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Mihalich Earns career win #400 as Hofstrapicks up season win #20 and six-game win streak in 78-64 victory over UNCW

Sophomore Isaac Kante had the best game of his young career with career-bests of 23 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Hofstra men’s basketball team to a dominating 78-64 win over UNCW on Saturday afternoon at the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex. The win was the 400th in the head coaching career of Joe Mihalich, who becomes the 52nd active NCAA Division I coach to reach that milestone.

Senior Eli Pemberton posted a team-high tying 23 points in the game and now has 1,823 in his incredible career. He passed David Taylor (1,818 from 1979-83) for ninth all-time in program history.

The win was the Pride’s sixth straight as Hofstra upped its record to 20-7 overall and 11-3 in the Colonial Athletic Association. It is Hofstra’s 23rd all-time 20-win season in program history and the 14th time at the NCAA Division I level (since 1966-67). In addition, it marks the second straight year Hofstra has won 20 games after capturing 27 victories a season ago. The Pride is alone in first place in the conference standings. UNCW fell to 8-20 and 3-12 in league play.

After UNCW got on the board first, a three-pointer from junior Tareq Coburn ignited an early Hofstra scoring spurt that eventually saw the Pride take a 15-7 lead after a layup from Kante. In total, the run was 15-5 with Hofstra getting three-pointers during the run from Coburn and junior Jalen Ray. The Seahawks managed to close the gap to three, 17-14, with 13:29 left in the half before the Pride took complete control and scored 14 straight points to lead 31-14 after a three-pointer from senior Desure Buie with 7:44 left before intermission. The Pride held a significant lead the remainder of the half and pushed the advantage to 21, 48-27, as Buie drained a jumper with 18 seconds left in the opening half.

A basket from Marten Linssen at the 16:39 mark of the second half got the Pride lead under 20, 51-32, but Hofstra used a 15-6 run to open up a 66-38 advantage with 10:21 left in the game following a free throw from Buie. The Pride was never challenged the rest of the contest as they went on to capture the convincing victory.

Coburn finished with 12 points, eight rebounds, and a career-high-tying four assists for Hofstra. Buie had nine points and a game-high seven assists. Shykeim Phillips led UNCW with 14 points, while Ty Gadsden added 11 points and four rebounds.

Hofstra returns to action next Thursday when it travels to Drexel for a 7 p.m. contest.

– Today was the 44th all-time meeting between Hofstra and UNCW and the series is all knotted up at 22 each. The Pride swept the two regular season meetings this year.
– The six-game win streak is Hofstra’s longest since a 16-game win streak last season.
– Today marked the first time all season that Kante has led Hofstra in scoring. His previous career-high in points was 19 last done against Elon on January 4 and his previous best in rebounds was 12 at Northeastern on January 9.
– This marks the sixth time in program history that Hofstra has won at least 20 games in at least two consecutive seasons. It is the second time under Mihalich (since 2013-14) as the 2014-15 team won 20 games and the 2015-16 squad captured 24 victories.

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Red Storm to Close Homestand with Xavier at MSG

Fresh off a victory over Providence on Wednesday in Queens, the St. John’s men’s basketball team will look to sweep a two-game homestand when the Johnnies welcome Xavier to Madison Square Garden on Monday.

Tip-off between the Red Storm and the Musketeers is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on FS1 and 970 AM WNYM. Brian Custer and Jim Spanarkel will have the television call while John Minko and Brandon Tierney will narrate the action on the Red Storm Sports Network broadcast from Learfield IMG College. That call of the game can also be found on TuneIn and Sirius XM.

St. John’s (14-11, 3-9 BIG EAST) will look to pick up its second straight win and a crucial victory in the BIG EAST standings when it hosts Xavier (16-9, 5-7 BIG EAST) at “The World’s Most Famous Arena” on Monday. The Musketeers currently sit tied for seventh place in the BIG EAST standings, two games clear of St. John’s in ninth. As of Sunday, all 10 BIG EAST teams rank in the top 71 of the NET with five squads in the top 21. Xavier checks in at no. 41 while the Johnnies jumped 11 spots to no. 67 following their win over Providence on Wednesday. In the Feb. 11 edition of the Associated Press Top 25, the BIG EAST placed five teams in the poll, the highest total of any conference in the country.

