Stony Brook senior guard Carson Puriefoy posted an emotional message to his Instagram account Friday morning, one day after the Seawolves lost their NCAA Tournament first-round game to Kentucky, 85-57, in Des Moines, Iowa.
It was the school’s first appearance in the NCAA Tournament after losing in the America East Tournament championship game in four of the previous five seasons. Stony Brook came back from a 15-point second-half deficit to beat Vermont in the conference tournament final on March 12, earning the automatic NCAA bid.
Puriefoy thanked his teammates, fans and coaches for their support over the years and said he has no regrets.
“A wise man once told me that he never wanted me to look back in life and say to myself the phrase, ‘I wish I would’ve . . . ’ because that would mean I had regrets. I thought about that before my final collegiate game last night and realized that I had no regrets. I accomplished what I set out to accomplish during my four years as a Division I athlete. I made it. In 2012 I came to this Stony Brook program a boy and now in 2016 I’m leaving it as a man. And I have so many people to thank for helping me get through this journey because if it wasn’t for all of you I wouldn’t have been able to make it. To my teammates . . . my brothers . . . I love y’all man and wouldn’t trade any one of you for the world. To my coaching staff . . . thank you for believing in me when no one else did and thank you for teaching me valuable life lessons in the process. To the athletics department, Stony Brook University, community, fans, the best band in the country, dance team, cheerleaders . . . you helped to make my time here the best years of my life . . . and I cannot thank you enough for that. I can let go knowing that I gave it my all and that we did something special . . . something that no one can take away from us. We will be remembered. Nothing but love.”