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Beth O’Boyle named Met BWA coach of year

Stony Brook head coach Beth O'Boyle directs her

(Credit: Hans Pennink)

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

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

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

(Credit: Hans Pennink / Hans Pennink)

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

(Credit: Hans Pennink)

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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Seawolves get Hartford in AE semis

Stony Brook's Jameel Warney puts up a shot

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ALBANY -- The beauty of this America East conference tournament for Stony Brook is that, unlike last year, the Seawolves don’t have to face Albany on its home floor at SEFCU Arena in the semifinals. As the No. 1 seed a year ago, the SBU left heartbroken after Great Danes guard Mike Black drove for the winning layup in the final seconds of a 61-59 win.

After routing Maine, 80-54, in their...

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SJU 1st, Stony Brook 3rd in hoops poll

Stony Brook's Dave Coley drives against UMass-Lowell's Tyler

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If this week’s poll looks identical to last week’s, there’s a good reason to think that. Manhattan changed places with Quinnipiac and St. Francis swapped positions with Columbia. The rest of the teams all remained the same.

1. St. John’s (19-11)

2. Iona (20-9)

3. Stony Brook (21-9)

4. Manhattan (22-7)

5. Quinnipiac (19-10)

6. Wagner (18-11)

7. St. Francis...

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Seawolves avoid Albany in AE tourney

Stony Brook's Jameel Warney drives the lane for

(Credit: George A. Faella)

Last season, No. 1 Stony Brook’s regular-season-ending victory over Albany was a double-edged sword because it dropped the Great Danes to the No. 4 seed and set up an ill-fated meeting in the conference tournament semifinals at SEFCU Arena on the UAlbany campus. A two-point semifinals loss ended the Seawolves’ NCAA tournament hopes.

But this year, the Seawolves (21-9, 13-3 America East) are...

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Stony Brook loses, but there is a bright side

Stony Brook's Carson Puriefoy lll moves the ball

(Credit: George A. Faella)

If you're a strict numbers person, Stony Brook's 69-53 loss at Vermont was brutal.

Seawolves’ leading scorer and rebounder Jameel Warney finished with just seven points on 3-for-10 shooting with one board.  Anthony Jackson, who entered the game with 998 points, didn’t score. And Dave Coley, the Seawolves’ fourth-leading point man finished with zero points, too.

Sophomore guard Carson...

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