Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Stony Brook's Joyner hopes to realize goal - Steven Marcus - Newsday

Stony Brook University's basketball team is on the edge of glory, a victory away from its first appearance in the NCAA Division I Tournament. Senior forward Dallis Joyner fervently hopes to achieve the goal he set as a freshman. "I just want to take Stony Brook to the NCAA Tournament," said the 6-7 Joyner, repeating the line that has been a recurring theme for the player who has experienced an extreme range of emotions in the America East Tournament. He was the hero of last Sunday's semifinal against Albany when he batted in the rebound of Dave Coley's missed jump shot at time expired for a 57-55 victory. That gave SBU a berth in Saturday's championship game against Vermont.
It helped relieve the nearly yearlong pain Joyner experienced since the Seawolves' loss to Boston University in the conference title game last season. With that game tied at 54, Joyner was called for a foul on John Holland, who made two free throws with 2.4 seconds left for the winning margin.
Joyner has carried the burden of that foul ever since. "Every day, every single day this summer I worked out with that on my mind," he said. "It just stuck with me every day. It felt like the last call was on me. I didn't completely feel like I lost the game, but it was a feeling of emptiness."
Joyner, averaging 9.0 points and 6.5 rebounds, never told his teammates or his coach of his pain. "It's his last go-round," Steve Pikiell said. "I don't know what motivates him; if that has, he's having a great year. He leads the league in field-goal percentage ; he's the best post defender in the conference. He's a great team defender.''
Basketball means so much to him, but it meant very little until his freshman year at Granby High School in Norfolk, Va. "I was completely not interested in basketball," he said. Joyner said Granby coach Tiran Matthews "heard about a 6-5 guy walking in the halls. He pulled me out of class and said, 'You need to come to practice.' I remember the first day, I didn't have basketball shorts, I had khaki shorts. I was terrible. My sophomore year, I started to see my success go up. I worked out three times a day, I started to develop. That's when I started falling in love with it."
He became a smashing success as a senior when he shattered the glass backboard after a dunk. Now, he thinks about cutting a piece of the net if he and his team can get the job done against Vermont. He watched BU's Holland do it last year. "It was definitely an image that stuck in my head, seeing him cut the net down," Joyner said. "It was painful, but then it was like something I had to work toward. I have not won any championship tournaments in my whole career. When coach Pikiell recruited me he said, 'We haven't been there,' and he believes in me. I've shared that dream with him since Day 1."

Monday, March 5, 2012

Hillier scores four but Stony Brook falls to #5 Duke, 9-8

Marcus Henry, Newsday
Having already shocked the women's lacrosse world Saturday with a win over then-No. 20 Johns Hopkins, Stony Brook was looking to prove it wasn't just a one-game wonder.
Enter the No. 5 Duke Blue Devils, fresh off an NCAA Final Four appearance.
The Seawolves nearly pulled off their second stunner in three days, but Duke overcame a two-goal deficit in the second half for a 9-8 win Monday at LaValle Stadium.
Makenzie Hommel scored the winner for the Blue Devils (6-2) off a feed from St. Anthony's graduate Kerrin Maurer with 5:31 left.
"I'm proud of my kids. They played their hearts out. But it's not acceptable that we lost," Stony Brook coach Joe Spallina said. "I'm not in the business and they're not in the business of being close to the best teams; we want to beat the best teams."
Janine Hillier led Stony Brook (5-1) with four goals, including an unassisted score that tied the game at 8 with 8:45 to go. Claire Petersen and Demmianne Cook added two goals each for Stony Brook.
Emma Hamm and Taylor Trimble each scored twice for Duke.
"Losing by one to the No. 5 team in the country proves [we are for real]," Hillier said. "We stuck with them. We deserved to win that game. We don't like to lose."
With Stony Brook trailing 4-3 at the half, Hillier scored three of her goals and Petersen notched her second goal in the first 11:17 of the second to give Stony Brook a 7-5 lead with 18:43 left.
Duke scored the next three goals to take an 8-7 advantage at the 10:02 mark.
Duke coach Kerstin Kimel was impressed with the Seawolves.
"Even though they have a lot of young players, they play with poise and experience," she said. "You can't help but be impressed with the way they play."

