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Friday, August 29, 2014
By GREG LOGAN
For most of the previous four years, John Kinder was a spectator on the Syracuse sideline, and last season, he even moved from quarterback to wide receiver in practice. So after just one summer training camp, it was asking a lot for him to take charge of Stony Brook's offense and to produce immediate dividends.
With the exception of one highlight-reel touchdown pass, Kinder struggled Thursday night, and so did the Seawolves' offense in a disappointing 13-7 season-opening loss to Bryant in front of a LaValle Stadium crowd of 10,252, third largest in school history.
Stony Brook's usually prolific attack produced only 186 yards of total offense and a mere eight first downs. Kinder completed only 7 of 18 passes for 101 yards and was sacked four times for 37 yards in losses. He threw two interceptions, including one on fourth-and-4 at the Bryant 40- yard line that was returned 29 yards by the Bulldogs' Sebastien Amedee with just over four minutes left.
That sealed the fate of the Seawolves, who got 116 yards rushing on 27 carries by former William Floyd star Stacey Bedell. He started in place of Marcus Coker, who was serving a one-game suspension.
SBU's defense was outstanding, allowing 233 yards and 11 first downs and getting 12 tackles each from rover Christian Ricard and linebacker Jeremy Leggiero.
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Kinder couldn't rekindle much that was reminiscent of his athletic exploits at Lawrence High School. "I guess it was difficult to get back in the swing of things," he said. "It was a rough night. There were a few things I'd like to have back, like the interceptions. You can't have turnovers."
Kinder's only action for the Orange came in four games on special teams, and the rust showed when his first two drives ended with third-down sacks. Gifted with good field position, Bryant came away from its first two possessions with field goals of 32 and 27 yards by Tom Aliberti for a 6-0 lead.
The Seawolves didn't manage their initial first down until early in the second quarter on a 7-yard run by Bedell to the Bulldogs' 37. Three plays later, Kinder threw an end-zone interception to cornerback Bobby Rutland.
The Seawolves' defense minimized the damage by forcing a three-and-out series, and Stony Brook took over at its 39. Nine seconds later, the Seawolves were celebrating. Kinder connected on a lightning strike to wide-open wide receiver Adrian Coxson down the middle for a 61-yard touchdown and a sudden 7-6 lead with 8:22 left in the first half. "That was my first college TD, so it felt great," Kinder said. "But I'd rather have the win."
Stony Brook's defense might have made that lead stand up, but on fourth-and-9, Easton completed the go-ahead 37-yard TD pass to Chad Ward midway through the third quarter. Redshirt freshman cornerback Marvin Hart, subbing for a starter who had cramps, fell on the play.
Stony Brook got no deeper than the Bryant 37 in the second half. Coach Chuck Priore credited Bryant for changing its defensive scheme to confuse Kinder. "They did things defensively that took away the passing game we had planned," he said. "They were 100 percent different than the way they were on film. We threw the game plan in the garbage at halftime. We had to change every blocking scheme."
If nothing else, the Seawolves know what must be fixed.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Stony Brook Men's Basketball welcomes Jakub Petras to 2014-15 team via Stony Brook Athletics
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Jakub Petras (Rajec, Slovakia), a 6-11, 250-pound center, has joined the Stony Brook men’s basketball team, completing the 2014-15 #Seawolves roster and giving the squad a presence on both ends of the floor, head coach Steve Pikiell announced Thursday.
“Jakub is a very talented big man who will fit in well with what we are trying to do as a team,” Pikiell said. “He is skilled both offensively and defensively, and what I really like about him is that he is a good and likable young man who will thrive at Stony Brook. He will be a valuable addition to our team both on and off the court.”
Petras previously played one year of basketball at the Canarias Basketball Academy, long considered the best basketball academy in Europe, located on the island of Gran Canaria, which is part of the Canary Islands. With the addition of Petras, the basketball academy has seen a dozen of its players advance to a NCAA Div. I school this year. Prior to joining Canarias, Petras played club basketball back in Slovakia with IMC Povazska Bystrica, helping the team to two runner-up finishes in the Slovakian National Championship. He was named Player of the Future for his efforts.
Petras also has international experience as a member of the Slovakian U16 and U18 national teams. He appeared in 17 international competitions over two seasons of play in International Basketball Federation (FIBA) sponsored events. This year Petras was on the preliminary pool roster and was one of the final cuts for the Slovakian Men’s A national team that was putting together a roster for the qualification stage of the 2015 European Basketball Championship.
“Jakub is a terrific young man who will be a great addition to Stony Brook,” said Rob Orellana, the director of the Canarias Basketball Academy. “He is very skilled and, here at Canarias, he has had the opportunity to play against high-level basketball players, who have gone on to play NCAA Div. I basketball. He should do very well at Stony Brook and in the America East.”
Petras joins a Stony Brook squad that will return seven letterwinners and one redshirting freshman from last season’s team that won 23 games and advanced to the America East Championship final and earned a national postseason bid into the College Basketball Invitational. Leading the group of returners are 2014 America East Player of the Year Jameel Warney and 2014 All-America East second-team guard Carson Puriefoy. Petras joins an incredibly strong freshman class that also features Bryan Sekunda, Tyrell Sturdivant and Deshaun Thrower.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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