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Posted on: January 30, 2012 1:34 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2012 2:34 pm
 

Stony Brook finally rids itself of BU demon

Stony Brook snapped a five-game losing streak to BU and became the America East favorite. (US Presswire)

By Jeff Borzello

STONY BROOK, N.Y. – Boston University has been Stony Brook’s kryptonite the past three seasons, beating the Seawolves five consecutive times. The Terriers knocked Stony Brook out of the last two America East tournaments, including the title game a season ago.

The Seawolves finally broke through against BU on Friday night, with a 66-57 victory. Stony Brook is now 8-1 in the league – one game ahead of BU and Vermont.

Taking sole possession of first place in the conference by beating a team that had their number for the past few seasons wasn’t lost on the Seawolves.

“We needed this win bad,” junior Tommy Brenton said. “Coach has been reminding us about that streak. We knew we had to play harder, play more defense, play better offense.”

On paper, Stony Brook has been the best team in the America East for much of the season. With the BU cloud hanging over its head, though, it was tough to name the Seawolves the favorite going forward.

That’s no longer a problem.

“It’s still halfway through,” Brenton said. “We’ll take it game-by-game, not relax and slip-up.”

“We’re confident,” head coach Steve Pikiell added. “Too confident. We’re always on them. They’re veterans.”

The road to an America East automatic bid now goes through Stony Brook, and the Seawolves have the pieces to make life difficult for any future opponent. It starts with their defense. They’re now 11-0 when holding teams to fewer than 60 points, and they lead the conference in rebound margin (also rank No. 12 in the country in offensive rebounding percentage). They force turnovers, they don’t foul and they defend the perimeter very well.

They’re also physical and utilize gang rebounding and help defense.

“To prepare for them, you have to get your team to get ready to go,” Boston University head coach Joe Jones said. “It’s more about them collectively than about one guy.”

Against BU, Stony Brook had to constantly bounce back. The Terriers hit 5-for-5 from 3-point range in the opening minutes, getting out to an early lead. In the second half, they went on 17-0 run midway through the period to take a four-point lead heading down the stretch. Stony Brook responded with a 19-6 run to end the game.

The past couple of years, would the Seawolves have had the strength to respond after a huge run?

“We get a little déjà vu when that happens,” said leading scorer Bryan Douger. “We were able to pull out of it. It shows a lot of character about our guys.”

The entire night showed how far the Stony Brook program has come in the last few years under Pikiell. There was not a single general-admission ticket sold for the game, as students and season-ticket holders packed the arena to capacity. The two student sections were nearly filled 45 minutes before the game to “Red-Out” BU.

If the Seawolves do reach the conference tournament title game again – and need to host it – they will have to play at a different on-campus arena. The current one holds just 1600; America East rules stipulate that title hosts need to have a capacity of 3000. Stony Brook’s bigger arena is currently under renovation, but it would be the site of the championship.

“It was a championship-caliber game,” Brenton said. “I’m sure we’ll see them soon.”

Only this time, Stony Brook will have already rid itself of the BU demon.

Posted on: October 18, 2011 3:53 pm
Edited on: October 18, 2011 4:15 pm
 

Joe Jones 'on top of the world' with B.U. gig

By Jeff Goodman

There's a reason Joe Jones is smiling so much nowadays.

There just aren't many guys that give up their gig as a Division 1 head coach for an assistant spot -- only to get another head job a year later.

"It couldn't have worked out any better," the first-year Boston University head coach said last week. "No way when I left Columbia did I think I'd be able to get a job like I got so quickly."

Jones spent seven years in the Ivy League with Columbia, going 86-108 in his tenure. The program had its ups and downs in his time in New York, but Jones decided to leave a little more than a year ago and join Steve Donahue's staff as his associate head coach at Boston College.

"My wife was the first one to tell me I should go," Jones said. "I knew I was taking a major risk, but looking back, it was the best decision I could have made - for my family and for me."

His kids now are able to have a backyard -- and Jones has a program that is considered tops in the America East.

He's also fortunate to inherit a team that will be picked once again to win the league despite the loss of league MVP John Holland and the season-ending injury to Jake O'Brien.

Four starters -- including talented sophomore guard D.J. Irving -- are back from last year's team that went 21-14 and won the conference tourney to get into the NCAA tournament.

"I'd rather be picked to win it rather than fourth - like we were a few years at Columbia," Jones said. "I'm 45 years old. Pressure is what it is. I'm fine with it."