Dallis Joyner's tip-in at buzzer sends SBU to final - Greg Logan, Newsday

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. -- The buzzer sounded and everything stopped except for one person, Stony Brook forward Dallis Joyner. He tipped in Dave Coley's errant jumper from the top of the key in the one second that remained on the game clock after the 35-second shot clock expired. That play set off a delayed but wild celebration by Seawolves fans and gave Stony Brook a 57-55 victory over Albany in an America East Tournament semifinal Sunday at Chase Family Arena.
The Seawolves (22-8) will make their second straight trip to the title game, but this is the first one they will host -- at 11 a.m. Saturday at Stony Brook Arena against second-seeded Vermont, which beat sixth-seeded Hartford, 77-73, in double overtime.
Bryan Dougher led the Seawolves with 15 points, Joyner had 14 points and eight rebounds and Coley scored 12. Tommy Brenton had eight points, nine rebounds, four assists and two steals despite playing only five minutes in the first half because of foul trouble.
Truth be told, Joyner thought the shot-clock buzzer signaled the end of the game, but there was just over a one-second gap between the shot clock and the game clock. "I almost held up when I heard the first buzzer," Joyner said. "Coach drew it up for Dave to get a shot up. When I tipped it, I didn't think it would count because I heard the horn go off for the shot clock. But I saw there was time on the game clock, so I knew it was good."
When Coley's jumper bounced off the rim, Albany coach Will Brown turned away, thinking the thrilling game was headed to overtime. "I didn't see the tip-in," Brown said. "I turned back around, and I see a sea of red on the floor like it was Mardi Gras.''
Brown was referring to the SBU student section behind the basket. "I'm like, 'What just happened?' One of my assistants said, 'Coach, I think they snuck it in before the buzzer.' I turned to our guys to at least pretend I thought we were going to overtime."
A replay review established that Coley got off his shot before the 35-second shot clock expired, and Joyner's tip was in the cylinder four-tenths of a second before the light around the backboard went on to end the game.
It also ended a gutty effort by Albany (19-14). The Great Danes, who got 17 points from Gerardo Suero, 14 from Jayson Guerrier and 10 from Mike Black, made up for a 45-26 rebounding deficit by hitting 11 of 20 three-point shots.
With Albany trailing 55-52 after Joyner's layup with 50 seconds to go, Brown called on Jacob Iati, who was scoreless, to take a right-wing three because everyone else would be covered. Iati buried it to tie the score with 37 seconds left.
Stony Brook coach Steve Pikiell called time with 13 seconds left to set up a play. "I wanted to make sure we got the ball up in time to get a second shot," he said. "Dave is our most creative player and he wanted it in the huddle. Dallis made a great play. He's had a great senior year. It was great he was able to get that tip-in at the buzzer."

"Stony Brook is best," Albany's Brown says

If anyone in the world admires Stony Brook's basketball team and its leaders more than Seawolves coach Steve Pikiell, it's Albany coach Will Brown. The Great Danes' valiant upset bid in the America East semifinals on Sunday couldn't have ended in more heart-breaking fashion for Albany than it did when Stony Brook's Dallis Joyner tipped in a missed shot with .4 seconds remaining to give SBU a 57-55 win.As Brown said after the game, "Our locker room is a mess. Guys are distraught."
After getting swept by the Seawolves during the regular season, the Great Danes wanted another shot, and they nearly pulled off the upset with 11-of-20 three-point shooting. But it was appropriate that Stony Brook won with an offensive rebound and a putback because they dominated the boards, 45-26, including 22-6 on the offensive glass.
"Congratulations to Stony Brook," Brown said. "They were the best team through the regular season. They're different than every other team in this league because they're so physical. They've got men across the board up front. I thought we could win if we rebounded, but it was 45-26. We lost to the best team in the league, and they're going to prove it next week."
Brown was referring to Stony Brook's date in the conference championship game against Vermont at 11 a.m. Saturday in Stony Brook Arena. The winner of that game gets an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, which would be a first in SBU history.
Brown lauded the leadership of Stony Brook seniors Joyner (pictured) and Bryan Dougher and redshirt junior Tommy Brenton, who was part of the same incoming class. He felt that made the difference at the end of the game when Joyner had the presence of mind to tip the ball in after the shot clock went off and just before the game clock expired.
"Joyner is a senior," Brown said. "Their seniors were playing with a sense of urgency. They were playing for their careers."
You could see it in the second half after Albany took a five-point lead and then made the Seawolves miss 11 straight shots while the Danes clung to a 44-43 lead. After Albany went five in front, Brenton scored on a putback, forced a turnover at the other end then fed Joyner for a layup the cut the deficit to 42-41. Then came Stony Brook's dry stretch, but Joyner scored six of Stony Brook's final 14 points, including a layup for a 55-52 lead off a feed from Brenton.
Brown always has expressed his admiration for Brenton's toughness, and he did again after the loss. "Brenton is awesome," Brown said. "He's an undersized kid who rips your heart out."
Nobody knows that better than Pikiell, who said, "Tommy made a lot of plays down the stretch, and Dallis finished. We really attacked the glass."
Now, the Seawolves get to play for the NCAA bid at home. They were 13-0 this season in tiny Pritchard Gym, but the game will be moved to larger Stony Brook Arena, which must be refurbished in a week's time. Pikiell isn't worried about the change of scenery.
"It's great for the community and great for our university," Pikiell said. "It will be a great environment. We'll be ready to play, and we will defend and rebound."
Joyner, Brenton and Dougher will see to that as the toughest team in the America East fights to make school history.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Petersen leads SBU women to huge upset

