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#14 Tyler Stephenson-Moore celebrates the team's victory on Monday night.

Stony Brook men’s basketball continued its storybook run in the 2024 CAA Men’s Basketball Championship, defeating No. 3 seed Hofstra 63-59 on March 11 to earn its spot in the program’s first-ever CAA Championship final.

With the win, the Seawolves advanced to the CAA finals in just their second season in the conference, where they faced No. 1 seed Charleston in the championship game on March 12 at 7 p.m. (Results were not available as of press time.)

Tyler Stephenson-Moore led the Seawolves offensive attack with 23 points on 7-of-14 shooting, while Chris Maidoh added 13 and Aaron Clarke contributed 12.

The Seawolves jumped out to an 8-3 lead on baskets with four different players hitting the scoring column before the under-16 media timeout. Hofstra then responded with an 8-0 run to grab the 11-8 lead at the 14:16 mark. Later in the half, Stony Brook went on a 12-1 run over 2:30, with the final eight points contributed by Stephenson-Moore, to take a 30-23 lead with 5:02 left to play.

Hofstra grabbed seven of the final nine points of the half, cutting the Seawolves’ lead to 32-30 after the first 20 minutes. The Seawolves took a 36-32 lead early in the second half, but Hofstra out-scored Stony Brook 12-5 over a span of 6:40 for a 44-41 Pride advantage with 11:19 to play. Stony Brook tied things three times in the following seven minutes, with Stephenson-Moore draining a three to knot the game at 51 with 4:37 left.

After a 2:03 scoreless stretch, back-to-back buckets by Maidoh and Stephenson-Moore followed by a three from Noll put Stony Brook ahead 58-51 with 57 seconds remaining. Clarke made three free throws to push the lead to 10 at 46 seconds. Hofstra made a late run to get within three at 62-59 with 6.7 seconds to play, but Keenan Fitzmorris split two free throws to ice the game.

“This was a great win for us,” said head coach Geno Ford postgame. “Hofstra has pounded on us for years … so to play them and beat them in such a meaningful game is huge to our players, the program, the community and the University.”

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The Stony Brook University men’s basketball team defeated Delaware 79-56, on March 2 at Island Federal Arena. The Seawolves closed the regular season in fashion with an emphatic victory over the Blue Hens on senior day. Aaron Clarke and Tyler Stephenson-Moore led the charge, scoring 37 points combined.

Both teams traded buckets back and forth early in the first half as Delaware clung to a narrow lead over the Seawolves. A pair of Dean Noll hook shots ignited the Stony Brook offense as they closed the half on a 23-16 run to take a nine-point advantage into halftime. 

The Blue Hens swiftly responded with a 10-2 run to open the second half, cutting the Stony Brook lead to one. Stony Brook quickly regained momentum with a barrage of three pointers to take a 19-point lead, capping off a 23-5 run highlighted by big buckets from Jared Frey and Stephenson-Moore.

Stony Brook did not let up, closing things out on a 14-4 run, never letting Delaware get within single digits in the process. The senior day victory was the Seawolves’ 13th win at Island Federal Arena this season as Stony Brook clinched the No. 7 seed in the upcoming CAA Championship.

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The Stony Brook University men’s basketball team defeated William & Mary, 75-62, on Feb. 24 at Island Federal Arena. Four Seawolves posted double-digit points in the win, with Aaron Clarke and Tyler Stephenson-Moore leading the way with 18 points apiece.

Stony Brook started hot early, opening the game on an 11-2 run. The Tribe responded with several jumpers from Trey Moss to cut the deficit to six. The Seawolves immediately answered back with buckets from Keenan Fitzmorris and Clarke to regain momentum.

A pair of free throws from Clarke with four seconds left gave Stony Brook a 12-point advantage heading into the half. Stony Brook closed the half on a 15-9 run, highlighted by several big plays by Clarke and Fitzmorris.

