A layup by Albany's Mike Black in the final seconds of the game on Sunday night sunk the Seawolves' goal of an America East conference championship and ended their chances at an automatic NCAA tournament berth. Stony Brook battled back from a 10-point deficit in the second half only to lose, 61-59, in the America East tournament semifinals.
Freshman Carson Puriefoy scored 16 points and Dave Coley scored 15 to lead the Seawolves, who fell to 24-7 – still Stony Brook's best Division I program record.
Stony Brook had two wins over Albany previously this season, but failed to defeat them one more time on Albany's own home court.
"Give a lot of credit to Albany; I thought this was one of the best games they played all season," head coach Steve Pikiell in a statement. "Unfortunately for us, Albany played two points better than us tonight. In my 21 years of coaching, I've never been around a better group of guys, the most unselfish team I've ever coached. I'm glad that they will get a chance to play another game. We are going to go to the NIT and compete and try to win games."
Frankie Vanderka threw a no-hitter and led the Seawolves to a 2-0 victory in the first half of a doubleheader against Fordham on Saturday. Vanderka struck out six and walked three in his nine innings of work. Stony Brook dropped the second game 3-0.
Christine Lucido pitched a complete game with five strikeouts in a 6-1 win over Florida A&M on Sunday in the FAU Invitational. The Seawolves also lost 1-0 to Louisiana-Monroe.
Mike Andreassi notched two goals and an assist for Stony Brook in a 13-7 loss to top-ranked Maryland on Sunday.
Claire Petersen set a new single-game NCAA record for assists by tallying 11 as Stony Brook blew past Longwood, 21-3, on Saturday. Demmianne Cook scored six goals for the Seawolves, ranked No. 19/17 in the national polls.