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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Stony Brook University, Island Federal Credit Union announce $7M partnership

By CANDICE FERRETTE  candice.ferrette@newsday.com 
Stony Brook University and Island Federal Credit Union have agreed to a $7 million partnership, giving the Hauppauge-based firm exclusive naming rights to the school's new 4,000-seat arena, the film festival at Staller Center and several other campus programs for the next decade, university officials said Tuesday.
The credit union will be the sole provider of financial services on the 1,039-acre campus in the agreement negotiated through the Faculty Student Association, the nonprofit auxiliary group licensed by the state to provide goods and services to the campus community. It will have two retail branches and 10 ATMs there.
Money from Island Federal, in addition to that tied to the arena and the film festival, will fund internships for students in the College of Business and support programs in the new Stony Brook Children's Hospital and the Long Island State Veterans Home, he said."This is a great deal for Stony Brook University -- for our faculty, staff and students," Stony Brook's president Samuel L. Stanley Jr., said in an interview. "Nobody needs to change their banking if they don't want to. I think Island Federal Credit Union is going to offer great things for the Stony Brook community, but they are going above and beyond to provide support to the campus and really engaging the university in several ways."


The university reached out to more than a dozen Long Island corporations before receiving four proposals, which included that of Island Federal. The credit union was the highest bidder and had a proposal that was in line with the mission of the university, Stanley said. He declined to disclose the identities of the other companies involved in the process but said they were all on Long Island.
"Once we started talking with Stony Brook University, we figured out what an impact we could make," said Bret Sears, president and CEO of Island Federal Credit Union. "We found this to be an incredible opportunity to broaden the Island name, but also to make Long Island a better place to live."
Unlike with academic buildings, the naming rights do not need SUNY trustees' approval and are not permanent. At the end of 10 years, the agreement would need to be renewed.The school's arena, which opened earlier this month after a $20 million overhaul, soon will be called Island Federal Credit Union Arena. The film festival -- known for being a selective showcase of independent feature and short films -- will be renamed the Stony Brook Film Festival Presented by Island Federal Credit Union.
"I hope that it goes so well that it goes on for another 10 years," Stanley said.
The university and the credit union did not reveal a schedule for putting up signage.
Stony Brook University -- Long Island's largest single-site employer -- has about 14,000 employees in addition to nearly 25,000 students who are potential credit union members, Sears said.
Island Federal Credit Union has seven branches in Nassau and Suffolk counties, from Bellmore to Riverhead, and is the fourth-largest credit union on the Island. It currently holds nearly $1 billion in assets.
The investment in SBU is the largest the credit union has made in its 60-year history, Sears said.
"We didn't just want to go in and have some branches," he added. "It is a very broad and deep partnership."
Teachers Federal Credit Union currently operates two branches on campus with ATMs; the transition to Island Federal would take about six months, officials said.
Island Federal is not the first on the Island to sponsor a campus athletic facility to build its brand and attract prospective members. Last March, Bethpage Federal Credit Union donated $1.5 million to LIU Post in exchange for naming rights to the college's newly renovated stadium.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Former #Seawolves star Bryan Dougher '12 named Director of Basketball of Operations

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Bryan Dougher '12, Stony Brook men’s basketball’s all-time leading scorer in its Div. I history, is returning home to #Seawolves Country as he has been named the Director of Basketball Operations, head coach Steve Pikiell announced Saturday.
Dougher will be responsible for a variety of administrative tasks associated with the men’s basketball program including coordinating team travel, scheduling of practices and facilities, official visits and recruiting records, fundraising initiatives, alumni events, ticket requests, housing, financial aid, video needs, operating budgets, equipment purchases and disbursement, camps and clinics, and student-athlete academic success. 
“Bryan exemplifies everything we want in a role model for our student-athletes and will fit in perfectly on our staff,” Pikiell said. “He was a tremendous basketball player for us and became our all-time leading scorer, he competed for league championships, he graduated on time and he went on to gain valuable experience as a professional basketball player in Australia. I am so excited to welcome Bryan back and look forward to working with him as we continue to strive for excellence on and off the court.”
“I’m extremely grateful to be given the opportunity to join the coaching staff at Stony Brook,” Dougher said. “The Athletics Department and this men’s basketball program have made great strides the past few years, and I'm excited to be a part of future success. I enjoyed four great years here as a student-athlete, and I'm looking forward to many more as a coach.”
Dougher, a native of Scotch Plains, N.J., was a four-year starter at point guard for Stony Brook from 2008-12, and developed into one of the best players the program has ever had. As a freshman, he set the program’s Div. I record for three-pointers and was named to the America East All-Rookie team. Then as a sophomore, he gained second-team All-America East honors after ranking 13th in the nation in three-point field goal percentage (42.4%) and averaging 13.8 points a game. That season, he helped lead Stony Brook to its first-ever America East regular season championship.

