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WBB Metro Poll: Storm No. 1, Stony Brook 9th

Sabre Proctor of Stony Brook drives against Maine's

(Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

The top three remain the same in this week’s women’s metro hoops poll, with St. John’s occupying the top spot. Fordham is up two spots to fourth after two straight wins, while Iona moves up from seventh to fifth after three straight wins.

Army also surged, jumping up three places to sixth. Sacred Heart fell three spots to seventh, while St. Francis remained at eighth. Stony Brook moved up...

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Metro Hoops Poll: Stony Brook on top

Jameel Warney of the Stony Brook Seawolves dunks

(Credit: Mike Stobe)

After taking two of three games at the 2K Sports Classic in Detroit, Stony Brook regains the top spot in the Metro Hoops Poll. Stony Brook sophomore big man Jameel Warney had arguably the best two-game stretch in program history, totaling 55 points and 40 rebounds. He had 32 points and 21 boards in Sunday’s 104-102 (3 OT), win over Detroit.

St. John’s comes in at No. 2, while Manhattan held...

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Metro Hoops Poll: SBU 1, SJU 3rd

Anthony Jackson of the Stony Brook Seawolves guards

(Credit: Mike Stobe)

After a 2-0 start to the season, Stony Brook begins the season as the top season in the Newsday Metro Hoops Poll. Manhattan, after an impressive double overtime win over La Salle, checks in at No. 2, while St. John’s sits at 0-3 despite a loss to Wisconsin to opens its season. St. Francis starts the season at No. 5 after an impressive 66-62 OT win over Miami, while LIU-Brooklyn takes the fifth spot...

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Local hoops teams ready to go

D'Angelo Harrison dribbles the ball during the first

(Credit: Errol Anderson)

Last season was good to the New York City metro-area college basketball teams as four squads (Stony Brook, St. John's, Iona, LIU Brooklyn) made post season appearances.

Will there be a repeat of that success? You can make a strong case for it. Stony Brook and St. John's are loaded, while Iona returns five of its top seven scorers. LIU Brooklyn returns one of the nation's top passers, while...

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Iona basketball announces recruiting class

Iona coach Tim Cluess directs his basketball team

(Credit: AP)

Iona announced its recruiting class for the 2013-2014 season.

Leading the way for the Gaels class is Rutgers transfer and 6-5 senior Mike Poole and Marshall transfer Kelvin Amayo, a 6-4 guard. Both players saw action at their previous schools. Their experience should help the Gaels overcome the loss of high-scoring guard Lamont “Mo Mo” Jones.

Ryden Hines, a 6-10 center, 6-11 forward...

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Cole leaves Dowling for Iona

On Friday, Iona College announced Rick Cole Jr.

(Credit: Iona College)

Dowling’s Rick Cole Jr. was named athletic director at Iona, college president Joseph E. Nyre announced.

Cole, who spent eight years as Dowling’s athletic director, was instrumental in the development of Dowling’s $12.5-million athletic complex at its Brookhaven campus.

Cole held previous positions at St. John’s and Stony Brook....

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