Both teams traded buckets back and forth early in the second half as William & Mary cut its deficit to nine. The Seawolves responded quickly with tough shots from Jared Frey and Stephenson-Moore. Stony Brook pushed its advantage to 16 points, its largest of the afternoon, following a three from Stephenson-Moore.

After the Tribe again narrowed the deficit to eight points, the Seawolves put the game away with eight consecutive makes from the free-throw line to close out their 12th win at Island Federal Arena, defeating William & Mary for the second time this season.

“Good win for us … Happy to win at home [with] a good crowd on a Saturday afternoon,” said head coach Geno Ford after the game. “[If] you win by double figures at home in a conference game you’re going to take that any day of the week,” he added.

The team  heads on the road to take on Drexel on Feb. 29. The Seawolves and Dragons tip off at 7 p.m. from Philadelphia, with the contest streaming on FloHoops and NBC Sports Philadelphia.

#5 Aaron Clarke looks to pass the ball during Saturday's game. Photo from Stony Brook Athletics

The Stony Brook University men’s basketball team fell, 84-61, to Monmouth on Feb. 17 at OceanFirst Bank Center in West Long Branch, N.J. Three Seawolves finished in double figures, but it was not enough to overcome the Hawks strong second-half performance.

Stony Brook fell behind 13-7 early on, but battled back to grab a one-point lead after a 7-0 run spearheaded by Keenan Fitzmorris. After Monmouth evened things up at 16 apiece, the Hawks scored eight straight points to open up a 24-16 lead. Another eight-point scoring run to close the half helped Monmouth take an eight-point lead into the break.

The Hawks opened the second half by scoring the first 10 points and 24 of the half’s first 30 points to jump out to a 26-point advantage. The Seawolves never truly trimmed the deficit much further, pulling within 20 points of the Hawks momentarily before eventually falling, 84-61.

“Monmouth physically dominated us today, particularly on the glass. We were fortunate enough to catch them on a day where Xander Rice was off, but we weren’t in position to win due to an inability to deal with their fours and fives on the glass,” head coach Geno Ford said. “Our perimeter guys collectively couldn’t make any shots, so it was a formula for a convincing loss.”

The team returns home to host North Carolina A&T on Thursday, February 22. The Seawolves and Aggies tip-off at 6:31 p.m., with the contest streaming live on SNY and Flo Hoops.

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The Stony Brook University men’s basketball team fell, 95-77, to Campbell on Feb. 10 afternoon at Gore Arena. in Buies Creek, N.C. Aaron Clarke and Dean Noll scored 16 points apiece, while Tyler Stephenson-Moore chipped in with 10, but it was not enough to overcome Campbell’s five double-figure scorers.

Stony Brook was firing on all cylinders out of the gate, jumping out to an early 10-point advantage, 12-2, in the opening three minutes of action. After Campbell pulled back within one possession of Stony Brook, the Seawolves extended the lead back to double figures as the first half neared the mid-way point.

The Camels responded with a 23-3 run, turning their nine-point deficit into a 11-point lead, with just under four minutes remaining in the opening period. Campbell’s hot shooting continued over the final four minutes, taking a 52-38 lead into the locker room.

Stony Brook’s deficit kept widening after intermission, falling behind 79-61 before a 6-0 shrunk the deficit to 79-67 with 6:05 to go in the contest. After being down as many as 23 points halfway through the second stanza, the Seawolves pulled within 12 points, but could not trim the deficit any further. Campbell cruised the rest of the way, clinching a 95-77 victory over the Seawolves in the inaugural meeting between two of the CAA’s newest members.


