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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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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 sings Vermont's praises

Stony Brook's Carson Puriefoy drives the paint for

(Credit: George A. Faella)

If you didn't know better, you'd think Stony Brook basketball coach Steve Pikiell was sports information director at Vermont. Pikiell can cite chapter and verse on an impressive array of Catamounts statistics.

“They’ve won games in our league by an average of 24 points a game,” Pikiell said, embellishing slightly on the actual 22-point margin in conference games that is tops in the NCAA. “They’re...

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Steve Pikiell's Seawolves shakeup

Stony Brook's Jameel Warney shoots the one handed

(Credit: George A. Faella)

It’s not that Stony Brook coach Steve Pikiell doesn’t enjoy having more offensive weapons at his disposal than past editions of the Seawolves have had. But when SBU suffered a 73-69 shootout loss to New Hampshire recently, breaking a 23-game home winning streak in America East play over three years, Pikiell didn’t like the team he saw in the mirror.

The Seawolves (19-8, 11-2 America East)...

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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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Steve Pikiell's defense holds up

Stony Brook head coach Steve Pikiell looks on

(Credit: Mike Stobe)

The difference between this season’s Stony Brook Seawolves and the team that won three of the previous four America East titles but fell short of an NCAA bid is that this edition has a much-improved, more consistent offense.

As coach Steve Pikiell said after the Seawolves’ 67-64 win over Vermont in a battle for first place in the conference, “We think we can score this year. You saw in the...

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Steve Pikiell praises bench play

Stony Brook's Carson Puriefoy tries a layup against

(Credit: George A. Faella)

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 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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Seawolves place two on All-Conference squad

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

(Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

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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