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Manhattan MBB Returns Home to Host Monmouth

Emmy Andujar. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Emmy Andujar. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Manhattan (8-10; 5-4 MAAC) begins a two-game homestand against MAAC co-leader Monmouth (11-9; 7-2 MAAC) on Sunday, Jan. 25 at 2 p.m. Prior to the game, senior Emmy Andujar will be honored for becoming the 36th member of the school’s 1,000-point club.

TOP STORYLINES
#1 – Andujar scored a Jasper season-high 25 points while hitting for at least 20 for the third game in a row and fourth in the last five.

#2 – Manhattan leads the all-time series by a 5-2 count and is a perfect 3-0 when playing at Draddy Gymnasium.

#3 – The Jaspers won both meetings between the teams last year by an average of 11.5 points each time out.

QUICK HITS

* Andujar became the first player in school-history with 1,000 points, 600 rebounds, 300 assists and 100 steals.

* Manhattan returns home to Draddy Gymnasium where the Jaspers are 4-1 this season and have won nine of their last 10 and 13-of-15.
* The Jaspers are averaging 72.8 points per game in five contests at Draddy this year while shooting 47.1 percent from the floor and 72.0 percent from the line.

* At home this season, Andujar is notching a team-best 17.8 ppg while junior Ashton Pankey is averaging 13.6 ppg, a team-best 8.0 rpg and shooting 62.2 percent from the floor while junior Shane Richards is averaging 15.4 ppg and making good on 44.4 percent (16-for-36) from deep.

* On a national level, Manhattan continues to rank fifth in the Division I ranks with 17.1 forced turnovers per game and has pressured the opposition into at least 16 miscues in 13 of its 18 games while also placing 64th with a +1.9 turnover margin.

KEY MANHATTAN MATCH-UPS
* Shot Management- Manhattan posted its second-worst shooting performance (.333) at Quinnipiac and will need to improve that number against Monmouth’s MAAC-leading field goal percentage defense (.389).

* Contain Robinson - Sophomore guard Justin Robinson is Monmouth’s version of Emmy Andujar, leading the Hawks in scoring (12.6 ppg), assists (3.8 apg) and steals (1.8(while shooting 46.7 percent from the field, 42.7 percent from deep and 78.3 percent from deep.

* The Glass - The Jaspers turned in arguably their top rebounding performance of the season against Quinnipiac, which leads the nation in the glass, and will be facing a Hawk squad that is eighth in rebounding margin (-3.3).

LAST YEAR VS. MONMOUTH …
Andujar averaged 12.5 ppg and 5.0 rpg while shooting 81.8 percent (9-for-11) from the field. Wilson also averaged 8.0 ppg, highlighted by a career-high and team-leading 15 points in the teams’ first meeting.

TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT
During league play, Manhattan is 4-1 in games decided by 10 points or less while Monmouth is 5-2.

UP NEXT
Manhattan will host Siena at Draddy Gym on Friday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m.

For more information on the Manhattan College Men’s Basketball team fans are encouraged to click here:

http://www.gojaspers.com

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Red Storm WBB Readies for Villanova on Sunday

Amber Thompson. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Amber Thompson. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

After downing Georgetown in the first contest of a three-game road swing on Friday night, the St. John’s Red Storm heads to Villanova on Sunday for a noon tip with the Wildcats.

 

RED STORM QUICK HITS

  • A BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll selection for the third-straight week and the sixth time overall this season, Aliyyah Handford has been playing some of the best basketball of her career recently.  Following back-to-back 25-point performances against DePaul and Marquette last weekend and a 22-point outburst on Friday against Georgetown, Handford made it six-straight contests with 20 points or more and nine of her last 10 overall reaching that mark.  Nationally, the BIG EAST’s leading scorer ranks 22nd in that category.

 

  • One of the conference’s smallest players at just 5-5, Aaliyah Lewis more than makes up for her lack of size with unmatched speed and an unquantifiable toughness.  In her first full season as the team’s starting point guard, Lewis is averaging 4.6 assists per contest, the fifth-highest total in the BIG EAST.  Over the past several weeks, Lewis has also elevated her assist-to-turnover ratio to 2.1, giving her the fourth-best total in the conference in that category.

 

  • Last Sunday afternoon against Marquette, Danaejah Grant put up one of the best all-around performances of her career, tallying 15 points, 11 rebounds and six assists against the Golden Eagles.  The Piscataway, N.J., native’s 11 boards tied a career-high that was set earlier this season against Providence.  Grant’s six helpers surpassed a previous career-best of five set against Tennessee last season during the NCAA Tournament.  Grant followed that up on Friday with a 16-point, six-rebound effort at Georgetown.

