Countdown to #Seawolves Tip-Off: One of Metropolitan New York's best

Oct. 22, 2013 is counting down the days until #Seawolves Tip-Off on Nov. 8 when both the men's & women's basketball teams are hosting their home openers. Visit every day for new content.


Stony Brook, N.Y. - If you haven't started to think about Stony Brook men's basketball among the Metropolitan New York's elite, well you might want to start now.

The #Seawolves, behind head coach Steve Pikiell, have become one of the most consistent basketball programs in Metropolitan New York, historically known for outstanding college hoops. Over the last four seasons, Stony Brook has won the fourth-most games among the 22 Metropolitan New York teams. The team's 84 victories since the start of the 2009-10 season ranks only behind Iona (91), Fairfield (89) and LIU-Brooklyn (86).

It's an incredible turnaround that Stony Brook has averaged 21 wins over the last four seasons. Consider that Stony Brook in the previous four seasons (2005-09) had won only 36 games total for an average of nine wins a year.

In 2012-13 alone, Stony Brook ranked first among the 22 Metropolitan New York schools with its Div. I program record 25 victories. Wins not enough for you? The #Seawolves also ranked first among the 22 schools in the NCAA RPI at No. 77.

The Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association annually honors the best of the best in New York, and over the last four seasons, the #Seawolves have been honored well. Pikiell is a two-time Met Writers Coach of the Year, having won the award in 2010 and 2013. Muhammad El-Amin was a first-team Met Writers All-Star in 2010 and Tommy Brenton and Jameel Warney were second-team and third-team selections, respectively.

Stony Brook will look to continue its run atop the Metropolitan New York elite in 2013-14 as it returns four starters from last season's squad. The success continues Nov. 8 as the #Seawolves host Marist in the 2013-14 season opener at Pritchard Gymnasium at 8 p.m.



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