Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Stony Brook Basketball participates in America East Media Day

Men's team picked second; women's team picked ninth; Tommy Brenton named preseason All-America East.

Albany, N.Y. - Stony Brook Basketball head coaches Beth O'Boyle andSteve Pikiell represented the Seawolves at the annual America East Media Day, held at SEFCU Arena on the University at Albany campus.

The program included the announcement of the preseason polls and All-America East teams as well as speeches from America East commissioner Amy Huchthausen and Albany Director of Athletics Lee McElroy.

For the third consecutive season, the men's team was picked to finish second in the conference by the league's head coaches. Stony Brook received four first place votes to finish with 58 points, just two points behind preseason favorite and defending conference tournament champion Vermont. Boston University, Albany, Maine, New Hampshire, Hartford, UMBC and Binghamton are behind the Seawolves in the poll.

Senior forward Tommy Brenton (Columbia, Md.) was one of six players in the conference to earn preseason All-Conference honors. Brenton is coming off a spectacular 2011-12 season in which he was named America East Defensive Player of the Year and first-team All-America East. Joining Brenton on the team are Albany's Mike Black, Boston University's D.J. Irving, Maine's Alasdair Fraser, UMBC's Chase Plummer and Vermont's Brian Voelkel.

Led by Pikiell, the reigning America East Coach of the Year, the Seawolves return eight letterwinners from last season's team that won the America East regular season championship and advanced to the NIT for the second tim in the last three seasons. In addition to Brenton's return, the Seawolves also boast junior Dave Coley(Brooklyn, N.Y.), the team's leading returning scorer.

The men's team opens the season Nov. 9 at Marist and plays its home opener Nov. 11 against Mount Ida at Pritchard Gymnasium at 4 p.m., as part of a Seawolves Basketball doubleheader. The Seawolves have won 14 straight games at Pritchard, a Div. I program best.

Led by O'Boyle, who is in her second season at Stony Brook, the women's team returns five seniors, including leading rebounder Jessica Previlon Brooklyn, N.Y.), and has added an influx of talent at all positions. The women's team was picked ninth in the preseason poll. Defending tournament champion Albany was crowned the conference favorite.

The Seawolves open the season with a home game against Rider on Nov. 9 at 7 p.m., and then take on Navy at home Nov. 11 at 6:30 p.m., as part of a Seawolves Basketball doubleheader.

The 2013 America East Championship quarterfinals and semifinals will be held at the University at Albany's SEFCU Arena March 8-10. For the fourth straight season, the conference's men's and women's basketball championships will be held in a combined format. The championship games will be held at the campus of the highest remaining seed on March 16.

Season tickets and mini plans for the men's & women's basketball teams are now on sale through the Stony Brook Athletics Ticket Office. For more information visit the Seawolves ticket office online at www.goseawolves.org/tickets or call 631-632-WOLF.