BALTIMORE -- Claire Petersen outdid herself this time. Two games after tying Stony Brook's single-game point record in her debut, Petersen did it again Saturday, capping another nine-point showing with the biggest goal in program history. Petersen scored on a free-position with nine seconds left to give visiting Stony Brook a 15-14 women's lacrosse victory over No. 20 Johns Hopkins. It was the Seawolves' first-ever win over a ranked team and gave them a 5-0 record for the first time.
Petersen's game-winner was her sixth goal of the afternoon and capped a comeback in which the Seawolves rallied from a three-goal deficit and overcame an injury to their No. 1 goalie.
Petersen also set up Janine Hillier's tying goal with 4:19 remaining. It was her third assist. Petersen's nine points tied Stony Brook's program record for the second time in three games.
"I know teams scout me out as a feeder," said Petersen, who has 15 assists this season. "But I want to be more dynamic and go to goal, not just stay back there and feed. I want to dominate all aspects of the game."
Petersen, a junior who played under first-year SBU coach Joe Spallina last year at Adelphi, had four goals in the second half. Hillier added two late goals as Stony Brook erased a 10-8 halftime deficit.
SBU's starting goalie, Frankie Caridi, left with a knee injury 10 minutes into the game with the score tied at 5. Junior Hannah Perruccio was solid in her place, making two huge saves in the second half.
"It was terrifying,'' Perruccio said, "but I was definitely excited about it."
After Perruccio entered the game, Hopkins (3-2) scored five goals and went up 10-7 but managed only four goals in the second half.
"I just kind of let it settle," Perruccio said. "Stopped playing mind games with myself and relaxed a little bit. my confidence skyrocketed. I screamed at myself, which I don't usually do."
Perruccio was helped by her offense, which tried to turn the game into a track meet in the first half before becoming slow and methodical in the second. The strategy worked. Stony Brook outscored the Blue Jays 7-4 after halftime and controlled the time of possession.
Farmingdale's Candace Rossi led Hopkins with three goals and four assists. Stony Brook junior Demmianne Cook had three goals and freshman Michelle Rubino added a goal, two assists and six draw controls.
Stony Brook will have plenty more chances for victories over ranked teams this month, beginning Monday at home against No. 5 Duke. Then it's off to No. 4 Florida and No. 3 Maryland.
In the past, those might be considered automatic losses. No longer.
Last season, when the Seawolves struggled through a four-win campaign, Perruccio said she couldn't have imagined them where they are now.
"It was definitely different," she said. "It was hard to get used to at first. We didn't know what to expect. Now that [Spallina's] here, we wouldn't want it any other way. He's the only one we could think of coaching at this point."

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Stony Brook advances to America East semifinals with 78-69 win over Binghamton

Brenton leads with 14 points, 11 rebounds, 5 steals, 3 assists

West Hartford, Conn. - The Stony Brook men's basketball team had a hard-fought America East Championship quarterfinal against Binghamton, using a 23-6 run mid-way through the second half to erase a four-point deficit and get past the Bearcats, 78-69, Saturday at Chase Arena. Junior Tommy Brenton (Columbia, Md.) led the Seawolves with 14 points, 11 rebounds, five steals and three assists.

Stony Brook (21-8) advances to the semifinals for the third consecutive season and will face either No. 4 Albany or No. 5 New Hampshire Sunday at 5 p.m. The Seawolves have now won 12 of their last 13 games and 18 of their last 20 as they chase their first-ever NCAA Tournament bid.

