It’s been a while since Stony Brook graced the court at Madison Square Garden, almost 17 years to be exact. The Seawolves had a good showing that game and knocked off Western Connecticut, 81-63, on January 22, 1995.
The Seawolves were only a Division III program back then. Bernard Tomlin was the head coach and Ron Duckett (18.3) was the Seawolves leading scorer that season.
Stony Brook (3-5) will get reacquainted with the Garden on Saturday at noon when it takes on Rutgers in the first of two games at the MSG Holiday Festival. St. John’s (4-5) will face Fordham (4-5) in the second game at 2:30.
Saturday will mark Stony Brook’s fourth appearance at the Garden. Stony Brook’s record at the Garden is 1-2.
"It's an honor for our program to represent Stony Brook University at the world's most famous arena,” Stony Brook coach Steve Pikiell said. “So many great basketball athletes have walked through those doors and played there, and I think for our players, it's going to be a special experience.”
Stony Brook has come a long way since its Division III days. New or renovated facilities, national TV games, NIT appearances, etc… The school will be on display for many in the region to see.
“Our players are looking forward to competing in front of family, friends, alumni and Seawolves fans against a talented Rutgers team,” said Pikiell. “I want to thank our athletic director Jim Fiore for his tireless work in making this game a reality."
The game will be televised live on MSG.