Monday, February 6, 2012

Stony Brook Men's hoops beats UNH for seventh straight win

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Tommy Brenton scores team-high 14 as the Seawolves improve to 11-1 in America East.

Durham, N.H. - Junior Tommy Brenton (Columbia, Md.) scored 10 of his team-leading 14 points at the free throw line, as the Stony Brook men's basketball team as a whole was 26-for-33 from the charity stripe in a 57-48 win over New Hampshire Monday night at Lundholm Gymnasium.

Stony Brook has now won seven straight games and 13 of its last 14 to improve to 16-7 overall and 11-1 in America East. The Seawolves continue to make program history; the 11-1 start and 13 of 14 winning stretch are both program bests in its Div. I history.

Brenton was 10-for-12 from the free throw line and 2-for-4 from the field to earn America East Player of the Game honors. Senior Bryan Dougher added 10 points, and senior Dallis Joyner (Norfolk, Va.) grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.

UNH was led by Alvin Abreu's 19 points and Ferg Myrick's 15 points. Abreu was 8-for-12 from the field to earn his team's America East Player of the Game award.

Stony Brook shot only 31.1 percent in the game, while UNH shot 36,7 percent and connected on 7-of-25 three-point attempts. The Seawolves outrebounded the Wildcats, 40-24, and limited UNH to just four offensive rebounds and two second chance points.

"We did our job tonight, but it was a real grind," head coach Steve Pikiell said. "New Hampshire does a good job on defense; they really make you work for it. We were fortunate to attack the basket and draw contact to get ourselves to the free throw line. Our defense was strong too; our goal was to hold them to 50 points and we succeeded."

The first half proved to be a defensive battle as both teams played physical defense. Stony Brook shot just 27 percent in the first half while New Hampshire faired only slightly better at 35 percent. The difference in the half was Stony Brook's ability to draw fouls, getting to the line 12 times and making eight of them.

The Seawolves' largest lead of the first half was only five points, coming at the 6:00 mark when Brenton put up a couple of free throws to make it 16-11.

The game was tied at 20-20 after back-to-back Abreu layups when the Seawolves made two of their final three shots. Sophomore Dave Coley (Brooklyn, N.Y.) took his man off the dribble late in the shot clock and hit a fadeaway jumper from 17 feet. Then Dougher ended the half with a circus layup in traffic just as the clock expired, sending the Seawolves into halftime leading 24-20.

Stony Brook opened the second half on a 14-6 run and benefitted from a Dougher three-pointer from Brenton at 11:17 that gave the Seawolves a double-digit lead at 46-36.

Myrick got UNH back in the game with 14 consecutive Wildcats points. His layup at 8:13 cut the lead to six, 38-32.

But the Wildcats couldn't come all the way back, going without a field goal for nearly a four-minute stretch. Dougher put the dagger in UNH with a 15-foot jumper in the corner at 1:25 that made it a 12-point game. The Seawolves converted seven of eight free throw attempts in the final minute to seal the victory.

Stony Brook will continue its stretch of four games in nine days this Thursday when it hosts UMBC at Pritchard Gymnasium at 7 p.m. The Seawolves have won 12 consecutive home games. The game will be televised on Optimum Local Channel 118. For tickets, call (631) 632-WOLF or visit

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Giants beat Patriots again to win Super Bowl XLVI

INDIANAPOLIS -- Eli Manning and the Giants one-upped Tom Brady and the Patriots again, coming back with a last-minute score to beat New England 21-17 Sunday night for New York's fourth Super Bowl title.
It was a rematch of Super Bowl XLII, when Manning led New York past New England to ruin the Patriots' bid for a perfect season.

This was the first Super Bowl with two starting quarterbacks who previously won the big game's MVP award -- and they took turns being brilliant. Manning became the first QB to open a Super Bowl with nine consecutive completions. Later, Brady put together a run of 16 completions in a row, breaking another Super Bowl mark.

But in the end, it was Manning who directed the nine-play, 88-yard drive that put New York ahead when running back Ahmad Bradshaw scored the winning touchdown.

