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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Stony Brook beats LIU Brooklyn, 73-54 at MSG

By Greg Logan, Newsday

With four freshmen playing major roles, coach Steve Pikiell has as young a team as he's ever had in his 10 seasons at Stony Brook. And with junior point guard and leading scorer Carson Puriefoy III limited to 20 minutes by foul trouble in an NIT Season Tip-Off game against LIU Brooklyn on Thanksgiving afternoon at Madison Square Garden, even more of the burden fell on the youngest Seawolves.

But with the guidance of juniors Jameel Warney and Rayshaun McGrew, Stony Brook passed another early-season test, scoring a dominant 73-54 victory over the Blackbirds that could have served as a clinic on defense and team basketball.

Warney's string of double-double performances to open the season was snapped at five when he fell one rebound short, grabbing nine boards to go with a game-high 18 points plus three assists. McGrew (13 points, 11 rebounds, three assists) and redshirt freshman Roland Nyama (16 points, eight rebounds) came on strong and Puriefoy had 10 points for the Seawolves (4-2).

In addition to Nyama, SBU got big contributions from freshmen Tyrell Sturdivant (five points, five rebounds, two blocks), Deshaun Thrower (five points, three assists) and Bryan Sekunda. All played excellent defense, holding LIU (0-3) to 26.9 percent field-goal shooting in the second half and 9.5 percent shooting for the game from three-point range (2-for-21).

"They're growing up right in front of our eyes," Warney, who reached the 1,000-point mark with a dunk in the final minutes, said of the freshmen. "They're succeeding every day in getting better and they're helping us in big games."

Nyama has calmed down since scoring only seven points in the first three games. He followed a 10-point effort in Tuesday's win over Western Kentucky with an even better game against LIU.

"The redshirt year helped me tremendously," he said. "I still get nervous, but the coaching staff does a great job of just telling me to play basketball . . . Trey [Puriefoy] found me a couple times and Jameel found me a couple times. All thanks to the team."

Stony Brook built a 16-point first-half lead but let it slip to 36-31 at halftime after committing 10 of its 19 turnovers. Puriefoy played only seven minutes in the half. But Nyama converted a three-point play and fed Warney for a dunk during a 12-0 run that pushed the lead to 48-31 before LIU scored its first points of the second half at the 13:24 mark. Stony Brook twice led by 21, the last on a three-pointer by Nyama that made it 73-52.

Winning without his point guard was a holiday treat for Pikiell. "Trey is the leading scorer in the league right now, and he's an important part," he said. "But we learned how to play without him. It's a credit to our young guys. They're figuring it out a little bit.

"This preseason NIT has been great for us with Western Kentucky and then to play here at the Garden on ESPNU is great for our program."

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Stony Brook rallies for big win over Western Kentucky

By Newsday - Stony Brook coach Steve Pikiell never had any reservations about tossing his young team into deep water right away. He figured they were bound to learn how to deal with just about anything if they played a tough schedule. What they showed Tuesday night is that, by the way, they already have learned how to win.

The Seawolves overcame a horrible start, a daunting press, a second-half deficit and a proven program -- the eighth best winning percentage in NCAA basketball history -- and beat Western Kentucky, 71-61, at Island Federal Credit Union Arena.

"We knew we had a tough schedule coming in, and the coaching staff has always preached toughness and togetherness. I think that's what we did," said Carson Puriefoy, who scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half, when the visiting Hilltoppers came back from a 10-point hole and took a 57-56 lead with 4:41 left.

Puriefoy, the junior point guard, put Stony Brook ahead to stay with a steal and another in a series of one-man fast breaks to make it 59-57 with 3:46 remaining. "It means a lot. These are the types of game you wish to play in when you're a little kid: close, coming down the stretch, making plays for your team in front of your home fans. It's just a great feeling," he said.

Jameel Warney, the junior big man who had 17 points and 15 rebounds, added, "It's a great feeling. They're a really good team. They came out of the gates, winning 11-1 and that made us bond together even more and face adversity. It's good for us, the veterans and younger guys to see what we're made of and show our true colors."

In this NIT Season Tip-Off game, those two upperclassmen outlasted Western Kentucky stars George Fant and T.J. Price, who both fouled out. They are no small parts of a sizable team, which has made it to two Big Dances in the past three years and whose program's all-time .665 winning percentage is only one spot behind UCLA.