 
 
 
Dougher repeated as a second-team All-America East performer as a junior and led the #Seawolves to the America East Championship final. He took the team back to regular season championship and tournament final as a senior and was a first-team All-America East pick after leading the team in scoring at 13.2 points a game and leading the conference in three-pointers made (89). He broke the school’s Div. I scoring record on March 10, 2012, completing his career with 1,609 points, and also finished with a school-best 337 three-pointers.
In 126 career games with Stony Brook, Dougher averaged 12.8 points, shot 37.4 percent from three-point range and compiled 234 assists and 125 steals.
After earning his Bachelor’s degree from Stony Brook in Business Management in May 2012, Dougher went on to sign a professional contract with the Ringwood Hawks of the Australian Basketball Association, earning team MVP honors in both seasons he played and helping lead the team to the Big V State Championship final, earning runner-up status in 2013 and winning the championship title in 2014. In his first season, he averaged 20.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists, was an All-Star 5 Guard and was a finalist for league MVP. In his second season, he averaged 21.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists and was again a league MVP finalist. Dougher, who led the league in three-pointers in both seasons, also set the Ringwood record for single-game three-pointers, knocking down 11 as part of a 48-point day on May 25, 2013.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Stony Brook picked to win America East men's hoops

Stony Brook's Jameel Warney prepares to shoot a
Stony Brook's Jameel Warney prepares to shoot a foul shot in a game against UMBC on Wednesday Feb. 19, 2014. (Credit: George A. Faella)
Despite losing three starters, Stony Brook sits atop the America East preseason men's basketball poll for the first time in school history.
Returning Seawolves starters Jameel Warney, who was conference player of the year as a sophomore last season, and Carson Puriefoy III were selected to the preseason all-conference team announced Thursday.
Coach Steve Pikiell's team received six of the eight possible first-place votes and totaled 60 points to finish ahead of Hartford (55 points, 2 first-place votes). Coaches cannot vote for their own teams.
Warner and Puriefoy were joined on the all-conference team by Hartford's Mark Nwakamma, Albany's Peter Hooley and Binghamton's Jordan Reed. Warney, a 6-8 forward, led Stony Brook in scoring (14.5) and rebounding (8.0) last season and ranked fifth nationally in field-goal percentage (.616). Speedy point guard Puriefoy averaged 12.9 points and led the Seawolves in assists (86), steals (46) and three-point percentage (.433).
SBU finished second in the preseason poll each of the past four seasons. Last season, Stony Brook won its third regular-season title in five years but lost in the America East tournament title game for the third time in that span and still is seeking the school's first NCAA Tournament bid.
America East preseason ranking
1. Stony Brook, 60 points (6 first-place votes)
2. Hartford, 55 points (2)
3. Albany, 51 points (1)
4. Vermont, 48 points
5. Binghamton, 34 points
6. New Hampshire, 26 points
7. UMBC, 23 points
8. Maine, 17 points
9. UMass-Lowell, 10 points

Saturday, October 18, 2014

#Seawolves win third straight, defeat Elon, 20-3


Final Stats 

Elon, N.C. - Behind a strong running attack and sound defense, the Stony Brook football team earned its third straight victory with a 20-3 win over Elon Saturday at Rhodes Stadium.