Jones has a similar up-beat, high-energy personality than his predecessor, Pat Chambers, exhibits. The transition, Jones said, has been easier because of their relationship as ex-Villanova assistants.

Jones even sat right behind the BU bench for the America East championship game last season, a victory that may have wound up getting Chambers the Penn State job and landing Jones with the Terriers.

"I'm on top of the world," Jones said.

Photo: US PRESSWIRE
Posted on: September 13, 2011 12:12 pm
Edited on: September 13, 2011 12:37 pm
 

BU loses player of year candidate Jake O'Brien

By Jeff Goodman

Boston University senior forward Jake O'Brien is expected to miss the entire season after having a second surgery on his foot on Monday. 

O'Brien is a 6-foot-8 forward who missed the second half of last year after suffering a broken foot on Dec. 31.

"The foot never healed, so I had to go in and have a second procedure," O'Brien told CBSSports.com.  

O'Brien, who was set to to be cornerstone of new Terriers coach Joe Jones' team this season after BU graduated America East Player of the Year John Holland, said the rehab is expected to take anywhere from 3-5 months. 

"I'm going to redshirt and not rush back into anything," O'Brien added.

O'Brien, who hopes to practice with the team at some point later this year, averaged 13.8 points and 6.4 rebounds as a junior and was averaging 10.9 points and 5.5 boards last season when he went down with the injury.
Posted on: June 3, 2011 7:12 pm
Edited on: June 3, 2011 8:05 pm
 

Pat Chambers leaves Boston for Penn State



Posted by Eric Angevine


Today's rumors have turned out to be true. Pat Chambers of Boston University has taken the head coaching job at Penn State, succeeding Ed DeChellis in the position.

Chambers led the Boston University Terriers to the NCAA tournament as the automatic entry representative from the America East conference last season, in just his second year as a head coach. He previously served as Associate Head Coach at Villanova, where he took part in the Wildcats' 2009 Final Four appearance. He played point guard for Naismith Hall of Fame inductee Herb Magee at Philadelphia University.

Chambers had recently agreed to a contract at Boston University that extended through 2016. He led the Terriers to 21-win seasons in each of the two years he was in charge of the program.

Despite his short resume, Chambers has obvious ties to the relatively nearby talent pool of Philadelphia, where much of his early recruiting efforts should be focused. His relatively quick rise to a power-conference head coaching job began with an assistant's posting at Delaware Valley College in Pennsylvania in 1995. As an assistant coach of the Episcopal Academy varsity team in the late 90's, Chambers helped develop the talents of ACC stars Gerald Henderson and Wayne Ellington.

"I am truly honored and excited to be joining the Penn State family," Chambers stated in a press release issued by Penn State. "I'm looking forward to bringing passion, energy and enthusiasm to Nittany Lion Basketball. We will play a style, and bring an attitude, that Nittany Nation can be proud of."

Photo: US Presswire

Posted on: June 3, 2011 9:06 am
Edited on: June 3, 2011 9:18 am
 

Everhart withdraws from Penn State search



Posted by Eric Angevine


According to a story posted overnight by the Associated Press, Duquesne head coach Ron Everhart has withdrawn his name from consideration for the open job at Penn State.

"There's just a lot of good things going on here at Duquesne, and it's just a good time for us," Everhart said. "It's become a real special place, and this is just the right thing to do."

Everhart, 49, has the Dukes in the thick of the hunt in the tough A-10 every season of late, and has three years remaining on his contract, which reportedly pays him $400,000 per season.

Attention will now turn to Milwaukee's Rob Jeter and Boston University head coach Pat Chambers, who have long been mentioned in the next tier of candidates just below Everhart.

Photo: US Presswire
Posted on: March 12, 2011 10:38 am
Edited on: March 12, 2011 10:39 am
 

Looking at the America East's ultimate game

It's Seawolves vs. Terriers in Boston Saturday afternoon at noon for the chance to dance.

The America East final presents a situation some don't like. Opponents of conference tournaments cold used Saturday's championship game in Boston as an example: an under-.500 team will be playing for a bid. Stony Brook is 15-16, but the fifth-seeded Seawolves got past No. 1 Vermont get to the championship game.

For some, that's enough to earn the right for a chance to play. Others lament the quick second season that gives mediocre teams these opportunities. If it won, Stony Brook would most definitely be a 16 seed playing in Dayton Tuesday or Wednesday night. Coach Steve Pikiell's team upset No. 4 Albany, 67-61, before knocking off UVM, 69-47, last Sunday.