 

  • The St. John’s career leader in rebounding, Amber Thompson continues to be one of the superior glass cleaners in the country, ranking in eighth in the NCAA at 11.5 boards per outing.  On Friday night against the Hoyas, Thompson registered her best offensive performance of the campaign, scoring a season-high 13 points on six-of-seven shooting from the floor.  The Newark, N.J., native also added six rebounds, five blocks and three steals in the victory.

SCOUTING VILLANOVA

  • Sporting an 11-9 overall record and a 5-3 mark in BIG EAST play, the Villanova Wildcats enter Sunday’s contest following a 59-56 loss to league-leading Seton Hall on Friday night at home.

 

  • The Wildcats lead the NCAA in two statistical categories, surrendering the fewest turnovers per game (8.9) and turning in an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.66.

 

  • Two Wildcats average double figure scoring numbers, led by Emily Leer at 12.8 points per game.  Teammate Caroline Coyer ranks second on the squad with 11.5 points per outing.

ST JOHN’S VS. VILLANOVA – THE SERIES

  • The Red Storm and the Wildcats have met on 55 occasions over the history of the two programs, with Villanova currently holding a 31-24 edge in the series history.

 

  • The Red Storm has won its last six contests against the Wildcats, with Villanova’s last win coming on Feb. 4, 2009.

 

  • While the Red Storm holds a 14-10 advantage over Villanova in games played at Carnesecca Arena, the Wildcats have won 18 of the 26 contests hosted on their home court.

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Hofstra MBB Dropps Tough Game to James Madison 69-63

Moussa Kone. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Moussa Kone. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

With the calendar moving pretty quickly. this is the time for the Hofstra Men’s Basketball team to see what they are made off. On Saturday, January 24, the Pride had the lead at the half but let it slip away by dropping a tough 69-63 loss to James Madison.

Each game is a test for this team, who are figuring out how to string together some strong play to go into February. Hofstra had not only a chance to move into First Place but also secure a victory over a Dukes team that entered into a game after a loss to Northeastern.

Senior Center Moussa Kone had his first double-double of the season (and fourth of his career) with 13 points and 11 rebounds, providing some great energy and aggressive moves to the net throughout the game.

Junior Guard Juan’ya Green led all scoring with 16 points, dished out seven assists, while also hitting four three-pointers for the Pride. Rounding out the scoring was Sophomore Jamall Robinson with 10 points.

Hofstra closed out the half on a 19-7 run to take a 45-33 lead into the break. During the stretch the Pride found their rhythm from downtown as they connected on four three-pointers. Green had three of his four three-pointers in the run while Robinson added the fourth. Kone scored five points in the spurt as well.

The Dukes came out swinging in the Second Half and eventually used a 14-0 run to take their first lead of the game. Leading the way for the scoring for James Madison was Ron Curry who finished with 25 points.

With the loss Hofstra falls to a 14-7 overall record and a 5-3 mark in Colonial Athletic Association play, meanwhile James Madison improves to a 12-9 overall record and a 5-3 mark in conference play.

Now Hofstra will have a chance to see what they are made of in a vital road trip against William and Mary on January 28, before returning home to host Towson on January 31 at the Mack Sports Complex. The tip between the Pride and the Tigers is set for 8:00 p.m.

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New York Lizards 2015 College Draft Recap