The Red Storm picked up its third BIG EAST win of the season on Wednesday as a result of high pressure defense and efficient shooting on the offensive end of the floor. After forcing a season-low eight turnovers in a loss at Creighton on Feb. 8, the Johnnies turned 23 Providence turnovers into 22 points during their 80-69 victory. Those 23 turnovers forced were one off the Red Storm’s season-high of 24 set three times against Mercer, Albany and Butler. 12 of those turnovers were the result of St. John’s steals, a category in which the Red Storm ranks fourth nationally with 10.1 per contest through games played on Saturday. In 17 seasons as a head coach prior to taking over at St. John’s, Mike Anderson saw his teams lead the nation in steals four times and finish inside the top 30 on four separate occasions.

On the other end, St. John’s converted on 45.8 percent of its field goal tries, marking the team’s best shooting effort of BIG EAST play and its fifth best overall of the season. The Johnnies made the most of their three-point opportunities, going 9-for-21 (42.9%) from distance and turning in their best performance of the conference season in that regard. The only time this season that St. John’s managed a better three-point percentage came in a win over Columbia on Nov. 20 (7-of-15, 46.7%).

In the team’s first game since learning that senior guard Mustapha Heron will likely miss the rest of the season with a right ankle injury, LJ Figueroa led four St. John’s in double figures on Wednesday, scoring 19 points on 6-of-14 shooting, including a 4-of-9 showing from beyond the arc. The BIG EAST’s steals leader also recorded four thefts.

Making his third straight start, Julian Champagnie finished with 14 points, seven boards, two blocks and two steals. In his three games since returning to the starting lineup, the freshman from Brooklyn is averaging 12.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.7 steals per outing.

Fellow Brooklyn native Rasheem Dunn tallied an efficient 13 points on 4-of-7 shooting from the field and a 5-of-6 showing from the line while dishing out a team-high four assists.

The team’s most consistent three-point threat over the last two games (5-of-7), Marcellus Earlington recorded 12 points and six boards. Classmate Greg Williams Jr. narrowly missed becoming the fifth Johnnie in double figures with nine points, a career-high seven boards, three assists and two blocks.

Xavier will wrap a two-game road swing on Monday after a furious comeback fell just short on Wednesday at No. 19 Butler, 66-61. The Musketeers trailed by as many as 17 in the second half before pulling within five in the final seconds. Naji Marshall, the team’s leading scorer at 16.2 points per game, scored 18 of his 20 points in the latter stanza while Tyrique Jones posted his 17th double-double of the year with 19 points and 10 boards. Jones’ 17 double-doubles rank third in the nation while his 11.1 rebounds per game are good enough for eighth in all of Division I.

The Red Storm will look to avenge a Jan. 5 loss to the Musketeers in Cincinnati during which the Johnnies made just one of their 16 attempts from beyond the arc. Figueroa, who made the team’s lone triple in that outing, led the way with 17 points.

St. John’s will look to snap a 10-game losing streak to the Musketeers that dates back to 2015-16. The Red Storm’s last win against Xavier came on Feb. 23, 2015, in Madison Square Garden, the second leg of a regular season sweep.

After taking on Xavier, the Red Storm will hit the road for two games against nationally ranked foes, traveling to Seton Hall on Feb. 23 before facing off with Villanova at The Finneran Pavilion on Feb. 26.

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Sky Blue FC Re-signs Imani Dorsey

Sky Blue FC player Imani Dorsey has agreed to a new one-year contract with a one-year option ahead of the 2020 National Women’s Soccer League season. Per team and league policies, further details were not disclosed.

“This club graciously gave me my first shot at the pros two years ago, and today I am excited to recommit to this team,” said Dorsey. “I cannot wait for this upcoming season with the potential and talent we have. And as the women’s professional game continues to grow, I am eager to be a part of Sky Blue’s historic inaugural season at Red Bull Arena.”

Dorsey, 23, will be entering her third season with Sky Blue FC. In 2019, Dorsey split time between the attack and defense, starting 23 games and registering two goals, 27 interceptions, and 24 clearances. During her rookie season, Dorsey played 1,047 minutes in 13 games (12 starts), scored four goals, and won the 2018 NWSL Rookie of the Year award.

“We are so happy to have Imani signing a new contract with Sky Blue,” said Head Coach Freya Coombe. “She is a very talented player who is very driven and shares the ambitions of the club. I am really looking forward to working with her in the upcoming season.”

Dorsey was drafted by Sky Blue FC in the 2018 NWSL College Draft as the fifth overall pick. A graduate of Duke University, she was named the 2017 ACC Offensive Player of the Year, a 2017 United Soccer Coaches First Team All-America, and was a semifinalist for the 2017 MAC Hermann Trophy. In 87 appearances at Duke, she scored 29 goals and notched 22 assists.