Five Seawolves scored in double figures, led by Brenton and sophomore Dave Coley (Brooklyn, N.Y.), who each had 14. Seniors Bryan Dougher (Scotch Plains, N.J.) and Dallis Joyner (Norfolk, Va.) and sophomore Anthony Jackson (Columbus, Ohio) each had 13 points. The Seawolves shot 50 percent for the game and went to the foul line 34 times, where they made 22 shots. SBU outrebounded the Bearcats 36-25 and had 14 offensive rebounds that led to 17 second chance points.

Binghamton also shot 50 percent for the game and drained 10 three-pointers. Ben Dickinson led the Bearcats with 20 points, and Jimmy Gray added 16 points and nine assists.

"Our goal today was to win and advance, and we did it," head coach Steve Pikiell said. "Give credit to Binghamton, they played a great game and hit some big shots. I liked the way our guys played hard, stuck with the game plan and executed. We now have to get ready for another tough game tomorrow."

Stony Brook led for the entire first half, but the Bearcats took advantage of a Seawolves cold spell to take a four-point lead mid-second half. BU hit a trey of three-pointers, the last one by Chris Longoria, to make it 47-43 Bearcats with 12:17 to play.

The Seawolves then found their groove as Jackson came off the bench to hit a jumper to cut the deficit to two. Coley followed with a jumper of his own and then hit a pair of free throws on the following possession to reclaim the lead for the Seawolves, 49-47. Brenton followed by hitting an easy layup on a pass form Coley, and the Seawolves went up six points.

It was 53-51 when Coley and Brenton took over. Coley took his defender off the dribble and pulled up a smooth 15 foot jumper. Brenton then stripped Omar Richards and came down in transition and slammed a dunk home. On the next possession, he found Joyner deep in the paint for a layup, and Stony Brook now led 59-51 with 7:44 to play.

Brenton again put the crowd in a frenzy with a dunk off a Coley pass that made it 66-53 with 4:41 to go in the game to finish the 23-6 run and give the Seawolves their largest lead of the game.

Binghamton hung around by hitting a few three-pointers near the end of the game, but never got closer than six points. The Seawolves made 10 of 15 free throws in the final two minutes to secure the win.

Stony Brook had controlled the first half, but never was able to distance itself from the Bearcats. SBU's defense helped build an eight-point lead as back-to-back Brenton steals led to points and then Dougher stole a pass and hit a fastbreak layup. Jackson then nailed a three-pointer to give the Seawolves a 10-2 advantage.

Binghamton hung in there and made it a two-point game, 16-14, on a pair of Gray three-pointers. Then Stony Brook had a 7-0 run that gave it a nine-point lead, 23-14, with 6:05 remaining in the half.

Again the Bearcats fought back and got as close as four, 27-23, before Joyner and Brenton made a coupled of big plays. Joyner put back a Dougher miss by tipping it in, and then near the end of the half, Brenton completed a three-point play after getting an open layup, drawing contact and making the free throw. Stony Brook went into halftime leading 34-28.

The Seawolves will collide with either Albany or New Hampshire Sunday at 5 p.m. The game will be streamed live on ESPN3.

Notes: Stony Brook has now won four straight games against Binghamton and leads the all-time series 29-25…Stony Brook has 21 wins, one shy of the program's Div. I record of 22, set in 2009-10…Bryan Dougher is now only 17 points away from becoming the program's all-time leading Div. I scorer…he has 1,574 points…Tommy Brenton notched his 17th career double-double, fifth of the season and second against Binghamton this year…Stony Brook is 4-1 all-time in America East Championship games held at Chase Arena.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Stony Brook's Brenton named America East Defensive Player of the Year; Pikiell named Coach of the Year

Stony Brook's Brenton named America East Defensive Player of the Year; Pikiell named Coach of the Year
Dougher, Brenton, Joyner earn All-Conference honors

West Hartford, Conn. - Junior Tommy Brenton (Columbia, Md.) was named the 2011-12 America East Defensive Player of the Year to headline three Stony Brook men's basketball student-athletes earning All-America East honors, and head coach Steve Pikiell was named the 2011-12 America East Coach of the Year, the conference announced during its annual awards reception held at the Harry Jack Gray Center on the University of Hartford campus.

Brenton and senior Bryan Dougher (Scotch Plains, N.J) were both named first-team All-America East, the first time in program history Stony Brook has posted two student-athletes on the first team. Senior Dallis Joyner (Norfolk, Va.) was named to the All-America East third team, and Brenton was also on the All-Defensive team.

Brenton is Stony Brook's first-ever America East Defensive Player of the Year, earning a reputation as a solid on-the-ball defender, tenacious rebounder and willing to take charges.

