Hoops schedule announced
Seawolves will compete against UConn, Notre Dame, Cornell
August 19, 2010 | 07:39 AM
Road contests against Big East Conference opponents University of Connecticut and University of Notre Dame, as well as Ivy League champions and Sweet 16 participants Cornell University, highlight the 2010-11 nonconference schedule for the Stony Brook University men's basketball team, according to head coach Steve Pikiell. The defending America East Conference regular season champions will also host five contests at Pritchard Gymnasium after recording a program record five sellouts last season.
"Coming off an outstanding 2009-10 season, I think we have put together a terrific nonconference schedule that will challenge our veteran team and give us a good idea of things we need to work on as we get ready to play in what will be a very tough America East Conference," Pikiell said.
Stony Brook will open its 2010-11 campaign on Friday, Nov. 12, against UConn. This will mark the 11th straight season in which the Seawolves have played a Big East opponent and the second time in the last three seasons they will take on the Huskies. Stony Brook will travel to South Bend, Ind., on Dec. 19 to take on Notre Dame, who won 23 games and advanced to the NCAA tournament last year. Stony Brook also played the Fighting Irish during the 2006-07 season.
The Big Red of Cornell will host the Seawolves on Jan. 8. Cornell won its third straight Ivy League title last season and then advanced to its first-ever NCAA Sweet 16.
The Seawolves home opener will come on Sunday, Nov. 14, against Mount Ida College. Stony Brook will then hit the road for its first-ever meeting with Monmouth University (Nov. 16) before facing off against Fairleigh Dickinson University two days later (Nov. 18). Stony Brook will then return home to host Wagner College on Nov. 21.
Patriot League champions Lehigh University visits Pritchard Gymnasium on Dec. 1 before Stony Brook hits the road for a two-game swing against Columbia University (Dec. 4) and Holy Cross (Dec. 7). Stony Brook will then return home to take on Sacred Heart University on Dec. 11 and will round out its home nonconference schedule on Dec. 29 against Colgate University.
Stony Brook set Division I program records for overall wins (22) and conference wins (13) in 2009-10 and won 10 straight games to clinch its first America East Conference regular season. Under the guidance of Pikiell, who was selected as the America East Conference Coach of the Year, the Seawolves also earned their first-ever Division I postseason berth, hosting the University of Illinois in the first round of the 2010 National Invitation Tournament in front of the largest crowd in program history.
Season ticket packages for the 2010-11 Stony Brook men's basketball season will go on sale on Sept. 1. For more information visit www.goseawolves.org or call 632-WOLF (9653).