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SBU Men's Basketball / Re: Game 28: vs. New Hampshire 2/18
« on: February 19, 2018, 12:07:56 am »
Any word on attendance today? Just want to know out of curiosity.

Per the box, it was over 3,000. I donít know if that many showed up, but Boals praised the crowd in the postgame.


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SBU Men's Basketball / Re: Game 28: vs. New Hampshire 2/18
« on: February 18, 2018, 06:34:15 pm »
Big-time effort from the seniors. It was four of them and Yeboah at the end. We are into the 5 spot now; not sure we can keep it though. While we get UMBC and UVM, UNH gets a potentially hungover Hartford team and Lowell.

We were terrific defensively in the last 15 minutes. Ty didnít fill up the box score but he was a difference maker on defense. Basically Leissner had his way and nobody else did anything for UNH other than turn the ball over. Fourteen of their 19 turnovers in the second half. Thatís a season high too.

We saw some good things from Ochefu today too; a couple nice lefty baby hooks and he was active defensively against a pretty good frontcourt.

Cornish ankle injury but minor. I thought Mac and UC played well. I loved Macís aggressiveness early, and UC led us in scoring.

How about that free throw shooting?!?! Man, does that make a difference.


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SBU Men's Basketball / Re: Game 27: at Binghamton 2/15
« on: February 18, 2018, 12:56:51 pm »
Itís a sad end to Tyís career. He was a nice reserve his first two years and, while he had some head scratchers, he still played an important role in our success as a junior. This year, it seems as though Boals has seen enough of him - nothing inside, too many turnovers, not enough on defense, poor shot selection a lot of the time. Tonight, 6 minutes, 3 fouls (1 a weak tech) and almost no contributions. Saintel had a nice first half, but the four other seniors combined for 5 points.

Just not enough firepower or consistency.


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I agree.  Seems like a nice kid, but since his surge in the 1st half of last season, it's been straight downhill for him.  Poor basketball IQ and athleticism just not showing up. 'Tis a shame.

Although Olaniyi makes a lot of freshmen mistakes, he shows lots of potential and he and Yeboah will be the core of the team next year.   Point guard worries me tremendously.  Cornish, who has abundant energy and athleticism, is just plain out of control too much, and that is a position that requires discipline as the quarterback of the team.  On the other hand, as I watch McKenzie closely, he lacks athleticism, and is downright slow - certainly more in control than Cornish, but can't see him being the starting PG moving forward.  For whatever reason, Almonacy has fallen out of favor, and he'll probably wind up transferring I'd imagine, if he's looking to continue his playing.  Personally, I'd play Almonacy now over McKenzie.

Saintel played a really good game last night - tremendously athletic, just needs to finish better around the rim generally.  That steal and dunk last night was the highlight of the game.  Also, Chef did some good things early in the game last night.   He's raw, but I definitely see potential there.
I agree on all fronts Oldseawolf. Especially with Almonancy.  Big mistake not playing a local product. Coach Boals has a lot to learn.  I personally think coach B is NOT a HC but more of an assisstant.

I'll reserve judgment on Boals for now. Not saying I completely disagree with you, but he deserves a longer leash. He did a nice job with last year's team.

On your other point, I'd have to think that very few are clamoring for more Almonacy. Granted, I'm surprised he's been DNP'd entirely, but I think that's mostly on merit. He has looked disinterested; maybe that's just on the outside. I could see him getting some bit time, but that Iroegbu has played the point when Mac and Cornish have been in foul trouble speaks volumes about how far Almonacy has fallen ... assuming he's not injured of course.

And if you have a problem with them not playing him simply because he's local, then you should take a close look at the recruits on our radar. Nobody's local. Problem with that or no? I do not because the Long Island hoops landscape is pretty barren in general. Let's get the best guys we can, regardless of their place of origin.

Checkmate. Coach Boals absolutey should be playing Almonacy over Cornish or McKenzie. Boals wont because he didnt recruit Almonacy . Coach P was widely liked and popular on long Island because he did have a couple of local products from L I on his team. Woodhouse had a nice following when he was here, so does Almonacy ..

Last year team was not his team. It was still Pikiell so, I give Boals very little credit for their season.

I have to give coach Boals one more season as well before I make a final judgement call on him, but from what I am seeing of his play calling and use of timeouts, he is as green as they come..

