Monday, January 30, 2012

Stony Brook Men's hoops draws Northeastern in BracketBusters

Stony Brook will renew series with former America East foe on Feb. 18 at 1 p.m.

The Stony Brook men's basketball team will play at Northeastern on Saturday, Feb. 18 after drawing the Huskies in the annual Sears ESPN BracketBusters event. The game is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Matthews Arena.
This will be the first meeting between these two teams since March 5, 2005, when the two teams both competed in America East. The Huskies lead the all-time series 6-3 and won the last five matchups.
Northeastern is a member of the Colonial Athletic Association and currently sports an 11-10 overall record and a 7-4 conference mark, good for fifth place in the standings.

The Huskies and Seawolves have two common opponents this season. NU defeated Boston University on Nov. 11 and topped Vermont on Dec. 30.

This is Stony Brook's second appearance in BracketBusters. Last season, the Seawolves lost a nailbiter to Manhattan at home, 64-63 in overtime. As part of the BracketBusters agreement, Northeastern will return the game and travel to Stony Brook during the 2013-14 season.

Stony Brook, under seventh-year head coach Steve Pikiell, is enjoying an outstanding season, behind a defense that's currently ranked 21st in the nation in points per game allowed at 59.3. The Seawolves are 13-7 overall and 8-1 and in first place in America East. Stony Brook has won 10 of its last 11 games, and the Seawolves will go for their 11th straight home victory Wednesday against Binghamton at 7 p.m.