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Notes for the St. John’s Men’s Basketball game v Seton Hall

Team Huddle. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495Sports

Team Huddle. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495Sports

The St. John’s Men’s Basketball team (9-11, 3-4 BIG EAST) will be heading to the Prudential Center to take on Seton Hall (12-6, 2-4) as the Red Storm will play the next three of its next five games on the road.

St. John’s completed the regular season sweep of DePaul on Monday with a 78-68 victory at Carneseca Arena. Malik Ellison set a career-high scoring, going 5-of-6 from 3-point range.

The Series versus Seton Hall:

This is the 96th time that St. John’s and Seton Hall have met in series history, with the Red Storm holding a 58-37 (33-28 in BIG EAST) record. The Pirates are St. John’s fifth most frequently played opponent. This Series started in 1909 and the programs have played every season since the 1963-64 campaign.

One of the things to watch for:

St. John’s has one of the premier shot blocking tandems in the NCAA in Tariq Owens and Kassoum Yakwe.  Through games played on January 17, Owens leads the BIG EAST and ranks 23rd nationally in blocked shots per game with 2.5, while Yakwe is right behind him at second in the conference and 29th in the NCAA with 2.4 rejections per outing.

About Seton Hall:

Seton Hall enters Sunday’s contest coming off three-straight BIG EAST road losses against Marquette, Providence and Villanova. The Pirates own a 7-0 record at the Prudential Center this season and have won their two conference games in Newark against Marquette and DePaul.

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following videos from a Press Conference held by the St. John’s Men’s Basketball team to preview the upcoming game and more:

Featuring:

Student-Athletes:

Malik Ellison and Tariq Owens

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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Cosmos’ Captain Carlos Mendes Rejoins Team for 2017 Season

Carlos Mendes. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Carlos Mendes. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The New York Cosmos announced on Thursday that defender Carlos Mendes will return to the club and continue as team captain. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“At the Cosmos, we’ve always conducted ourselves as a family, so the last few months have been extremely difficult on many levels,’ said Mendes. “With Mr. Commisso’s purchase of the club, I feel reassured that the team will continue in the direction we had always planned, bringing good quality soccer to the field and helping to grow the sport in our country,” he added.

Mendes, 36, is a Long Island native who joined the club from MLS side Columbus Crew in 2013. The defender has enjoyed an accomplished career so far and continues to lead the reigning champions of the North American Soccer League (NASL), having won their second consecutive NASL Championship and third overall in four seasons.

“Carlos is unique both on and off the field and his role as captain is more important than ever now” said Cosmos Head Coach and Sporting Director Giovanni Savarese. “As a player he continues to show exceptional quality and consistency. His experience and leadership will be key to maintaining the winning culture we have developed in this new era of the New York Cosmos,” continued Savarese.

Mendes started his professional soccer career with the Long Island Rough Riders in 2002, where he made ten appearances before moving on to the Rochester Rhinos. In 2005, Mendes joined the New York Red Bulls where he made 146 appearances over six seasons. He then had a brief stint at Columbus Crew in 2012 before he joined the New York Cosmos as captain in 2013.

Last season Mendes became the first player in the club’s reboot era to reach 100 games played and was named in the NASL’s Best XI, his third straight selection for this accolade.

For more information on the New York Cosmos fans are encouraged to click on the website seen here:

http://www.nycosmos.com

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Team Effort leads St. John’s Men’s Basketball to Victory over DePaul

Malik Ellison

Malik Ellison

Distribution of the ball and balanced scoring led the St. John’s Men’s Basketball team (9-11, 3-4 BIG EAST) to a  78-68 victory over DePaul (8-11, 1-5 BIG EAST) in what was the last of the home games at Carnesecca Arena.

Leading the way on the offensive side for the Red Storm was Malik Ellison, who had a career day, draining seven of his 10 tries from the field, including a 5-of-6 effort from beyond the arc, finishing the game with a career-high 23 points and four assists in 33 minutes of action.

There were three other players in double figures for St. John’s as Shamorie Ponds finished the game with 14 points and Tariq Owens recorded 10 points.

The Red Storm drained 12 of its 22 attempts from downtown, the team’s highest single game total since the Johnnies went 12-of-27 from deep against Syracuse on Dec. 21. The effort also marked the third time this season that St. John’s has shot 50 percent or better from three.

In addition St. John’s as a team recorded 18 assists, with the team passing the ball around the court for most of the night. There was also some tremendous defense that included the team recording eight blocks.

With the victory, the Red Storm has now surpassed its win total from last season with more than a third of the campaign still remaining.

St. John’s will play the remainer of the home games at Madison Square Garden,  as they will play Xavier on 1/29 with the tip set for 6:00 p.m.

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

Featuring:

Head Coach Chris Mullin along with Student-Athletes Malik Ellison and Tariq Owens

Fans are also encouraged to check out the following photo gallery from the game:

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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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St. John’s Men’s Basketball Falls to No. 10/10 Creighton 85-72

Marcus Lovett

Marcus Lovett

The St. John’s Men’s Basketball team (8-8, 2-1 BE) fell to No. 10/10 Creighton (14-1, 2-1 BE) by a final score of 85-72 in NCAA Division 1 action at Carnesecca Arena.

