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Stony Brook Basketball is on the Rise by Tom Cassidy ’71

The loss to Iowa in the second round of the NIT was a heartbreaking end to the best season in the history of Stony Brook University’s basketball program.  As a longtime season ticket holder, I have been amazed to watch the basketball team climb from being the perennial underdog to three time league champion. Keep in mind that when Stony Brook moved to Division I, they were ranked last among more than 300 colleges which prompted some creative students to make posters that said ”nowhere to go but up!”

 

Sure, I was disappointed that the Seawolves lost a close game to Iowa, but not demoralized in any way, shape or form. The Iowa team played an incredible game on their home court in front of fifteen thousand supportive fans, but Stony Brook stayed strong and consistently came back from adversity until time ran out.

 

However, even more important to me as an alumnus of Stony Brook University and a Long Islander, is that the coaches, staff and especially the student athletes on the basketball team are outstanding ambassadors for the University. Win or lose they keep their composure, shake hands with their opponents and prepare for their next academic and athletic challenge.  

 

Intercollegiate sports are an important part of the complete college experience. According to Arne Duncan, the United States Secretary of Education, “Student athletes learn lessons on courts and playing fields that are difficult to pick up in a chemistry lab. Resilience in the face of adversity, selflessness, teamwork, self-discipline, and finding your passion are values that sports can uniquely transmit. Many of those character-building traits are every bit as critical to succeeding in life as book smarts.”

 

Last year the Stony Brook baseball team “shocked the world” at the College World Series. However, if the Stony Brook basketball team plays in the NCAA Tournament next year, it won’t be a shock, but rather it will be expected. After all, as Coach Steve Pikiell said about his basketball team “You can see we’re going to be good in the future.”  I can’t wait to renew my season tickets.

 

Tom Cassidy (1971) is a Clinical Associate Professor at the School of Social Welfare at Stony Brook University.

Andrew Goba ’09, ’12 – Fast Break from South Africa

STONY BROOK, NY, March 5, 2013 – Growing up in a poverty-stricken village in South Africa, Lesego Andrew Goba, 27, never imagined that his journey to the United States and eight years at Stony Brook University — which began in 2005 with an athletic scholarship — would be life-altering. A former Stony Brook Seawolves Men’s Basketball star, the 6-foot-9-inch, 245-pound Goba hopes to reach new heights, not on the basketball court but at Stony Brook University Hospital, where he recently secured a full-time nursing position in the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP). 
 
It is in CPEP  that he reflects on the lessons of his early life to help those suffering from mental health disorders. 
 
“The mental toughness and discipline I learned from my coaches helps me in nursing, and basketball taught me how to still function at an optimal level under stressful and exhausting situations,” said Goba, who said that being part of a healthcare team and working for the benefit of the patient is similar to being part of a basketball team striving toward winning a game.
 
For Goba, working in CPEP has taught him a lot about psychiatric nursing and the comprehensive services those patients need.

“I learned early on in life that when you do not have much and are faced with difficult challenges, the state of your mental health will determine the state of your quality of life; because, profoundly, how you perceive those challenges shapes your decisions, which eventually determines the experiences you have,” he said. “Every day I have the opportunity to assist people and enhance their quality of life by improving their mental health.”

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Lesego Andrew Goba with Lee Anne Xippolitos, dean of the Stony Brook University School of Nursing (left), and his colleagues, Drs. David Margulies and Fiana Klein, in Stony Brook’s Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP).

 

Game Watches: Stony Brook vs. Binghamton (Quarterfinals) 3/9/13

Watch the Stony Brook Seawolves take on Binghamton this Saturday, March 9 for during the America East Tournament! 

Game watch starts 6:00 p.m.

Locations:

 

Stony Brook –

The Bench Bar and Grill

1095 Route 25A, Stony Brook, NY 11790,

Reservations (631) 675-1474

$3.50 beer specials 

$4.00 drink specials

Stony Brook Alumni Association Visa Rewards Discount

Connect with Stony Brook Alumni Association Board of Directors

                              

New York City–

To Be Announced

Please wear RED and Go Seawolves!

TV: ESPN3
Radio: WUSB 90.1 FM
Online at http://americaeast.com

Can’t join the fun at The Bench, check-in from your game watch #BeatBinghamton

http://www.facebook.com/stonybrookalumni 
http://twitter.com/stonybrookalum 
http://www.foursquare.com 
http://instagram.com/stonybrookalum 

Hosted by the Stony Brook Alumni Association

Fees: Free to attend. Cash Food and Bar

New Stony Brook University Alumni Benefit – Barclays Center & NBA Brooklyn Nets

New – Barclays Center & NBA Brooklyn Nets Discounts 

Special offer online from the Stony Brook University Alumni Association

For more information visit us online

 

Celebrating 50 Years – First Basketball Team at Stony Brook 1962-63 season

First Basketball Team at Stony Brook 1962-63 season

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Image courtesy of the The Specula Yearbook

Celebrating 50 Years on January 26, 2013 at Men’s Basketball Alumni Day Pritchard Gymnasium, Stony Brook University. 

Men’s hoops draws Seton Hall in the NIT 7:15PM Tues 3/13

March 11, 2012 

The Seawolves are making their second NIT appearance in the last three seasons.

