Dec. 27, 2011
2011-12 Stony Brook Men's Basketball
Game #10: Cornell Big Red (4-6) at Stony Brook Seawolves (3-6)
Wed., Dec. 28 • Pritchard Gymnasium • Stony Brook, N.Y. • 7 p.m.
Optimum Local Channel 118 with Mike Solano & Rob Pavinelli
On the Radio
WUSB 90.1 FM & GoSeawolves.org with Curt Hylton & Jeff Bernstein
INFO: GAME NOTES (PDF)
Stony Brook Seawolves (3-6, 0-0 America East)
Head Coach: Steve Pikiell, seventh season
Overall Record: 81-132
Record at SBU: 76-114
Cornell Big Red (4-6, 0-0 Ivy League)
Head Coach: Bill Courtney, second season
Overall Record: 14-24
Record at Cornell: Same
About the Game: Stony Brook comes back from the holiday break to welcome the Ivy League’s Cornell Big Red to Pritchard Gymnasium. Both teams are looking to break a modest two-game losing streak and get on the right track as conference play looms. This is the sixth all-time meeting between the two teams, and Cornell leads 4-1, including a 60-52 win in Ithaca last season.
Last Time Out: Stony Brook made program history by playing at the world’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden, but the team’s offensive woes continued in a 67-58 loss to Rutgers. The Seawolves shot only 26.7% and connected on only 16 field goals in the game. The Seawolves did outrebound Rutgers, 40-34, including grabbing 21 offensive boards that led to 13 second chance points. However, Rutgers, which shot 52.2% from the field, proved to be too much for the Seawolves. Dave Coley led SBU with a career-high 17 points, and Tommy Brenton had a double-double (11 pts, 12 rbs).
A Stony Brook win...
- Improves Stony Brook’s record against the Ivy League to 15-15 all-time.
- Improves Stony Brook’s record against the Ivy League to 2-0 this season.
- Will snap a four-game losing streak against the Big Red.
Home Confines: Stony Brook is unbeaten at home and winless on the road, and the stats have shown how important home games are for the Seawolves. SBU is averaging 76.7 points and 44% shooting while averaging only 60.8 points and 36% shooting on the road.
The Line's the Key: Stony Brook’s win-loss record could be tied to its ability to get to the free throw line more than its opponent. The Seawolves are 3-1 in games in which they have more free throw attempts than their opponents (averaging 20.7 attempts in wins) and 0-5 in games in which they have fewer attempts than their opponents (averaging 11.0 attempts in losses). Last season, Stony Brook was 12-3 when shooting more free throws than its opponent, 3-14 when shooting fewer.
Dish and Protect: Stony Brook has done an excellent job distributing and protecting the basketball this season. In four of the team’s nine games, SBU has had more assists than turnovers. The Seawolves have a 0.9 assist/ turnover ratio and a +2.67 turnover margin, both second best in America East.
Camera Ready: Stony Brook appeared on television a school-record 11 times in 2010-11, including four broadcasts on the ESPN family of networks. This season, the Seawolves will appear on television at least 18 times, which will shatter the school record. The full schedule, released Nov. 30, includes three national television broadcasts. Stony Brook will host Boston University on Jan. 27 on ESPNU, and will host Maine on Feb. 26 on CBS Sports Network. The Seawolves will also be on CBS Sports Network Feb. 12 at Vermont.
Up Next: Stony Brook has a short turnaround, playing Rider at home in less than 48 hours. Tip-off at Pritchard Gymnasium is Friday at 7 p.m.