Then a 7-0 Seawolves run capped by a three-pointer from Anthony Jackson (Columbus, Ohio) put Stony Brook on top 15-8 at the 14:25 mark.
Vermont stayed at arm's length for the rest of the half. The Seawolves heated up again late when Rouse drained his third triple of the half at 1:24 to put the team back up by seven, 28-21. However, the Catamounts fought back with five points, including three on free throws by Simeon Marsalis, to go into the half down only two, 28-26.
Vermont then turned up the defensive screws, holding the Seawolves scoreless through the first 6:23 of the second half. UVM took a four-point lead, 32-28, before Bryan Dougher (Scotch Plains, N.J.) connected on a three-pointer at 13:37, extending his three-point scoring streak to 24 consecutive games.

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Stony Brook gained some momentum thereafter, taking the lead on three free throws from Rouse to make it 37-34 with 11:11 remaining. It was a three-point lead again at 7:55 after Anthony Mayo (Philadelphia, Pa.) dunked home a outback off a miss to boost the score to 41-38.

However, Vermont hung around while the Seawolves went cold on the offensive end. The Catamounts had missed their first 11 three-point shots before Brendan Bald drilled home a three from the left corner to put UVM back on top, 45-43, with 5:47 to play. The lead extended to six, as the Seawolves missed numerous shots. SBU was 1-for-10 from the field after Dougher made a teardrop bucket at 4:32 to bring the Seawolves within two, 47-45.
Fouls played a large role in the contest, as the Seawolves were whistled for 22 fouls to Vermont's 13. The Catamounts were 16-for-23 from the line. Stony Brook made all of its free throws, but there were only seven attempts.
Fjeld, Vermont's America East Player of the Game, led the Catamounts with 17 points. Brian Voelkel added a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Rouse was named Stony Brook's America East Player of the game with his career-high scoring night. Dave Coley (Brooklyn, N.Y.) added eight points and a career-high nine rebounds.
Stony Brook his the road for the next two games, taking on Cornell in Ithaca, N.Y. Saturday at 2 p.m. Then the Seawolves will play at Binghamton Monday at 7 p.m., in a game that will be televised live on MSG-Plus.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Women's Hoops Rallies But Falls To UMBC, 65-52

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Senior Kirsten Jeter (Elmont, N.Y.) tallied 14 points and 14 rebounds and the Stony Brook University women's basketball team cut a 17-point second half deficit to two but the UMBC Retrievers held on for a 65-52 victory in the America East opener for both teams on Monday at Pritchard Gymnasium.
Named the Seawolves America East Player of the Game, Jeter grabbed five of her season-high 14 boards on the offensive end. She also dished out four assists and had five steals.
Michelle Kurowski and Erin Brown led UMBC (7-7, 1-0 AE) with 19 points apiece. Kurowski was named the Retrievers America East Player of the Game.
The Seawolves (3-10, 0-1 AE) trailed 37-20 with just over 14 minutes left in the game following a jumper from Brown. But Stony Brook came roaring back behind Jeter, who scored seven points in a 16-1 Stony Brook run over the next five minutes that cut the UMBC deficit to two.
Tope Obajalu ended the Stony Brook spurt with a put-back hoop and Meghan Colabell then hit two free throws to make it 42-36. But sophomore Taylor Burner (Port Jefferson, N.Y.) answered with consecutive buckets to slice the UMBC lead back to two.
But Obajalu followed with an easy lay-up to spark a 14-5 UMBC run over the next six minutes that put the game away. The Retrievers shot 47.8 percent for the game including 68.2 percent in the second half.
UMBC scored the first nine points of the game before Jeter hit a long two for Stony Brook's first points of the contest. Sophomore Sam Landers (Springfield, Va.) followed with a three to make it 9-5 almost seven minutes in.
Both teams struggled to score over the next several minutes as UMBC clung to a 12-7 lead with just less than seven minutes remaining. A short jumper from Jeter ended a five-minute Seawolves scoring drought before Brown ended a seven-minute UMBC scoring drought with her third three of the game to make it 15-9.

