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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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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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