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Steve Lavin on St. John's win over Creighton: 'We found ourselves'

Creighton's Doug McDermott (3) shoots against St. John's

(Credit: AP / Jason DeCrow)

Admit it. After St. John’s lost its first five Big East games, it was virtually impossible not to write this off as a third straight lost season. But coach Steve Lavin persisted in comparing this team to his first Red Storm team that overcame a so-so start to finish third in the Big East and advance to the NCAA Tournament.

Somehow, some way, Lavin and a group of individual parts have come...

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Steve Pikiell: 'Time to grind'

Stony Brook's Jameel Warney dunks over New Hampshire's

(Credit: George A. Faella)

Despite being tied for first in the America East standings going into Saturday’s game against New Hampshire, Stony Brook’s road to a third straight regular-season title lately has been filled with potholes. Over the previous two weeks, the Seawolves didn’t threaten in the second half of a 10-point loss at Albany and then struggled to beat Hartford at home by four and score a five-point road win...

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Mo Cassara hosts charity clinic

Hofstra's men's basketball head coach Mo Cassara watches

(Credit: Joe Rogate)

Former Hofstra basketball coach and current ESPN analyst Mo Cassara will host the second session of his “Community Coach Basketball Clinics” at Molloy Center Gym in Point Lookout on Sunday, Feb. 9.

Sessions for girls ages 7 to 15 on both dates will run from 1:00 to 2:30. Sessions for boys ages 7 to 15 will run from 3:00 to 4:30.

Coach Cassara will have several of his former players in...

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Chuck Priore on 2014 Seawolves recruits

Stony Brook University head coach Chuck Priore is

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

          Stony Brook football coach Chuck Priore focused primarily on replenishing the offensive side of the football in his 2014 recruiting class announced on Wednesday. Of 19 recruits, a dozen play offense, six are on defense and a highly recruited punter was added on special teams.

 

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Stony Brook FB keeps handle on local talent

Floyd RB Stacey Bedell #21, cuts back through

(Credit: George A. Faella)

Stony Brook continues to keep its eye on New York Metro-area football players as eight student athletes from Long Island or New York City highlight coach Chuck Priore’s recruiting class for the 2014 season.

Former Floyd star Stacey Bedell, a UMass transfer, heads the class. John Kinder, a Syracuse transfer who threw for over 1,612 yards his senior year at Lawrence, is also part of the class....

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Red Storm tops WBB Poll, Iona 2nd

Kiah Stokes of UConn defends Briana Brown of

(Credit: David Pokress)

St. John’s continues to roll and stayed in the top spot after two wins last week. Iona has won 18 straight games and held steady at No. 2, while Marist remained at No. 3 after winning twice last week. Rutgers and Fordham stayed at fourth and fifth, respectively, after splitting two games last week. Army is up two spots after two straight wins, while Seton Hall and Stony Brook both fell two places...

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St. John's surges to No. 1 in hoops poll

St John's Rysheed Jordan gets past Marquette's Jajuan

(Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy)

St. John’s, up five places, is back in the top spot for the first time in a while after winning four of its last five games. Stony Brook held at No. 2, while Iona, winners of four in a row and six of seven, jumps four places to third, while Columbia drops three places to fourth after two straight losses.

Manhattan stayed at No. 5, Princeton is down three spots to sixth after two losses and...

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Hofstra WBB ready for big things

Hofstra forward Annie Payton makes a move against

(Credit: Hofstra Athletic Department)

Youth, at times, has a way of slowing a team’s growth. And the Hofstra women’s squad has more of its share of underclassmen.

The Pride (9-10, 4-4 CAA) struggled early, winning just six of its first 16 games. But that hasn’t stopped Krista Kilburn-Steveskey’s crew from finding ways to improve. It hasn’t always been easy with just two seniors, two juniors and 10 freshmen/sophomores on the roster.

“They...

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McPherson nets her 1000th as SJU rolls

St. John's guard Eugeneia McPherson (22) shoots in

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St. John’s fifth-year senior Eugeneia McPherson made a bit of history on Saturday afternoon, scoring the 1000th point of her career in the Red Storm’s 69-48 win at Seton Hall in a women’s Big East game.

The North Babylon graduate becomes the 20th women in program history to reach the milestone. McPherson reached the number on a foul shot with 1:53 left in the second half.

It was the...

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Stony Brook ready to bounce back vs. Hartford

Stony Brook's Chikilra Goodman drives from the top

(Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

Losing at home to first-place Albany on Thursday was a bitter pill to swallow for the Stony Brook women’s team, especially since they led the Great Danes 22-14 at the break.

But Seawolves coach Beth O’Boyle stayed upbeat following her team’s 66-51 loss to the Great Danes.

O’Boyle is convinced it was a game the Seawolves (15-6, 6-2 America East) could have won. It was the first time the...

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