Monday, November 26, 2012
Seawolves Win On Super Saturday (Recap of Canisius vs. Stony Brook)
If you follow Stony Brook Athletics, you could say it was not just a Super Saturday, but a Super Year for the Seawolves. In the beginning of the year, the men's basketball team won the America East Regular Season Championship, then lost in the tournament final at home to Vermont. It was their only loss of the season at home, but they did get a NIT bid, their second in the past three seasons.
Then the baseball team had one of the more amazing runs ever in the history of NCAA Division I college baseball postseason. The Seawolves stunned LSU in Baton Rouge to qualify for the College World Series. Now the football team was hosting another playoff game after making the Football Subdivision playoffs last season.
Pikiell's 2012-13 Seawolves have several returning players including Dave Coley, Ron Bracey, Anthony Jackson, Marcus Rouse and Alex McAllister. But the one returning player my color analyst,aka my seven year old son Matthew, was looking forward to see again was the preseason America East Player of the Year, senior forward Tommy Brenton, the hardest working man in college basketball.
Canisius showed why they are 3-0 by responding with a 12-3 run over the next four plus minutes. The Griffs, as they are known as, used their size advantage with Jordan Heath and Freddy Asprilla. The Canisius big men helped cut the deficit to one, 15-14.
A Rouse three extended the Stony Brook lead to 27-16. But Canisius refused to go away. Led by Harold Washington, Alshwan Hymes and Billy Baron, the Griffs and cut the lead down to six. The Seawolves would lead 36-30 at the half.
This might have led to some tempers flaring when Coley and Jordan Heath had an altercation near the Canisius basket after a foul by Carson Puriefoy. Simultaneous technical fouls were called on Coley and Heath. Also, Griffs' freshman Tyrel Edwards was ejected for leaving the bench. Billy Baron made two free throws and Canisius was now down only two 43-41.
During this run, Coach Baron received a technical, likely frustrated by the foul call situation. But his team did not lose its fighting spirit. The Griffs would cut the lead down to six with a little over a minute left. But Canisius would not get any closer as the Seawolves would hit their free throws, going 27 of 31 for the game. Stony Brook would lead wire to wire and win 82-75.
Billy Baron led all scorers with twenty two points, including ten of eleven from the free throw line. Jordan Heath had fifteen points and Washington added fourteen. The Griffs are now 3-1 on the season.
On Super Saturday, the men's basketball team held up their end of the bargain. Then the football team held up their end as well, defeating Villanova 20-10 in the first round of the Football Subdivision playoffs. Miguel Maysonet, the nation's leading rusher in yards per game, had one hundred and sixty yards rushing.
For Stony Brook, it was truly a Super Saturday.