New York Colleges: Stony Brook Seawolves

Iona, Manhattan, Stony Brook one win away

March, 9, 2014
Mar 9
We're on the verge of March Madness here in New York, and Iona, Manhattan and Stony Brook are all one win away from the NCAA tournament.

Iona and Manhattan will face each other in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament championship game, so the Big Apple will have at least one representative in this year's Big Dance.

Iona (22-9, 17-3), the top seed, slipped past No. 4 seed Canisius in Sunday's first semifinal, 75-72. Sean Armand scored a team-high 21 points.

Manhattan (24-7, 15-5), the No. 2 seed, blew out No. 3 seed Quinnipiac in Sunday's second semifinal, 87-68. George Beamon scored a game-high 25 points, 23 of them coming in the second half.

These two archrivals, with campuses just nine miles apart, will face off Monday night in Springfield, Mass., at 7 p.m. (on ESPN2). They met in last year's MAAC title game as well, with Iona winning 60-57. And they split their two previous meetings this season.

Iona has made the NCAA tournament the past two years. Manhattan is seeking its first bid since 2004.

Stony Brook (23-9, 13-3), the No. 2 seed in the America East tournament, advanced to its conference championship game Sunday as well, courtesy of a 69-64 win over No. 3 seed Hartford in Albany, N.Y. Carson Puriefoy scored a team-high 21 points.

The Seawolves will host the America East title game on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. (on ESPN2) and play No. 4 seed Albany, which upset top-seeded Vermont on Sunday.

Stony Brook is seeking its first-ever NCAA tournament bid.
St. John's took a big step towards securing an NCAA tournament at-large bid Saturday. But three other local schools moved closer to the Big Dance as well.

Iona and Manhattan both won their quarterfinal games in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament in Springfield, Mass. And Stony Brook won its quarterfinal game in the America East tournament in Albany.

Iona (21-9, 17-3), the MAAC regular season champ and top seed, cruised past No. 8 seed Rider, 94-71. Tre Bowman scored a game-high 28 points. The Gaels will next play No. 4 seed Canisius on Sunday at 4:30 p.m.

Manhattan (23-7, 15-5), the No. 2 seed in the MAAC, pulled away from No. 7 seed St. Peter's in the second half and won comfortably, 72-58. Rhamel Brown scored a game-high 18 points. The Jaspers will play No. 3 seed Quinnipiac on Sunday at 7 p.m.

Stony Brook (22-9, 13-3), the No. 2 seed in the America East, manhandled No. 7 seed Maine, 80-54. Conference player of the year Jameel Warney had a team-high 15 points and eight rebounds. The Seawolves will play No. 3 seed Hartford on Sunday at 7:15 p.m.

(You can watch all three games Sunday on ESPN3.)

Wagner (19-12, 12-4), the No. 2 seed in the Northeast Conference, was upset at home in the NEC semifinals by No. 4 seed Mount St. Mary's, 77-72. Kenneth Ortiz, the three-time conference defensive player of the year, scored a career-high 26 points in his final college game.

And Hofstra (10-23, 5-11) -- the No. 8 seed in the Colonial Athletic Association -- gave top seed Delaware all it could handle in the CAA quarterfinals before ultimately losing, 87-76. The Pride led by three at the half. Zeke Upshaw finished his college career by scoring a team-high 23 points.

Iona's Jones wins Haggerty Award

April, 15, 2013
Iona guard Lamont "Momo" Jones has won the 2013 Haggerty Award, given to the best Division I men's basketball player in the New York metropolitan area.

Jones, a 6-foot senior from Harlem, finished third in the country in scoring, averaging 22.6 points per game. He led the Gaels to their second consecutive NCAA tournament.

Stony Brook's Steve Pikiell was named Coach of the Year by the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association, and St. John's freshman forward Jakarr Sampson was named Rookie of the Year.

The All-Met first team, besides Jones, includes St. John's guard D'Angelo Harrison, Seton Hall's Fuquan Edwin, Iona's Sean Armand and a pair of LIU Brooklyn players, Jamal Olasewere and Jason Brickman.

The second team features Sampson, Myles Mack (Rutgers), Tommy Brenton (Stony Brook), Rhamel Brown (Manhattan) and Ella Ellis (Army).

