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Seawolf Spotlight: SBU Basketball Old-Timer Applauds 2012-2013 Team

Gene Tinnie played basketball for Stony Brook in the 1960s.

Saturday's men's basketball game against Maine was dubbed Alumni Day; in attendance to witness the win were three members of Stony Brook's first basketball team: Fred Baron, David Pease and Gene Tinnie (pictured here with head coach Steve Pikiell).

In an interview with Patch after the game, Tinnie, who played for the team between 1962 and 1965 and averaged 13.8 points per game, said he was impressed.

"They found a way to keep the game interesting. I liked a lot of the team's hustle," he said. "A few of us original team members were conversing about it. We won't be Monday morning quarterbacks, but we were thinking that they needed to work a little more for shots in the paint. ... Overall we're just very proud of the team and where it's come to. I think there's a lot of promise there. I'm not surprised that they're doing as well as they are, or maybe I should say 'as well as we are,' because I still feel like I'm part of it. All the best to the team, to Steve Pikiell. Keep up the good."

According to Stony Brook University records, athletic teams competed as the Warriors between 1960 and 1966; in 1966, they became the Patriots. They were renamed the Seawolves and Wolfie was introduced as their mascot in 1995.

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