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Lucas Woodhouse comes home to Stony Brook

Longwood point guard Lucas Woodhouse dribbles the ball

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Deciding the grass is greener in his own backyard, former Harborfields point guard Lucas Woodhouse formally announced on Wednesday he is transferring from Longwood to Stony Brook. The Newsday player of the year after leading the Tornadoes to the 2012 New York State Class A title must sit out next season under NCAA transfer rules but has two years of eligibility starting in 2015-16.

“I just...

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Steve Pikiell 'thrilled' by extension

Stony Brook head coach Steve Pikiell directs his

(Credit: Hans Pennink)

The pressure on Stony Brook basketball coach Steve Pikiell to produce the school’s first-ever NCAA Tournament berth is palpable, and the disappointment of falling short in the America East championship loss to Albany in Pritchard Gym was painful at the end of the past season. But it’s a pressure Pikiell is happy to accept along with the contract extension he received from SBU on Wednesday.

The...

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Seawolves avoid Albany in AE tourney

Stony Brook's Jameel Warney drives the lane for

(Credit: George A. Faella)

Last season, No. 1 Stony Brook’s regular-season-ending victory over Albany was a double-edged sword because it dropped the Great Danes to the No. 4 seed and set up an ill-fated meeting in the conference tournament semifinals at SEFCU Arena on the UAlbany campus. A two-point semifinals loss ended the Seawolves’ NCAA tournament hopes.

But this year, the Seawolves (21-9, 13-3 America East) are...

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Steve Pikiell sings Vermont's praises

Stony Brook's Carson Puriefoy drives the paint for

(Credit: George A. Faella)

If you didn't know better, you'd think Stony Brook basketball coach Steve Pikiell was sports information director at Vermont. Pikiell can cite chapter and verse on an impressive array of Catamounts statistics.

“They’ve won games in our league by an average of 24 points a game,” Pikiell said, embellishing slightly on the actual 22-point margin in conference games that is tops in the NCAA. “They’re...

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Steve Pikiell: 'Time to grind'

Stony Brook's Jameel Warney dunks over New Hampshire's

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Despite being tied for first in the America East standings going into Saturday’s game against New Hampshire, Stony Brook’s road to a third straight regular-season title lately has been filled with potholes. Over the previous two weeks, the Seawolves didn’t threaten in the second half of a 10-point loss at Albany and then struggled to beat Hartford at home by four and score a five-point road win...

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Steve Pikiell's defense holds up

Stony Brook head coach Steve Pikiell looks on

(Credit: Mike Stobe)

The difference between this season’s Stony Brook Seawolves and the team that won three of the previous four America East titles but fell short of an NCAA bid is that this edition has a much-improved, more consistent offense.

As coach Steve Pikiell said after the Seawolves’ 67-64 win over Vermont in a battle for first place in the conference, “We think we can score this year. You saw in the...

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Steve Pikiell praises bench play

Stony Brook's Carson Puriefoy tries a layup against

(Credit: George A. Faella)

The three-game suspension of senior guard Anthony Jackson, one of Stony Brook’s tri-captains, coincided with the real start of America East play if you dismiss the one December league game. But the Seawolves scored a 23-point victory last Sunday at Hartford without Jackson and followed up with a 67-47 triumph over Binghamton Wednesday night at Pritchard Gym.

Carson Puriefoy III stepped into...

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Steve Pikiell: We’re ready for LaSalle

Stony Brook Seawolves guard Carson Puriefoy is fouled

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Stony Brook’s 77-62 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson Wednesday night at Pritchard Gym had some nail-biting moments that belie the final score. The Seawolves blew all but three points of a 17-point lead before pulling away with a 15-3 run at the end of the game.

Not exactly the confidence-booster they were looking for heading into their 11 a.m. meeting with LaSalle, Saturday at Madison Square...

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Steve Pikiell: We got our top three

Stony Brook head coach Steve Pikiell looks on

(Credit: Mike Stobe)

The beginning of the national letter of intent signing period for basketball on Wednesday could not have gone any better for Stony Brook coach Steve Pikiell, who got the point guard, wing man and power forward at the top of his list of prospects and then followed it up with a hard-fought 73-66 win over a tough Northeastern team.

“We got the win over Northeastern, and I have a lot of respect...

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Steve Pikiell’s NCAA quest continues

Stony Brook head coach Steve Pikiell looks on

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

Over the past four seasons, no one in America East has been better or more consistent in the regular season than Steve Pikiell’s Stony Brook Seawolves. You could look it up.

SBU and Vermont each are 49-15 in the conference during that span, but the Seawolves won three outright titles to one for the Catamounts. The conference tournament and the battle for the automatic NCAA bid, however, is...

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