STONY BROOK – I’m not sure how much Carson Puriefoy and Jameel Warney have taken advantage of Stony Brook’s nationally respected philosophy department in their time on Long Island, but perhaps Nietzsche and Schopenhauer were ringing through the heads of the sold-out crowd at Island Federal Credit Union Arena early in the second half Saturday morning.
“Time is a flat circle. Everything we have done we will do we will do over and over again – forever,” Nietzsche once wrote (which Puriefoy or Warney also could have picked up if they were True Detective fans). When Darren Payen hit a short jumper to put Vermont up 48-33 with 15:15 left, that circle was as flat as the crowd.
ALBANY, N.Y. – There were two pieces of positive news for Stony Brook as its bus headed back to Long Island Wednesday night. First, the calendar clearly says February. And second, the Seawolves won’t have to return to SEFCU Arena until 2017.
Other than that there was little to be cheerful about for Stony Brook, who saw its 18-game winning streak (the nation’s longest by six games) come to a crashing halt, 82-70, before a thrilled sell-out crowd of 4,527 at SEFCU Arena.
Two days after destroying New Hampshire, considered to be at least the fourth-best team in the conference, in Durham 80-50 and holding the Wildcats to 0.85 points per possession, Stony Brook came down to Hartford and they not only didn’t give the Hawks hope, they didn’t let them score en route to a 77-43 pummeling, holding Hartford to 0.65 ppp in the process.