So it was a big win for Stony Brook (3-2), a big step in the growth of a team that has no seniors. In fact, down the stretch, Pikiell had three freshmen on the floor -- Roland Nyama, Tyrell Sturdivant and Deshaun Thrower -- and he tossed in another, Bryan Sekunda, when he needed big free throws and a steady ballhandler.

Puriefoy said, "They handled themselves tremendously. I don't even think of them as freshmen anymore." Nyama and Sturdivant each scored 10 points.

The coach didn't think of this as just a proverbial learning experience. Nor does he think of his freshmen as kids. "The guys," he said, "did a great job. They got a great win today. I'm happy for them."

Monday, November 24, 2014

Warney's double-doubles land him America East Player of the Week honors

Cambridge, Mass. - After averaging 17.0 points, 12.7 rebounds and 2.7 blocks in three games last week while extending his double-double streak to five games, junior Jameel Warney (Plainfield, N.J.) of the Stony Brook men’s basketball team has been named the America East Player of the Week, the conference office announced Monday.

This is Warney’s third career America East Player of the Week honor and the 18th in Stony Brook’s program history. It’s also the second consecutive week a #Seawolves student-athlete has gotten the nod after juniorRayshaun McGrew (Chicago, Ill.) was tabbed the recipient last week.

Warney has been dominant to open the 2014-15 season, recording double-doubles in each of the first four games of the season. He also had one in the final game of 2013-14, giving him five in a row. He is the only player in Stony Brook's Div. I history to record at least three straight double-doubles, which he also accomplished in the first three games of the 2013-14 season. 

After a 12-point, 14-rebound performance at Georgia last Tuesday, Warney had an epic game at Hofstra last Friday. He poured in 26 points on 11-of-14 shooting, grabbed 14 rebounds and blocked two shots. He scored 17 of his 26 in the second half, including 11 straight Stony Brook points midway through. He gave Stony Brook a one-point lead with nine seconds left in the Hofstra game with a terrific layup before the Pride won it with a buzzer-beating jumper.
Warney ended the week with a 13-point, 10-rebound and four-block day in just 25 minutes of action in Stony Brook’s 89-54 win over the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

For the season, Warney is averaging 15.8 points, 13.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks while shooting 50 percent from the field. He is only 35 points away from 1,000 for his career.

 

 

Warney and the #Seawolves will host Western Kentucky Tuesday at Island Federal Credit Union Arena at 7 p.m., as part of the NIT Season Tip-Off.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Dion Nesmith's jumper with 1.6 seconds left lifts Hofstra over Stony Brook, 66-65





By MARK HERRMANN  mark.herrmann@newsday.com
If there were a trophy awarded to the winner of this rivalry game, which would not be a bad idea, Hofstra's Dion Nesmith would have been the one holding it longest and highest. High enough to match the apex of his jump on the shot that won it.

"The kid jumped 14 feet in the air, shot it over two guys. He made a great play. Got to give them the tip of the hat," said Stony Brook coach Steve Pikiell, who could only shake his head after Nesmith's pull-up jumper in heavy traffic from the foul line with 1.6 seconds left gave Hofstra a 66-65 win and marked a rousing comeback in a rivalry that was dormant for six years.

That was six years too long, judging by the electricity from a crowd of 2,726 at Hofstra and by the intensity of the two Long Island teams. It sure looked as though whoever had the last possession would win, Roland Nyama's desperation shot at the buzzer notwithstanding.

In fact, the hero's role seemed to fit nicely on Stony Brook's Jameel Warney, who received a nice entry pass from Carson Puriefoy and hit a layup with nine seconds left for the last of his game-high 26 points (to go with a game-high 14 rebounds). The only problem was that it left Hofstra with time to set up a play.

The Pride did just that, except the play was designed for Juan'ya Green (22 points). He was guarded heavily, so Nesmith (18 points) -- who had made a reverse layup with 33 seconds left to put Hofstra ahead -- took matters into his own hands.

"I saw the clock was running down, I just went to go make a play and I was fortunate enough to make it," Nesmith said. For the record, he thought his elevation was only his usual three feet. Joe Mihalich, his coach, said, "I thought it was four."



It was enough. As Warney said, "He made a great play, he drove the middle, a pull-up jump shot. It was good defense, but it was his night."

Mihalich was touched that it came from Nesmith, a sixth-year senior who has been at three colleges (Northeastern and Monmouth previously) and came to Hofstra last season when the program was desperate for players. He isn't starting this season. "But he's a finisher," Mihalich said. "Nobody finished a game better than him: a game-winning shot against one of your rivals."

