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Steve Pikiell gets big 'weekend' at Pritchard Gym

Stony Brook head coach Steve Pikiell directs his

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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 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Stony Brook poised for conference play

Stony Brook's Anthony Jackson sets to shoot. (Jan.

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Stony Brook saw both ends of the spectrum during the non-conference portion of its schedule.

From a high-scoring Toledo team averaging 85 points per game to a defensive-minded St. Francis NY squad that held nine of its 15 opponents to 65 points or less, the Seawolves saw just about everything.

"We had the opportunity to face teams that represented all styles of play,” Stony Brook...

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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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