Brenton bounced back from missing the entire 2010-11 season by earning first-team honors. He led the Seawolves in rebounding (7.8/game), assists (92), steals (42) and free throws made (74) while also shooting 57 percent from the field. He is tied for third in America East in rebounding, ninth in assists (3.3/game), fourth in steals (1.5/game), sixth in assist/turnover ratio (1.6) and tied for second in offensive rebounding (3.0/game).

Previously, Brenton was named to the All-America East second team and All-Defensive team as a sophomore and was on the All-Rookie team as a freshman.

Dougher, who was a preseason All-America East selection at the start of the year, led the Seawolves and was 10th in the conference in scoring at 13.4 points per game. The senior point guard also led America East in three-pointers made per game (2.8) and was seventh in three-point shooting (.373). His 2.8 three-pointers per game also ranks him 22nd in the nation. Dougher is Stony Brook's all-time leader in three-pointers made with 327, which also ranks him third in the conference's all-time history, and he is just 30 points away from becoming the program's all-time Div. I scoring leader.

Previously, Dougher was a two-time All-America East second team selection and was named to the All-Rookie team as a freshman.

Joyner earns the first All-Conference award of his career after an impressive season on both ends of the floor. He was third on the Seawolves in scoring (8.7/game), second in rebounding (6.5/game) and first in blocked shots (19). He led America East in field goal percentage at 59 percent and was even more impressive during conference games, shooting a league-best 66 percent. He also provided outstanding low-post defense, holding his primary America East defensive assignments under 10 points a game for the season.

Pikiell has led Stony Brook to its second 20-win season and America East regular season championship in the program's last three seasons. This season, his squad finished 14-2 in the conference and was in first place during the entire regular season, the first wire-to-wire America East champion since Vermont in 2006-07. Pikiell's squad ranks at the top of America East in scoring defense (59.1/game allowed), scoring margin (+8.3), rebounding margin (+7.6) and turnover margin (+1.29).

Stony Brook enters the 2012 America East Championship as the No. 1 seed and will take on No. 9 Binghamton in the quarterfinals Saturday at Chase Arena at 12 p.m. Live stats and video are available through, and WUSB 90.1 FM will have live radio coverage. The Seawolves are in search of their first-ever conference title and NCAA Tournament bid.



-- For the second straight year, a Boston University guard has been tabbed America East’s top player as the Terriers’ Darryl

Partin was named the 2012 Kevin Roberson Player of the Year on Friday. Partin headlined the annual award winners, which were announced along with the

all-conference teams, at the league’s annual awards reception at the University of Hartford, which is hosting the America East Men’s & Women’s Basketball

Championship presented by Newman’s Own for the third consecutive year this weekend.

Stony Brook University, the regular-season champion and top seed for the conference tournament, garnered two of the other three major awards with

junior forward Tommy Brenton receiving Defensive Player of the Year accolades and Steve Pikiell earning Coach of the Year distinction for the second time

in three years. University of Vermont’s Four McGlynn earned Rookie of the Year honors, becoming the second straight Catamount to take home the award

fi fth since 2001. The winners were all chosen in a vote by the league’s head coaches.

Partin, a senior guard, follows former teammate John Holland as the league’s Player of the Year. The duo is the fourth tandem in conference history to

win back-to-back Roberson trophies and
fi rst since Vermont’s T.J. Sorrentine and Taylor Coppenrath accomplished the feat in 2002 and 2003, respectively.

Partin has shouldered the brunt of the Terriers’ offensive load this season, scoring 19.7 points per game, which ranks second in America East and 20th in

the country, and also accounts for 31 percent of his team’s output, the highest rate of any player in the league. Also a
fi rst-team all-conference choice for

the second straight season, Partin has gone over 20 points 15 times this year and has twice earned America East Player of the Week honors (Nov. 28, Feb.

13). He surpassed the 1,000-point mark earlier this year and has 1,287 career points, including 1,113 in just 66 games at Boston U.

Brenton, a junior forward who also earned
fi rst-team all-league honors, leads a Stony Brook defense that ranks among the nation’s best, holding opponents

to just 59.5 points per game, which ranks 17th nationally, and only 41.5 percent shooting. An All-Defensive selection for the second time in his career,

Brenton ranks fourth among league leaders in rebounding (7.8 rpg),
fi fth in defensive rebounds (4.3 drpg) and fourth in steals (1.5 spg). Brenton, who

also averages 7.8 points per game, earned America East Co-Player of the Week honors on Jan. 23.