"Rivalry" was not hyperbole. There was palpable intensity. Stony Brook fans roared when Warney scored 10 consecutive Seawolves points in the second half. Hofstra's fans, who carried the day, let out an explosion of sound when Brian Bernardi made a three-pointer and a free throw that tied it with 3:23 left.

"I think there's just a feel," Mihalich said. "The students at Hofstra all have friends who go to Stony Brook and the students who go to Stony Brook all have friends who go to Hofstra."

All of them saw quite a show. "It was a heck of a game tonight," Pikiell said. "You've got to give them the tip of the hat. They got the home game first. We'll have them at home next year."


And, with any luck, Long Island will have them both for years to come.

Hofstra, Stony Brook resume men's basketball rivalry Friday night


Newsday - This season, both Hofstra and Stony Brook have realistic aspirations of reaching The Big Dance. On Friday night, on their way, they will play for The Big Duck -- and Jones Beach Tower, Montauk Lighthouse, Bald Hill, Sagamore Hill and all the other Long Island landmarks symbolically up for grabs as the men's basketball rivalry resumes.
"Our kids can't wait to play. I know Stony Brook feels the same way," said Hofstra coach Joe Mihalich, whose team will host the 7 p.m. game. "It should be a great night. College basketball is about rivalries. When you have a rivalry with two schools that are close together, it makes the game even better."
Stony Brook coach Steve Pikiell, who was coaching the Seawolves when the teams last met -- a 61-56 Hofstra win on Dec. 10, 2008 -- said, "I'm actually excited for Long Island to have two Division I schools and I'm excited that we can start playing again. I don't see any downside to it."
In the previous six years, though, some people in the respective athletic departments saw enough downside to stop scheduling each other in various sports. There has been a significant thaw, so the teams from Nassau and Suffolk will share a court Friday night and will meet at Stony Brook next year. Both sides hope they can keep it going.
Making it particularly intriguing this year is that both programs are healthy and hopeful. When Sports Illustrated recently projected the entire field for the 2015 NCAA Tournament, it picked both Stony Brook, of the America East, and Hofstra, of the Colonial Athletic Association, to make it.
"Coach Mihalich has done an awesome job in year two. He has transformed the whole program. He's a real good coach," Pikiell said, adding that the two men have been friends in the coaching fraternity for years. "He has upgraded everything there. They have terrific talent."
Mihalich, whose program leads the all-time series 18-4, said of Pikiell, "He's a terrific coach and an even more terrific guy. Their team plays with a sense of purpose. They understand how to win, that's why they win. They found a way to win that first game [last Friday]. I'm sure there was a lot of pressure to open their new building."
Their seasons have had a similar arc so far. Stony Brook christened its new arena with a 57-56 win over Columbia and played well in an 80-70 road loss to Georgia on Tuesday night. Hofstra routed Jacksonville, 94-61, at home Friday night and had a creditable 76-64 loss at North Carolina State on Monday night.
Each side is led by a talented guard -- Juan'ya Green is averaging 16.5 points for Hofstra and Carson Puriefoy is averaging 20.0 for Stony Brook. Stony Brook's Rayshaun McGrew and Hofstra's Brian Bernardi were their respective conference's players of the week.
Pikiell, who has lived in the Three Village area for nine years and loves the fact that he is an hour away from both the city and the Hamptons, said, "Games like this help the high school coaches. They just help get everybody involved."
Second-year Hofstra coach Mihalich, still exploring the Island and treasures such as Vincent's Clam Bar in Carle Place, said, "If you like basketball, my goodness, why wouldn't you come to this game?

Monday, November 17, 2014

#Seawolves to hold Touchdown Pledge Drive at Albany Saturday


Stony Brook, N.Y. - PLEDGE HERE  |  UPLIFTING ATHLETES

Each touchdown Stony Brook scores will support Medulloblastoma research

Stony Brook head football coach Chuck Priore is calling on all #Seawolves fans to help make a difference. 

In conjunction with Uplifting Athletes, the Stony Brook football team will hold a Touchdown Pledge Drive at Albany this Saturday. With each possible touchdown scored against the Great Danes, money will go towards the support and research of Medulloblastoma, the most common malignant brain tumor in children.

Fans can support the drive by making a donation through the Seawolves’ online Touchdown Pledge Drive site.

Through a former college teammate and the Friends of Jaclyn program, Priore was introduced to Joey Feminella, a West Islip resident who was named co-captain the following season. 

The Seawolves have formed a long-lasting friendship with Joey, who is in remission and cancer-free. 

