2018–19 Stony Brook Seawolves men's basketball team

The 2018–19 Stony Brook Seawolves men's basketball team represented Stony Brook University in the 2018–19 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. They played their home games at the Island Federal Credit Union Arena in Stony Brook, New York and were led by third-year head coach Jeff Boals. The team won 24 regular season games, a school record as a Division I program, including a nation-leading 13 road wins and received the No. 2 seed in the America East Tournament. However, they lost in the quarterfinals to Binghamton.[1]

2018–19 Stony Brook Seawolves men's basketball
Stony Brook Seawolves wordmark.svg
CBI, First round
ConferenceAmerica East Conference
2018–19 record24–9 (12–4 America East)
Head coachJeff Boals (3rd season)
Assistant coachGeno Ford
Assistant coachBryan Weber
Assistant coachLamar Thornton
Home stadiumIsland Federal Credit Union Arena
Seasons
2018–19 America East Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Vermont 14 2   .875     27 7   .794
Stony Brook 12 4   .750     24 9   .727
UMBC 11 5   .688     21 13   .618
Hartford 10 6   .625     18 15   .545
UMass Lowell 7 9   .438     15 17   .469
Albany 7 9   .438     12 20   .375
Binghamton 5 11   .313     10 23   .303
Maine 3 13   .188     5 27   .156
New Hampshire 3 13   .188     5 24   .172
2019 America East Tournament winner

On March 17, 2019, Boals left the school to accept the head coaching position at his alma mater, Ohio.[2] Assistant coach Geno Ford was named interim head coach of the team in the College Basketball Invitational Tournament.[3]

Previous seasonEdit

The Seawolves finished the 2017–18 season 13–19, 7–9 in the America East Conference play to finish in fifth place. In the America East Tournament, they upset Albany on the road before losing to Vermont in the semifinals. Freshman Elijah Olaniyi was named America East Rookie of the Year, while sophomore Akwasi Yeboah was named All-America East Second Team.[4]

RosterEdit

2018–19 Stony Brook Seawolves men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 0 Jaron Cornish 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 178 lb (81 kg) Sr Champagnat Catholic School Abaco, Bahamas
G 1 Jules Moor 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 202 lb (92 kg) Fr Hargrave Military Academy Houston, TX
G 2 Miles Latimer 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 192 lb (87 kg) Fr Paul VI Catholic HS Fairfax, VA
G/F 3 Elijah Olaniyi 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 203 lb (92 kg) So Newark East Side HS Newark, NJ
C 4 Jeff Otchere 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 240 lb (109 kg) So Christopher Columbus HS Bronx, NY
G 5 Corry Long 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) So Hughes STEM HS Cincinnati, OH
G 10 Jordan McKenzie 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 189 lb (86 kg) So Hargrave Military Academy Concord, NC
G 11 Hassan Ceesay 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 189 lb (86 kg) Fr Newark East Side HS Newark, NJ
G 12 Makale Foreman 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Jr Hargrave Military Academy Kingsport, TN
G/F 15 Akwasi Yeboah 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 235 lb (107 kg) RS Jr Barking Abbey School Chigwell, England
C 21 Alex Christie 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 269 lb (122 kg) Fr The MacDuffie School Oakville, Ontario
G/F 23 Andrew Garcia 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 228 lb (103 kg) RS So The Master's School (CT) Harlem, NY
F 35 Anthony Ochefu 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 245 lb (111 kg) So Westtown School West Chester, PA
F 42 Nick Aubry 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Fr Chaminade High School Port Jefferson, NY
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: November 11, 2018

SeasonEdit

In their season opener at George Washington, Stony Brook fell behind 22–0 but rallied all the way back to force overtime and win, 77–74 in one of the largest comebacks in NCAA Division I history.[5] The Seawolves then upset South Carolina to win their first game against an SEC opponent in program history.[6] Stony Brook started 6–1 for the first time as a Division I program.[7] Stony Brook won 12 non-conference games, a new school record as a Division I program.[8] The team's seven true road wins led the nation.[9]

In the America East regular season, the Seawolves began 5–0 in conference play, including a comeback against Maine that came after an 18–point deficit.[10] They lost control of first place in the America East after a 72–53 defeat against Vermont at home.[11] The conference regular-season title was on the line in Stony Brook's second matchip at Vermont in March, and after falling down by 13, a 20–2 Stony Brook run gave them the lead only to fall by a final score of 50–56.[12] A 68–63 road victory at Hartford secured the No. 2 seed in the America East Tournament for Stony Brook; a loss would have dropped them to fourth place.[13]

In the quarterfinals of the America East Tournament, Stony Brook played seventh-seeded Binghamton. In a stunning upset, the Seawolves fell down by 24 points in the second half but would have cut the deficit to one after a Jaron Cornish layup and foul. However, the call was reversed to an offensive foul, sending the deficit back to four and sending Stony Brook home in an improbable loss.[14]

The Seawolves were invited to the 2019 College Basketball Invitational, where they travelled to Tampa to play South Florida. Although Stony Brook had a 25-point lead in the first half (48–23), they collapsed down the stretch and ultimately lost, 82–79, in overtime.[15]

