The prodigal son returned to Island Federal Arena as graduate guard Elijah Olaniyi led the Stony Brook men’s basketball team to an 80-72 win over the Maine Black Bears in the Seawolves’ conference opener on Saturday, Jan. 8.
Less than 24 hours after the men’s team beat the Black Bears at Island Federal Arena, the Stony Brook women’s basketball team crushed Maine 63-44 on the road this Sunday in a rematch of last year’s America East finals.
It’s not quite the environment of a team coming off its first-ever NCAA Tournament berth and second-straight America East championship, but that’s the point. The Stony Brook women’s basketball team doesn’t need to be reminded of the expectations on their shoulders this year, because they hold themselves to a higher standard than anyone else.
Two minutes and 30 seconds remained on the clock as the Stony Brook defense needed to prevent the Maine Black Bears from driving 56 yards to score a potential game-winning touchdown. One play was all that was required to ensure that would not happen.
After racking up four straight wins, Stony Brook’s season was looking promising, but that streak was tarnished as it has been followed up by three straight losses following a 4-1 blowout loss on the road to the Maine Black Bears on Sunday, Oct. 10.
After two shutout losses this week that saw the team drop to 2-2 in-conference and its 11-game home win streak snapped, the Seawolves do not have a winning record in America East play for the first time since September 2017.