Coley's 17 help Stony Brook sweep Albany and stay in first

Dave Coley scored 17 points, shooting 8-for-9 from the field, and led four players in double figures as visiting Stony Brook beat Albany, 76-69, in America East Conference action Saturday night. The Seawolves (15-7, 10-1), who shot 59.1 percent from the field in the second half, have won six straight and 12 of 13. Stony Brook maintained sole possession of first place in the conference, one game ahead of Vermont (15-10, 9-2). Stony Brook will play at Vermont at noon next Sunday in a game that could go a long way toward determining the America East's regular-season champion.
Bryan Dougher scored 14 points, Anthony Jackson had 11 points in only 10 minutes and Al Rapier added 10 points for Stony Brook. Jackson hit three three-pointers in three attempts and Rapier had 12 rebounds. "I liked our offense but I didn't like our defense tonight,'' coach Steve Pikiell said. "But a lot of guys stepped up and made big plays on the road, which isn't easy to do in front of a sellout crowd.''
It was one of the more efficient offensive games of the season for Stony Brook, which shot 53.1 percent from the field and hit 9 of 16 three-point attempts.
Jackson, who scored 14 points in an 82-48 win over Binghamton on Wednesday night, has been particularly hot lately. The 6-foot sophomore has hit 11 of his last 20 three-point attempts.
Stony Brook found its offense early in the second half. With the Seawolves trailing 33-30 at the half, Coley and Jackson scored six points each in a 22-9 run that gave Stony Brook a 52-42 lead with 11:28 left.
Albany got within 54-52 on two free throws by Gerardo Suero at the 8:25 mark, but the Seawolves countered with a 13-4 run and went ahead 67-56 with 2:44 left.
Suero had 21 points and Mike Black and Logan Aronhalt added 15 each for Albany (15-10, 7-4). The Great Danes fell to 9-1 at home this season and had their home winning streak snapped at 12 games.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Stony Brook hits record 14 threes in win

By Greg Logan, Newsday

It figured that Stony Brook might suffer a letdown coming off its nationally televised victory over Boston U. to face winless Binghamton Wednesday night at Pritchard Gym, and sure enough, the score was tied early when the first media timeout was called at 15:06. Coach Steve Pikiell made a wholesale substitution, sending in four reserves, and the Seawolves lit it up, making five three-pointers in five possessions.
By the time Stony Brook's 82-48 victory was over, the Seawolves had hit a school-record 14 threes in 26 attempts, and SBU's 45 bench points were nearly enough to beat the Bearcats by themselves. It was a tremendous turnaround from the six-point win Stony Brook (14-7, 9-1 America East) scored four weeks earlier at Binghamton (0-22, 0-10).
Pikiell showed his team that game tape and emphasized the need to play with more energy, and that's what the bench provided. Backup point guard Anthony Jackson led the way with 14 points, hitting 4 of 8 from three-point range, and Marcus Rouse added 11 points, shooting 5-for-7. Bryan Dougher was the only starter in double figures with 13 points. Robert Mansell led the Bearcats with 10 points.
The weird thing about Stony Brook's five straight three-pointers was that they all came from the right wing. It began with the first of two threes by Leonard Hayes and included two by Jackson and one by Rouse as the Seawolves shot out to a 21-8 lead.
"It was preparation," said Jackson, whose .471 three-point shooting percentage leads America East. "In warm-ups we go hard and shoot gamelike shots so we can be ready coming off the bench to be instant offense . . . This game was very important coming off against someone not doing as well. There can't be a drop-off. You can't be lackadaisical."
The first half ended with Jackson burying a three from the top of the arc for a 50-15 lead that marked Stony Brook's largest output in a single half since Jan. 17, 2010 against Hartford. A three by Danny Carter from well beyond the arc with 14:14 left to play gave Stony Brook its biggest lead at 63-23.
Pikiell gave his bench extended minutes in the second half, knowing five of the next six games come on the road, and the reserves responded.
"We stay ready and try to give a spark," Rouse said. "I try to take the opportunity in whatever time I get. This game helps our confidence a lot."