Sophomore Stacey Bedell (Mastic Beach, N.Y.) led all players with 118 yards and a touchdown. The Seawolves (4-4, 3-1 CAA) ran for 181 yards as the team ran 47 plays on the ground to 13 passes.
Senior James Kenner (Willingboro, N.J.) added a touchdown late in the fourth quarter.
The defense, which ranks first in Division I in total defense (216.3), FBS or FCS, held Elon (1-6, 0-3) to 250 yards of total offense, with 72 yards coming on the Phoenix's final drive.
Redshirt freshman Marvin Hart (Minneola, Fla.) recorded two of Stony Brook's three interceptions.
Scoring Drives
• EU Gallagher 41 yd field goal, 5-18, 2:00, 0-3
• SBU Bedell 39 yd run (Ball kick), 7-75, 4:17. 7-3
• SBU Coxson 18 yd pass from Bednarski (Ball kick), 6-44, 3:11, 14-3
• SBU Kenner 3 yd run (Ball kick failed), 7-43, 3:10, 20-3
Quotes . . .
Head Coach Chuck Priore - "We wanted to control the wind in the first half and keep them off the field. We ran the ball effectively; we just couldn't get the passing game off the ground. Our defense played well. They're a good passing team with the ability to move the ball well. You can't blitz them because of their effective passing game. We needed to control the other aspects defensively, which I thought we did."
News & Notes
• Today's contest was the 100th career game for head coach Chuck Priore at Stony Brook. He's 56-44 in nine-plus seasons.
• Stony Brook ran 17 straight plays on the ground before a 15-yard pass play early in the second quarter.
• Bedell extended his consecutive games streak with a rushing touchdown to five. He also totaled his second straight game with 100 rushing yards and fourth out of the last five.
• Stony Brook has not allowed an opponent to score in double figures for a Division I program-record three straight games. In 1985, Stony Brook posted three shutouts in a row, allowed six points and another shutout.
• Hart's third-quarter interception was #Seawolves sixth in as many games.
• This was the third meeting between Elon and Stony Brook. The Phoenix lead the series, 2-1.
• During Stony Brook's three-game winning streak, opponents have been outscored 53-13 and have not scored in the second half.
• Senior Luke Allen (Port Jefferson, N.Y.) booted a school-record 72-yard punt in the fourth quarter.







Up Next
Stony Brook will head to New England to face No. 5 New Hampshire (5-1, 3-0) on Saturday, October 25 at 3 p.m.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Patience and suffocating defense play out well for Stony Brook


By Greg Logan, Newsday
Some teams have explosive offenses like, say, TCU and Baylor, who combined for 119 points Saturday. Stony Brook comes at things from the opposite direction.
The Seawolves "exploded" on defense Saturday night at LaValle Stadium, destroying a Maine offense that virtually gave up trying to run the ball and holding the Black Bears to just 35 yards of offense over the final three quarters. After a slow start, Stony Brook's offense finally broke out for 16 second-half points on the way to a 19-7 Colonial Athletic Association victory before 5,842 fans.
Quarterback Conor Bednarski came out throwing after halftime to lead two touchdown drives, completing 14 of 20 passes for 140 yards and one touchdown. Running back Stacey Bedell carried 23 times for 127 yards and one TD, and James Kenner added 89 yards on 17 carries.
But the Seawolves (3-4, 2-1 CAA) really controlled the game on defense. Maine (2-4, 1-2) totaled 135 yards on offense and rushed only 14 times for 18 yards. SBU made eight tackles for loss, including three sacks.
The Seawolves came into the game hoping to build off the momentum of their 14-3 CAA win a week earlier at Towson. But the hallmarks of their early-season troubles -- big-play breakdowns on defense and a stuttering, mistake-prone offense -- showed themselves early.
SBU won the coin toss, but coach Chuck Priore deferred to put his No. 1 FCS defense on the field first only to see it backfire.
On Maine's second play from scrimmage, tight end Jeremy Salmon split left and was uncovered as he ran a straight "go" route, gathered in a perfectly thrown deep ball from quarterback Dan Collins and completed the 73-yard touchdown for a 7-0 lead just 50 seconds into the game.
Stony Brook responded by going three-and-out on its first three possessions, managing to lose 5 penalty yards on three first-down plays. The Seawolves made their initial first down with just under two minutes left in the opening quarter but stalled at the Maine 39 before punter Luke Ball's kick was downed at the Black Bears' 1.
Maine's Collins threw three incompletions, and the Seawolves got the ball back at the Black Bears' 40-yard line. Kenner provided a spark with two first-down runs of 7 yards each but returned to the bench as the drive bogged down at the Maine 5-yard line, setting up a 22-yard field goal by Przemyslaw Popek to cut Stony Brook's deficit to 7-3.
The Seawolves' next drive stalled at the Maine 33 after two more penalties and they went to the locker room trailing by four points. But Stony Brook's defense held Maine to just 4 yards in the second quarter, forcing Collins to miss on seven of his last eight passes of the half, including an interception by SBU cornerback Davonte Anderson that was the 15th of his career, tying the program's Division I record.
When the second half opened, it was as if the Seawolves' offense unleashed all its pent-up frustration. Bednarski completed three straight passes to three different receivers covering 41 yards. On the fourth play, Bedell broke several tackles on a 24-yard scoring run that gave Stony Brook a 10-7 lead. It was the first third-quarter score of the season by the Seawolves.
Their second third-quarter score came with 2:38 left in the period at the end of a 10-play, 77-yard drive that was virtually mistake-free. Kenner carried five times for 31 yards, and Bednarski completed all three passes he attempted, ending with a 10-yard TD pass to tight end Will Tye, who was wide open on a throwback to the opposite side. Popek missed the extra point, leaving the Seawolves with a 16-7 lead. Popek added a 35-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