  • Noll scored a team-leading 16 points, reaching double figures for the ninth time in his last 10 games played. He connected on three shots from beyond the arc, the 11th time this season he has registered multiple three-point field goals made.
  • Clarke matched Noll’s effort with 16 points, shooting 6-of-11 from the floor. He shot an even 50 percent (3-6) from long range, adding five assists and four rebounds.
  • Stephenson-Moore rounded out Stony Brook’s double-digit point scorers, contributing 10 points.
  • Andre Snoddy grabbed a team-high seven rebounds across 22 minutes of action. He added six points on a 3-for-7 mark from the field.
  • As a team, Stony Brook connected on 11 three pointers for the second straight game. Stony Brook moved to 6-4 overall this season when making at least 10 shots from beyond the arc.
  • The Camels finished with a stark 54-22 advantage in paint points. Campbell dished out 29 assists, the second most by an opponent this season.
  • Campbell scored at a 64-percent clip in the contest, the highest field-goal percentage by a Seawolves’ opponent this year. The Camels’ 95 points were also the second-most points allowed by Stony Brook in 2023-24.
  • Today’s meeting was the first between Stony Brook and Campbell.

“Campbell did a great job of running their offense today at a high level. We were not sharp mentally on that end of the floor,” head coach Geno Ford said. “We had several good looks we couldn’t convert and when you combined those two issues it’s a really bad formula. In league games, you have to play well to have a chance to win. We certainly didn’t today.”

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Team hosts sixth annual Children’s Hospital Night

The Stony Brook University men’s basketball team came from behind to beat Northeastern, 59-55, on Feb. 3 at Island Federal Arena. The Seawolves had three players score in double figures, led by Dean Noll, who had 14 points, six rebounds and four steals. Aaron Clarke also added 14 points and Keenan Fitzmorris chipped in with 12 points off the bench.

The event was also the sixth annual Stony Brook Children’s Hospital Night; the Seawolves hosted more than 20 patients, and their families, from the Children’s Hospital as part of an annual tradition, celebrating the event with a victory over the Huskies.

Stony Brook started out the scoring by going on a 6-0 run, culminating in a three from Clarke, to take an early lead with 17:53 left in the first half. Northeastern responded after a slow start, tying things up at 22-22 as the contest headed into the half. Stony Brook got the job done in the paint in the first half, scoring 14 of its 22 points close to the basket. Northeastern took control of the contest in the second half, holding a lead from the 17-minute mark all the way until the 1:22 mark when Clarke buried a three on a second-chance opportunity. 

After Northeastern snagged a 52-46 advantage, Stony Brook responded by going on an 11-0 run to seize a 57-52 lead with 27 seconds to go in the contest. Noll provided a dagger, sinking a running hook shot with 39 seconds to play, helping Stony Brook close out Northeastern in front of a crowd of more than 3,500 people at Island Federal Arena.

The team heads south to face Elon on Feb. 8. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. on FloHoops.

#4 Chris Maidoh dunks the ball during Saturday's gameball. Photo courtesy of Stony Brook Athletics

The Stony Brook university men’s basketball team took down UNC Wilmington in overtime, 86-78, on Jan. 27 at Island Federal Arena. Tyler Stephenson-Moore (22 points) and Aaron Clarke (21 points) paced the offense in a statement victory for the Seawolves.

Four players scored in double figures in total for the Seawolves to end the Seahawks’ five-game winning streak. Keenan Fitzmorris contributed 15 points, seven rebounds and four blocks off the bench and Dean Noll scored 10 points, knocking down a key three down the stretch.

Stony Brook used a 10-0 run with midway through the first half, culminating in a deep three from Jared Frey to grab a 23-19 lead. 

The Seawolves then lost some of that lead, but still entered halftime with a 39-37 advantage. Stony Brook got a great contribution from its bench in the period, as non-starters accounted

UNC Wilmington proceeded to take the lead back, using a 19-2 run that stretched between the end of the first half and the beginning of the second. Stony Brook then scored six straight points, finished off by Stephenson-Moore’s three, to shrink the deficit to 54-53 with 8:43 to go in the contest. 

