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CBI: Stony Brook to play at Mercer and Hofstra to host Vermont on Wednesday

Stony Brook's Rayshaun McGrew scores against Albany during

Stony Brook's Rayshaun McGrew scores against Albany during the first half of the America East Championship men's basketball game Saturday, March 14, 2015, in Albany. Credit: Hans Pennink

The Stony Brook and Hofstra men's basketball teams will compete in the 16-team College Basketball Invitational, which begins this week. At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Hofstra (20-13) will host Vermont (18-13) and Stony Brook (23-11) will face Mercer (18-15) in Macon, Georgia.

If the Pride wins, it will face the Radford-Delaware State winner on March 23. If the Seawolves win, they will play the Eastern Michigan-Louisiana Monroe winner on March 23. Hofstra and SBU are on different sides of the bracket, but the tournament is re-bracketed after the quarterfinal round.

Mercer lost to Furman in a Southern Conference Tournament semifinal and also has lost 6-6 Darious Moten (11.4), who is injured and will not play against Stony Brook. Mercer upset third-seeded Duke as a 14th seed in the NCAA Tournament last season.

SBU and Hofstra are coming off stunning losses. After edging Vermont in the America East semifinals, the Seawolves held a two-point lead over host Albany in the final before Peter Hooley hit the winning three-pointer with 1.6 seconds left for a 51-50 win. The Pride advanced to the Colonial Athletic Association semifinals before losing to William & Mary, 92-91, on a three-pointer with eight-tenths of a second left in the second overtime.

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