Stony Brook Announces 2012 Football Recruiting Class

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Eleven talented student-athletes have signed national letters of intent to play football for defending Big South Conference champion Stony Brook, head coach Chuck Priore announced on Wednesday afternoon.
In addition, Dimetrius Bernard (Jamaica, N.Y.), Marcus Coker (Beltsville, Md.) Adrian Coxson (Baltimore, Md.) and Greg Melendez (Brookyn, N.Y.) have accepted grant-in-aid offers. Coker and Coxson have enrolled at Stony Brook for the spring semester.
The 15-player recruiting class is made of student-athletes from six states, including five players from New York. Stony Brook won its first outright conference championship after defeating Liberty, 41-31, in the 2011 regular season finale. The Seawolves, who won nine straight games, advanced to the quarterfinals of the Division I Football Championship.
The offense returns Big South Offensive Player of the Year in Miguel Maysonet (1,633 rushing yards, 15 TDs) and Kyle Essington (1,919 passing yards, 20 TDs) as well as four of its five starting line. The defense returns six starters, including Jawara Dudley who earned first team all-conference honors.
2012 Stony Brook Football Recruiting Class
NamePos.Ht.Wt.VideoHometown/High School/Previous School
Dimetrius BernardDL6-4260Jamaica, N.Y./Holy Cross/Fresno City College 
Marcus Coker *^RB6-0230Beltsville, Md./DeMatha Catholic/Iowa
Adrian Coxson *^WR6-1205Baltimore, Md./City College/Maryland
Pat D'AmatoQB/ATH6-2200Wethersfield, Conn./Xavier
Connor DavisTE/DE6-8240Fallston, Md./Fallston
Angelo DeShieldsWR6-0195Baltimore, Md./Mount Saint Joseph
Abiade "A.B." GrangerCB5-10165Riviera Beach, Fla./Suncoast
Da'Rell HatcherRB5-10200Amityville, N.Y./Amityville
Carlos HernandezQB6-3200Moreno Valley, Calif./Rancho Verde
Deshawn LindsayS5-11170Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Plantation
Chris MakulikFB6-2240Patchogue, N.Y./Patchogue-Medford
Greg MelendezS6-1210Brooklyn, N.Y./Canarsie/Idaho State
Aaron ThompsonDL6-4240Deer Park, N.Y./Deer Park
Nick VitaleWR5-9185Madison, Conn./Daniel Hand
Jaheem WoodsCB6-0180Neptune, N.J./Neptune
* Mid-year transfer
^ Enrolled at Stony Brook 2012 spring semester