McGlynn, a freshman guard, sparked Vermont’s offense all season with his play off the bench. The only player in the nation to lead his team in scoring

without having started a game, McGlynn’s 11.9 points per game ranks 14th among league leaders. He was even better in conference play, pouring in 12.4

points per contest. A
fi ve-time America East Rookie of the Week (Dec. 19, Jan. 9, 23, 30, Feb. 13), McGlynn was deadly from three-point range this season,

sinking 57 treys (1.8 pg) and shooting 39.6 percent from deep, the
fi fth-best clip in the conference.

Pikiell led Stony Brook to one of its best seasons in program history. The Seawolves went 20-8 in the regular season, earning their second 20-win season at

the Division I level and capturing the America East regular-season title for the second time in three years. SBU posted a 14-2 record in conference play, its

best in school history, and has reeled off 15 wins in its last 17 games. Pikiell, who has built one of the top defensive programs in the nation, has compiled

56 wins in the last three seasons after earning just 20 victories in his
fi rst three years on Long Island.

Partin and Brenton were joined on the
fi rst team by Albany’s Gerardo Suero, Stony Brook’s Bryan Dougher and Vermont’s Matt Glass. Suero, a junior guard,

leads America East and ranks
fi fth nationally averaging 21.7 points per game. Dougher, a senior guard, is the Seawolves leading scorer (13.4 ppg) and

leads the conference with 79 made three-pointers. Glass paced Vermont to its ninth 20-win season in the last 11 years by scoring 11.9 points per game,

including 13.5 per game in conference play.

Albany’s Mike Black, Boston U.’s D.J. Irving, Maine’s Gerald McLemore, UMBC’s Chase Plummer and New Hampshire’s Alvin Abreu comprise the second

team. Black averages 13.6 points and 4.2 assists for the Great Danes, while Irving leads the league dishing out 5.4 dimes per game. McLemore ranks

third in scoring (17.0 ppg), while Plummer is in the top
fi ve in both scoring (15.3 ppg) and rebounding (7.5 rpg). Abreu leads UNH and ranks eighth in

the league scoring 13.7 points per game.

The Great Danes’ Logan Aronhalt (14.2 ppg) leads the third-team choices as a repeat honoree. He is joined by Hartford’s Andres Torres (11.9 ppg, 4.9

apg), Maine’s Alasdair Fraser (13.0 ppg, 7.8 rpg), Stony Brook’s Dallis Joyner (.587 FG percentage, 6.5 rpg) and UVM’s Brian Voelkel (8.3 rpg, 5.0 apg).

Along with McGlynn on the All-Rookie squad are Binghamton’s Ben Dickinson (13.0 ppg, 6.1 rpg), Hartford’s Mark Nwakamma (8.9 ppg) and Nate Sikma

(8.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg) and Maine’s Justin Edwards (14.1 ppg, 5.7 rpg).

Brenton and Voelkel are accompanied on the All-Defensive squad by Maine’s Mike Allison and Boston U.’s Patrick Hazel, who rank
fi rst and second among

America East blocked shots leaders, respectively, and New Hampshire’s Chandler Rhoads, a repeat choice.

Aronhalt highlights the All-Academic squad after receiving Capital One Academic All-America honors last week. He is joined by three-time selections Andrew

Rogers from Maine and Brian Benson from New Hampshire. Vermont’s Luke Apfeld and Sandro Carissimo round out the team. Those selections were

chosen by a committee made up of America East sports information directors, academic advisors and faculty athletic representatives.

The 2012 America East Men’s & Women’s Basketball Championship presented by Newman’s Own got underway last night and will continue through Sunday,

March 4. The men’s championship game will be played on Saturday, March 10 at the site of the highest remaining seed at 11 a.m. on ESPN2.

