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'New' Eric McAlister unveiled

Eric McAlister of the Stony Brook Seawolves celebrates

(Credit: Mike Stobe)

Stony Brook basketball fans are familiar with senior Eric McAlister, the athletic 6-8 power forward who has shown occasional flashes of his skill only to recede into the background. Well, the “new and improved” McAlister revealed himself in the Seawolves’ 71-55 opening victory over Marist Friday night at Pritchard Gym.

McAlister (No. 22, pictured) began his senior season with an alley-oop...

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Seawolves place two on All-Conference squad

Stony Brook's Dave Coley drives against Boston's Maurice

(Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

Although preseason all-conference teams and polls have no bearing on what happens during the season, they do show what kind of respect a program has within its league.

Stony Brook, winners of three of the last four regular season America East conference titles, has earned its share of respect as the program placed two players on the AE preseason All-Conference team.

Senior guard Dave...

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Tommy Brenton signs with Japanese team

Stony Brook forward Tommy Brenton drives the baseline

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

Tommy Brenton’s basketball career will continue at a new level.

Brenton, Stony Brook’s all-time leading rebounder (1,115) and winner of the 2013 Lefty Driesell National Defensive Player of the Year award, reached an agreement to play with Link Togichi Brex, based in the Tochigi Prefecture in Japan.

Brenton became the ninth player under coach Steve Pikiell and 15th in program history...

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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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Stony Brook in Albany lion’s den for AE semis

Stony Brook forward Tommy Brenton drives the baseline

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

In many ways, the toughest game for Albany was its 50-49 comeback win over Maine in the quarterfinals of the America East tournament Saturday night at SEFCU Arena. Frankly, the Great Danes weren’t used to having a near-capacity crowd of 4,500 on their home floor and coach Will Brown said they were “uptight and tense.”

But Albany (22-10) got the semifinal matchup it wanted against No. 1 seed...

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Carson Puriefoy III gives Stony Brook new gear

Stony Brook guard Carson Puriefoy scores on a

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

There was no question entering this season that Stony Brook would be a much-improved offensive team with freshman Jameel Warney manning the low post, and he has more than lived up to the hype with a team-leading 12.2 points and America East-leading field goal percentage of .624, not to mention 7.3 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game.

But it’s the Seawolves’ other freshman – backup point guard...

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Stony Brook seniors celebrate winning tradition

Stony Brook guard Leonard Hayes drives the ball

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

Senior Day can be awkward at times because the starting lineup changes to accommodate everyone who dedicated themselves to the program in whatever role they were asked to play. So, Tommy Brenton, who is Stony Brook’s player of the year candidate in the America East, was joined by reserves Marcus Rouse, Lenny Hayes and Ron Bracey to start the game along with rookie of the year candidate Jameel Warney.

It...

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Jameel Warney KOs Vermont

Stony Brook forward Jameel Warney looks to drive

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

As double-doubles go, Jameel Warney’s 12-point, 10-rebound effort in Stony Brook’s 65-48 demolition of Vermont Friday night at Pritchard Gymnasium sounds rather modest. But make no mistake – it was the freshman who delivered the knockout punch with eight points in a 20-5 Seawolves run to open the second half.

With Marcus Rouse knocking down three-pointers in the first half, Warney managed...

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