California (1): Carlos Hernandez
Connecticut (2): Pat D'Amato, Nick Vitale
Florida (2): Abiade Granger, Deshawn Lindsay
Maryland (4): Marcus Coker, Adrian Coxson, Connor Davis, Angelo DeShields
New Jersey (1): Jaheem Woods
New York: (5): Dimetrius Bernard, Da'Rell Hatcher, Chris Makulik, Greg Melendez, Aaron Thompson
Cornerback (2): Abiade Granger, Jaheem Woods
Safeties (2): Deshawn Lindsay, Greg Melendez
Defensive End (1): Connor Davis (TE)
Defensive Line (2): Dimetrius Bernard, Aaron Thompson
Fullback (1): Chris Makulik
Quarterback (2): Pat D'Amato (ATH), Carlos Hernandez
Running Back (2): Marcus Coker, Da'Rell Hatcher
Wide Receiver (3): Marcus Coxson, Angelo DeShields, Nick Vitale
Dimetrius Bernard
DL • 6-4 • 260
Jamaica, N.Y./ Holy Cross H.S./Fresno City College 
Before Stony Brook: A transfer from Fresno City College ... played in nine games, totaling 17 tackles, including 2.5 for loss, as a senior ... also recorded 1.5 sacks, a fumble recovery, a forced fumble and a blocked kick.
High School: A 2010 graduate of Holy Cross High School ... made 27 tackles and had a forced fumble as a senior.
Priore on Bernard: "Dimetrius played his high school football at Holy Cross in Flushing, so that's where we became aware of him.  He should give us an immediate impact after two years at the junior college level and secure our three-technique position on the defensive line."
Marcus Coker
RB • 6-0 • 230
Beltsville, Md./ DeMatha Catholic H.S./University of Iowa 
Before Stony Brook: Transfer from Iowa ... rushed for more than 2,000 yards and 18 touchdowns in two seasons with Hawkeyes ... second in the Big Ten in rushing (1,384 yards - 115.3 ypg) as a sophomore, earning second-team all-conference ... named co-MVP of 2010 Insight Bowl against No. 12 Missouri after rushing for 219 yards and two touchdowns.
High School: A two-time all-state, all-county and all-conference performer at Maryland high school power DeMatha Catholic ... a four-star recruit according to and three-star according to ESPN ... accounted for 1,698 yards and 23 touchdowns as a senior ... rushed for 392 yards, a school record and fourth most in state history, and five touchdowns against Gilman.
Priore on Coker: "We're real excited about having Marcus for spring practice.  He was the second-leading rusher in the Big Ten, which should give us a big boost with the graduation of Brock Jackolski."
Adrian Coxson
WR • 6-0 • 205
Baltimore, Md./ City College H.S./University of Maryland
Before Stony Brook: Transfer from Maryland ... totaled four catches for 90 yards and a touchdown as a redshirt freshman ... originally signed with Florida before transferring during preseason.
High School: A four-star prospect who was rated as the No. 19 receiver in the nation according to ... No. 101 in ESPNU 150 as a senior ... ESPNU's No. 16 wide receiver ... No. 20 in Top 150 Dream Team by SuperPrep Magazine ... No. 35 receiver according to ... totaled 1,930 yards and 19 touchdowns ... returned four punts for TDs ... Baltimore Sun first team All-Metro.
Priore on Coxson: "Adrian will help secure our wide receiver position and help us absorb the graduation of Matt Brevi."
Pat D'Amato
QB/ATH • 6-2 • 200
Wethersfield, Conn/Xavier H.S.
High School: Attends Xavier High School ... quarterbacked No. 1 team in state ... CHSCA Class LL All-State ... totaled more than 1,800 yards and accounted for 28 touchdowns (15 pass, 13 rush) ... led Xavier to Class LL state title ... All-Southern Connecticut Conference Division I.
Priore on D'Amato: "Pat led Xavier to two state championships as a quarterback/athlete so we're excited to have his leadership on our team."
Connor Davis
TE/DE • 6-8 • 240
Fallston, Md./Fallston H.S. 
High School: Attends Fallston High School ... ESPN Small School first team All-State ... Maryland Crab All-Star Game ... first team All-UCBAC Chesapeake Coaches ... Baltimore Sun defensive player to watch ... 235 yards and five touchdowns, and 117 tackles, 12 sacks and a blocked punt as a senior.
Priore on Davis: "Connor brings tremendous size to either position.  We're excited to have his talent level and his height at Stony Brook."
Angelo DeShields
WR • 6-0 • 195
Baltimore, Md./Mount Saint Joseph H.S.
High School: Attends Mount Saint Joseph High School ... 2010 & 2011 All-MIAA selection.
Priore on DeShields: "Angelo has tremendous skills and the physicality to play wide receiver at the Division I level."
Abiade Granger
CB • 5-10 • 165
Riviera Beach, Fla./Suncoast H.S.
High School: Attends Suncoast High School ... first team Class 6A-5A-3A ... second team All-Area ... Palm Beach Post's No. 36 player in the county ... two-star recruit according to ... totaled 35 tackles, nine passes defended and two sacks ... team's leading punt and kick returner ... blocked five field goals ... All-Palm Beach County in track ... state qualifier in the high jump, triple jump and 4x400 relay.
Priore on Granger: "We're excited to have his talent and leadership skills.  "A.B. is an outstanding athlete who will have a great future."
Da'Rell Hatcher