Stony Brook focuses on first NCAA berth - Greg Logan, Newsday

Beating Maine to win the America East regular-season basketball title last Sunday was important for Stony Brook because it clinched a postseason bid to at least the NIT. But Seawolves coach Steve Pikiell says being the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament means little in the first two rounds. "We get the white jersey is all we get," Pikiell said.
Of course, Stony Brook (20-8, 14-2 America East) should have an advantage against Binghamton (2-28, 1-15) in a quarterfinal game at noon Saturday at Hartford University's Chase Family Arena. The No. 1 seed becomes more significant if the Seawolves win that game and Sunday's 5 p.m. semifinal against the Albany-New Hampshire winner for the right to host the conference final next Saturday with an NCAA Tournament berth at stake.
Two years ago, Stony Brook was seeded first only to lose in the semifinals to Boston University. The Seawolves made the final last year as the fifth seed but lost by two points at BU. Those experiences have shaped Pikiell's new approach in the quest for SBU's first NCAA bid.
"I used to have our guys fill out their brackets and envision it," Pikiell said, referring to the 2010 team that was No. 1. "Last time, we were talking about Game 3 if we win. This time, there's none of that talk. It's about us being focused and zoned in at 12 o'clock Saturday. We've eliminated a lot of that nonsense."
Pikiell told his team to concentrate on playing "Stony Brook basketball," emphasizing defense and rebounding. That was the key to a strong finish in which the Seawolves won 17 of 19 games and went 13-0 at home. The leadership of starters Bryan Dougher, Dallis Joyner, Al Rapier, Tommy Brenton and Dave Coley is vital, but Pikiell said reserves Marcus Rouse, Lenny Hayes, Anthony Jackson, Danny Carter and Eric McAlister all could play major roles.
"I think the most important thing for us moving into this tournament is our bench," Pikiell said. "They've played in crunch minutes. I think it makes it harder for teams to prepare for us."

Dougher led Stony Brook's turnaround

By our friend Greg Logan, Newsday
The call from Stony Brook basketball coach Steve Pikiell and assistant Jay Young came as Bryan Dougher was headed home to Scotch Plains, N.J., after a day at the beach with his high school buddies. The windows were down and the radio was blasting as Dougher strained to ignore his friends' antics and talk with coaches from a school he'd "barely ever heard of.''
That was the first of many calls that ultimately sold Dougher on SBU and helped reverse the Seawolves' basketball fortunes.
"They did a great job selling what they were going to do, and everything they said has come true,'' Dougher said recently. "They needed somebody to come in and turn the program around, and they made me feel like I was the top guy. Coach Pikiell said he was going to give me the ball. He did, and we never really looked back.''
Four seasons later, Stony Brook has secured its second America East regular-season title in three years and reached the 20-win plateau for the second time, and Dougher needs only 30 points to move past D.J. Munir's school record of 1,590 since the Seawolves moved up to Division I in 1999-2000. The only thing missing is the school's first NCAA Tournament berth.
Dougher and fellow seniors Dallis Joyner, Danny Carter and Al Rapier can change that by winning the conference tournament, starting against 2-28 Binghamton (a 73-67 overtime winner over UMBC) at noon Saturday at the University of Hartford. If the Seawolves (20-8) win, they'll meet the Albany-New Hampshire winner at 5 p.m. Sunday in the semifinals. A victory in that game would allow them, as the No. 1 seed, to host the title game March 10 at 11 a.m.
It's a goal Dougher and his teammates have targeted after narrow misses the past two years. "We've talked about it all year,'' said Dougher, who has averaged 12.8 points per game in his career. "It gets emotional sometimes, especially with the seniors and Tommy Brenton, who came in with us. I see it in everybody's eyes. We want it now more than we ever did.''
The leadership of the unimposing 6-1, 195-pound Dougher, who has started all 122 games the past four seasons, has been a critical factor in Stony Brook's rise to prominence. Pikiell recalls scouting Dougher the summer before his senior year in high school. He led the prestigious AAU tournament in Las Vegas in scoring but drew scant attention because he wasn't on a high-profile team.
Recalling that event, Pikiell said, "The first time I saw him play, I watched him warm up, and he went like 21-for-21 from the floor. Then he proceeded to score 42 points. But his team wasn't one of the sexy AAU teams. Bryan was playing the 8 a.m. game. I'd be the only guy there and he'd have 40 points. Every day, he put up numbers. I'd say to myself, 'Are other coaches reading the paper?' I loved him.''
Pikiell has a long list of superlatives when describing Dougher. "He's got that grit and toughness and will,'' he said. "He's a great IQ guy. For me, he's like a coach's dream . . . He's going to be the leading scorer in our Division I history, and the guy never got a dunk.''
Dougher's 327 career three-pointers are a school record by 106 and counting. Setting Stony Brook's Division I scoring record is a goal, but more important is the legacy left by Dougher and his classmates.
"I just hope people consider our class that came in 'program-changers,' '' Dougher said. "Making the NCAA Tournament would mean a lot. It would be the end for us, but it would be the beginning for the program.''

