Stony Brook Seawolves men's basketball
|Stony Brook Seawolves|
|University||Stony Brook University|
|Location||Stony Brook, NY|
|Head coach||Jeff Boals (1st year)|
|Arena||Island Federal Credit Union Arena
|Student section||The Red Zone|
|Colors||Red, Blue, and Gray
|NCAA Tournament appearances|
|Conference tournament champions|
|Conference regular season champions|
|2010, 2012, 2013, 2016|
The Stony Brook Seawolves men’s basketball team is the college basketball program representing Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York. The Seawolves currently participate as part of the NCAA Division I basketball, and compete on the America East Conference. The Seawolves currently play their home games in the Island Federal Credit Union Arena.
The team had their most successful year in the 2015–16, winning the America East regular season and tournament title to earn a bid to their first NCAA Tournament. The school hired long time Ohio State assistant Jeff Boals as head coach after Steve Pikiell left to become the head coach at Rutgers University.
- 1 Team history
- 2 Facilities
- 3 Coaches
- 4 Postseason results
- 5 Season-by-season results
- 6 Rivalries
- 7 References
The Seawolves joined Division I play in 1999–2000 season. They have an all time win-loss record of 256–264 (.492) in Division I play following the 2015–16 season.
Pre-Division I era (1960–1999)
Stony Brook University first fielded a basketball program in the 1960–61 basketball season initially playing their home games at the local Walt Whitman High School (1960–1962) while located at Oyster Bay (at that time State University College on Long Island). The campus relocated to its present site in 1962 and temporarily played their home games at Port Jefferson High School (1962–64) until the construction of the Pritchard Gymnasium in the late 1960s. Since the 1960s the Stony Brook Patriots played at the Division III level and participated several different conferences, also spending many years of its development as an independent program. While first struggling in its initial years with Dan Farrell (1960–64), Stony Brook later enjoyed some success in the Knickerbocker Conference with coach Herbie Brown (Larry Brown's brother). He was head basketball coach at SUNY Stony Brook in 1964–69, earning Coach of the Year honors following the 1969 season. That team's P. A. announcer, Paul (the Bean) Kornreich, was once compared in the local press with the Philadelphia 76ers announcer Dave Zinkoff. Coaches Ron Bash, Dick Kendall, and Joe Castigle helped develop the program in the late 1970s and 1980s and by the early 1990s Stony Brook participated in the New York metropolitan-based Skyline Conference.
The 1990s saw the University experience tremendous growth in its academic programs leading Stony Brook to become one of the leading public research universities of the SUNY system, and a leading institution at the national level. However, its athletic programs were not on par with the rest of the successes at the university, and then president Shirley Strum Kenny set out to transition Stony Brook to the Division I level. In 1995, then Stony Brook Patriots were renamed as the Seawolves, the basketball program initiated a transition to Division I offering scholarships for the first time in 1995. Division II basketball was played until 1999, when the men's basketball officially entered Division I after a four-year transition under the command of head coach Bernard Tomlin. In 2001, after two years of basketball at the D-I Independent level, the Seawolves joined the America East conference.
Early years in Division I and Steve Pikiell (1999–2009)
The initial years of the Stony Brook men's basketball program in an America East play faced many hardships and the team remained in the bottom slots of the conference standings year after year from 2001 through 2008. Through this initial seven seasons Stony Brook didn't have a single conference winning season, even less overall. The program also struggled in the academic end being held in NCAA probation for the 2004–05 season prior to Pikiell's arrival due to a low APR. The program bottomed-out on the 2005–06 season in which the team ended with a 4–24 overall season, and 2–14 in the America East being ranked ninth in the conference standings. The 2006–07 didn't see much improvement as the Seawolves again performed poorly to a 9–20, 4–12 in the America East ending the season last in the standings for the second straight year. A 2007–08 season again reserved the last place for the Seawolves with a 7–23 overall, 3–13 America East record. During this initial seven year stretch the Seawolves were 55–140 overall, 32–84 in the America East. The 2008–09 season showed signs of improvement in the program leading to the first winning season under the America East with a 16–14 overall, 8–8 in America East play allowing the Seawolves to be fourth seeded for the first time in the AE tournament, however, they lost in the opening round against New Hampshire.