Savion Lewis, PG,is  the best player on Long Island and is averaging 33 points per game for Half Hollow Hills .He has no offers from Stony Brook. Now could that be because of his grades? Possible.. Maybe someone with some info can tell me if this is the case or not.. HH plays Ward Melville next week in the 2nd round of the playoffs..

 https://247sports.com/Player/Savion-Lewis-46035309

He committed to Quinnipiac a couple months ago.

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SBU Men's Basketball / Re: 2018 Recruiting
« on: February 17, 2018, 07:53:06 pm »
Latimer is an A10 caliber kid who would be on the All rookie team after competing there his freshman year.He's always played with 5 star talent in AAU (Team takeover) and HS (Paul IV). So he's always come off the bench. He could start on many of the other teams in DC. This is a kid that may make a summer league roster some day and earn a few hundred thousand bucks a year playing in Europe. He's that good and attending SBU will allow him to Florish greatly. If Latimer didn't commit before attending Oladipo camp last July where 100 MM-HM coaches were
He'd be on his way to an A10 or Big East school.He dominated the competition there, a lot of top 100 kids were there and he out played many of them. He's one of the best recruiting steals on the East coast.

SBU's perimeter attack will be one of the best in the AE next season. Yeboah,Elijah,Cornish,Latimer

Post more often, Ball. This is encouraging info that we need to hear more of.

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SBU Men's Basketball / Game 28: vs. New Hampshire 2/18
« on: February 17, 2018, 11:04:41 am »
NEW HAMPSHIRE
Record:
10-17 (6-7 America East)
Last Game: L, 71-58, at Vermont 2/15
Last 10: 4-6
Last Meeting: New Hampshire 53-51 on 2/1/17; 10 for 24 on free throws
CM Unofficial Line: Stony Brook -2
KenPom RPI: Stony Brook 247, New Hampshire 264
KenPom Prediction: Stony Brook 67, New Hampshire 63
Listen/Watch:
TV: http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3273625/new-hampshire-vs-stony-brook-m-basketball
Stony Brook radio: http://www.whli.com/listen-live.aspx
Notables:
6-7/230 sr F Tanner Leissner 18.6 ppg, 7.4 ppg, .771 FT%
6-9/230 sr F Iba Camara 9.8 ppg, 10.9 rpg, .485 FG%
6-0/190 jr G Jordan Reed 7.6 ppg, .341 3-pt FG%
6-5/185 fr G Josh Hopkins 7.4 ppg
6-1/190 so G John Ogwuche 6.5 ppg, .829 FT%, .426 3-pt FG%

Nothing about this series has been pretty of late. I mean, the one up in Durham last month was flat-out ghastly, both teams shooting 35 percent, missing a million free throws (21 for 41 combined) and squandering opportunities. We had the game in our hands late, but bricks and turnovers cost us. The story of the season really.

Last four games in the series: them 53-51, us 64-61, us 59-56, us 59-58. All close ones. I suspect we'll see the same on Sunday. New Hampshire has a way of mucking it up by getting on the glass and to the line.

One guy not mentioned above is the kid Armstrong (actually, he's 23), who I feel like was pegged to be the third guy for them but never could be consistent. He's gone the way of Sturdivant, with his minutes being limited in favor of guys like Hopkins, Ogwuche and Elijah Jordan. Armstrong played just three minutes against Vermont.

Herrion spreads it out pretty well, with Leissner coming in at 35 minutes per game, and six others over 20.

What's interesting is that you look at their shot totals and you have Leissner at 372 for a good reason, then Camara at 200 and Hopkins one back at 199 despite playing 100 fewer minutes. I bring it up because he's shooting a brutal 33 percent from the floor and 29 percent from three. Yuck.

If we win, I believe we overtake UNH for the 5 seed in the AE tournament by virtue of our win over Hartford; UNH has the far easier schedule to end the year so I think they'd take it back. But I don't think anyone's getting too worked up about whether we're the 5 or the 6. But it's interesting that you're either looking at facing the old guard (Albany/Vermont) or the new kids on the block (Hartford/UMBC). I think I'd rather go with the latter, but either way, I'm not very optimistic.

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SBU Men's Basketball / Re: Game 27: at Binghamton 2/15
« on: February 17, 2018, 10:26:13 am »
Itís a sad end to Tyís career. He was a nice reserve his first two years and, while he had some head scratchers, he still played an important role in our success as a junior. This year, it seems as though Boals has seen enough of him - nothing inside, too many turnovers, not enough on defense, poor shot selection a lot of the time. Tonight, 6 minutes, 3 fouls (1 a weak tech) and almost no contributions. Saintel had a nice first half, but the four other seniors combined for 5 points.

