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Columbia No. 1 in poll, SBU 2nd, St. John's 6th

Columbia's Maodo Lo (12) drives to the basket

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There were several changes in the top five as Columbia moves into the top spot after six straight wins. Stony Brook has won six straight and moves up one spot to second, while Princeton moves down a peg to third. Quinnipiac is up one spot to fourth, Manhattan, which has lost three of its last six, drops to fifth and St. John’s is up three places to sixth after three straight wins.

Iona has...

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Steve Pikiell's defense holds up

Stony Brook head coach Steve Pikiell looks on

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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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LIU Post moves up in Directors' Cup standings

The LIU Post women's volleyball team huddles before

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A second-place finish by LIU Post's field hockey team helped the Pioneers move up eight spots into sixth place in the Division II Learfield Sports Directors' Cup at the end of December.

The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was developed between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics and USA Today. Points are awarded to schools based on their athletic finish in up to 14...

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Steve Lavin averts disaster

St. John's Sir'Dominic Pointer celebrates after getting fouled

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As victories go, St. John’s 77-76 squeaker over Seton Hall Thursday night at Carnesecca Arena wasn’t exactly a confidence booster. It could have been. The Red Storm had a 15-1 run to build 65-48 lead with exactly nine minutes remaining.

But instead of easing across the finish line at the end of a blowout, the ending was a torturous litany of mistakes and misplays that have characterized the...

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Video: Creighton reigns threes vs. 'Nova

FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2014, file

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Creighton hit a school-record three-pointers in its 96-68 blowout of No.4 Villanova on Monday. The Blue Jays hit nine straight three-pointers at one point. Creighton's previous record was 20, set against Chatanooga in 2005.

Ethan Wragge went 9-for-14 from behind the arc and scored 27 points in the win. Here's Gus Johnson's call.

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Stony Brook looks forward to Vermont

Stony Brook's Carson Puriefoy tries a layup against

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Stony Brook coach Steve Pikiell is not the type to dwell on a big win or a big loss. And he isn’t big on milestones either. Moving on to the next game is usually the first thing that crosses his mind after the final whistle blows.

Pikiell was the same way following Monday’s 81-62 win at UMBC. The Seawolves improved to 13-6 and 5-0 in the America East and are off to the best start in conference...

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St. John's tops WBB poll

New York - December 22, 2013: SJU's Eugeneia

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St. John’s, winners of four straight, which included a 49-47 win at Marquette, surges up five places to the top spot in this week’s poll. Iona and Marist held steady at second and third and Rutgers, after losing two straight, falls three places to fourth.

Fordham and Seton Hall fell one place to fifth and sixth, respectively, while St. Francis and Stony Brook remained at seventh and eighth....

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Stony Brook WBB starts strong

Stony Brook's Sabre Proctor is fouled in the

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Will a strong start end in a strong finish for the Stony Brook women’s team?

The Seawolves (12-5, 3-1 America East) topped UMass-Lowell 86-63 on Saturday and are off to their best start in conference since the 2006-2007 season. Stony Brook started 7-1 in conference play that year.

The strong start by Beth O’Boyle’s crew isn’t a fluke, especially after a closer examination of the numbers.Stony...

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Manhattan stays No.1 in hoops poll

Manhattan College basketball player and Roslyn alum George

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The top six remains the same in the poll this week. Except for Manhattan, each of the top six went undefeated last week. Manhattan has dropped two of its last four, but was without leading scorer and rebounder George Beamon (shoulder) for three of those games and played just five minutes in a fourth game.

St. Francis is up three places to seventh after winning two straight, Wagner drops one...

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Petrucelli becomes Molloy's top scorer

Senior forward John Petrucelli scored 24 points in Molloy's 84-78 win at Nyack on Saturday and became the Lions all-time leading scorer. Petrucelli's 1,691 career totall surpassed the mark of 1,685 set by Kenneth Francis (1992-95).

Petrucelli leads the East Coast Conference (24.8 ppg) in scoring, is third in free throw percentage (84.7) and 16th in field goal percentage (48.7).

Matt...

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