The Seawolves rally continued as they outscored UNC Wilmington 13-12 the rest of the way to tie it at 66-66 and send the game to overtime. Noll connected on a game-tying trifecta, evening the score at 64-64, with 41 seconds to play, before Trazarien White scored on the other end. Stephenson-Moore was then fouled with one second and change, sinking a pair of free throws to send the contest to an extra period.

Stony Brook started overtime with a bang, going on an 8-0 run, finished off by Clarke’s three, to seize a 74-66 lead with 2:50 to go in the period. The lead moved to 79-71 after another Clarke trifecta, this time a stepback in front of the Stony Brook bench.

The triple all but sealed the win, as the Seawolves held onto that lead for the rest of the game to come away with the 86-78 win in overtime.

Up next, the team stays on Long Island, heading to Nassau County on Thursday, February 1 to face Hofstra. Tip-off between the Seawolves and Pride is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the second iteration of the Battle of Long Island. The contest will stream live on FloHoops and locally on MSG Sports Network.

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The Stony Brook University men’s basketball team defeated William & Mary, 63-59, on Jan. 13 at Kaplan Arena in Williamsburg, Virginia. Dean Noll paced the offense for a second straight contest, scoring a season-high 19 points.

Stony Brook’s defense was stout to begin the contest, limiting William & Mary to just one point and holding the Tribe without a made field goal over the opening five minutes. The Tribe’s second made basket came with 6:55 remaining in the opening half, trimming Stony Brook’s lead to 15-9. A 5-0 run by the Seawolves extended the lead back to double figures. 

The lead for the Seawolves grew as large as 13 points down the stretch in the first half, though William & Mary connected on five-of-nine field goal attempts over the final five minutes to trim Stony Brook’s lead to nine points, 32-23, entering the half. Stony Brook held William & Mary to a 2-for-16 mark from the floor before that point.

The Seawolves maintained a comfortable advantage until midway through the second half when William & Mary pulled within three points after Caleb Dorsey began to heat up. It was a one-possession contest with 9:40 to play before a 6-0 run by Stony Brook. The Seawolves held the Tribe without a point for more than four minutes to pad their lead to nine points with five minutes to play.

Stony Brook went ice cold though, going without a field goal made for more than seven minutes and seeing the Tribe turn their nine-point deficit into a one-point lead with less than two minutes to play. A Tyler Stephenson-Moore floater put the Seawolves back in front momentarily, but William & Mary regained the advantage with 42 seconds remaining.

Despite struggling offensively most of the afternoon, Aaron Clarke came up clutch for Stony Brook in the final moments. The graduate guard buried a long three from the wing in front of the Seawolves’ bench, giving Stony Brook a lead that it would not relinquish again.

Stephenson-Moore sealed the victory with a wide-open dunk following a full-court inbound pass from Noll, sending the Seawolves home with their second road victory of conference play.

“Big win for us. Really hard schedule to start, by far the hardest in league with four of our five on the road and an overwhelming favorite at home,” head coach Geno Ford noted postgame. “We played well on both ends against two good opponents. I thought a lot of guys showed the toughness and physicality we will need in a major grind of a game today. William & Mary had an awesome crowd with no students and made it a very tough place to play today.”

The team returns to action on Jan. 18 at Delaware with tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Bob Carpenter Center with the contest streaming live on SNY, NBC Sports Philadelphia and FloHoops.

#14 Tyler Stephenson-Moore scored a game-high 21 points, registering the 1,000th point of his collegiate career during last Saturday's game. Photo courtesy of Stony Brook Athletics

The Stony Brook University men’s basketball team fell to Charleston, 93-87, on Jan. 6 at Island Federal Arena. Tyler Stephenson-Moore scored a game-high 21 points, registering the 1,000th point of his collegiate career in the first half.

Stony Brook started fast on Saturday, jumping out to an early 18-8 lead after the opening eight minutes of action. The Cougars responded with an 8-0 run, trimming the deficit to two points. A basket from Andre Snoddy put the Seawolves back up two possessions before Charleston evened the contest at 20-20.

