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Steve Pikiell: We got our top three

Stony Brook head coach Steve Pikiell looks on

(Credit: Mike Stobe)

The beginning of the national letter of intent signing period for basketball on Wednesday could not have gone any better for Stony Brook coach Steve Pikiell, who got the point guard, wing man and power forward at the top of his list of prospects and then followed it up with a hard-fought 73-66 win over a tough Northeastern team.

“We got the win over Northeastern, and I have a lot of respect...

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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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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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America East makes tourney format change

Stony Brook head coach Steve Pikiell looks on

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

The America East made a major move Thursday, announcing a complete change in its men’s basketball conference tournament format.

The move doesn’t come as a surprise as the conference came under some scrutiny after top-seed Stony Brook fell to No. 4 Albany in the tournament semifinal last season.

The first round and semifinal games in last season’s tournament were hosted by Albany.

A...

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Tommy Brenton signs with Japanese team

Stony Brook forward Tommy Brenton drives the baseline

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

Tommy Brenton’s basketball career will continue at a new level.

Brenton, Stony Brook’s all-time leading rebounder (1,115) and winner of the 2013 Lefty Driesell National Defensive Player of the Year award, reached an agreement to play with Link Togichi Brex, based in the Tochigi Prefecture in Japan.

Brenton became the ninth player under coach Steve Pikiell and 15th in program history...

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Stony Brook, Steve Pikiell agree to extension

Stony Brook head coach Steve Pikiell looks on

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

Stony Brook men's basketball coach Steve Pikiell received a contract extension through the 2017-28 season, the university announced on Thursday.

Pikiell, who will be entering his ninth season, has led the Seawolves to three America East regular season titles and two appearances in the NIT.

Terms of the contract were not disclosed....

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Steve Pikiell’s NCAA quest continues

Stony Brook head coach Steve Pikiell looks on

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

Over the past four seasons, no one in America East has been better or more consistent in the regular season than Steve Pikiell’s Stony Brook Seawolves. You could look it up.

SBU and Vermont each are 49-15 in the conference during that span, but the Seawolves won three outright titles to one for the Catamounts. The conference tournament and the battle for the automatic NCAA bid, however, is...

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Stony Brook seniors celebrate winning tradition

Stony Brook guard Leonard Hayes drives the ball

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

Senior Day can be awkward at times because the starting lineup changes to accommodate everyone who dedicated themselves to the program in whatever role they were asked to play. So, Tommy Brenton, who is Stony Brook’s player of the year candidate in the America East, was joined by reserves Marcus Rouse, Lenny Hayes and Ron Bracey to start the game along with rookie of the year candidate Jameel Warney.

It...

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Stony Brook outnumbers UMBC

Stony Brook's Jameel Warney dunks off a pass

(Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

The world and the NCAA Selection Committee will little note nor long remember Stony Brook’s 83-39 victory over UMBC Tuesday night at Pritchard Gymnasium. The poor Retrievers (6-20, 4-9 America East) simply were outmanned by the Seawolves (20-6, 11-2).

But while the quality of opposition was low, the manner in which Stony Brook turned a nine-point deficit into a 44-point blowout spoke volumes...

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Jameel Warney KOs Vermont

Stony Brook forward Jameel Warney looks to drive

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

As double-doubles go, Jameel Warney’s 12-point, 10-rebound effort in Stony Brook’s 65-48 demolition of Vermont Friday night at Pritchard Gymnasium sounds rather modest. But make no mistake – it was the freshman who delivered the knockout punch with eight points in a 20-5 Seawolves run to open the second half.

With Marcus Rouse knocking down three-pointers in the first half, Warney managed...

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