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Hofstra Women’s Basketball Falls Short in 71-54 Loss to JMU

Darius Faulk. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Darius Faulk. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The Hofstra Women’s Basketball team put forth a strong effort but lost to James Madison in the battle for first place in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), 71-54.

In the end, James Madison had too many rebounds, too many second-chance opportunities and too much Jazmon Gwathmey. The 6’2″ senior finished with 34 points and 13 rebounds and her strong play down the stretch put the game out of reach.

Ashunae Durant led Hofstra with 20 points while Kelly Loftus added 11 for the home team which was able to stay close for the first 30 minutes, but couldn’t stay with James Madison down the stretch. The Dukes held the Pride to just seven points in the fourth quarter and took command for good.

“It certainly wasn’t the outcome we wanted tonight,” Hofstra Head Coach Krista Kilburn-Steveskey admitted. “I have to give JMU credit for coming in here and putting 40 minutes together. I thought we had some good moments but it wasn’t enough.”

The Pride kept things close in the first two quarters, mostly on the strength of their defense and free throw shooting. James Madison never led by more than seven points in the first half and there were six lead changes as the teams waged a physical battle every trip down the court.

After Durant hit a pair of free throws and Anjie White connected on a jump shot with 15 seconds left in the second quarter, the Pride went into the locker room trailing just 34-32 at the half.

James Madison was able to get offense from Angela Mickens who finished the first half with 14 points and ended up with 20 points for the game. Hofstra had to make adjustments and that helped open things up for Gwathmey to score 20 points in the final 20 minutes.

Hofstra continued to play JMU evenly through the first half of the third quarter and trailed 42-41 before at the halfway mark before the Dukes finished the quarter on a 14-6 run. Gwathmey had eight of the 14 points for James Madison.

In the fourth quarter, the visiting team slowed the pace a bit and only allowed Hofstra to score four points from the floor and seven altogether.

James Madison’s strong play on the boards was a key. They outrebounded Hofstra 43-32 for the game including 15-7 on the offensive glass.

“Those were like daggers those second-chance opportunities,” Kilburn-Steveskey admitted. “We knew what we had to do. There had to be a sense of urgency, we had to be pointed and we didn’t do it.”

Still, the coach was pleased with the fight her team showed and the way they never let down. “We know we have a lot more basketball to get us to March,” she added.

The Pride returns to action Sunday afternoon as they start a three-game road trip when they visit Towson. Tip-off is at 1:00 pm.

NOTES:

The Pride wore pink uniforms as part of their “Think Pink” celebration to raise awareness for breast cancer research.

It was Scout Night at Mack Sports Complex with an enthusiastic crowd of scouts from around Long Island in attendance.

Hofstra’s next home game will be Friday, February 19th against UNCW.

For more information on the Hofstra Women’s Basketball team fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

http://www.gohofstra.com

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PHOTO GALLERY: Manhattan WBB v Fairfield

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following photo gallery from the Manhattan Women’s Basketball game versus Fairfield on 1/16/16:

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For more information on the Manhattan Women’s Basketball team fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

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PHOTO GALLERY and POSTGAME Video: Hofstra MBB v Drexel

The Hofstra Men’s Basketball team (12-5, 4-1 CAA) defeated Drexel (3-13, 1-4 CAA) by a final of 69-61 in Colonial Athletic Association Conference action at the Mack Sports Complex on 1/14/16.

Leading the way for the Pride was Juan’ya Green who not only recorded a game-high 25 points, but also reached the 2,000 point plateau during the course of the game.

Green is only the third active player to reach 2,000 career points, joining D.J. Balentine of Evansville and John Brown of High Point in the exclusive club.

Hofstra saw three other players end the game in double digit scoring as Rokas Gustys (15 points and 10 boards), Brian Bernardi (12 points) and Ameen Tanksley (10 points) all had fine performances.

Drexel was led by Kazembe Abif who had 16 points in the game. Sammy Mojica had 13 points and Tavon Allen had 10 points to round out the scoring.

The Pride will next be in action on Saturday, January 16, when they host James Madison (13-5, 3-2) at the Mack Sports Complex. Game time is 4 p.m.

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following photo gallery from the game:

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Fans are also encouraged to check out the Hofstra Postgame Press Conference:

Featuring:

Head Coach Joe Mihalich and Student-Athletes Juan’ya Green and Rokas Gustys:

For more information on the Hofstra University Men’s Basketball team fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

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PHOTO GALLERY and POSTGAME Video: St. John’s MBB v Georgetown

St. John’s University (7-11,  0-5 BE) could not overcome a sharpshooting Georgetown (11-6, 4-1) in the 93-73 loss in BIG EAST action at Madison Square Garden.

The one thing that can be said about this group is that so far they are not giving up, and not letting this losing stretch get to them as they are scratching and clawing in every contest they are in.

It is getting close according to those around the program, and there have been a few games, including the one against Marquette and Xavier that could have gone differently.

At the end of the day though it is just a matter of time and this very young group getting more experience.

The Red Storm saw four players in double-figure scoring, led by Ron Mvouika who had a team-high 15 points. Amar Alibegovic added 12 points, while Federico Mussini recorded 11-points. Durand Johnson rounded out all scoring with his 10 points.

Georgetown shot 51.9 percent (28-of-54) from the floor and made 27-of-33 free throws (81.8 percent). Leading the way for the Hoyas was D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera who had a game-high 33 points.

St. John’s returns to action on Saturday when the Red Storm visits No. 23/23 Butler at noon airing on FS1.  The Red Storm will return to Madison Square Garden on January 23 when they take on Marquette in an 8 pm game.