Tyler Stephenson-Moore

After Charleston grabbed a 27-25 lead, a 20-3 run by the Seawolves ensued, with a huge windmill dunk from Stephenson-Moore in the middle of it. The slam accounted for the 1,000th point of Stephenson-Moore’s career, an emphatic way to become the program’s 28th 1,000-point scorer.

The Cougars whittled their deficit to seven points entering the half and would battle back to tie the contest, 53-53, five minutes into the second half. The two sides went back-and-forth over the next 10-plus minutes, seeing the lead change hands 10 times without either team holding more than a two-possession lead.

Stony Brook surrendered its lead for the final time with 4:17 remaining in regulation, seeing Charleston shoot nearly 70 percent from the field in the second half and complete the comeback.

“It was a great college ball basketball game. Stinks we lost. We played a great team, we played at a high level, we did a lot of good things. … With a two possession game like that we needed one miss out of them and one more make out of us and we’d be having a whole different vibe in the locker room right now,” said head coach Geno Ford after the game. 

“I think we hopefully learned today that we are capable of being a great basketball team ourselves and we’ve got a lot of games and big games yet to come for us down the road here,” he added.

The team hits the road for the first of three games away from home, facing Towson on January 11. Tip-off between the Seawolves and Tigers is scheduled for 7 p.m. at TU Arena with the contest streaming live on FloHoops.

#5 Aaron Clarke looks to pass the ball during Sunday night's game. Photo courtesy of Stony Brook Athletics

The Stony Brook University men’s basketball team topped Army, 78-74, in overtime on Dec. 17 at Christl Arena at West Point. Aaron Clarke returned to the lineup, pacing a group of four double-digit scorers with 21 points to lead the Seawolves past the Black Knights.

The Seawolves started fast on both ends of the floor, racing out to a 12-1 lead. Army was held without a field goal for nearly eight minutes to open the contest and managed just two points on a pair of trips to the charity stripe before Josh Scovens’ basket at the 12:09 mark of the first half.

Stony Brook extended its lead to 14 points, 23-9, more than halfway through the first half of action, but the Black Knights offense came to life in the final nine minutes of the half. Army ripped off 17 unanswered points in less than five minutes to turn a 14-point deficit into a three-point lead. When the dust settled after the first half, the contest was tied at 36-36 heading into the intermission. The Black Knights ultimately ended the half on a 27-13 run, shooting 10-of-14 from the floor and a perfect 5-for-5 from three-point range over the final nine-plus minutes of the opening stanza.

In a back-and-forth second half, Stony Brook led by seven points with 3:29 to play before another surge from Army’s offense that saw the Seawolves squander another lead. The Black Knights used a 9-0 run to grab a 61-59 lead with less than a minute to play, but a pair of late free throws from Clarke and a defensive stand sent the contest into overtime, despite Stony Brook being held without a field goal for the final seven-plus minutes of regulation.

Tyler Stephenson-Moore did not register a field goal made in regulation, notching his only three points at the charity stripe over a 10-second span in the final four minutes of the second half. He made the most of the extra period however, connecting on a pair of trifectas on the opening two possessions and added another basket on Stony Brook’s fourth possession of overtime, putting his squad on top, 69-66. The Seawolves never trailed in overtime, converting on 7-of-8 from the free throw line to earn its first road victory of the season.

“Great win against an Army team that played at a really high level,” head coach Geno Ford noted. “We really appreciated the huge amount of Stony Brook fans that made the drive over for the game today. We’ve put a nice win streak together with some confidence heading into Michigan State.”

The team wraps up road, non-conference action at Michigan State on Dec. 21. Tip-off between the Seawolves and Spartans is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Breslin Arena with the contest streaming live on BTN+. It will be the second-ever meeting between Stony Brook and Michigan State.