The third team features Chris Obekpa and Phil Greene from St. John's, plus C.J. Garner (LIU Brooklyn), Jameel Warney (Stony Brook), Jonathon Williams (Wagner) and Chris Flores (N.J.I.T.).

W2W4: Stony Brook at Iowa

March, 22, 2013
Here are three things to watch for when Stony Brook (25-7, 14-2 America East) plays Iowa (22-12, 9-9 Big Ten) on Friday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa.

Tipoff is at 9:30 p.m. ET, and you can watch the game on ESPNU.

NEW GROUND: Stony Brook is coming off its first Division I postseason victory, 71-58 at Massachusetts on Wednesday in the first round of the NIT. The Seawolves, the America East regular season champs, were hoping to make the NCAA tournament this year for the first time in school history, but were upset by Albany in the America East semifinals.

Still, Stony Brook looked plenty motivated against UMass, which was a No. 2 seed. Stony Brook is a No. 7 seed in this tournament.

Now the Seawolves have to make a quick turnaround and travel a long ways to face the No. 3-seeded Hawkeyes. Iowa had a sellout crowd of 15,400 for its first-round game, a 68-52 win over No. 6 seed Indiana State -- in fact, it was the largest crowd for an NIT game since 2009. But Stony Brook plays well on the road -- it has 13 road wins this season, the most in Division I.

The winner of this game will play the winner of No. 1 seed Virginia versus No. 5 seed St. John's, a game being played at 11 a.m. Sunday in Charlottesville, Va. So there is a chance of seeing an all-New York matchup in the third round.

THE LOCALS: Tommy Brenton was the America East Player of the Year, yet he averages just 8.5 points per game. Why? Because he also averages 8.6 rebounds and 4.8 assists and was the conference's Defensive Player of the Year. Brenton, a 6-foot-5 senior forward, had a typical all-around game against UMass -- six points, six rebounds, seven assists and four steals.

Jameel Warney, a 6-8 freshman forward, leads Stony Brook in scoring (12.1 ppg). Iowa actually offered him a scholarship, but the Plainfield, N.J. native decided to stay closer to home. Junior guards Anthony Jackson and Dave Coley average 11.2 and 11.1 points, respectively.

Stony Brook lives off its defense. The Seawolves are ranked third in Division I in defensive field-goal percentage (37.5), and 12th in scoring defense (57 ppg).

THE HAWKEYES: Iowa finished in sixth place in the Big Ten, one game ahead of NCAA tournament participants Illinois and Minnesota in the standings. Yet the Hawkeyes were left on the outside looking in, after a heartbreaking 59-56 loss to Michigan State in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals.

The Hawkeyes have been in the NCAA tournament 22 times and made three Final Fours, but haven't gone to the Big Dance since 2006.

Two players average in double figures: 6-6 junior swingman Roy Devyn Marble (14.4 ppg) and 6-8 sophomore forward Aaron White (13.1 ppg).

Iowa also relies on its defense. The Hawkeyes are 17th in the Division I in defensive field-goal percentage (38.6), and 67th in scoring defense (62.6 ppg).

St. John's, Stony Brook make the NIT

March, 17, 2013
St. John's and Stony Brook will represent the Big Apple in the year's NIT.

The Red Storm, a No. 5 seed, will play at No. 4 seed St. Joseph's, on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Seawolves, a No. 7 seed, will play at No. 2 seed Massachusetts on Wednesday at 7:15 p.m.

(Click here to see the entire NIT bracket.)

Stony Brook (24-7, 14-2) was one of 10 automatic qualifiers in the 32-team field, guaranteed a slot because of it was the America East regular season champion. The Seawolves were upset by No. 4 seed Albany in the America East tournament semifinals.

They'll open against UMass (21-11, 9-7), which finished tied for sixth in the Atlantic 10.

St. John's (16-15, 8-10) received one of 22 at-large bids. The Red Storm, who finished 11th in the Big East, lost five games in a row to end the regular season. And they will be without leading scorer D'Angelo Harrison, who was suspended for the rest of the season on March 1, for conduct detrimental to the team.

They'll open against St. Joe's (18-13, 8-8), which finished tied for eighth in the Atlantic 10.

"We all wanted to be in the NCAA tournament, but we have to deal with the reality of where we are in the evolution of our basketball program," said St. John's coach Steve Lavin. "The NIT represents an opportunity to extend our season so we can set the foundation to sustain our program for years to come."

This marks St. John's 29th appearance in the NIT, which is the most all time.