The Seawolves are making their second NIT appearance in the last three seasons.

Stony Brook, N.Y. – The Stony Brook men’s basketball team, making its second national postseason tournament appearance in the last three years, has drawn Seton Hall in the first round of the 2012 Postseason NIT. The Seawolves will take on the Pirates Tuesday night at Walsh Gymnasium in South Orange, N.J., at 7:15 p.m., live on ESPN3 and WUSB 90.1 FM.

For more information visit: http://www.goseawolves.org/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/031112aaa.html

Long Island: Seawolves Basketball Game Watches

 

Watch the Stony Brook Seawolves take on University of Vermont Catamounts this Saturday, March 10 for the America East Championship! NCAA Tournament berth is at stake!

Game watches start at 11:00 a.m.

Locations:

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Stony Brook –

The Bench Bar and Grill

1095 Route 25A, Stony Brook, NY 11790,

Reservations (631) 675-1474


Stony Brook Alumni Association Visa Rewards Discount

 


 

Applebees
Miller Place –

Applebee’s

355 Route 25A, Miller Place, NY 11764

Reservations (631) 473-0008

 

Stony Brook Alumni and Friends Specials

  • $13.99 Sangria pitcher special

Hosted by the Stony Brook Alumni Association

RSVP form  http://bit.ly/beatuvm-rsvp

Please wear RED and Go Seawolves!

Television:    ESPN2         Radio:   90.1 FM WUSB   Online:   www.americaeast.tv

Stony Brook Alumni world-wide, let us know if your local business or home is a game watch location and check-in #BeatUVM

Questions? Contact 1-877-SEA-WOLF or alumni@stonybrook.edu  http://bit.ly/beatuvm-li

New York City: Seawolves Basketball Game Watch

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Watch the Stony Brook Seawolves take on University of Vermont Catamounts this Saturday, March 10 for the America East Championship! NCAA Tournament berth is at stake!

 

Location: Public House NYC – 140 East 41st Street, New York, NY 10027 (Map & Directions)

Doors open at 10:00 a.m.              Game watch starts 11:00 a.m.

Stony Brook Alumni and Friends Specials

  • $35 Bud/Budlight & Unlimited wings for the duration of the game
  • $4 Domestic Beer, $5 House Wine, $6 Mixed House Drinks

For restaurant reservations call: (212) 682-3710 and mention Stony Brook Game Watch

Alumni Ambassador Stu Sharoff ’81

RSVP here  http://bit.ly/beatuvm-rsvp

Please wear RED and Go Seawolves!

Television:    ESPN2         Radio:   90.1 FM WUSB   Online:   www.americaeast.tv

Can’t attend let us know if your local business or home is a game watch location and check-in #BeatUVM

http://www.facebook.com/stonybrookalumni
http://twitter.com/stonybrookalum
http://www.foursquare.com

Questions? Contact 1-877-SEA-WOLF or alumni@stonybrook.edu  http://bit.ly/beatuvm-nyc

 

#151: Buzzer Beater Win & Seawolves on ESPN!

What could be more AWESOME than an epic buzzer beater win for Stony Brook against Albany in the 2012 America East Tournament? Well, a few things:1. The win means that Stony Brook will bring the championship game home to our arena on Saturday when we will play Vermont at 11am (the game will be broadcast on ESPN 2, but there is nothing like being there! ticket info here)2. Dallis Joyner’s amazing game winning shot was the number one play on ESPN’s top ten plays of the week! Watch it – it is truly a sight to behold!Click to watch!3. Apparent in the proud Facebook statuses, tweets, and in conversations with students, staff and faculty alike, this is a huge moment for Stony Brook. Though we may not have been on the court playing, this is a win for our Stony Brook community, and the pride it has inspired in the community is readily apparent.Congratulations to the Men’s Basketball team on the amazing season! That being said, get ready to gear up for Saturday – get your tickets, and GET YOUR RED ON!

via #151: Buzzer Beater Win & Seawolves on ESPN!.

Stony Brook Men’s Basketball goes for the America East regular season title Sunday

Stony Brook goes for the America East regular season title Sunday
Prior to the game, Seawolves will hold Senior Day Ceremony

COACH PIKIELL AND TOMMY BRENTON LIVE ON NEWS12 FRIDAY NIGHT AT 8:50 PM

VOTE DOUGHER OR BRENTON FOR AMERICA EAST FANS’ CHOICE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Seawolves fans, the men’s basketball team needs your support as they begin their march to the America East Championship. The Seawolves will play Maine Sunday at a SOLD-OUT Pritchard Gym at 12 p.m. The game wil be nationally televised on CBS Sports Network

Prior to the game, Stony Brook will honor its four graduating seniors, Danny Carter, Bryan Dougher, Dallis Joyner and Al Rapier, in a pregame ceremony. This senior class represents Stony Brook’s most successful group in its Div. I history, winning 72 games in four seasons and on the verge of two outright regular season titles in three years.

After the game, be sure to check out GoSeawolves.org for information on the upcoming America East Championship, held March 3-4 in West Hartford, Conn.

Remember to Get Your RED On…It’s What WE Do!

 

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