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Led by guard Roy Devyn Marble’s strong all-around performance, the Iowa University Hawkeyes defeated Stony Brook 75-63, Friday night March 22 in a second round game of the National Invitational Tournament (NIT) at Iowa City, Iowa.  Stony Brook’s defeat, coming two days after the program earned its first ever postseason victory in a 71-58 win at UMass, ended both its season and forward Tommy Brenton’s outstanding career.  Brenton leaves Stony Brook as its all-time Division I leader in assists, steals and rebounds. With the score deadlocked 41-41 early in the second half, the Hawkeyes used a 13-3 run to take control of the game.  After a three-point shot by guard Mike Gesell put Iowa up 44-41, Gesell found forward Melsahn Basabe for a dunk, which gave the home team a five-point lead.  A trey by forward Zach McCabe 10 minutes into the half afforded the Hawkeyes their first double-digit advantage…

The Retrievers got off to a solid start, outscoring Stony Brook 11-7 over the first 4:16 of play.  Forward Jameel Warney threw down an emphatic dunk off of a turnover to tie the game at seven.  A put back layup by guard Quentin Jones gave the Retrievers an 11-7 lead with 15:55 remaining. Down 15-9 with 11:55 left in the first half, Stony Brook forward Eric McAlister hit a layup and was fouled; he also nailed the ensuing free throw to cut the Seawolves’ deficit to 15-12.  However, UMBC forward Malik Garner answered right back with a 3-pointer that extended the Retrievers’ lead to 18-12.  A three-point shot by guard Joey Getz upped the visitors’ lead to 23-14, 9:17 before halftime. Unfazed, the Seawolves responded by going on a 13-0 scoring run, a spurt that gave them a 27-23 lead.  Consecutive treys by forward Ron Bracey and guard Marcus Rouse…

After securing consecutive home victories over Hartford and Boston University, Stony Brook men’s basketball began a two-game road trip, Friday, Jan. 18, against the University of Vermont Catamounts in Burlington. The Seawolves entered the game with an overall record of 13-4 and a conference record of 4-0. The Catamounts, who had won their previous two meetings with Stony Brook, including a 51-43 road triumph in the America East title game on March 10, 2012, came in with an 11-6 record on the season (4-1 in America East games). The game got off to a quick and physical start, with each team capitalizing on opportunities to earn points. When the score saw Stony Brook down 18-13 they started to show some toughness in order to close the point gap. A jumper by Stony Brook guard Dave Coley rimmed out, but the ball was dunked home by forward Jameel Warney to cut the team’s deficit to 18-15. Then, Warney blocked a…

After a hard fought road victory over Manhattan College on Tuesday, Jan. 1, men’s basketball returned home on Saturday afternoon to open America East Conference play against the Wildcats of the University of New Hampshire. The Seawolves entered the game with a record of 9-4 on the season. New Hampshire came in 4-9 overall and 0-1 in America East games.  Stony Brook has won the America East’s regular season title, which results in an automatic National Invitational Tournament (NIT) berth, in two of the last three seasons–the Seawolves finished 14-2 in conference play during the 2011-12 season. New Hampshire outscored the Seawolves 10-8 over the first 4:05 of play, a stretch that culminated when Wildcat forward Patrick Konan banked in a three. Konan’s shot came after Stony Brook guard Anthony Jackson connected on a trey to put the Seawolves up 8-7. Both teams missed their ensuing five shots from the…

After winning a 64-59 contest at Sacred Heart University on Tuesday, December 18, men’s basketball traveled to College Park, Maryland to battle the University of Maryland Terrapins, December 21. The Seawolves entered the game with an 8-2 record this season. Maryland, a member of the powerhouse Atlantic Coast Conference, was 9-1 this season coming into play on Friday night. After Stony Brook scored the game’s opening bucket, the Terrapins reeled off nine consecutive points to open up a 9-2 lead; center Alex Len scored seven of these nine Maryland points. Maryland took its first double-digit lead of the game, 20-10, with 13:47 remaining in the first half when guard Dez Wells converted a three-point play after being fouled during a driving lay-up. The Seawolves struggled from beyond the arc in the first half. The visitors’ only three-point basket of the half came from forward Scott King to cut their deficit to…

Stony Brook’s men’s basketball team is heading directly for an American East Conference Championship and the NCAAs, if their current momentum is any indication. Following a defeat by the University of Vermont on February 12, the Seawolves came right back to best Northeastern in a decisive 76-69 win on the Huskies’ home turf. Junior Tommy Brenton orchestrated the offense on Saturday, kicking the team’s energy into high gear in the second half. He was one of three players to end the game with double digits, scoring 13 points and adding seven rebounds, seven assists, two blocks and two steals to the action. Sophomore guard Dave Coley matched a career-high of 21 points, previously set against Boston University in the early days of the season. Senior Dallis Joyner added a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds and remained a solid force inside the paint, making Northeastern look outside to their…

In years past, finding more than a couple thousand Stony Brook students who even know the names of more than one player on the basketball team was probably an exercise in futility. But this wasn’t a normal year, and as that number of fans packed a raucous a Stony Brook University Arena on March 18, things seemed to be different for once.