Four local teams set sights on tourney

March, 10, 2013
St. John's, barring a miracle run in next week's Big East tournament, isn't going to the NCAA tournament this season.

But the Big Apple still could have as many as three teams to cheer for in the Big Dance.

LIU Brooklyn (19-13, 12-6) is the closest to a bid. The Blackbirds will host Mount St. Mary's at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Northeast Conference championship game. LIU, the No. 3 seed, won at No. 2 seed Wagner on Saturday, while No. 5 seed Mount St. Mary's upset No. 1 seed Robert Morris. The Blackbirds are looking for their third consecutive NEC tournament title and NCAA tournament slot.

Both Iona (18-13, 11-7) and Manhattan (13-17, 9-9) play in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference semifinals on Sunday in Springfield, Mass. Iona, the No. 4 seed, faces No. 1 seed Niagra at 2 p.m. Manhattan, the No. 6 seed, faces No. 7 seed Fairfield at 4:30 p.m. Both games can be watched via ESPN3.

Stony Brook (24-6, 14-2), the America East regular season champion, plays No. 4 seed Albany in the America East semifinals in Albany, N.Y. at 7 p.m. Sunday. That game can also be watched via ESPN3.

Stony Brook to open College World Series

June, 15, 2012
Local favorites Stony Brook will play the first game of the College World Series on Friday at 5 p.m. ET, versus UCLA.

You can watch the game on ESPN2, or via

The Seawolves are only the second No. 4 seed ever to make the College World Series. But are they really a Cinderella? ESPN's Teddy Metrosilis writes that Stony Brook is no fluke.

Stony Brook makes College World Series

June, 11, 2012
The 2012 College World Series has a Cinderella, and she hails from the metropolitan area.

Stony Brook became just the second No. 4 seed ever to make the CWS, after defeating LSU 7-2 on Sunday.

Click here to read more.

St. John's out, Stony Brook still alive

June, 9, 2012
St. John's lost to Arizona 7-4 on Saturday, and was eliminated in the NCAA baseball super regionals, swept in the best-of-three series.

Arizona advances to the College World Series.

Stony Brook, meanwhile, defeated LSU 3-1 in Game 2 of their best-of-three series, after losing Game 1 in 12 innings, 5-4, a rain-delayed game that was completed earlier on Saturday.

Stony Brook and LSU will play a winner-take-all game on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Baton Rouge (on ESPN2), with the winner advancing to the College World Series.

It would be the first-ever CWS berth for the Seawolves, who feature seven players taken in the Major League Baseball draft earlier this week.

Stony Brook makes Super Regional

June, 5, 2012
Stony Brook defeated Central Florida on Monday, 10-6, to win the NCAA baseball tournament's Coral Gables Regional and advance to a Super Regional for the first time in school history.

Now the New York metropolitan area has two teams, Stony Brook and St. John's, that are two wins away from making the College World Series.

St. John's will begin its three-game Super Regional series against Arizona on Friday at 3 p.m. ET in Tucson, airing on ESPN2. Game 2 will be on Saturday at 3 p.m., and Game 3 (if necessary) will be on Sunday at 4 p.m. -- both those games will also air on ESPN2.

Stony Brook will begin its three-game Super Regional Series against LSU on Friday at noon ET in Baton Rouge, airing on ESPN2. Game will be on Saturday at noon, and Game 3 (if necessary) will be on Sunday at 1 p.m. -- both those games will air on ESPN2 as well.

St. John's baseball makes Super Regional

June, 4, 2012
The St. John's University baseball team won its first NCAA Regional since 1980 on Sunday, courtesy of a 9-5 win over North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

The Red Storm now move on to their first-ever Super Regional, where they will take on the Arizona Wildcats, beginning on June 8 or June 9. The winner of the three-game series between St. John's and Arizona will advance to the College World Series.

Meanwhile, Stony Brook will take on Central Florida on Monday night at 7 p.m. in Coral Gables, Fla. -- the winner of this game will win that Regional and advance to a Super Regional as well, to take on LSU.

Rapid Reax: Seton Hall 63, Stony Brook 61

March, 13, 2012

Recap | Box score

WHAT IT MEANS: Seton Hall (21-12), one of the four No. 1 seeds in the National Invitation Tournament, withstands a tough challenge from No. 8 seed Stony Brook (22-10) and advances to the second round of the NIT.

