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Steve Pikiell gets big 'weekend' at Pritchard Gym

Stony Brook head coach Steve Pikiell directs his

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The elephant in Stony Brook’s room, as everyone often reminds coach Steve Pikiell, is the Seawolves’ failure to earn their first NCAA Tournament bid despite all the success they have achieved the past five years – four 20-win seasons, three regular-season America East titles and two previous trips to the conference final to play for the automatic NCAA bid.

Now, Pikiell and the second-seeded...

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Steve Pikiell's Seawolves shakeup

Stony Brook's Jameel Warney shoots the one handed

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It’s not that Stony Brook coach Steve Pikiell doesn’t enjoy having more offensive weapons at his disposal than past editions of the Seawolves have had. But when SBU suffered a 73-69 shootout loss to New Hampshire recently, breaking a 23-game home winning streak in America East play over three years, Pikiell didn’t like the team he saw in the mirror.

The Seawolves (19-8, 11-2 America East)...

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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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Steve Pikiell praises bench play

Stony Brook's Carson Puriefoy tries a layup against

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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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'New' Eric McAlister unveiled

Eric McAlister of the Stony Brook Seawolves celebrates

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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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Carson Puriefoy III gives Stony Brook new gear

Stony Brook guard Carson Puriefoy scores on a

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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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