But several years ago, the schools decided to wisely market themselves without the SUNY in front of the name. SUNY Stony Brook became Stony Brook University. SUNY Albany became University at Albany and SUNY Binghamton became Binghamton University. You no longer hear the term SUNY for the most part.
All three schools also have had recent success in the America East. Albany won the America East Tournament Championship two years in a row in 2006 and 2007. Binghamton won the America East Tournament Championship in 2009, albeit under controversy that set their program back years. Stony Brook won the 2009-10 regular season America East Championship and barely lost in the tournament championship game in 2011 to Boston University.
It was doubleheader day at Pritchard Gym, as the men's 2:00 P.M. game was the first game followed by the women's 5:00 P.M. game. Despite a local New York football team having a home playoff game on TV during the game time start of the men's game, the gym was again full of red in support of the home team. And the home team didn't disappoint its fans.
But the Seawolves would go on a 19-6 run over the next five minutes. And it was an unlikely source leading the way for Stony Brook. Anthony Jackson, a reserve sophomore guard who only averages four points per game, would bury two three pointers during the run. Stony Brook was up 31-18 with five minutes left.
Albany Coach Will Brown must not have been too happy with his team's defensive performance in the first half. The Great Danes didn't come out onto the court until three minutes prior to the start of the second half. You figured Albany would come right out and get back in the game.
The lead was still seventeen, 59-42 with about twelve and a half minutes left. It looked like Albany was done for the day. But when you have one of the leading scorers in the country, you are never out of the game. And sure enough, Suero became a one man wrecking crew for the Danes. He scored ten of Albany's next sixteen points and the Great Danes were down only by nine, 67-58 with a little less than seven minutes left.
For Stony Brook, Dougher scored fifteen of his nineteen points in the second half, all on three pointers. Dallas Joyner had a double double with fifteen points and eleven rebounds and Jackson had eleven points. The Seawolves had great balance on offense as eight players had at least six points or more in the game.
As we left Pritchard Gym, my younger son Jonathan was clutching his little Wolfie doll, which I got for him at the Stony Brook merchandise stand outside of the gym. A nice memento for him to remember this day. As for me, my memento was another good forty minutes of live college basketball.