The Pirates, who were disappointed to not receive an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament, extend their season for at least one more game. The Seawolves, who won the America East regular season title but were upset in the conference championship game by Vermont, are done for the season.

TURNING POINT: After Stony Brook went ahead 2-0, Seton Hall scored 12 points in a row -- the Seawolves went almost eight minutes without a point, turning the ball over on several occasions. But then Stony Brook started making shots, and rallied to trail by just two, 32-30, at halftime.

Stony Brook actually took a three-point lead early in the second half, 39-36, with just over 16 minutes remaining. The game was tied midway through the second half at 46. The key sequence came right after that -- a 7-0 Seton Hall run to make it 53-46.

In the middle of that run, Dave Coley -- Stony Brook's second-leading scorer -- picked up his fourth foul on a charge call, and then received a questionable technical foul for protesting the call. That knocked Coley out of the game, and Stony Brook really could have used him down the stretch.

Still, Stony Brook had one last chance to tie or win the game. Bryan Dougher missed a long 3-point attempt that would have put the Seawolves on top, and then Tommy Brenton's putback at the buzzer went around the rim and fell out.

KEY PLAYER: Seton Hall's two senior leaders stepped up in a big way Tuesday night. Jordan Theodore had 21 points and six assists; Herb Pope had 20 points and nine rebounds.

For Stony Brook, seniors Dallis Joyner and Dougher were both in double figures in their final collegiate game -- Joyner had 14 points, Dougher added 12. Marcus Rouse had 13 points off the bench.

KEY STAT: Seton Hall had 15 steals on the night, including six by Fuquan Edwin, the NCAA leader in steals this season.

MISCELLANEOUS: This was the first Seton Hall game played in Walsh Gymnasium, on the Seton Hall campus, since Dec. 4, 2000. ... Seton Hall had lost 11 straight games in the NIT, dating back to 1956.

WHAT'S NEXT: Seton Hall will next face No. 5 seed UMass, which beat No. 4 seed Mississippi State 101-96 in double overtime Tuesday night. The date for the game has not yet been determined, but it will be at Walsh Gymnasium.

W2W4: Seton Hall vs. Stony Brook

March, 13, 2012
Here are three things to watch for when Seton Hall (20-12, 8-10 Big East) takes on Stony Brook (22-9, 14-2 America East) on Tuesday night at Walsh Gymnasium in South Orange, N.J.

Tip-off is at 7:15 p.m., and you can watch the game via ESPN3.

CONSOLATION PRIZE: Both teams were hoping to be in the NCAA tournament, but Seton Hall was left out by the selection committee, and Stony Brook was upset in the America East championship game by Vermont. Instead, these two local teams will battle in the first round of the NIT.

The Pirates are one of four No. 1 seeds in this tournament -- the Seawolves are a No. 8 seed. The winner of this game will be play the winner of No. 4 seed Mississippi State versus No. 5 seed Massachusetts.

Each team, or both, could be susceptible to a hangover effect after big disappointments over the weekend.

WELCOME HOME: This will be the first men's basketball game played at Walsh Gymnasium since Dec. 4, 2000, when Seton Hall defeated Norfolk State, 97-87. In that game, Seton Hall freshman forward Eddie Griffin had 21 points, 12 rebounds and 10 blocks in 27 minutes of action -- the only triple double in school history.

Another interesting note: This is Seton Hall's 17th appearance in the NIT, but the Pirates have lost 11 straight games in this tournament. Their last win came way back in 1956.

For Stony Brook, this is its second NIT appearance in the past three seasons. The Seawolves hosted a first-round game in 2010, and lost to Illinois.

SAY GOODBYE: This will be the last game of the season for one of these two teams, and both teams have seniors who have had outstanding college careers.

For Seton Hall, point guard Jordan Theodore (16.0 ppg, 6.7 apg) and power forward Herb Pope (15.2 ppg, 10.3 rpg) were both All-Big East selections this season -- Theodore on the second team, Pope on the third team. Theodore also broke the school's single-season record for assists this year.

Stony Brook is led by senior guard Bryan Dougher (13.2 ppg), a New Jersey native, who just became the school's all-time Division I scoring leader in the America East title game.

W2W4: Selection Sunday

March, 11, 2012
Here are three things to watch for on Selection Sunday, for all you local college basketball fans out there.