Schedule and resultsEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Non-conference regular season
November 6, 2018*
7:02 pm, ESPN+
at George Washington[16]
Hall of Fame Tip Off campus game
W 77–74 OT 1–0
Charles E. Smith Center (3,188)
Washington, D.C.
November 9, 2018*
7:00 pm, SECN+
at South Carolina[17]
Hall of Fame Tip Off campus game
W 83–81  2–0
Colonial Life Arena (9,657)
Columbia, SC
November 16, 2018*
6:00 pm, ESPN3
vs. Holy Cross
Hall of Fame Tip Off semifinals
L 70–84  2–1
Mohegan Sun Arena 
Uncasville, CT
November 17, 2018*
8:30 pm, ESPN3
vs. Norfolk State
Hall of Fame Tip Off
W 72–65  3–1
Mohegan Sun Arena 
Uncasville, CT
November 21, 2018*
6:00 pm, ESPN3
Molloy W 97–61  4–1
Island Federal Credit Union Arena (2,449)
Stony Brook, NY
November 24, 2018*
2:00 pm, ESPN+
at Rhode Island W 68–58  5–1
Ryan Center (5,016)
Kingston, RI
November 27, 2018*
7:00 pm, ESPN+
at Norfolk State W 79–73  6–1
Joseph G. Echols Memorial Hall (1,712)
Norfolk, VA
December 1, 2018*
7:00 pm, ESPN3
Quinnipiac W 71–61  7–1
Island Federal Credit Union Arena (3,123)
Stony Brook, NY
December 5, 2018*
7:00 pm
at Manhattan W 69–62  8–1
Draddy Gymnasium (862)
Bronx, NY
December 8, 2018*
2:00 pm, ESPN+
at Brown L 69–71  8–2
Pizzitola Sports Center (1,137)
Providence, RI
December 12, 2018*
7:00 pm, ESPN3
LIU Brooklyn W 83–79  9–2
Island Federal Credit Union Arena (2,475)
Stony Brook, NY
December 16, 2018*
2:00 pm, ESPN+
Delaware W 74–68  10–2
Island Federal Credit Union Arena (2,435)
Stony Brook, NY
December 19, 2018*
7:00 pm, ESPN+
Hofstra L 64–71  10–3
Island Federal Credit Union Arena (2,539)
Stony Brook, NY
December 22, 2018*
2:00 pm, ESPN3
at Quinnipiac W 76–73  11–3
People's United Center (828)
Hamden, CT
December 29, 2018*
8:00 pm, ESPN3
at Northern Iowa W 73–63  12–3
McLeod Center (3,262)
Cedar Falls, IA
America East regular season
January 5, 2019
1:00 pm, ESPN+
at UMass Lowell W 75–63  13–3
(1–0)
Costello Athletic Center (652)
Lowell, MA
January 9, 2019
7:00 pm, ESPN3
Binghamton W 59–46  14–3
(2–0)
Island Federal Credit Union Arena (2,647)
Stony Brook, NY
January 12, 2019
7:00 pm, ESPN+
New Hampshire W 62–44  15–3
(3–0)
Island Federal Credit Union Arena (2,817)
Stony Brook, NY
January 19, 2019
1:00 pm, ESPN3
at Maine W 64–61  16–3
(4–0)
Cross Insurance Center (929)
Bangor, ME
January 23, 2019
7:00 pm, ESPN3
at Albany W 67–66 OT 17–3
(5–0)
SEFCU Arena (2,316)
Albany, NY
January 26, 2019
7:00 pm, ESPN3
Vermont L 52–73  17–4
(5–1)
Island Federal Credit Union Arena (4,009)
Stony Brook, NY
January 30, 2019
7:00 pm, ESPN+
at UMBC L 49–57  17–5
(5–2)
UMBC Event Center (2,260)
Baltimore, MD
February 2, 2019
7:00 pm, ESPN+
Hartford W 86–77  18–5
(6–2)
Island Federal Credit Union Arena (3,153)
Stony Brook, NY
February 6, 2019
7:00 pm, ESPN3
at Binghamton W 85–59  19–5
(7–2)
Binghamton University Events Center (1,683)
Vestal, NY
February 9, 2019
7:00 pm, ESPN+
UMass Lowell W 76–65  20–5
(8–2)
Island Federal Credit Union Arena (3,658)
Stony Brook, NY
February 16, 2019
1:00 pm, ESPN3
at New Hampshire W 64–62  21–5
(9–2)
Lundholm Gym (397)
Durham, NH
February 21, 2019
7:00 pm, ESPN+
Albany L 70–74  21–6
(9–3)
Island Federal Credit Union Arena (3,210)
Stony Brook, NY
February 23, 2019
7:00 pm, ESPN3
Maine W 81–53  22–6
(10–3)
Island Federal Credit Union Arena (3,236)
Stony Brook, NY
February 27, 2019
7:00 pm, ESPN+
UMBC W 78–63  23–6
(11–3)
Island Federal Credit Union Arena (2,790)
Stony Brook, NY
March 2, 2019
7:00 pm, ESPN+
at Vermont L 50–56  23–7
(11–4)
Patrick Gym (3,266)
Burlington, VT
March 5, 2019
7:00 pm, ESPN+
at Hartford W 68–63  24–7
(12–4)
Chase Arena at Reich Family Pavilion (964)
West Hartford, CT
America East Tournament
March 9, 2019
7:00 pm, ESPN3
(2) (7) Binghamton
Quarterfinal
L 72–78  24–8
Island Federal Credit Union Arena (3,108)
Stony Brook, NY
College Basketball Invitational
March 20, 2019*
7:00 PM, Bullvision
at South Florida
First round
L 79–82 OT 24–9
Yuengling Center (1,705)
Tampa, FL
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern.

Source[18]

ReferencesEdit

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