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Seawolves avoid Albany in AE tourney

Stony Brook's Jameel Warney drives the lane for

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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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Steve Pikiell praises bench play

Stony Brook's Carson Puriefoy tries a layup against

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The three-game suspension of senior guard Anthony Jackson, one of Stony Brook’s tri-captains, coincided with the real start of America East play if you dismiss the one December league game. But the Seawolves scored a 23-point victory last Sunday at Hartford without Jackson and followed up with a 67-47 triumph over Binghamton Wednesday night at Pritchard Gym.

Carson Puriefoy III stepped into...

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Steve Pikiell: We’re ready for LaSalle

Stony Brook Seawolves guard Carson Puriefoy is fouled

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Stony Brook’s 77-62 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson Wednesday night at Pritchard Gym had some nail-biting moments that belie the final score. The Seawolves blew all but three points of a 17-point lead before pulling away with a 15-3 run at the end of the game.

Not exactly the confidence-booster they were looking for heading into their 11 a.m. meeting with LaSalle, Saturday at Madison Square...

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Seawolves place two on All-Conference squad

Stony Brook's Dave Coley drives against Boston's Maurice

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Although preseason all-conference teams and polls have no bearing on what happens during the season, they do show what kind of respect a program has within its league.

Stony Brook, winners of three of the last four regular season America East conference titles, has earned its share of respect as the program placed two players on the AE preseason All-Conference team.

Senior guard Dave...

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Carson Puriefoy III gives Stony Brook new gear

Stony Brook guard Carson Puriefoy scores on a

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There was no question entering this season that Stony Brook would be a much-improved offensive team with freshman Jameel Warney manning the low post, and he has more than lived up to the hype with a team-leading 12.2 points and America East-leading field goal percentage of .624, not to mention 7.3 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game.

But it’s the Seawolves’ other freshman – backup point guard...

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