Just not enough firepower or consistency.


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I agree.  Seems like a nice kid, but since his surge in the 1st half of last season, it's been straight downhill for him.  Poor basketball IQ and athleticism just not showing up. 'Tis a shame.

Although Olaniyi makes a lot of freshmen mistakes, he shows lots of potential and he and Yeboah will be the core of the team next year.   Point guard worries me tremendously.  Cornish, who has abundant energy and athleticism, is just plain out of control too much, and that is a position that requires discipline as the quarterback of the team.  On the other hand, as I watch McKenzie closely, he lacks athleticism, and is downright slow - certainly more in control than Cornish, but can't see him being the starting PG moving forward.  For whatever reason, Almonacy has fallen out of favor, and he'll probably wind up transferring I'd imagine, if he's looking to continue his playing.  Personally, I'd play Almonacy now over McKenzie.

Saintel played a really good game last night - tremendously athletic, just needs to finish better around the rim generally.  That steal and dunk last night was the highlight of the game.  Also, Chef did some good things early in the game last night.   He's raw, but I definitely see potential there.
I agree on all fronts Oldseawolf. Especially with Almonancy.  Big mistake not playing a local product. Coach Boals has a lot to learn.  I personally think coach B is NOT a HC but more of an assisstant.

I'll reserve judgment on Boals for now. Not saying I completely disagree with you, but he deserves a longer leash. He did a nice job with last year's team.

On your other point, I'd have to think that very few are clamoring for more Almonacy. Granted, I'm surprised he's been DNP'd entirely, but I think that's mostly on merit. He has looked disinterested; maybe that's just on the outside. I could see him getting some bit time, but that Iroegbu has played the point when Mac and Cornish have been in foul trouble speaks volumes about how far Almonacy has fallen ... assuming he's not injured of course.

And if you have a problem with them not playing him simply because he's local, then you should take a close look at the recruits on our radar. Nobody's local. Problem with that or no? I do not because the Long Island hoops landscape is pretty barren in general. Let's get the best guys we can, regardless of their place of origin.

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SBU Men's Basketball / Game 27: at Binghamton 2/15
« on: February 16, 2018, 12:15:28 am »
Itís a sad end to Tyís career. He was a nice reserve his first two years and, while he had some head scratchers, he still played an important role in our success as a junior. This year, it seems as though Boals has seen enough of him - nothing inside, too many turnovers, not enough on defense, poor shot selection a lot of the time. Tonight, 6 minutes, 3 fouls (1 a weak tech) and almost no contributions. Saintel had a nice first half, but the four other seniors combined for 5 points.

Just not enough firepower or consistency.


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SBU Men's Basketball / Re: Game 27: at Binghamton 2/15
« on: February 15, 2018, 06:55:18 pm »
I feel like weíre going to stub our toe tonight. BU is better than its record.


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SBU Men's Basketball / 2019 Recruiting
« on: February 12, 2018, 05:26:59 pm »
Per Pat Lawless, we have Bloomfield (NJ) guard Mike Ramos on our radar. VC says he has offers from Manhattan and Kent State, and that we and Columbia are in to watch him tonight. 6-1 guard. If Columbia's in the mix, he's obviously no dummy.

More on Ramos: https://www.tapinto.net/towns/bloomfield/articles/boys-basketball-ramos-sets-high-expectations-for

A couple more crumbs from Lawless: we caught Ď19 guards Heru Bligen and Chris Ings at games at the end of January. Weíve made an offer to both.

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SBU Men's Basketball / Game 27: at Binghamton 2/15
« on: February 12, 2018, 11:58:53 am »
BINGHAMTON
Record:
10-16 (1-10 America East)
Last Game: L, 78-68, vs. UMBC 2/8
Last 10: 1-9
Last Meeting: Stony Brook 77-66 on 1/18/18; Yeboah 28 and 11
CM Unofficial Line: Stony Brook -1.5
KenPom RPI: Stony Brook 239, Binghamton 296
KenPom Prediction: Stony Brook 68, Binghamton 67
Listen/Watch:
TV: http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3273538/stony-brook-vs-binghamton
Stony Brook radio: http://www.943theshark.com/listenlive.aspx
Notables:
6-3/205 rjr G JC Show 14.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.2 spg, .877 FT%, .354 3-pt FG%
6-9/225 jr F Thomas Bruce 11.5 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 2.3 bpg, .610 FG%
6-6/200 sr F Willie Rodriguez 9.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg, .490 FG%
6-3/185 jr G Everson Davis 7.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg
6-0/180 so G Fard Muhammad 7.3 ppg, .403 3-pt FG%
6-7/180 fr F Tyler Stewart 5.7 ppg

We can say that we're still jockeying for position, but realistically, we're looking at a tough first-round road test no matter what unfolds over the last couple weeks. We're effectively three games back of Albany with four to play, and it would take an incredible collapse from Hartford to fall all the way back to five, not to mention a surge of momentum for us.

