Men's hoops takes on Eastern Illinois on Santa Day

Marcus Rouse

Nov. 30, 2012

2012-13 Stony Brook Men's Basketball

Game #8: Eastern Illinois (3-5) at Stony Brook (5-2)
Sat., Dec. 1  •  Pritchard Gymnasium  •  Stony Brook, N.Y.  •  2 p.m.

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SANTA DAY Get into the holiday spirit with Santa Day at Pritchard Gymnasium! Visit Wolfie's Winter Wonderland an hour before tip-off and take your picture with Santa Claus for just $2. Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies from Fratelli's Marketplace of Stony Brook.

SEAWOLVES STUFF-A-BUS -  Stony Brook Athletics will be collecting wrapped or unwrapped children's toys or a $10 donation for a toy to be purchased. Our students will "stuff a bus" with all the toys and deliver them to our friends from The Sunrise Fund. Fans who donate will receive two (2) free tickets to a Stony Brook Women's Basketball game in January. Max of eight (8) tickets per person.



Stony Brook Seawolves (5-2, 0-0 America East)
Head Coach: Steve Pikiell, eighth season
Overall Record: 105-138
Record at SBU: 100-120

Eastern Illinois Panthers (3-5, 0-0 Ohio Valley)
Head Coach: Jay Spoonhour, first season
Overall Record: 9-9
Record at EIU: 3-5

About the Game
Fresh off its best November in its Div. I history, Stony Brook embarks on a difficult December with its final non-conference home game of the season against Eastern Illinois. It is in fact SB's final home game for the next month as the Seawolves head into a stretch of playing schools from the NEC, ACC, BIG EAST and MAAC all on the road. Today is a rematch of last season's nailbiter in Charleston, Ill., that saw the Panthers come away with a 72-69 victory. It was the first and only meeting between the two teams. SB has never faced any other member of the Ohio Valley Conference.

The Last Meeting
Stony Brook69
Eastern Illinois72
December 3, 2011
Charleston, Ill.
Men's hoops gets clipped at EIU, 72-69
Eastern Illinois's Jeremy Granger scored 25 points, and the Panthers took advantage of 17 free throw attempts in the second half as the Stony Brook men's basketball team lost, 72-69, Saturday afternoon at Lantz Arena. Senior Al Rapier led the Seawolves with a career-high 19 points and nine rebounds.

Scouting Eastern Illinois
The Panthers are a drastically different team from last season. Under new head coach Jay Spoonhour, the Panthers lost all five starters from last season, including leading scorer Jeremy Granger, who averaged 15.9 points and dropped 25 on the Seawolves last season. Josh Piper has picked up the slack, averaging nearly 12 points while shooting 47% from the field. Austin Akers is playing well at the point with a 2.5 assist/turnover ratio. He is playing a team- high 35.8 minutes a game.

Last Time Out
Stony Brook shot 53.7% from the field, and outplayed Cornell in nearly every part of the game as the Seawolves rolled to a 76-53 road win over the Big Red this past Wednesday. The Seawolves used a mix of inside and outside offense, outscoring Cornell in the paint 32-8 while also turning 17 Big Red turnovers into 29 points and turning 12 offensive rebounds into 13 points. On defense, SB limited Cornell to just 34.8% shooting and just 16 field goals the entire game. Jameel Warney had a career- high 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Anthony Jackson scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Seawolves.