Wednesday’s defeat was the continuation of a month-long freefall that began on Feb. 2, when the America East banned Stony Brook from the postseason tournament for moving to the Colonial Athletic Association.
An unorthodox coaching tactic nearly paid off for the Stony Brook men’s basketball team, but the Seawolves’ final possession came up empty, resulting in a 74-70 loss to the Hartford Hawks on Sunday, Feb. 20.
In a postgame press conference following the Seawolves’ 88-82 win over the Hartford Hawks on Saturday, Feb. 19, head coach Geno Ford revealed the status of both Jahlil Jenkins and Juan Felix Rodriguez.
The Stony Brook men’s basketball team benefitted from statistical anomalies in the first half and withstood a reversion to the mean in the second half to come out on top over the Hartford Hawks 88-82 on Saturday, Feb. 19.
On Wednesday, Feb. 16, the Seawolves lost 95-84 to the UMBC Retrievers due to their opponent’s 18-for-30 performance from three. Stony Brook had crept its way back up to second place in the conference standings by winning its last two games.
Elijah Olaniyi, a former star guard on the Stony Brook men’s basketball team, has left the program and withdrawn from the University. He ends his Stony Brook career having scored 1,197 points, the eighth-most in the program’s Division I history.
With seven ticks still left on the clock, guard Anthony Roberts, the team’s leading scorer, became the hero of the night by racing down the distance of the court, overcoming a minor stumble and finishing with a layup through contact in six seconds.
With the Seawolves’ poor defense and two late charging fouls being unable to stop another loss in the final seconds, Stony Brook (13-10, 5-5 AE) was handed its third straight loss, this one 67-65 at home Monday night against New Hampshire.