New York Lizards Helmet. Photo by: Stacy Podelski /1495 Sports

New York Lizards Helmet. Photo by: Stacy Podelski /1495 Sports

The Lizards entered the 2015 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft with five picks in four rounds. In typical Coach Joe Spallina fashion, the Lizards traded attackman Brandon Mangan to the Florida Launch for the 40th overall pick in the sixth round before the Draft even began. Midway through the Draft, the Coach Spallina was at it again, trading a 2016 7th round Collegiate Draft pick to the Charlotte Hounds in exchange for their 7th round pick this year. At the end of the night, the Lizards walked away with seven players who can join the team this summer. First pick was Michael Pellegrino (LSM), Johns Hopkins at 10th overall. At 11th overall the Lizards added Ryan Walsh (attack) from Colgate, followed by Hakeem Lecky (midfield) from Syracuse at 20th overall, Matt Poillon (goal) from Lehigh at 28th,  Conrad Oberbeck (attack) from Yale at 40th, Mike Malave (midfield) from Hofstra, and closing out the night, Lukas Mikelinich (defense) from Lehigh.
No. # 10 overall – Michael Pellegrino – LSM – Johns Hopkins
A Long Island native, Michael Pellegrino is only the 13th player since 1949 to be named a captain for two season at Johns Hopkins. Heading into his senior season with the Blue Jays, he has played in more games than any other player on the 2015 roster. So far in three seasons at Hopkins, he has recorded 98 ground balls, the most of any non-faceoff specialist on the team, and 38 caused turnovers, the most of any returning player this year.
No. 11 overall – Ryan Walsh – Attack – Colgate
Ryan Walsh, another Long Island native, led the Colgate Raiders in points (45), goals (31), and assists (14) in 2014. Entering his senior season, Walsh ranks 7th on Colgate’s all-time goals list with 106. In 2014, he was named to the All-Patriot League Second Team and the Patriot League All-Tournament Team.
No. 20 overall – Hakeem Lecky – Midfield – Syracuse
Lecky was a co-captain for the Orange during his junior season 2014, starting all 16 games as a member of the first midfield. He will also serve as a co-captain during his senior season in 2015. He scored 17 points for the Orange in 2014 on 15 goals and two assists.
No. 28 overall – Matt Poillon – Goal – Lehigh
Poillon posted a 7.23 GAA and 57.5 save percentage in the cage for the Mountain Hawks in 2014. He was named to the Second Team All-Patriot League in 2014 as well as honorable mention All-American for a third straight season.
No. 40 overall – Conrad Oberbeck  – Attack – Yale
Oberbeck was named an honorable mention preseason All-American by Inside Lacrosse in 2015. In 2014, he was named First-team All-Ivy, First-Team All-New England, Ivy League Co-Player of the Week and led the Bulldogs with 38 goals and 50 points.
No. 46 overall – Mike Malave – Midfield – Hofstra
Malave played in 16 games in 2014, scoring 33 points on 26 goals and seven assists. He picked up 11 groundballs and added a caused turnover for the Pride in 2014.
No. 58 overall – Lukas Mikelinich – Defense – Lehigh
The second Mountain Hawk selected by the Lizards, Mikelinich posted a career-high 37 groundballs and 18 caused turnovers in 2014.
The Lizards will kick off the 2015 season at home against the Ohio Machine on Sunday, April 12 at 5:00 PM. Season tickets are still available by calling 1-855-NYLizards. Be sure to check back to NYLizards.com for the most up-to-date information about the 2015 season.

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St. John’s MBB Hosts No. 5/6 Duke Sunday at Madison Square Garden

Sir'Dominic Pointer, Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Sir’Dominic Pointer, Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The St. John’s Men’s Basketball team returns to “The World’s Most Famous Arena” on Sunday afternoon to host No. 5/6 Duke (16-2) at 2 p.m. on FOX. Gus Johnson and Jim Jackson have the call for the national telecast with Molly McGrath sideline reporting. St. John’s radio broadcast will air on 570 AM (WMCA).

St. John’s (13-5) had four players reach double-figures in a 60-57 triumph against Marquette on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden. The Red Storm has posted an 8-3 mark in its last 11 regular season contests at MSG. St. John’s is 3-2 at The Garden this season, including wins against Minnesota in the NIT Season Tip-Off and against Fordham in the MSG Holiday Festival.

The Red Storm is off to its best record through 18 games since 1999-2000. St. John’s also has a history of elevating its level of play late in the regular season during head coach Steve Lavin’s full seasons in Queens. St. John’s won eight of its last 10 regular-season contests in 2013-14. Including this season, the Red Storm has posted a 29-17 (.630) overall record in games played from Jan. 15 through the end of the regular season under Lavin.

St. John’s and Duke meet for the first time since Jan. 28, 2012, an 83-76 victory for the Blue Devils in Durham, N.C. The Red Storm defeated then-No. 3/3 Duke, 93-78, in the most-recent MSG meeting on Jan. 30, 2011.

 

Things To Know

 

  • St. John’s has won two of its last three contests using the strong play of seniors Sir’Dominic Pointer and Phil Greene IV. Pointer has elevated his scoring average by 3.0 points during this stretch to 14.3 points per game to go along with team-highs 3.67 assists, 2.67 blocks, and has hit 15-of-20 free-throws (75.0 percent). Greene IV (16.0) is the second leading scorer in the last three contests behind Rysheed Jordan (16.3) and has shot 45.9 percent (17-37) from the field and 41.2% (7-of-17) from long range. The Chicago native has scored double-digits in six consecutive games and seven of the last eight contests.

 

  • Three current Red Storm players took the court as freshmen when St. John’s last played Duke on Jan. 28, 2012. D’Angelo Harrison shot 8-of-17 from the floor, including 3-of-8 from downtown, and had 21 points. Phil Greene IV added nine points and Sir’Dominic Pointer finished with two points, four rebounds and three steals. Fast forward three years and a combined 340 career appearances, the veteran trio has collectively scored 3,819 points, pulled down 1,366 rebounds and dished out 734 assists entering their second meeting with Duke.