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following Photo Gallery:

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Fans are also encouraged to check out the following video from the Postgame Press Conferences:

Georgetown University:

Featuring:

Head Coach John Thompson III along with Student-Athletes D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera and Reggie Cameron:

St. John’s University:

Featuring:

Student-Athletes Ron Mvouika and Durand Johnson along with Head Coach Chris Mullin:

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

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Rivarly On Ice Provides Thrilling College Hockey action at Madison Square Garden

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The Rivarly on Ice Event provided thrilling College Hockey action at Madison Square Garden on 1/9/16 as Harvard, Quinnipiac, Army and Navy all provided some great action.

In the first game against No. 1/2 Quinnipiac (19-1-3, 10-0-2) def No. 4/5 Harvard (8-3-3) 5-4 in an overtime nailbiter.

Getting the OT goal was Derek Smith, who got the assist by Scott Davidson. Also netting goals for the Bobcats were Alex Miner-Barron, KJ Tiefenwerth, Sam Anas,  and Travis St. Denis.

Harvard made a thrilling comeback in the later part of the game, as they saw goals by Alexander Kerfoot, Tyler Moy, Ryan Donato and Colin Blackwell.

In the end it was Smith that was able to get the goal in the extra frame to send the Bobcats fans home happy.

In the Second Game Navy Defeated Army by a score of 6-4.  Leading the offense was Gil GivensJohn LinengerMatt Harrigan (2), Cole Maetzold, and Matthew Caine.

For Navy Forward Jack O’Hear recorded his 100th point when he recorded the assist to Harrigan’s goal in the Second Period.

Fans are encouraged to check out the photo gallery from the event:

PHOTO GALLERY:

Quinnipiac v Harvard and Army v Navy

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1495 Sports is proud to bring the following Postgame Press Conference:

Quinnipiace Hockey featuring:

Student-Athlete Derek Smith and Head Coach Rand Pecknold

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PHOTO GALLERY and POSTGAME Video: St. John’s WBB v Marquette

The St. John’s Women’s Basketball team (12-3, 3-1 BE) earned a thrilling 81-77 overtime victory over Marquette (5-9, 0-3 BE) in BIG EAST action at Carnesecca Arena.

Aaliyah Lewis stepped-up big time during the OT frame going three-for-three from the floor, Lewis was one of three Red Storm players in double figures.

Leading the Way for St. John’s was Danaejah Grant who recorded 27 points, while Aliyyah Handford added 15 points.

St. John’s saw contributions from many players on this night, and this is something that will be a key for this team as they continue along BIG EAST play.

Marquette will also be a team to watch, as they fought hard throughout the whole game. Leading the way for the Golden Eagles was Allazia Blockton who had 25 points.

The Red Storm will next be in action on Saturday, Jan. 9, hosting cross-river rival Seton Hall at 2 p.m. at Carnesecca Arena.

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following photo gallery:

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Fans are also encouraged to check out the Postgame Press Conference:

Featuring:

Head Coach Joe Tartamella and Student-Athletes Danaejah Grant and Aaliyah Lewis:

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Preview of the St. John’s Men’s Basketball game v No. 10/12 Xavier

The St. John's Men's Basketball team huddle. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The St. John’s Men’s Basketball team huddle. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The St. John’s Men’s Basketball team (7-8, 0-2 BE) will have another tough Conference Test against the No. 10/12 Xavier (13-1, 1-1 BE) in a 9:15 pm game at Carnesecca Arena. Fans who are unable to attend the game in person can catch all the action on FS1.

Here are some notes to get the fans ready for the game:

St. John’s and Xavier will meet for the sixth time in series history, and this is the second meeting between these two teams at Carnesecca Arena. The Red Storm swept the regular-season in 2014-15, which included a 58-57 victory in their last contest on Feb. 23, 2015 at Madison Square Garden.

Chris Mullin made his collegiate playing debut against Xavier on Nov. 27, 1981 in the Lapchick Memorial Tournament at Carnesecca Arena (formerly Alumni Hall.)

St. John’s is going for its seventh win in 10 home games this season. The Red Storm have given up only 64.1`points-per-game at home and held five of its nine opponents below 60 points.

Freshman Center Yankuba Sima is two blocks away from moving into the top-10 of the program’s single-season blocks list. Sima is second in Division I with 47 rejections and the BIG EAST leader averaging 3.1 per-game.

Christian Jones has averaged 8.5 points and 6.7 rebounds his the last 10 games. In the 18 minutes played against No. 12/13 Providence the Forward recorded Seven Points, to go along with Six Rebounds.

Durand Johnson scored double-figures in six of hte last eight games (12.5 ppg) for the Red Storm.

St. John’s defense has delieverd its top performances thus far at Carnesecca Arena. The Red Storm has limited the opposition to just 64.1 points in seven games on its on-campus home, including four games in which teams have been held to less than 60 points.

Xavier comes into the game with a 13-1 overall record after winning 12-straight games to open the season. The Musketeers are 2-1 away from home with the lone loss coming at No. 16 Villanova, 95-64 in the BIG EAST Opener.

The Musketeers are third in the BIG EAST in scoring with 80.6 points-per-game on 45.4 percent shooting. Five players are averaging double-figures, including a team-high 14.3 points-per-game from Sophomore Guard Trevon Bluiett, who owns the eighth-highest scoring average in the BIG EAST.

1495 Sports TV is proud to bring the following from the Press Conference held by St. John’s University on 1/5/16:

Featuring:

Student-Athletes Christian Jones and Durand Johnson along with Head Coach Chris Mullin

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

http://www.redstormsports.com

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