Women's Hoops falls to Maine in first round of AE Championships

Final Stats
West Hartford, Conn. - Senior Whitney Davis scored a team-high 14 points but Maine's Samantha Baranowski scored the go-ahead basket with 1:05 left to lead the Black Bears to a 49-43 victory over the Stony Brook women's basketball team in the first round of the 2012 America East Women's Basketball Championship on Thursday at Chase Arena.
"We obviously didn't get the result we were looking for but I'm proud of the way our team competed tonight," Stony Brook head coach Beth O'Boyle said. "Give credit to Maine, they made a few more plays than we did down the stretch."
Stony Brook turned the ball over a season-low three times and held Maine to 37.8 percent shooting including 33 percent in the second half. Junior Jessica Previlon (Brooklyn, N.Y.) added eight points and eight rebounds while junior Sam Landers (Springfield, Va.) chipped in with seven points.
The Seawolves trailed 39-36 with 7:41 left but scored the next four points, re-taking the lead on a Davis jumper. Maine led 41-40 following an Ashleigh Roberts hoop before junior Dani Klupenger (Aurora, Ore.) knocked down a three to put Stony Brook back in front with 3:52 to go in the game.
Maine's Brittany Williams hit two free throws with 3:06 left to tie the game and UM then took the lead on Baranowski's put-back hoop with 1:05 to go. The Black Bears then forced a Stony Brook shot clock violation and Danielle Walczak hit one of two free throws with 34 seconds left to give Maine a 46-43 lead.
Senior Tamiel Murray (Teaneck, N.J.) missed a three from the right corner with 17 seconds left and Baranowski knocked down one of two free throws on the other end to put the game away. Stony Brook finishes the season at 4-26.

Maine jumped to early leads of 9-2 and 11-4 before the Seawolves scored seven of the next eight points, five from Landers, to pull within one. SBU went scoreless over the next six minutes though as the Black Bears went ahead 16-11.
But Klupenger hit a three to end the SBU drought and Landers then answered a Maine hoop with a baseline jumper to trim the Black Bear lead to 18-16 with just less than two minutes to go.
The teams traded hoops over the next minute before Maine's Rebecca Knight scored the final points of the half to send the Black Bears into the break with a 22-18 lead.
Stony Brook dominated the start of the second half, out-scoring Maine 14-4 over the first seven minutes to take a 32-26 lead. Davis and Previlon combined for 10 points in the run.
But the Black Bears responded with an 11-2 run over the next five minutes, taking the 39-36 lead on two free throws from Baranowski with 7:41 left.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Women's Hoops opens AE Championships vs. Maine Thursday

Stony Brook, N.Y. -
2011-12 Virtual Guide
Game #30: No. 9 Stony Brook Seawolves (4-25) vs. No. 8 Maine Black Bears (7-22)
2012 America East Championships First Round
Thurs., Mar. 1 • Chase Arena • West Hartford, Conn. • 6:05 p.m.

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Stony Brook Seawolves (4-25)
Head Coach: Beth O'Boyle, first season
Overall Record: 4-25
Record at SBU: same
Maine Black Bears (7-22)
Head Coach: Richard Barron, first season
Overall Record: 159-161
Record at Maine: 7-22
About the Game: Stony Brook kicks off the 2012 America East Championships on Thursday night, taking on Maine in the first round. The winner will take on top-seeded Boston University in the quarterfinal round on Friday at 12 p.m.

Scouting the Black Bears: Maine finished the regular season with a victory over the Seawolves which snapped a six-game losing streak. The Black Bears are looking for their first America East tournament victory since 2006.Maine won both meetings between the teams this season after Stony Brook had won the previous five match-ups including the first round game of the 2011 America East Championship. The Black Bears are led by Samantha Baranowski, who leads the America East with a .488 field goal percentage. Baranowski averaged 10.5 points and 8.0 rebounds against the Seawolves this season. Maine is 1-4 all-time in the opening round game and 1-3 as the No. 8 seed.

Last time out: Stony Brook's women's basketball team dropped its regular season finale on Saturday afternoon, falling to the Maine Black Bears, 45-40. Senior Tamiel Murray led the Seawolves with eight points, seven rebounds and five assists. Freshman Kellie Krueger added eight points and junior Jessica Previlon chipped in with seven points and nine rebounds. Brittany Williams paced Maine with 12 points.
Meet the Seawolves: Junior Dani Klupenger was named the America East Fans' Choice Player of the Year on Tuesday. Klupenger led the Seawolves with 41 threes and scored a career-high 18 points in the victory over Vermont in the conference opener.

Steve Pikiell on FOX CT

Steve Pikiell on FOX CT