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Caroline McCombs: 'Time is now for Stony Brook WBB'

Stony Brook's Sabre Proctor moves the ball against

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New Stony Brook women’s basketball coach Caroline McCombs might be a first-time head coach, but she comes with a reputation as an aggressive recruiter and an impressive pedigree that includes 11 postseason berths in 15 years as an assistant at top-level schools like Auburn, Northwestern and Pitt, as well as mid-level Valparaiso.

Predecessor Beth O’Boyle, in her three seasons before moving...

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Lucas Woodhouse comes home to Stony Brook

Longwood point guard Lucas Woodhouse dribbles the ball

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Deciding the grass is greener in his own backyard, former Harborfields point guard Lucas Woodhouse formally announced on Wednesday he is transferring from Longwood to Stony Brook. The Newsday player of the year after leading the Tornadoes to the 2012 New York State Class A title must sit out next season under NCAA transfer rules but has two years of eligibility starting in 2015-16.

“I just...

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Steve Pikiell 'thrilled' by extension

Stony Brook head coach Steve Pikiell directs his

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The pressure on Stony Brook basketball coach Steve Pikiell to produce the school’s first-ever NCAA Tournament berth is palpable, and the disappointment of falling short in the America East championship loss to Albany in Pritchard Gym was painful at the end of the past season. But it’s a pressure Pikiell is happy to accept along with the contract extension he received from SBU on Wednesday.

The...

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QB John Kinder visits future home

Stony Brook quarterback John Kinder poses during the

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On Saturday afternoon, John Kinder found himself in a familiar spot. He was standing on the sidelines watching a football game.

That’s how Kinder, the 2009 New York State Class A player of the year as a quarterback at Lawrence, spent most of the past four seasons at Syracuse, where he got into just three games and didn’t take a snap at quarterback except on the practice field. But this time,...

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Beth O’Boyle named Met BWA coach of year

Stony Brook head coach Beth O'Boyle directs her

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In just three seasons, Beth O’Boyle lifted Stony Brook’s women’s basketball program from the bottom to a runnerup finish last season in America East and a WNIT bid that was only the second postseason berth in the school’s Division I history. O’Boyle’s achievement was honored Monday when she was named coach of the year by the Met Basketball Writers Association.

The Seawolves (24-9) set a D-1...

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Stony Brook-Bryant football opener moved to Aug. 28

Stony Brook center Arthur Doakes and the offense

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Stony Brook will open its 2014 football season on Thursday, Aug. 28, against Bryant in LaValle Stadium. The teams were originally scheduled to play on Aug. 30.

It will be the first Thursday game in the history of the program.

The game time will be announced at a later date.

Stony Brook topped Bryant, 21-13, last season before a sell-out homecoming crowd of 11,244, the largest in...

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Marist No. 1, Fordham 2nd in WBB poll

Marist College players pose with the MAAC Tournament

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Marist stays No. 1 in the poll after winning the MAAC tournament title, securing its ninth straight NCAA Tournament berth. Fordham, up four places, takes the No. 2 position after upsetting Dayton for the Atlantic-10 tournament title. St. John’s is up one place to third after advancing to the Big East tournament title, while Stony Brook dropped one place to fourth.

Army jumped two places to...

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Iona takes top spot in hoops poll

The Gaels will play second-seeded Manhattan for the

There was a change in the top as the Iona Gaels took over the top spot after earning a berth in Monday night's MAAC title game against Manhattan. St. John's dropped one spot to second despite a thrilling win over Marquette, while Stony Brook stayed third after knocking off Hartford in an America East semifinal. The remainder of the top 10 remained the same.

1. Iona (22-9)2. St. John's (20-11)3....

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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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Seawolves women try to repeat Albany upset

Stony Brook's Jessica Ogunnorin drives past UMBC's Sara

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On March 1, Stony Brook’s women’s basketball team did something no other America East team had been able to do since Jan. 28, 2012. The Seawolves snapped Albany’s record 38-game America East winning streak, and what’s more, they did it on the Great Danes’ home floor.

Just nine days later, the Seawolves (24-7) have to try and repeat the feat, but this time, they are playing Albany (27-4) for...

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