WUSB announces 2014-15 #Seawolves Basketball Schedule

WUSB has announced it's 2014-15 Basketball Schedule on Wednesday...The longtime Sports Broadcast HOME of Stony Brook University will broadcast many Stony Brook Men's and Women's Basketball games throughout the season...The #Seawolves will open the brand-new Stony Brook Arena on the weekend of November 14-15 and WUSB will broadcast the men's game against Columbia on Friday and the women's game against Saint Peter's on Saturday...

Longtime WUSB broadcasters and Stony Brook alums Jeff Bernstein and Curt Hylton will once again cover the #Seawolves throughout the season, with newcomer Joe Soccoa...for more information on WUSB Sports Radio, check out www.wusb.fm/sports or @WUSBSportsRadio on Twitter and Instagram

DATE DAY OPPONENT  PREGAME SPORT
11-Oct SAT. MAINE 6:45 p.m. FB
8-Nov SAT. JMU 12:45 p.m. FB
14-Nov FRI. COLUMBIA 6:55 p.m. MBB
15-Nov SAT. URI 12:45 p.m. FB
15-Nov SAT. SAINT PETERS 6:45 p.m. WBB
21-Nov FRI. at Hofstra 6:45 p.m. MBB
22-Nov SAT. at UAlbany 3:15 p.m. FB
23-Nov SUN. U.S.M.M.A 1:45 p.m. MBB
24-Nov MON. BRADLEY 6:45 p.m. WBB
25-Nov TUE. WESTERN KENTUCKY 6:45 p.m. MBB
27-Nov THR LIU at MSG 3:45 p.m. MBB
29-Nov SAT. ST. THOMAS AQUINAS 1:45 p.m. MBB
30-Nov SUN. at Iona 1:45 p.m. WBB
3-Dec WED. at SFNY 6:55 p.m. WBB
6-Dec SAT. at Princeton 4:15 p.m. MBB
13-Dec SAT. at Providence 11:45 a.m. MBB
19-Dec FRI. LAFAYETTE 6:45 p.m. WBB
21-Dec SUN. LOYOLA (MD.) 1:45 p.m. MBB
23-Dec TUE. AMERICAN 6:45 p.m. MBB
28-Dec SUN. WESTERN MICHIGAN 2:15 p.m. WBB
28-Dec SUN. at Washington 7:45 p.m. MBB
29-Dec MON. NORFOLK STATE 2:15 p.m. WBB
3-Jan SAT. NEW HAMPSHIRE 11:45 a.m. WBB
3-Jan SAT. NEW HAMPSHIRE 2:00 p.m. WBB
6-Jan TUE. at Columbia 6:45 p.m. MBB
14-Jan WED. UMBC 6:55 p.m. MBB
17-Jan SAT. MAINE 1:45 p.m. WBB
19-Jan MON. UALBANY 6:45 p.m. MBB
25-Jan SUN. BINGHAMTON 1:45 p.m. WBB
28-Jan WED. HARTFORD 6:55 p.m. MBB
29-Jan THR. HARTFORD 6:45 p.m. WBB
7-Feb SAT. VERMONT 6:45 p.m. MBB
11-Feb WED. UMBC 6:55 p.m. WBB
14-Feb SAT. MAINE 1:45 p.m. MBB
17-Feb TUE. at UALBANY 6:45 p.m. MBB
18-Feb WED. UMASS-LOWELL 6:55 p.m. WBB
21-Feb SAT. BINGHAMTON 1:45 p.m. MBB
22-Feb SUN. UALBANY 3:45 p.m. WBB
25-Feb WED. UMASS-LOWELL 6:55 p.m. MBB
28-Feb SAT. at Hartford 6:45 p.m. MBB
1-Mar SUN. at Hartford 1:45 p.m. WBB
4-Mar WED. AE QUARTERFINALS TBD MBB
8-Mar SUN. AE SEMIS TBD MBB
14-Mar SAT. AE CHAMPIONSHIP TBD MBB
TBD TBD POSTSEASON TBD TBD TBD