Leading the way for the Red Storm on the offensive side of the court was Marcus Lovett, who had 23 points. Shamorie Ponds had 17 points, while Tariq Owens finished with 12 points.

For Lovett the performance was his second-consecutive 20-point performance, as the guard was  4-of-5 effort from beyond the arc.

One of the biggest reasons for the loss was the fact that St. John’s was unable to connect on many shots, going 39.4 percent from their floor, five points below their season average.

The Red Storm will hit the road for its next two games, before playing the defending NCAA National Champions Villanova at Madison Square Garden on January 14 at Noon.

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 St. John’s Men’s Basketball Postgame Presser:

Featuring:

Head Coach Chris Mullin along with Student-Athletes Shamorie Ponds and  Marcus Lovett

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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Team Effort leads Fordham Men’s Basketball to 83-60 victory over CCSU

 Antwoine Anderson

Antwoine Anderson

It was a total team effort that led the Fordham University Men’s Basketball team (6-7) to a 83-60 victory over CCSU (2-9) in NCAA Division 1 action at Rose Hill Gym.

On the the 125th anniversary of the first basketball game ever played, the fans in attendance were able to see the perfect blend of offense and defense from the team to end off the non-conference portion of the schedule with a victory.

Leading the way on the offense for the Rams was Javontae Hawkins who had 16 points.  Antwoine Anderson recorded 15 points, Christian Sengfelder and Joseph Chartouny rounds out the scorers with 14 points each.

Fordham now leads the all-time series with Central Connecticut, 2-1, and the Rams were able to outrebound CCSU, 28-27.

The Rams return to action on Friday, December 30 as they open Atlantic 10 play by hosting the Duquesne University Dukes in the Rose Hill Gym at 7:00 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 following Postgame Press Conference:

Featuring:

Head Coach Jeff Neubauer and Student-Athlete Antwoine Anderson

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

www.fordhamsports.com

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St. John’s Women’s Basketball Wins Thriller over JMU

Imani Littleon

Imani Littleon. Photo by: Stacy Podelski

The St. John’s Women’s Basketball Team (8-3) earned a 74-63 thrilling victory over James Madison (5-4) in NCAA Division 1 action at Carnesecca Arena.

Entering into the Fourth Quarter the Red Storm trailed by six points, showing heart, fight and grit the team outscored James Madison, 27-9, over the final 10 minutes of the game to earn a sixth-straight victory.

Leading the way on the offensive side for St. John’s was Jade Walker, who was one of our players in double-figure scoring. Walker finished the game with 16 points, shooting  7-of-11 from the.

Imani Littleon matched a career-high with 14 points and set a new career-best with 13 boards. Littleton posted the first St. John’s double-double since Danaejah Grant had 22 points and 10 rebounds against DePaul in the semifinals of last year’s BIG EAST Championship.

Alisha Kebbe chipped in 12 points and three rebounds while dishing out a season-high four assists. Akina Wellere added 12 points and was 6-for-7 from the charity stripe.

St. John’s returns to action next Friday, Dec. 30, when they head to South Orange, N.J., to square off against Seton Hall in the Johnnies’ BIG EAST opener. The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. tip and will be broadcast live on FS2.

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 following Post Game Video:

Featuring:

Head Coach Joe Tartamella along with Student-Athletes Jade Walker and Imani Littleton

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

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Brilliant Finale to Barclays Center Classic as Maryland is Crowned Champions

Barclays Center

It Was a Brilliant Finale to the 2016 Barclays Center Classic as Boston College, the University of Richmond, Kansas State and the University of Maryland all showed why they will be teams to watch this College Basketball Season.

In the Consolation Game the University of Richmond (3-2)  defeated Boston College (3-2)  by a final of 67-54. Leading the way on the offense for the Spiders was T.J. Cline, who had 23 points and 10 rebounds. ShawnDre’ Jones recorded 17 points, while Julius Johnson had a career day, scoring 12 points with six rebounds on 5-of-6 shooting.

The Championship Game was a thriller between the University of Maryland (6-0)  and Kansas State (6-1) as the Terps were crowned Champions with a 69-68 victory. Melo Trimble converted a layup with 6.6 seconds remaining, that allowed for Maryland to complete another amazing comeback victory.

Trimble led all scoring for the Terps with his 18 points. Michal Cekovsky added 16 points for Maryland.

Fans are encouraged to check out the following Postgame Press Conference Videos:

University of Richmond

Featuring

Head Coach Chris Mooney :

Kansas State Men’s Basketball

Featuring

Head Coach Bruce Weber :

University of Maryland Men’s Basketball

Featuring:

Coach Mark Turgeon along with Student-Athletes Melo Trimble and Michal Čekovský

Fans are also encouraged to check out the following photo gallery:

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For more information on the Barclays Center and the upcoming events fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

http://www.barclayscenter.com