Upon the resumption of play on Jan. 16 and 17, the Stony Brook men’s basketball team found its pre-stoppage momentum suddenly upended after getting swept at home by the New Hampshire Wildcats, falling to 6-6 (4-2 AE).
The Stony Brook men’s basketball team remains undefeated at their home confines of Island Federal Arena this season, as the Seawolves thoroughly beat up on an NAIA opponent, the Point Park Pioneers, by a score of 83-39 on Tuesday, Dec. 15.
Having seemingly stymied the Bryant Bulldogs with a defensive zone, it appeared as if the Stony Brook men’s basketball team was on its way to victory. Instead, the Seawolves dropped their third straight, 81-72, on Saturday, Dec. 12.
Down by 23, the SBU men’s basketball team was left for dead in its annual Battle of Long Island rivalry against the Hofstra Pride. The Seawolves came to within one possession with three minutes remaining, but could not get the stop they needed, falling 72-67.
Coming off a 14-point road loss to Saint Peter’s on Tuesday, the Stony Brook men’s basketball team needed overtime to best the Fairfield Stags home at Island Federal Arena on Friday, Dec. 4, squeaking out a 72-69 victory.
If last season was a transition year for head coach Geno Ford, this season looks to be a complete re-tooling. Stony Brook not only saw Olaniyi transfer out, but three other starters walked out alongside him — as well as some key bench players.
The plan was to ride a roster full of seniors to glory in what would have been the Stony Brook men’s basketball team’s best chance at reaching the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Tournament since 2016.