 

  • In its three wins at Madison Square Garden this season, St. John’s has held opponents to 57.0 points, a 35.3 field goal shooting percentage and a 28.4 3-point shooting percentage. Rysheed Jordan has led the Red Storm with 19.0 points, shooting 51.4 percent from the field to go along with 3.0 steals in St. John’s three wins at The Garden. On Dec. 14, Jordan exploded for a career-high 24 points shooting 9-of-12 (75.0 FG pct), including a 3-for-5 from 3-point territory, to lead St. John’s to a 21-point win over Fordham.

 

  • Sir’Dominic Pointer registered his third double-double of the season with a 15-point, 12-rebound effort against Marquette (Jan. 21). The senior swingman previously posted 11 points and 11 rebounds against Saint Mary’s (Dec. 19), and 13 points and 10 boards against NJIT (Nov. 14). St. John’s won all three of those games and has gone 8-1 when Pointer scores in double-figures.

 

  • In his last three starts, Rysheed Jordan has averaged a team-high 16.3 points shooting 48.5 percent (16-of-33) from the field to go along with team-highs 3.0 assists and 2.3 steals per game. Jordan manufactured 28.6 percent of his 49 points during this stretch at the free-throw line hitting14 of his last 18 attempts (77.8 percent). The sophomore guard has scored in double-figures five of the last six contests and 12 times in 16 appearances this season. Jordan currently leads the BIG EAST averaging 2.2 steals in conference games.

 

About the Series

 

  • St. John’s and Duke will meet for the 22nd time on Sunday. The Blue Devils hold a 15-6 advantage all-time over the Red Storm.

 

  • St. John’s earned a 93-78 victory over the third-ranked Blue Devils in their last meeting at Madison Square Garden before a sellout crowd of 19,353 on Jan. 30, 2011. Dwight Hardy led St. John’s with 26 points, Justin Brownlee had 20 points, nine rebounds and six assists and Paris Horne registered 15 points and six assists.

 

  • St. John’s head coach Steve Lavin is 2-3 in his career versus Duke, including a 2-0 mark in home games. Prior to guiding the Red Storm to 15-point win on Jan. 30, 2011, Lavin picked up his first win against the Blue Devils at age 32 on Feb. 23, 1997 in his first year at UCLA.

 

  • Duke took the last meeting between the programs at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Jan. 28, 2012. Moe Harkless led St. John’s with 30 points and 13 rebounds, while D’Angelo Harrison added 21 points.

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St John’s Men’s Basketball Coach Steve Lavin

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D’Angelo Harrison Selected Top 30 Candidate for 2014-15 Senior CLASS Award(r)

D'Angelo Harrison. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

D’Angelo Harrison. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

St. John’s senior guard D’Angelo Harrison was selected among the thirty men’s basketball student-athlete candidates who excel both on and off the court for the 2014-15 Senior CLASS Award in college basketball. The annual award is presented to an NCAA Division I senior who has notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. Harrison’s complete Senior CLASS profile is linked here.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School ®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.  The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2015 NCAA Men’s Final Four®.

The 30 candidate class will be narrowed to 10 finalists later in the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.

For more information on each of the candidates, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.

About the Award
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award honors the attributes of senior student-athletes in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition. The award program is designed exclusively for college seniors who are utilizing their complete athletic eligibility, remaining committed to their university and pursuing the many rewards a senior season can bring. Premier Sports Management manages the award.

For more information on the St. John’s Men’s Basketball team fans are encouraged to click here:

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New York City FC Acquire Midfielder Kwadwo Poku from Atlanta

New York City FC are pleased to announce the transfer of Ghanaian midfielder, Kwadwo Poku, from the Atlanta Silverbacks of the NASL. Poku made 25 appearances for Atlanta in 2014, scoring 2 goals, including the winning goal against MLS side Real Salt Lake in their US Open Cup 4th round match.

The versatile 22 year old has shown his ability since arriving in the US in late 2010. He exhibited his talent and led the Georgia Revolution of the NPSL in scoring in both 2011 and 2012 before moving to Atlanta in early 2014.

New York City FC Sporting Director, Claudio Reyna said:

“We are extremely excited to bring a young talent like Poku to New York City as we head into training camp ahead of our inaugural season.”

New York City FC Head Coach Jason Kreis added:

“In Poku, we are getting a fantastic young player at the perfect stage of his career. He can help strengthen our squad immediately, and at only 22, we know he will develop into an even more important player in the future.”

Speaking to NYCFC.com, Kwadwo Poku said:

“Joining New York City FC is an amazing opportunity to take my career to the next level in the MLS.

“I know that being part of an ambitious club like New York City FC will help me keep improving at this important stage of my career.”

New York City FC acquired his MLS rights from the Seattle Sounders  FC for a conditional 2017 SuperDraft Pick.

For more information on NYCFC fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

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