RB • 5-10 • 200
Amityville, N.Y./Amityville H.S.
High School: Attends Amityville High School ... second-team All-Long Island and third-team all-state ... rushed for 1,279 yards and 14 touchdowns ... led Warriors to Division IV Championship game ... rushed for 366 yards and five touchdowns against John Glenn, ending Knights 17-game winning streak.
Priore on Hatcher: "Da'Rell has really worked his way into becoming a top running back on Long Island.  His powerful running style will be welcomed in our backfield."
Carlos Hernandez
QB • 6-3 • 200
Moreno Valley, Calif./Rancho Verde H.S.
High School: Inland Valley Offensive MVP and first team selection ... second team All-State ... Los Angeles Times quarterback to watch as a senior ... All-CIF Central Division ... Central Division co-Offensive Player of the Year ... All-Riverside County ... passed for 1,900 yards and 28 touchdowns to lead Mustangs to 14-0 record ... threw four touchdowns in state championship game.
Priore on Hernandez: "Carlos is an established quarterback who does a lot of the things we look for to play in our system."
Deshawn Lindsay
S • 5-11 • 170
Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Plantation H.S.
High School: South Florida Sun-Sentinel's top 50 player ... two-star recruit ... accounted for 73 tackles and three forced fumbles as a senior ... 68 tackles and two forced fumbles as a junior.
Priore on Lindsay: "Deshawn comes to us from one of the better high school programs in Florida.  "He's a physical safety who can defend the run and pass."
Chris Makulik
FB • 6-2 • 240
Patchogue, N.Y./Patchogue-Medford H.S.
High School: Attends Patchogue-Medford High School ... rushed for 607 yards and six touchdowns ... had a season-high 196 yards and three touchdowns against Sachem East ... All-Suffolk County.
Priore on Makulik: "Chris is a local product who had impressed us in various combines.  His ability to play fullback and our H-back position will be vital."
Greg Melendez
S • 6-1 • 210
Brooklyn, N.Y./Canarsie H.S./Idaho State/Hofstra
Before Stony Brook: Spent last two seasons at Idaho State ... suffered a season-ending injury in 2010, but started all 11 games for the Bengals in 2011 ... recorded 51 tackles, two interceptions and a forced fumble ... spent 2007-09 at Hofstra ... started all 12 games as a redshirt freshman, registering 72 tackles, three pass breakups and a forced fumble ... started all 11 games as a sophomore, totaling 72 tackles, two fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and an interception.
High School: A 2007 graduate of Canarsie High School ... All-Brooklyn and All-State selection ... led Chiefs to 11-2 record as a senior.
Priore on Melendez: "Greg is another local product who started his career at Hofstra.  He continued his career at Idaho State where he started each game last year.  Greg's an upperclassmen, and we're excited he's going to play his last year with us."
Aaron Thompson
DL • 6-4 • 240
Deer Park, N.Y./Deer Park H.S.
High School: Attends Deer Park High School ... second team All-Long Island ... fourth team All-State ... All-Suffolk County ... registered 80 tackles and seven sacks as a senior ... team captain ... former high school teammate of current Seawolf Dimitry Russ.
Priore on Thompson: "Aaron will be a defensive lineman in our system.  He has imposing size and strength and will continue to get better."
Nick Vitale
WR • 5-9 • 185
Madison, Conn./Daniel Hand H.S.
High School: Attends Daniel Hand High School ... caught 52 passes for 863 yards and 11 TDs as a senior ... led team to Class L state title ... 2011 CHSCA All-State Team ... 2011 Walter Camp All-State Team ... Post-Chronicle Offensive Player of the Year ... All-Southern Connecticut Conference Division I ... brother of current Seawolf Rich Vitale.
Priore on Vitale: "Having coached his brother, Rich, we know what kind of player Nick is going to be.  He excelled at wide receiver as a senior, leading his team to a state title."
Jaheem Woods
CB • 6-0 • 180
Neptune, N.J./Neptune
High School: Attends Neptune High School ... Newark Star-Ledger's Monmouth County Player of the Year and first team all-county ... Shore Conference Offensive Player of the Year ... Group 3 All-State ... first team All-Group 3 ... second team All-New Jersey ... accounted for 2,473 yards and 30 touchdowns ... helped the Scarlet Fliers to a state title after rushing for 257 yards, passing for 164 yards and totaling four touchdowns ... made 76 tackles and five interceptions at cornerback.
Priore on Woods: "Jaheem might be the best athlete in this class.  He's an accomplished athlete who's equally good on both sides of the ball.  We're excited about having his athletic talent."
2012 Stony Brook Football Schedule
Sept. 1Central ConnecticutSTONY BROOK
Sept. 15TBATBA
Sept. 22ColgateSTONY BROOK
Sept. 29at ArmyWest Point, N.Y.
Oct. 6Charleston SouthernSTONY BROOK
Oct. 13at Coastal CarolinaConway, S.C.
Oct. 20Gardner-WebbSTONY BROOK
Oct. 27at PresbyterianClinton, S.C.
Nov. 10at LibertyLynchburg, Va.


Details coming soon...