Seniors Davonte AndersonShane Johnson and John Kinder helped form the Stony Brook Chapter of Uplifting Athletes. Stony Brook is one of 25 college football chapters run by student-athletes.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Rayshaun McGrew's layup gives Stony Brook 57-56 victory over Columbia

Rayshaun McGrew carved out his personal niche in Stony Brook history Friday night by scoring both the first basket and the last basket of the inaugural game at 4,000-seat Island FCU Arena.
The first was a footnote but the last was anything but trivial, capping a comeback from a 16-point deficit that gave the Seawolves a 57-56 victory over a tough Columbia team in the season opener for both.
"It feels good to know those two baskets were a big part of us winning," said McGrew (14 points, eight rebounds).
For most of the game, the Seawolves seemed destined to disappoint their opening-night crowd of 4,009, falling behind 28-12 and shooting 33.3 percent from the field and 16.7 percent from three-point range in the first half. But juniors McGrew, Jameel Warney (12 points, 15 rebounds) and Carson Puriefoy III (14 points, five assists, four rebounds) led a very young team back from the brink.
Stony Brook trailed by seven points with just over six minutes left when Warney blocked a drive by the Lions' Maodo Lo (19 points). Puriefoy scored two straight baskets to cut the deficit to three, but an uncontested layup by Lo gave the Lions a 56-51 lead with 1:27 left.
Stony Brook coach Steve Pikiell set up a "drift" play for freshman Bryan Sekunda, who buried an open three-pointer from the left corner on a feed from Puriefoy to pull within 56-54 at 1:16. "Bryan teed it up," Pikiell said. "You don't know until guys get in live action, but he didn't hesitate."
The ball splashed, and the crowd erupted far beyond anything heard in old 1,600-seat Pritchard Gym next door. "It was nothing like I've been a part of before because of the size of the arena and the number of people who can fit in," Puriefoy said. "The fans packed the house and brought us back."

Stony Brook had missed five of its previous seven foul shots, and Warney missed two more, but McGrew controlled the rebound and made the putback with seven seconds to go.
The Lions got two shots at the other end but missed both, and McGrew was fouled with 13.1 seconds left. He made the first to get within a point and missed the second, but Warney rebounded and was fouled with 12.0 seconds showing.
Asked if he anticipated another miss, McGrew said of Warney, who was 0-for-6 at the line, "He had a tough day. The rebound kind of came to me, and I took advantage."
Lo missed a three-pointer at the buzzer and the Seawolves celebrated their new digs with the fans. "Thank God we got the win," Warney said. "It was going to be a tough loss to swallow. We didn't want to let down our brothers, our coach or the fans."

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Stony Brook has best offensive day of season, but JMU QB has the answers

Greg Logan, Newsday

The big-game script was all too familiar for Stony Brook. The Seawolves took a two-touchdown second-quarter lead while their defense, ranked No. 2 in the FCS, kept James Madison's No. 9 offense and quarterback Vad Lee well contained.
But for the umpteenth time in their two seasons in the Colonial Athletic Association, the Seawolves were unable to finish. The Dukes held them scoreless in the second half and Lee hit them with the customary backbreaker, a 76-yard TD pass to Brandon Ravenel that was the difference in SBU's 27-24 loss Saturday at LaValle Stadium.
Seawolves running back Marcus Coker, who has fought to regain his form since recovering from a motorcycle accident in April, had his best game with 145 yards on 18 carries. Quarterback Conor Bednarski was at his best, completing 17 of 29 passes for 260 yards and touchdowns of 11 yards to Will Tye (seven catches, 90 yards) and 43 yards to Adrian Coxson.
But the highest-scoring game of the season by Stony Brook (4-6, 3-3 CAA) was no match for Lee, who started last season at run-oriented Georgia Tech and transferred to play for the Dukes (7-3, 4-2) in coach Everett Withers' wide-open, hurry-up offense. The Seawolves came into the game allowing an average of 235.3 yards, but the Dukes gouged them for 513 yards as Lee completed 20 of 33 passes for 314 yards and three TDs and rushed for 56 yards on 16 carries.
"He's by far the best of anybody we've seen this year," SBU rover back Christian Ricard said. "He was able to extend plays it seemed like forever, and when he did, he would break it for a 20-yard run. He's a phenomenal player."


