College hoops scoops
Ballin' and bloggin' on the national and local college hardwood.
In the black-and-white world of wins and losses, almost doesn't count. So, the fact that Stony Brook came back from a 10-point deficit and a horrific start to "almost" upset No. 1-seeded Seton Hall in a first-round NIT game Tuesday night in the Pirates' Walsh Gym doesn't matter to the bottom-liners. The Seawolves' 63-61 loss is a loss is a loss forever in the record books.
But the...Read more »
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...Read more »
Grabbing the microphone after the presentation of his second America East regular-season title trophy in three seasons Sunday at Pritchard Gym, Stony Brook coach Steve Pikiell was ebullient after a clinching 55-48 victory over Maine gave the Seawolves a 20-8 overall record and 14-2 conference mark.
The coach then proceeded to thank the "best band in America, the cheerleaders, the community...Read more »
The upset of the college basketball season put Stony Brook back in the driver's seat in the America East Conference. Previously winless Binghamton scored a stunning 57-53 victory over visiting Vermont. The Bearcats (1-26, 1-13 America East) were the last remaining Division I team without a win, but they stopped the Catamounts' 10-game winning streak and knocked them out of a first-place tie they...Read more »
After pounding UMBC by 40 points earlier this season in Baltimore, it was only human for Stony Brook's players to expect an easy time of it against the Retrievers Thursday night at Pritchard Gym. Instead, they found themselves in an unexpected, ahem, dogfight for 29 minutes before taking the lead for good in an 80-68 victory.
It wasn't exactly a confidence-inspiring performance by the Seawolves...Read more »
When he arrived from junior college last season, Al Rapier quickly found his place in the starting unit and almost as quickly played himself out of it as his starter status lasted only nine games. He came into this season in a kind of limbo as head coach Steve Pikiell sorted through a variety of lineup combinations and used Rapier strictly off the bench.
But Rapier (pictured) moved into...Read more »