That 22-point margin certainly had to make Boston University pause. The two-seeded Terriers can't claim a beatdown in the style of the Seavwolves'. They defeated New Hampshire, 69-60, in the quarters, then got by Albany, 55-49 last Sunday.

It's safe to assume the pressure is with the No.2 seed, and just appearing in the title game clearly isn't going to be enough for BU. At the start of the year the team was picked as the best in the conference.

If the Terriers want to terrorize their way to a bid, John Holland's going to have to lead his team once again. Boston's best player hasn't cracked 20 points in the America East tournament so far; that could change Saturday. Stony Brook is the second-worst team in the nation (yes, the nation) at shooting two-point shots. And overall, it's a miserable offensive group.

That's why Vermont's loss could be considered one of the most staggering transgressions of the past week and a half in college basketball. The reason this game's not a gimme is because BU isn't a great shooting team.

What to watch: Stony Brook's bench. Chris Martin and Leonard Hayes, two guys who don't gobble up a lot of possessions or having terrific offensive ratings, led the 'Wolves in scoring in the first two games. Stony Brook's starters aren't the most intimidating group. Talk about a bizarre team.

Absolutely there are real unknowns heading in, as Stony Brook seeks its first NCAA tournament appearance, while BU hasn't been in the Big Bracket in nine years.

Posted by Matt Norlander

Photo: AP

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Posted on: March 1, 2011 12:10 pm
Edited on: March 1, 2012 10:53 pm
 

Conference tourney preview: America East

The America East tournament format is certainly unique. While many conference tournaments have different ways of rewarding higher seeds and/or deciding how its respective bracket is formed, the America East chooses to have a neutral site — this year, it’s Hartford, as it was in 2010 — for its first round, quarterfinals and semis, then has the highest remaining seed host the title game.

It’s a system that puts everyone on a level playing field until the title game. Make it that far, and your regular-season play is rewarded. I’m a big fan, even if it’s not perfect. Only the Horizon, with its double-bye into the conference semifinals for the high seeds, is a better format. The America East also has the largest layoff between semifinals and finals — six days. Play begins on Thursday and wraps up Saturday night. The two remaining teams will play for a 16 seed (no doubt this conference is getting a 16; the power numbers have, well, no power) on March 13. Is that a good thing? I don’t know, but it’s done for television purposes, clearly.

So what are we looking at this year? Well, at 13-3, Vermont (22-7) won the league. Boston University, which for so long stood tall over the AE, finished second with a 12-4 record. Vermont wasn’t supposed to be this good, but behind Evan Fjeld, he of the epic mustache, and Brian Voelkel, coach Mike Lonergan has UVM on the verge of getting back to The Tournament for the first time since this happened. And how awesome that was.

Boston (18-13) is considered the team with the best play as of late, though, and it’s led by John Holland (right), who is the conference’s best player. It does seem like a two-team race. Maine (9-7), Albany (9-7) and Stony Brook (8-8) are lumped into that mediocre category, and Hartford (7-9) will have to fuel playing on its home court into an upset or two.

The team with the best chance to keep a game close is Vermont, as the Catamounts played well with UConn early and have solid size and quickness for a program at this level. Fjeld is sneaky good and a very efficient shooter because he's crafty in how he scores close to the hoop. And I do not veil it at all: I grew up 10 minutes from the UVM campus, and when the Cats do well, I’m happy. Would love to see them win this thing.

****

Title game: Sunday, March 12, ESPN2.

BEST PLAYERS  

  1. John Holland, Boston
  2. Tim Ambrose, Albany
  3. Brian Voelkel, Vermont

Conference RPI: 28

KenPom.com rating: 29

Sagarin rating: 29

NCAA Tournament Locks: None

NCAA Tournament Bubble Teams: None 

Last NCAA Tournament Appearance:

Albany Great Danes: 2007, 13 seed, an 84-57 loss to Virginia

Binghamton Bearcats: 2009, 15 seed, an 86-62 loss to Duke

Boston University Terriers: 2002, 16 seed, a 90-52 loss to Cincinnati

Hartford Hawks: N/A

Maine Black Bears: N/A

Maryland-Baltimore County Retrievers: 2008, 15 seed,  a 66-47 loss to Georgetown

New Hampshire Wildcats: N/A

Stony Brook Seawolves: N/A

Vermont Catamounts: 2005, 13 seed, a 60-57 win over Syracuse in the first round followed by  a 72-61 loss to Michigan State in the second round

Photo: US Presswire

Posted by Matt Norlander

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