Recent success (2009–present)
After coming off their most successful season in 2008–09 the Seawolves showed signs of a more improved team. In the 2009–10 the Seawolves marked a 22–10, 13–3 record to propel them to the top of the ranks of America East conference in the 2009–2010 season. Ranked as top seed for the AEC tournament, the Seawolves posted a Quarterfinals 68–59 victory over 8th seeded Albany advancing to the semifinals to face off the Boston Terriers. The Seawolves played against Boston University in a decisive game but ending in a 70–63 loss against BU, erasing their chances of reaching their first ever NCAA tournament. However, due to their regular-season record the Seawolves were invited to the post-season NIT but lost to the top seeded Illinois in a sellout crowd at the Stony Brook Arena. After a successful season for the Stony Brook Seawolves, with increased expectations for the upcoming year and increased interest from fans, the Seawolves were able to obtain their largest broadcasting package in the school’s young Division I history. A 2010–2011 season broadcasting package included a historic three regular season national broadcast on the ESPN network, a game on SNY, and five games spread throughout the season to be broadcast on MSG+PLUS across the tri-state region. New expectations also came in with disappointments as one of the prominent players was lost with a season-ending injury, the forward Tommy Brenton who was out for the entire season with a medical redshirt. In March 2016, the Seawolves achieved their first NCAA Tournament in their school history.
The 2010–2011 season started with a season opener game against the Connecticut Huskies at the Gampel Pavilion resulting in a 79–52 loss to the eventual national champions. The Seawolves then opened their home season two days later with an 80–43 win against Division III Mount Ida. The Seawolves posted a second straight win at Monmouth on for a 51–49 end of the game for their first ever national broadcast on ESPN (College Tip-off Marathon). The Seawolves went on to win their third straight with a 66–59 over Fairleigh Dickinson. Coming back home the Seawolves played against Wagner, losing a close 58–54 game in which free-throws percentage largely affected the team. After the lost against Wagner, the Seawolves hosted Lehigh at the Gymnasium and at one point in the second half held to a 14-point lead, however, a late run by Lehigh allowed the team to get tie and eventually beat the Seawolves on overtime by a score of 79–76. The Seawolves then traveled to New York, NY to play a match up against the Columbia Lions, a game which the Seawolves lost by a score of 73–72 which resulted in the third straight lost by the Seawolves by four or less points, and the second straight lost in which the Seawolves held substantial leads in the second half but weren't able to close it. The Seawolves then traveled to Holy Cross to play a game which also resulted to be very close but which ended on Seawolves favor with a game winning layup by Dave Coley with a second of regulation to capture the Seawolves fourth win of the season, a score of 54–53. The Seawolves battled Sacred Heart but fell at home to a score of 75–66 and then traveled to South Bend, Indiana to face off against No. 24 Notre Dame, their second Big East team of the season. Seawolves battled Notre Dame for most of the first half keeping a score of 29–26 but allowed an 8–0 run to end the half leading to an eventual 88–62 loss.
The Seawolves opened conference play with a win against UMBC and continued throughout the season with struggles in the offensive end and with injuries affecting their sole senior Chris Martin and other players for most of the season. Due to injuries, Pikiell resorted to using the bench more often allowing for Sophomore like Leonard Hayes to get more playing time. Hayes was able to show his potential, entering the starting five and showing his improvement in the conference tournament. Overall, Stony Brook ended the regular season with a 13–16 record and 8–8 in the America East and headed to the tournament as the number fifth seed. In their quarterfinal match against Albany the Seawolves were able to use strong defense and a stellar offense to drag a 67–61 win against Albany at Hartford against an opponent that swept them in the regular season. The Semifinals then played the next day against No. 1 Vermont ending in a surprising offensive effort by Stony Brook, who led from the beginning to the end, to capture a 69–47 promising win against a Vermont team who also swept them in the regular season. For the first time in Stony Brook's Division I program history, the Seawolves were to participate in the America East championship game. Their next match up was announced to be the No. 2 Boston Terriers. On March 12 the Championship was hosted at Agganis Arena at Boston. Again, Stony Brook showed a strong first half outing and a strong defense for most of game and held to a lead of up to 15 points. However, with less than a minute in the clock the terriers tied the game thanks to the John Holland (America East POY), and then captured the lead with a decisive foul on Stony Brook with 2 seconds of regulation left. Boston went on to win 56–54 to end the Seawolves hopes for their first-ever NCAA tournament bid. Chris Martin is to graduate, and Tommy Brenton (injured Junior) is set to return for the 2011–12 season
The Seawolves earned their second regular season championship after winning 14 games in the conference season for their first time ever. They clinched the top seed of the America East tournament and defeated Binghamton 78–69 in the first round. Stony Brook faced off against Albany in the semifinals and came out victorious on a decisive buzzer beater tip-in by Dallis Joyner to advance to the finals by a score of 57–55. The Seawolves would go on to play against the Vermont Catamounts on a soldout Stony Brook Arena falling by the score of 51–43 and failing to earn their first trip to the NCAA. By means of earning the regular season championship the Seawolves secured the autobid to the NIT and faced top seeded Seton Hall in a close matchup that went down to the last bucket as the Seawolves fell to Seton Hall 63–61 to close their season 22–10, 14–2.
