Saturday, January 5, 2013

Freshman Jameel Warney scores 18 as Stony Brook beats New Hampshire

By Steven Marcus, Newsday
Call it the appeal of Jameel. Stony Brook's Jameel Warney, a 6-8 freshman, continues to impress his coach and teammates, and theSeawolves keep ringing up victories in the best start in their Division I history.
In the first America East Conference game of his career, Warney was a force on both ends Saturday, scoring 18 points and blocking four shots as Stony Brook (10-4, 1-0) took a 65-49 victory over visiting New Hampshire (4-10, 0-2).
Warney shot 7-for-8 from the field and is at 61 percent, which places him in the top 10 in the nation.
"I don't really see myself as a freshman, I see myself as a contributor,'' said Warney, who is from Plainfield, N.J. "The team gave me the summer to be a freshman. Now I'm just really a good contributor on this team on both ends. I've seen everything, so I'm more composed as a player, not forcing anything and letting the game come to me.''
Warney, who is averaging 11.9 points, made it look easy, whether it be a dunk or a bank off the backboard after receiving the ball down low. "The veterans around him know how to get him the ball,'' coach Steve Pikiell said, "and he's really learning how to use his body.''
Case in point: With Stony Brook leading 42-34, Warney took a pass from Tommy Brenton and slammed it through the cylinder. Then Warney took a pass from Marcus Rouse and hit a layup to give the Seawolves a 12-point lead with 10:34 left. New Hampshire never got closer than eight after that.
The Seawolves have won 11 straight regular-season conference games at Pritchard Gymnasium, where the team is 42-16 (.724) since November 2008.
Warney scored eight points as Stony Brook took a 32-22 halftime lead. Freshman Carson Puriefoy, who played 14 first-half minutes when starting point guard Anthony Jackson was removed after two personal fouls, ran the offense like a veteran and scored all nine of his points.
The Seawolves had plenty of contributors off the bench. Rouse had nine points, Leonard Hayes added five points and three assists, and Anthony Mayo blocked two shots.
But Warney stood out. "Our non-conference games really prepared him to play against good post guys, and he's played against all of them,'' Pikiell said.
Warney was guarded for part of the game by 6-10 Chris Pelcher, who finished with four points and six rebounds. Warney went against a 7-footer at Maryland and scored 17 points.
"It's like a whole new dimension, a big offensive presence,'' said senior captain Brenton, who had 12 rebounds and five assists. "He can make post moves. On the defensive end, he's huge. Four blocks today. Both ends of the court, pretty amazing.''
And Warney knows this is just the beginning.
"Right now I think I'm pretty good. I have a long way to get to where I want to be,'' he said, noting that he needs to improve as a post defender and free-throw shooter. "As long as the team is winning, I'm content with that.''

Chikilra Goodman helps Stony Brook rally for win

Goodman scored on a driving layup with 2:48 remaining to give the Seawolves (9-6, 1-1) a 43-41 lead. Brittany Snow hit a mid-range jumper with 2:13 left to extend the lead to 45-41.
Jessica Previlon added 12 points and Snow had eight points and five rebounds for Stony Brook.
New Hampshire (5-9, 0-2) led 28-24 at the half, but Stony Brook held the Wildcats scoreless for the first 6:43 of the second half and took a 31-28 lead.
Stony Brook struggled from the free-throw line, going just 8-for-25. The Seawolves overcame their poor showing at the line with solid defense and held New Hampshire to 26.8 percent shooting.
Stony Brook shot 45 percent from the field.
"That was a very physical team we just competed against, so this was a great win for us in conference on the road," Stony Brook coach Beth O'Boyle said. "They are strong inside, but we battled with them all game and we're really happy to come away with a win today.''

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Women's hoops falls to BU in conference opener

Stony Brook, N.Y. - The Stony Brook women's basketball team battled for 40 minutes against Boston University, but could not overcome a 23-point effort by the Terriers' Chantell Alford in a 72-61 defeat Wednesday at Pritchard Gym.
Coach's Reaction
"I thought it was a good effort, especially in the second half when we outscored them. Unfortunately, we needed to do better at the foul line and hit some bigger shots down the stretch."

--Head Coach Beth O'Boyle
Turning Point
• The Terriers (11-3, 1-0 AE) scorched the nets to start the game, hitting nine of their first 11 three-point attempts to build a sizeable advantage early on. Boston University's Chantell Alford scored 11 of her game-high 23 points in the first half as the visitors seized a 38-24 lead at the break.
The Seawolves (8-6, 0-1 AE) battled toe-to-toe with the Terriers in the second half, closing to within six at 63-57 after a Sabre Proctor basket with two minutes to play. The Seawolves continued to scratch and claw, but could get no closer, despite both teams struggling to hit free throws down the stretch. Stony Brook made just 7-of-22 foul shots (31.8%), while BU made 12-of-24 (50%).
The Numbers Game
• Stony Brook shot 48% (24-for-50) and hit 4-of-8 three-pointers.
• Boston University shot 47.2% (25-for-53) and drained 10 three-pointers, including nine in the game's first 12 minutes.
• BU hit 9 of their first 11 three's, but made just one of their final 12 attempts.
• The Terriers outrebounded Stony Brook by a 36-32 margin.
• Stony Brook outscored the Terriers 34-14 in the paint and 27-9 in bench points.
• Stony Brook turned the ball over 11 times, while BU gave it away on eight occasions.
• Proctor and senior Jessica Previlon (Brooklyn, N.Y.) each scored 12 points to pace the Seawolves.
• Junior Teasha Harris (Bloomington, Ill.) scored 10 points off the bench, reaching double-figures for the fourth straight game.
• Senior Dani Klupenger knocked down two three-pointers and tied a career high with four assists.
• Mo Moran scored eight points and added seven assists for BU.
• Rashidat Agboola and Whitney Turner each pulled down 12 boards for the Terriers.


