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Stony Brook loses, but there is a bright side

Stony Brook's Carson Puriefoy lll moves the ball

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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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Hofstra ready for CAA challenge

Hofstra guard Zeke Upshaw dribbles upcourt against Manhattan

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With low expectations and a roster that was halfway overhauled after a difficult 2012-2013 season, Hofstra coach Joe Mihalich said one of the Pride’s goals this year was to “surprise everyone”, especially when CAA play begins.

The Pride’s non-conference schedule was nothing to fool as they battled the likes of Louisville, George Washington, Richmond and a red-hot Manhattan team.

Mihalich...

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Andre Walker signs letter of intent with Hofstra for 2014-15

Niagara coach Joe Mihalich gives a play to

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If Hofstra coach Joe Mihalich needed a centerpiece to rebuild the Pride basketball program around, he got one yesterday when 6-10 center/forward Andre Walker of Clarksburg, Md., signed a national letter of intent for the 2014-15 season. ESPN ranked Walker as the 11th-best player in Maryland and 50th center in the nation.

As a junior at the Bullis School in Potomac, Md., Walker averaged seven...

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Hofstra to hold basketball court design contest

Hofstra University men's basketball head coach Joe Mihalich

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It's time for Hofstra fans to hold court on what the next basketball court design will look like.

Hofstra is holding a fan contest to design the basketball court at the Mack Sports Complex for the upcoming 2014-15 season, the school announced Thursday.

Fans can submit their design idea via email at courtdesign@hofstra.edu, on the Hofstra Pride Facebook page. (Fans can also show off their...

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Iona basketball announces recruiting class

Iona coach Tim Cluess directs his basketball team

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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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Stony Brook, Steve Pikiell agree to extension

Stony Brook head coach Steve Pikiell looks on

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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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Erik Smiles to coach at LIU Post

LIU Post will introduce North Babylon's Erik Smiles as its new men’s basketball coach Thursday, the school announced Wednesday.

Smiles replaced Chris Casey, who left for Division I Niagara.

Smiles spent the last nine years at Division III Farmingdale State, where he went 182-72. He led the Rams to four Skyline Conference regular-season titles, three Skyline Tournament championships and...

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Molloy hires Kate Lynch to coach women's hoops

Southern Connecticut's Kate Lynch, right, guards Connecticut's Maya

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Molloy hired Kate Lynch as its new women's basketball coach. Lynch was named the NJCAA coach of the year after guiding the Community College of Rhode Island to a 25-7 record. Her team won three straight regional titles.

Lynch previously was an assistant at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the director of basketball operations at Fairfield. She played four years at Southern Connecticut State,...

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Where does Rick Pitino rank?

Rick Pitino’s legacy is already secured.

He’s taken three different schools – Providence, Kentucky, Louisville – to the Final Four and will have the unique opportunity on Monday night to be the only coach in NCAA Division I history to win a title with two different schools when his Cardinals take on Michigan for college basketball's top prize.

The coach will be honored for his success...

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Dowling vs. NYIT in NCAA tournament

Dowling's Danielle Wilson (23) attempts a free throw

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East Coast Conference women’s basketball champion Dowling (25-3) will face NYIT (23-5) Friday at Bentley in the NCAA East Region Tournament.

LIU Post (19-9) will face top-seeded Bentley (28-1).

Dowling, the third seed, has defeated sixth-seeded NYIT three times, including a 72-49 victory Sunday in the conference championship. The bracket also includes Stonehill-Franklin Pierce and Holy...

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