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But Landers connected on her second three and Murray then drilled a mid-range jumper to bring Stony Brook within one with four minutes until halftime. Sophomore Gerda Gatling (Woodbridge, Va.) tied the game at 16 with 2:45 remaining but Kurowski scored the final five points of the half to send UMBC into the break with a 21-16 lead.
UMBC scored the first six points of the second half to push its lead to 11 before sophomore Talisha Bridges (Kalamazoo, Mich.) scored Stony Brook's first hoop of the period. A lay-up from junior Destiny Jacobs made it 29-20 but UMBC then ran off eight straight points to its largest lead of the game with 14:21 remaining.
The Seawolves return to action on Thursday, traveling to take on Binghamton. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Men's hoops drops UMBC 64-56 in America East opener

Final Stats

Danny Carter (Windsor, England) scored all 10 of his points in the second half, and all the points came at crucial moments in the Stony Brook men's basketball team's 64-56 victory over UMBC in the America East conference opener Sunday at Retriever Activities Center Arena in Catonsville, Md. Marcus Rouse (Upper Marlboro, Md.), the America East Player of the Game, tied a career high with 17 points in front of family and friends.
"It was a great road win tonight," head coach Steve Pikiell said. "Our defense was terrific and we held them under their season average in points. We also made big plays down the stretch to close out the win."  
Stony Brook improves to 6-6 on the season and 1-0 in conference. The Seawolves have now won 11 of their last 12 America East games and 21 of their last 27. UMBC drops to 1-13, 0-1 in the league.
After holding a 13-point lead at halftime, Stony Brook let UMBC back into the contest as the Retrievers opened the second half with a 19-7 run to get within one point, 41-40, with 11:20 to play.
However, Carter then stepped in and made some big shots. With momentum swinging towards the Retrievers, Carter sank a big three-pointer to silence the crowd and put the Seawolves up four, 44-40. Carter then stole the ball from UMBC's Laurence Jolicoeur to re-gain possession. Anthony Jackson (Columbus, Ohio) missed a three-point attempt, but Carter was there for the putback to make it 46-40 Stony Brook.
UMBC's Chris De La Rosa willed the Retrievers back with back-to-back layups. Then Jamar Wertz drilled a three-pointer to once again bring UMBC within one, 51-50, with 3:53. But Carter again answered the call, sinking a three-pointer with three seconds left on the shot clock to put SBU back up by four, 54-50. Dallis Joyner (Norfolk, Va.) then followed with a turnaround hook shot to make it 56-50.

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From there, the Seawolves made their free throws (8-for-8) to hold off the feisty Retrievers. Stony Brook was 13-for-17 from the free throw line for the game.

In the first half, Stony Brook came out firing, making 10 out of its first 16 shots to open the game. After Travis King hit a three-pointer to give UMBC a 3-2 lead, the Seawolves went on a 15-4 run to establish a double-digit advantage. Bryan Dougher (Scotch Plains, N.J.) opened the run with a long three-pointer off a Carter high ball screen. Rouse then went to work, knocking down a mid-range jumper and then a wide-open three to make it 10-3 in favor of Stony Brook.
After UMBC cut the Stony Brook lead to seven, 17-10, Rouse again took advantage of lax UMBC defense, hitting uncontested three-pointers on back-to-back possessions to give the Seawolves a 13-point lead, 25-12. Stony Brook went into halftime leading 34-21, and Rouse had 11 of SBU's 34 points.
In addition to Rouse and Carter's contributions, Dougher had eight points, six rebounds and three assists. Preye Preboye (Springfield, Mass.) added nine points and six rebounds.
De La Rosa led UMBC with 16 points and eight assists. The Retrievers shot only 35 percent for the game, compared to Stony Brook's 43.1 percent.
Stony Brook will turn around quickly to host Vermont Tuesday at Pritchard Gymnasium at 7 p.m. For tickets, call (631) 632-WOLF or visit the Stony Brook Athletics online ticket office.