News and Notes
• Previlon (nine rebounds) fell just one board shy of her fifth double-double of the year.
• Boston University won its 11th straight game against Stony Brook.
• The Terriers entered the game ranked No. 10 in the latest Mid-Major Top 25.
Up Next
The Seawolves will hit the road this weekend to face New Hampshire in their second conference game of the season. Tipoff on Saturday is set for 4 p.m. in Durham, N.H.

Miguel Maysonet invited to NFL combine

By Greg Logan, Newsday
Stony Brook's Miguel Maysonet rushes to the one-yard
Photo credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke
Three seasons of excellence at Stony Brook are paying off for running back Miguel Maysonet. The runner-up for the Walter Payton Award as FCS player of the year has been invited to participate in the NFL scouting combine scheduled Feb. 20-26 in Indianapolis, where league personnel experts gather to test, interview and evaluate more than 300 top prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft.
Stony Brook also announced on Wednesday that Maysonet has been invited to participate in the inaugural Raycom College Football All-Star Classic on Jan. 19 in Montgomery, Ala. The game features coaching staffs headed by NFL veterans Dan Reeves and Jim Bates, and it will be televised on the CBS Sports Network. The game takes place the same day as the East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Additionally, Maysonet is on the emergency invite list for the prestigious Senior Bowl on Jan. 26 in Mobile, Ala. Senior Bowl running backs announced so far include Wisconsin’s Montee Ball, Oregon’s Kenjon Barner, UCLA’s Johnathan Franklin and Florida’s Mike Gillislee. If anyone drops out, Maysonet would be on the short list to receive an invite. At the moment, Maysonet is projected to be drafted in the fourth or fifth round in April, but now he has an opportunity to improve his stock with his pre-draft performance in the Raycom All-Star showcase and the Indy combine.
Seawolves Notes: SBU football coach Chuck Priore announced the addition of three junior college transfers, including QB Conor Bednarski (South Pasadena, Calif.), S Zedrick Gardner (Miami, Fla.) and RB/DB James Kenner (Willingboro, N.J.). Each has two years of eligibility and will participate in spring practice. The 6-3, 205-pound Bednarski earned second team All-Southern Conference honors for Fullerton College after passing for a league-best 2,453 yards and 25 touchdowns and might compete against Lyle Negron to succeed departing Seawolves starter Kyle Essington.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Stony Brook wins despite poor shooting, nobody in double figures


Entering this season, Stony Brook coach Steve Pikiell suggested the Seawolves would play more up-tempo and rely more on a deep array of offensive weapons, especially with the addition of freshman post man Jameel Warney. But SBU rang in the New Year with a throwback game that came down to defense and determination down the stretch.
Those qualities never go out of style for Pikiell, and they helped the Seawolves grind out a 50-44 victory over Manhattan at Draddy Gym Tuesday afternoon. Somehow, Stony Brook managed to win while shooting 32.7 percent from the field and not having a single player score in double figures.
Asked if he ever won such a game, Pikiell took a certain pleasure in saying, "It's been a long time, but I like the win part . . . [Manhattan's] defense was real good, and ours was a little bit better. I tell these guys all the time that offense is inconsistent. Defense is consistent."
Reserves Scott King and Anthony Mayo each chipped in eight points to match Warney, who had six rebounds and two blocks. Undermanned Manhattan (3-9) played without Roslyn's George Beamon, the Jaspers' leading scorer who has missed eight straight games with an ankle injury, and it lost point guard Michael Alvarado with a first-half ankle injury. Post man Rhamel Brown led the Jaspers with 15 and added eight rebounds, and they got 11 from Mohamed Koita.
But coach Steve Masiello's extended 2-3 zone gave the Seawolves (9-4) fits. Stony Brook shot 29.4 percent in the first half and got zero points from guards Anthony Jackson, Dave Coley, Marcus Rouse and Carson Puriefoy but managed a 21-19 intermission lead. "We don't play a traditional flat 2-3," Masiello said. "We get after you, and we try to disguise some things. Stony Brook is a very talented team, a terrific team. I think that team could actually knock some people off in the NCAA Tournament. They have a lot of weapons."
Those weapons were muted as Manhattan put together a 13-2 run for a 35-29 lead with 11:38 left. Stony Brook fought back to take a 38-37 lead, but the Jaspers' Shane Richards buried a right-wingthree-pointer for a 40-38 advantage with just 4:01 to play.
"Coach always says the last four minutes are the most important," said senior forward Tommy Brenton, who held things together with six points, five rebounds, four assists, two steals and tough defense. "That's when we strap it on and really lock down and work together and communicate more toward the end."
Jackson hit a three, and the Seawolves succeeded in getting the ball inside to Warney for two layups and a 45-40 lead. Describing his struggle to score while limited to 21 minutes by foul trouble, Warney said, "The [upperclassmen] on the bench were helping me stay composed because I was freaking out on the bench . . . [Manhattan] played really good defense. I felt like they had eight people on the court."
The win, which was Stony Brook's Division I-leading sixth true road win, was sufficient for Pikiell, who said: "We had road toughness. Glad to get a win, especially scoring 50 points."