After five trips to the conference finals, the Seawolves finally won the America East Conference Tournament, beating Vermont 80-74, and earning their first berth to the NCAA Tournament.
With the top three scorers from the previous year graduating, and having to hire a new head coach, the Seawolves were picked to finish 7th out of 9 teams in the America East Conference in the preseason polls. The Seawolves concluded their season finishing in 2nd place with a 17 - 12 record (12 - 4 in the conference).
The Seawolves play their home games in the Island Federal Credit Union Arena. The facility underwent a $21.1 million renovation from 2012-2014, and has a capacity of 4,160 seats. This includes four luxury boxes and a VIP lounge area at the lodge level with premium court-side seating. It contains four scoreboards and two video boards.
The following have been the head coaches of Stony Brook men's basketball since 1960
- Dan Farrel (1960–64)
- Herb Brown (1964–69)
- Rollie Massimino (1969–71)
- Don Covaleski (1971–74)
- Ron Bash (1974–78)
- Dick Kendall (1978–84)
- Joe Castigle (1984–91)
- Bernard Tomlin (1991–99)
- Nick Macarchuk (1999–05)
- Steve Pikiell (2005–16)*
- Jeff Boals (2016–present)
Current coaching staff
|Jeff Boals||Head Coach||Ohio||1995|
|Geno Ford||Assistant Head Coach||Ohio||1997|
|Lamar Chapman||Assistant Coach||Lane||1993|
|Bryan Weber||Assistant Coach||Akron||2010|
|Andrew Goldstein||Coordinator of Basketball Operations||Ohio State||2014|
*After the 2015–16 season. Pikiell left to become Head Coach of Rutgers in March 2016.
NCAA tournament results
|2016||#13||First Round||#4 Kentucky||L 57–85|
The Seawolves achieved their first National Invitation Tournament (NIT) appearance in 2010. They achieved their first ever postseason tournament victory by defeating Massachusetts in the first round of the 2013 NIT before losing to Iowa in the second round. Their overall combined NIT record is 1–3.
|2010||First Round||Illinois||L 66–76|
|2012||First Round||Seton Hall||L 61–63|
The Seawolves have appeared in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) three times. Their combined record is 0–3.
|2014||First Round||Siena||L 55–66|
|2015||First Round||Mercer||L 70–72|
|2017||First Round||UIC||L 69–71|
|Dan Farrell (Independent) (1960–1964)|
|Herb Brown (Independent/Knickerbocker) (1964–1969)|
|Rollie Massimino (Knickerbocker) (1969–1971)|
|Don Covaleski (Knickerbocker) (1971–1974)|
|Dr. Ron Bash (Knickerbocker) (1974–1978)|
|Dick Kendall (Independent) (1978–1984)|
|Joe Castigle (Independent/Skyline) (1984–1991)|
|Bernard Tomlin (Skyline/NECC) (1991–1999)|
|Nick Macarchuk (Independent/America East) (1999–2005)|
|Steve Pikiell (America East) (2005–2016)|
|2009–10||Steve Pikiell||22–10||13–3||1st||NIT 1st round|
|2010–11||Steve Pikiell||15–17||8–8||5th||AE Tournament Finals|
|2011–12||Steve Pikiell||22–10||14–2||1st||NIT 1st round|
|2012–13||Steve Pikiell||25–8||14–2||1st||NIT 2nd round|
|2013–14||Steve Pikiell||23–9||13–3||2nd||CBI First Round|
|2014–15||Steve Pikiell||23–12||12–4||2nd||CBI First Round|
|2015–16||Steve Pikiell||26–6||14–2||1st||NCAA tournament First round|
|Jeff Boals (America East) (2016–present)|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
Albany is Stony Brook's SUNY rival and biggest rival in general in athletics. This has led to intense competition in basketball games each year. Fans and players of both schools show a lot of passion in these rivalry games.
A heated rivalry between Vermont and Stony Brook was inevitable. Since 2009, Pikiell has won three America East regular-season titles and the Catamounts were the primary team Stony Brook had to knock off.
The Seawolves and the Hofstra Pride have a geographical rivalry, a battle for Long Island supremacy. Due to a Hofstra decision, the rivalry was put on hold and since 2008–2009 Hofstra quit playing any games against the Seawolves for six years. Hofstra and Stony Brook resumed men's basketball rivalry in 2014. Hofstra leads the all-time series 19–4, since many of the games were played in the days of pre-Division I era (1960–1999) of Stony Brook.
- "Stony Brook University Brand". Retrieved 2017-04-05.
- "Stony Brook hires Buckeyes' Boals as new coach". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2016-04-14.