Stony Brook, N.Y. - The 2012-13 Stony Brook men's basketball season went down as the best in program history. Twenty-five wins, a conference championship, success in the classroom, a national postseason appearance and playing in front of sold-out home crowds have cemented Stony Brook's status as a power in the America East Conference and the Northeast Region.
Stony Brook won the America East regular season championship and advanced to the Postseason NIT for the third time in four seasons.
Stony Brook won its first-ever national postseason game when it defeated Massachusetts in the first round of the NIT, 71-58 on March 20.
Stony Brook is one of 11 teams in the country to have won its conference's regular season championship three times in the last four years (Stony Brook, Belmont, Kansas, Ohio State, Long Beach State, Harvard, New Mexico, Murray State, Bucknell, Middle Tennessee, Gonzaga).
Stony Brook is one of 63 teams in the country to have earned an NCAA or NIT bid in at least three of the last four seasons.
Stony Brook set a new program Div. I record for wins with 25 and matched last season's team for best America East record at 14-2; the team is now 49-15 (.766) in conference play since 2010 and 28-4 (.875) in just the last two seasons alone.
Stony Brook went undefeated during conference play at Pritchard Gymnasium, extending its winning streak to 18 games.
Stony Brook led the nation in true road wins with 13, which shattered a program record for most true road victories in a season.
Stony Brook's finished No. 77 in the NCAA RPI, which is the highest in program history and highest of any America East program in eight years. In Steve Pikiell's first season, Stony Brook's RPI was 310.
Stony Brook's APR was a perfect 1000 for the third year in a row, a dramatic turnaround from the program's 804 the year prior to Steve Pikiell's appointment as head coach.
Stony Brook's multi-year APR of 985 was the best among the Metropolitan New York City schools and better than historically academic-driven institutions such as Stanford, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Vanderbilt and Northwestern.
The team's cumulative GPA was the highest in program history, and half of the team had GPAs over 3.0.
Stony Brook ranked sixth in the nation in field goal percentage defense (.378), 13th in scoring defense (57.5 PPG allowed), 20th in scoring margin (10.5), 36th in rebound margin (+5.2) and 48th in three-point field goal percentage defense (.310).
Stony Brook led all America East teams in scoring defense (for the third year in a row), field goal percentage defense, scoring offense (68.0 PPG), scoring margin, turnover margin (+1.6) and rebounding margin. In conference games only, Stony Brook led all teams in scoring defense (54.9 PPG allowed), field goal percentage (.461), field goal percentage defense (.366), three-point field goal percentage defense (.277) and rebounding margin (+6.2).
Stony Brook was the first America East team in 17 years and just the second team ever to lead the conference in both scoring offense and scoring defense.
Stony Brook swept the major America East awards as Tommy Brenton was named America East Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, Jameel Warney was named America East Rookie of the Year and Steve Pikiell was named America East Coach of the Year.
It's the first time since the Defensive Player of the Year Award was added in 2004 that one team swept all four America East awards. Brenton is only the second player ever to receive Player and Defensive Player of the Year awards in the same season.
Tommy Brenton was named first-team All-America East, Jameel Warney was named second-team All-America East and Dave Coley was named third-team All-America East. All three were also named to the America East All-Defensive team, the first time since Binghamton in 2004 that three players from one team were named All-Defensive.
Pikiell is now second all-time for most America East Coach of the Year awards with three, just one shy of the record.
Pikiell was also named the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association Coach of the Year for the second time (2010), making him one of only six coaches in history to earn the award at least twice (Lou Canessecca, P.J. Carlesimo, Tim Welsh, Bobby Gonzalez and Tom Pecora).
Tommy Brenton ranked 43rd in the nation in assist/turnover ratio (2.23) and is first among all players classified as a forward. He led America East in the category.
Jameel Warney was fifth in the nation and first in America East in field goal percentage (.618). It was the highest percentage of any America East player since 2002 and the fifth-highest in conference history. He also led the conference in field goal percentage in conference games only (.650).
Tommy Brenton graduates as Stony Brook's all-time leader in rebounds (1,115) and steals (220) as well as the program's Div.I all-time leader in assists (405). He also is tied for third all-time in America East history in rebounds, one of only eight players in conference history to go over 1,000.
Stony Brook had numerous record performances against conference foes. Against UMBC on Feb. 19, the Seawolves' 44-point margin of victory was the largest in program history against a Div. I opponent. At Binghamton on Jan. 9, the Seawolves held the Bearcats to season lows in field goal percentage (.264) and points (37). Against Boston University on Jan. 15, Stony Brook held the Terriers without a field goal for a stretch of 12 minutes and 45 seconds.
Stony Brook was ranked in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Poll for eight out of the last nine weeks of the season, reaching a program-high No. 17 on March 4. The team's final ranking, released on April 10, was No. 19.