Hopefully, though, we're trying to turn a corner here, and to be playing our best basketball going into March. Granted, a home win over Lowell and squeaker at Maine aren't exactly these momentous confidence boosts, but we'll take anything at this point.

Binghamton's now a game and a half back of eighth-place Maine for the final conference tournament spot, AND Maine swept the season series. So it's tough row to hoe right now for BU. However, if it has any designs on sneaking in, they're going to need this one.

I'm a little surprised by how poorly Bingo has fared this year. Bruce is a nice guy in the middle, Rodriguez is a 1,000 point scorer, and Show is capable of some big nights (although I think he's such a gunner). A little wild card who has entered the fray is the kid Stewart, who barely saw the floor against us the first time, but has since had a stretch of three straight double-digit nights, and a fourth game where he went for 9 points. And then there's another freshman, Andre Odero, who went for 14 in their last outing against UMBC, hoisting 13 shots in a season-high 25 minutes.

So it seems like BU is trying to figure some things out as well, and that includes a youth movement akin to ours with Olaniyi, Ochefu and McKenzie.

How about Bingo's most recent loss to Maine Ė 13 for 40 from three. 40 of their 71 shots from deep. That is something.

I worry about this one. BU didn't play well against us, but in the times I've seen them otherwise, they've looked all right, in particular when they absolutely took it to Albany early in the conference season.

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SBU Men's Basketball / Game 26: at Maine 2/11
« on: February 11, 2018, 08:04:23 pm »
MacKenzine and Olaniyi both look they're going to be good. I'd like to see more of Garcia but I don't think you could take minutes away from Saintel or UC and/or Cornish.

No chance, AV. Garcia isnít ready for prime time, and Junior was a monster defensively today. That is going to be a big part of this team down the stretch. We ran away from Lowell when we turned up the intensity defensively - on-the-ball pressure, deflections, challenging shots, etc. Junior had three steals and five blocks today. I wonder when that happened last at SBU. Maybe some Warney game. Junior is fairly limited offensively, but if he can fill a stat sheet with his energy, between steals, blocks and offensive rebounds, fantastic. Heís the closest thing we have to a shot blocker, and the shots he didnít get he may have challenged or at least got the opponent thinking about it. He helped out on Calixteís last drive and shot, which he short-armed. Olaniyi has been tough defensively too. His deflection made Calixte go get the ball past halfcourt and attack our defense starting at 60 feet away.

I donít get the complaints about the threes - at least not today. You realize they were a big reason why we won, right? 7 for 16 in the first half, 4 for 13 in the second. Iíll take 11 makes every time. We won this game because we shut down Calixte in the second half and some guys not named Yeboah hit some big shots, including, lo and behold, some free throws.


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SBU Men's Basketball / Game 26: at Maine 2/11
« on: February 11, 2018, 04:07:39 pm »
Great W, guys! Some ups and downs in this one, but a flurry at the end does it.

Edit: almost spoke too soon


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SBU Men's Basketball / Re: Game 26: at Maine 2/11
« on: February 11, 2018, 04:05:02 pm »
Come on, Ty, ice this thing.


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SBU Men's Basketball / Re: Game 26: at Maine 2/11
« on: February 11, 2018, 03:35:17 pm »
Free throw contest the rest of the way. Edge: Maine


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SBU Men's Basketball / Re: 2018 Recruiting
« on: February 09, 2018, 02:21:55 pm »
I'm looking forward to seeing the kid Latimer get here. At first, I thought "this guy isn't even starting for his HS team as a senior?!?!?" but then you see that the team's ranked fourth in the country and he has blue-chippers in front of him, and it makes me appreciate that he has a definitive role with the team. Every day in practice is a good test.

https://twitter.com/CapitolHoops/status/957375642475036672

Just in the backcourt ...
Trevor Keels ('21) Ė freshman who has an offer from Wake Forest
Jeremy Roach ('20) Ė 5 star
Anthony Harris ('19) Ė 4 star

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