The official NCAA tournament selection show begins at 6 p.m. ET, and will air on CBS.

FLY, BLACKBIRDS, FLY: LIU Brooklyn, your Northeast Conference champions, are the only New York-area team that's definitely going dancing. Now it's just a matter of, where are they headed?

The latest Bracketology projection has LIU as a No. 15 seed in the West region, playing No. 2 seed Kansas in Omaha, Nebraska.

I will be watching the selection show with the Blackbirds on campus, and will have a postgame reaction story plus video from the event later tonight.

ON THE EDGE OF THEIR SEATS: Seton Hall and Iona are our two bubble teams -- both have a chance to be in the field of 68, but it could go either way.

The Pirates are currently the second-to-last team in the field, according to the ESPN bracket. They would be a No. 12 seed in the East, and have to play a play-in game versus BYU in Dayton, Ohio, on Tuesday or Wednesday.

The Gaels are currently the second team among the first four out -- they appear to be in the more precarious position, and would likely have to play a play-in game as well.

DON'T FORGET: The NIT bracket will also be revealed tonight, at 9 p.m. on ESPNU. Iona will definitely be in the NIT field if it doesn't make the NCAA tournament, because it won the MAAC regular season championship.

Seton Hall will likely be in the NIT as well, if it fails to make the Big Dance. Also, Stony Brook -- the America East regular season champions, who lost their conference championship game to Vermont on Saturday -- will definitely be in the NIT field. And Wagner -- which went 25-6 this season, finishing second to LIU Brooklyn in the NEC -- also could make the NIT.

W2W4: Stony Brook vs. Vermont

March, 9, 2012
Here are three things to watch for when Stony Brook (22-8, 14-2 America East) takes on Vermont (22-11, 13-3 America East) on Saturday morning at Stony Brook Arena.

Tip-off is at 11 a.m., and you can watch the game on ESPN2 or via ESPN3.

WHAT'S AT STAKE: The America East tournament championship, and the conference's coveted automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. Vermont has been to the Big Dance four times. Stony Brook is trying to make history -- the Seawolves have never gone dancing, after jumping to Division I in 1999.

Two years ago, Stony Brook won the America East regular season championship, but was upset in the tournament semifinals. Last year, as the No. 5 seed, the Seawolves made it all the way to the championship game, but blew a 15-point second half lead and lost by two to Boston University.

This is a matchup of the top two defenses in the conference. They met twice in the regular season -- Stony Brook won 65-59 at home on Jan. 2, Vermont won 68-49 at home on Feb. 12.

Is this the year Stony Brook finally breaks through? We're about to find out.

THE SEAWOLVES: Stony Brook won its second America East regular season title this year -- that's why it's hosting the title game, and the game is expected to be a sellout. The Seawolves have won 19 of their past 21 games.

Stony Brook is led by 6-foot-1 senior point guard Bryan Dougher, who averages 13.4 points per game. Dave Coley, a 6-foot-2 sophomore guard, also averages in double figures at 10.0 points per game. And Tommy Brenton -- a 6-foot-5 forward -- averages 8.1 points, 8.0 rebounds and was named the conference's defensive player of the year.

The Seawolves are one of the best rebounding teams in the country -- they outboard their opponents by an average of 8.1 per game, fifth-best in the country. But they are not particularly good offensively -- 175th in the country in field goal percentage (43.3), 191st in 3-point field goal percentage (34.6) and 178th in free throw percentage (69.0).

THE CATAMOUNTS: Vermont, the No. 2 seed, last went to the NCAA tournament just two years ago -- as a No. 16 seed, the Catamounts lost to No. 1 seed Syracuse. But we all remember what happened in the 2005 Big Dance, when Vermont, seeded 13th, upset No. 4 seed Syracuse -- a team led by Taylor Coppenrath and T.J. Sorrentine.

This Vermont team is led by three double-figure scorers: 6-foot-8 senior forward Matt Glass (12.1 ppg), 6-foot-2 freshman guard Four McGlynn (11.9 ppg) and 6-foot-7 sophomore forward Luke Apfeld (10.4 ppg).

The Catamounts are a good rebounding team, though not as good as the Seawolves -- 57th in the country in rebound margin (+3.8 per game). But they are a better shooting team than Stony Brook -- No. 128 in field goal percentage (44.4), No. 162 in 3-point field goal percentage (34.2) and No. 32 in free throw percentage (74.4).