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.
Playing his first home game for the Stony Brook men’s basketball team, Anthony Roberts pulled the trigger on a tie-breaking three that erupted Island Federal Arena as it stamped a 75-72 comeback win over the Sacred Heart Pioneers on Monday, Nov. 22.
Two seasons ago, Stony Brook graduate guard Elijah Olaniyi came into his own, solidifying himself as a star as a junior by putting up averages of 18.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. The Seawolves finished 20-13 and in second place in the America East, but were bounced by Hartford in the semifinals of the conference tournament.
This Stony Brook men’s basketball team is built to shoot threes. But converting them was a problem in the season opener as the Seawolves fell apart against the George Mason Patriots on Tuesday, Nov. 9 in a 74-52 loss at EagleBank Arena in Fairfax.
Playing the UMass Lowell River Hawks on Feb. 27, the Seawolves were brutalizing a team they had historically dominated (15-1), a team that had never won a conference playoff game before. After halftime, everything fell apart.
The Stony Brook men’s basketball team was going to enter the America East Tournament. Although success from beyond the arc in a first game win offered hope that the team was turning a corner, the Seawolves could not carry it over to the second game.
The last two weeks offered a hefty challenge for the Stony Brook men’s basketball team, with four games against the top two teams in the America East standings. After being swept the Vermont Catamounts, the Seawolves lost all four of those contests.