March 23, 2012
Stony Brook men's basketball took home a pair of honors from Collegeinsider.com, one of the leading college basketball website resources in the country. Junior Tommy Brenton was named the America East Most Valuable Player, and head coach Steve Pikiell was named the America East Coach of the Year.
This is Brenton's first such honor while Pikiell earns Coach of the Year honors for the second time. He was named Coach of the Year in 2009 as well.
Brenton, who was first-team All-America East and the America East Defensive Player of the Year as voted on by the league's head coaches, enjoyed an outstanding season with the Seawolves. He led the team in rebounding (8.1/game), assists (110), steals (54) and free throws made (82). He was second in America East in offensive rebounding at 3.2 per game. He had five double-doubles on the season and had 14 games of at least four assists.
Pikiell led the Seawolves to a 22-10 record and an America East regular season championship and NIT appearance for the second time in the last three seasons. His team is currently fourth in the nation in rebounding margin at +8.3 and 13th in scoring defense at 59.0 points allowed per game.
Pikiell's club had its best-ever finish in America East with a 14-2 record, including a perfect 8-0 mark at home. At one point during the year, Stony Brook had won 19 of 21 games, the program's best-ever stretch as a Div. I program.
Over the last four seasons (2008-12), Stony Brook is 75-51 and 43-21 in America East after going just 20-67 overall and 9-39 in America East in the three previous seasons (2005-08). Part of the success was Pikiell's recruiting class of 2008, which includes Brenton, the program's all-time Div. I leading scorer Bryan Dougher and the program's second all-time Div. I leading rebounder Dallis Joyner.