Men's hoops plays Rider at 6 a.m. on ESPN #TipOffMarathon
Nov. 12, 2012
2012-13 Stony Brook Men's Basketball
Game #3: Stony Brook (2-0) at Rider (1-0)
On the Radio
Stony Brook Seawolves (2-0, 0-0 America East)
Rider Broncs (1-0, 0-0 MAAC)
About the Game: Stony Brook, 2-0 and looking for more, will set its alarm clocks for 3 AM in anticpation of its 6 a.m. game at Rider Tuesday morning. This is SB's second appearance in the 6 a.m. game of ESPN's College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon. The Seawolves defeated Monmouth two seasons ago, 51-49. This is the fifth all-time meeting between these two teams, and although Rider leads the series 3-1, the Seawolves rolled over the Broncs last season, 79-62.
Scouting Rider: The Broncs, under first-year head coach Kevin Baggett, were picked to finish seventh in the 10-team MAAC in the preseason poll. Rider is coming off a 13-19 overall and 10-8 MAAC record in 2011-12 and returns seven letterwinners and two starters from that team. The Broncs lost their top two starters but have made up for it by bringing in St. John's transfer Nurideen Lindsey, who had 26 points in his debut Friday in Rider's 79-54 win over Robert Morris.
Last Time Out: The Seawolves opened their game vs. Mount Ida with a 14-0 run, gave up a three-pointer and then went on a 27-0 run to go up 41-3 and cruise to a 93-57 victory over the Mustangs. Ron Bracey posted his first career double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Jameel Warney added 16 points, nine boards and two blocks. The Seawolves shot 49% and outrebounded Mount Ida 56-28.
Meet the Seawolves: Stony Brook returns nine letterwinners from last season's team, including two starters - Tommy Brenton and Dave Coley. In reality, the roster is so deep with experience that eight of the 14 players on the team have starting experience with the Seawolves. The team returns 53 percent of its scoring and 59 percent of its rebounding from last season.
Last Time vs. Rider: On Dec. 30, 2011, Stony Brook shot 49% for the game and was led by Dave Coley's 16 points in a 79-62 win over the Broncs. Tommy Brenton added nine points, 12 rebounds and four assists. SB outscored Rider in the paint, 40-16.
2011-12 Recap: Last season proved to be Stony Brook's most successful as a Div. I program. Led by head coach Steve Pikiell, the Seawolves captured their second America East regular season championship in three seasons by running roughshot over the league with a 14-2 record. It was a part of a 22-10 season that matched the 2009-10 team for most wins in its Div. I history. The Seawolves capped the year with their second NIT appearance in three seasons.
The Line's the Key: Last season, Stony Brook's win-loss record could be tied to its ability to get to the free throw line more than its opponent. SBU was 19-2 in games in which it has equal or more free throw attempts than its opponents (averaging 20.4 attempts in wins) and 3-8 in games in which it has fewer attempts than its opponents (averaging 11.5 attempts in losses).
Replacing Some Offense: The Seawolves lost a ton of offense to graduation last season. Bryan Dougher is the program's all-time leading Div. I scorer with 1,609 points and led the team in scoring in each of the last two seasons. Dallis Joyner was the team's best offense inside the paint, leading America East in field goal percentage at 61.1%.
Four Athletes, Four Graduates, Four Pros: Bryan Dougher, Dallis Joyner, Al Rapier and Danny Carter all graduated Stony Brook with their bachelor degrees this past spring, and all four of them are now professional basketball players. Joyner is currently playing for Maccabi in Israel. Carter is back with his former Reading Rockets club in England. Rapier is enjoying his season with Sambaense in Portugal. Dougher just signed with the Redwood Hawks in Australia and will start playing in March.
Stony Brook Arena - Fall 2014: In May, Stony Brook announced a construction timeline to complete the $21.1 million renovation of Stony Brook Arena, Long Island's new athletic and entertainment destination, which is slated to re-open in the fall of 2014. The 4,000 seat arena will feature four suites, a VIP lounge, two videoboards and two scoreboards that will help enhance the fan experience.
Face Time: As has been the case over the last few seasons, Stony Brook will receive plenty of airtime on the ESPN family of networks. The Seawolves are slated for at least seven games on an ESPN branded network, including the annual America East showcase game on ESPNU - the Seawolves will play at Vermont on Jan. 18.
You have to be in it to win it. And Stony Brook has certainly been in "it" over the last four seasons as head coach Steve Pikiell has successfuly built a program that will annually compete for the America East Championship. Enterin his eighth season at the helm, Pikiell has led the Seawolves to a .500 or better record in the conference in four straight seasons, and in that span the team has captured two regular season championships, appeared in the America East Championship final twice and reached the postseason NIT twice. This season, Pikiell will have a different look to his team as he seeks to replace three starters lost to graduation. He returns nine letterwinners and although the personnel is slightly different, the goal remains the same: contend for the regular season championship and put the team in the best position possible to win the America East Championship and earn a bid into the NCAA Tournament.
Whoever wins the point guard battle will have a talented running mate at the shooting guard position. Junior Dave Coley (Brooklyn, N.Y.) has developed into a go-to scorer. In his sophomore season, he increased his scoring average by 3.5 points per game while also increasing his shooting percentage by nearly 10% (.317 to .409). He has a strong and quick first step, knows how to break defenders off the dribble and knows wehen to pull up shots versus driving to the basket. He spent all summer working on his shot and will look to further better his shooting percentage. An added bonus is that he's one of the team's best defenders and will often draw the assignment of stopping the opposing team's best defender.
Off the bench, Stony Brook will have veteran guards with the ability to make big shots and defend well. Senior Leonard Hayes (Voorhees, N.J) is a 6-4, three-point specialist who also has vastly improved on defense. Although he did not shoot as well in his junior year (.270) than his sophomore year (.451), he is a candidate to go on shooting hot streak at any time. Senior Marcus Rouse (Upper Marlboro, Md.) is a 6-1 off-guard providing an offensive spark with steady hands. He's capable of putting up big offensive nights without turning the ball over. For his career, he has a 39.8 shooting percentage and a 1.2 assist/turnover ratio.
Stony Brook has two talented freshmen at the guard/ wing position. Ryan Burnett (Richmond, Va.) played for a deep Benedictine Prep team and averaged 17 points a game for it as a senior. He is long, athletic and can shoot well. Ahmad Walker (Port Washington, N.Y.) returns to Long Island after spending three years at the Berkshire School in Sheffield, Mass. Perhaps one of the most athletic players on the team, Walker was a four-sport star at Berkshire and became the school's all-time leader in scoring with 1,745 points. He has excellent offensive instincts and can score by attacking the basket.
Adding depth to the squad is junior Ben Resner (Farmingdale, N.Y.), who is 6-2 and appeared in six games last season.
Expected to either start or be the sixth man is senior Ron Bracey (Cincinnati, Ohio). Bracey will be looked on to have the type of senior season Al Rapier had in 2011- 12 that includes improvement on both ends of the court. Bracey worked hard to get into better shape this summer, losing 25 pounds and working on his offensive game. He can score from anywhere on the court, spot-up the jumper and back down in the post.
There is one newcomer among the forwards and he is poised to make an immediate impact. 6-8 freshman Jameel Warney (Plainfield, N.J.) comes in as one of the program's best recruits ever and was ranked No. 5 among all New Jersey recruits last year. Warney is long and built to bang in the post. He has a polished offensive game and is a strong shot blocker. Last year for Roselle Catholic, he earned All-State honors after averaging 17.0 points, 13.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.5 blocks per game. He will challenge for the starting spot vacated by Joyner and could challenge to be America East's best interior player.