Stony Brook’s 89-49 rout of UMBC on Wednesday night represented two significant moments in the program’s history. The Seawolves (9-6, 4-0 America East) are off their best league history since joining the conference in 2001.
The margin of victory was the largest since Stony Brook became a Division I operation in 1999. Neither of those feats should be taken lightly. But there is one person who isn’t ready to start celebrating.
Stony Brook coach Steve Pikiell knows what its like to be the top dog in the conference and still come up short. Two years ago Stony Brook won the America East regular season title, but failed to advance to the conference tournament championship game, so its understandable if Pikiell refuses to get ahead of himself.
Last season Stony Brook finished 8-8 in the league, but advanced to the conference tournament title game.
What do the above scenarios prove? They prove that a team needs to be at its best in late February and early March if it wants to make a splash in the NCAA Tournament.
Said Pikiell: "4-0 is nice...it's a lot better than 3-1 or 2-2, but it's way too early to be excited about anything. 4-0 really doesn't get you anywhere. It's a 16-game season, and we have two games in three days coming up against two tough teams. So we will enjoy the win tonight, but we have to be focused and ready to go for Boston on Saturday and New Hampshire on Monday."
With Maine (8-6, 2-1) losing to Boston University (6-11, 2-1) on Wednesday night, Stony Brook, which featured four players in double figures on Wednesday night, is in sole possession of first place in the America East.