Lee had an unshakable ability to overcome negative plays. With JMU trailing 17-3, he was sacked by defensive end Victor Ochi, whose two sacks gave him an SBU season-record 11. On the next play, Lee threw a 37-yard TD pass that was negated by a holding penalty. On the next play, he completed a 47-yard TD pass to Ishmael Hyman to pull within 17-10.
After a botched onside kick gave Stony Brook possession at the Dukes' 40, Coker carried three times for 20 yards, scoring on a 5-yard run for a 24-10 lead."It was just a miscommunication," said cornerback Marvin Hart, who had five pass breakups. "It was just the quarterback is a phenomenal athlete."
"Great blocking by the line opened up holes, and we had good blocking downfield by the wideouts, so I was one-on-one most of the time with the DB," Coker said.
Near the end of the third quarter, with Stony Brook leading 24-20, Coker added a 29-yard run during an 89-yard drive that reached the JMU 2 after Bednarski's 24-yard pass to Tye. That's where the game turned.
Two carries by Coker and one by Stacey Bedell left the ball at the 2. Coach Chuck Priore called for a fake field goal, and running back James Kenner lost 7 yards on a shovel pass from holder Carlos Hernandez.
"I wanted a touchdown to make it 31-20," Priore said. "We weren't going to win with 27 points. We knew we were going to try the fake field goal the first opportunity we had. We practiced it all week."
The Dukes saw it coming. "They had different personnel on the field," Wither said. "We expected something different."
JMU took over at its 9, and three plays later, Ravenel broke wide-open in the middle of the field out of a five-receiver formation to score the winner. "That's them lining up in all these different formations, and you have one person thinking they have this guy and another person thinking they have this guy and someone is running free," Ricard said. "That's JMU's game."



And that left SBU to ponder how another big fish got away.

Jameel Warney & Carson Puriefoy lead junior core for potent Seawolves

Greg Logan, Newsday
The future not only is now but really the next two seasons for a Stony Brook basketball team that has no seniors but possesses all the talent, depth and leadership it needs to crack the code and finally make the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history.
Post man Jameel Warney, who was America East player of the year as a sophomore last season, returns with preseason first-team all-conference point guard Carson Puriefoy III, starting power forward Rayshaun McGrew and 6-10 backup forward Scott King to form the Seawolves' junior core. Coach Steve Pikiell expects to blend in plenty of youth, including redshirt freshman small forward Roland Nyama and true freshman shooting guard Deshaun Thrower.
"We're going to play together for so long that it makes you excited to know we can grow something really big around here,'' Warney said.
Pikiell would like to see Warney focus on scoring more from the low post instead of being such an unselfish passer. "People say, 'You have to get the big guy touches,' '' Pikiell said of Warney. "He got plenty of touches. Stop passing the ball sometimes.
"His unselfishness, at times, has hurt us. I think he can score 20 points every night, and he needs to do that now . . . Now it's his team. This is his year and Trey [Puriefoy's]. There's no seniors to choices, starting in the backcourt, where Puriefoy and Thrower form a dynamic duo.
Thrower, who was named Michigan's Mr. Basketball last season, also was a standout high school quarterback. He adds a physical element at 6-2, 200 pounds and is known for his ability to drive to the basket. "I spent a lot of time in the gym shooting because I know I'm not going to be able to get to the basket like I did in high school,'' Thrower said. "It's bigger, and there's help defense. I'm working on outside and midrange jump shots, get to the rack, everything.''"Deshaun brings a lot to the table,'' Puriefoy said. "He can get to the basket at any point in time. He's very strong, but he can step out and shoot a little bit to bring some versatility to his game. We can interchange. When we're on the court together, its a scary two-guard tandem.''
The most athletic component of the young lineup undoubtedly is the 6-6 Nyama, a native of Germany who redshirted last season. "It was kind of like interning at a great firm,'' said Nyama, who is fluent in five languages. "I learned how to be happy for my teammates and to do whatever I can in practice to make everybody else better. I embraced it. It gave me a lot of confidence. I know what I can do on the court, and I also know what I can't do.''
Pikiell has quality depth with sophomore three-point shooter Kameron Mitchell at guard. Soph Ryan Burnett and 6-6 freshman Bryan Sekunda will compete behind Nyama, and 6-11 freshman Jakub Petras and 6-7 freshman Tyrell Sturdivant will try to carve out frontcourt time alongside McGrew and King.
With the Seawolves moving from tiny Pritchard Gym into 4,000-seat Island Federal Credit Union Arena, it was important for Pikiell to have a good product to put on the floor.
"I'm excited about having games where more people can see our team,'' he said. "I'm excited for the community to have this group for two years and really get to know Jameel and Trey and all these guys.''

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.