“Imani has had an incredible start to her pro career with the season and a half she’s spent at Sky Blue,” said General Manager Alyse LaHue. “From her NWSL Rookie of the Year campaign in 2018 to now, we’ve seen tremendous versatility and growth and she is the type of player you want to build your club around for years to come.”

In November of 2019, Dorsey earned her first Senior U.S. Women’s National Team call-up for training camp in preparation for a pair of friendlies against Sweden and Costa Rica. She finished 2019 being named to the 24-player roster for the U.S. WNT December Identification Training Camp.

Sky Blue FC will be kicking off its inaugural season at Red Bull Arena in 2020. Season Ticket Memberships are on sale now at SkyBlueFC.com.

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Hofstra Wins 76-63 Nailbiter over Charleston

In a battle of the top two teams in the Colonial Athletic Association, Hofstra posted an impressive wire-to-wire victory over Charleston, 76-63, Thursday night at the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex. The win, Hofstra’s fifth in a row, keeps the Pride atop the CAA standings.

Hofstra moved to 19-7 overall and 10-3 in the CAA with the victory. Charleston, which lost for the second time in as many games, slipped to 15-11 overall and 9-5 in league action.

Eli Pemberton led the way for Hofstra with a career and season-high tying 28 points, including 16 in the second half. The senior guard was 10-14 from the floor, 2-3 from beyond the arc, and 6-6 from the free throw line. He added five rebounds and tied a career-high with four steals. Jalen Ray had 14 points for the Pride while Desure Buie added 13 points, six assists, and two steals. Isaac Kante posted his seventh double-double of the season with 11 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.

Hofstra jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first two minutes behind five points from Buie and a basket from Kante. Charleston would get on the board with a three-pointer with 17:35 on the clock and got to within four, 11-7, at the first media timeout with 15:03 remaining. The Pride would then embark on a 13-6 run to take a 25-13 lead on a three-point play from Pemberton with 9:30 to go. The Pride’s lead would grow to 11, 36-25, following Buie’s three-pointer with 4:06 to go and then to 14, 39-25, with 2:38 to play on Pemberton’s triple. The Cougars would close the half on a 5-2 spurt as Hofstra led, 41-30, at the break. Both teams shot well in the opening 20 minutes, as the Pride was at 53.1 percent and the Cougars 50 percent.

Charleston would open the second half on a 7-2 run to pull within six, 43-37, following a Grant Riller dunk with 16:31 to go. Hofstra responded with an 11-5 run to open up a 12-point lead, 54-42, with 12:03 remaining after Pemberton stole the ball and went in for a fast break dunk. The lead remained double-digits the rest of the way and grew to 16 points after a Pemberton three-point play with 5:24 on the clock. After a Riller basket, Tareq Coburn drained a three to make it a 17-point lead and Ray buried two free throws for a 19-point advantage, 72-53, with 4:07 to go. Charleston would make the final score more respectable by closing the game on a 10-4 run.

Riller led the Cougars with 27 points and was the only Charleston player to score in double-figures.

Hofstra is back in action Saturday afternoon at home versus UNCW. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. and tickets can be purchased by calling (516) HOF-TIXX or by visiting HofstraTickets.com.

-The series between Hofstra and Charleston is now tied, 7-7. The teams split the season series.
-Buie’s six assists moved him past Charles Jenkins (2007-11) into fifth-place on the Hofstra career assists list with 492.
-Hofstra Coach Joe Mihalich won his 399th career game and looks to become the 51st active Division I coach with 400 victories against UNCW Saturday.
-Pemberton had two three-pointers and moved into a tie for fifth place on the Hofstra career list with 192, tying Norman Richardson (1997-01).
-Hofstra shot 55 percent for the game and controlled the glass with a 34-22 rebounding advantage.

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Star Boxing’s Catskills Clash III Set for April 17

Star Boxing is pleased to announce its return of “Catskills Clash III” to the majestic Resorts World Catskills Casino Resort in Monticello, New York on April 17.

The Catskills have an undeniable claim to boxing greatness. Decades of fighters have called the Catskills their temporary home, to train for upcoming championship fights. The hollowed boxing grounds of Sullivan County have been sacred territory since the golden age of boxing, established by the likes of Marciano, Tyson and Ali. As of late, that reputation has carried over to the new, fully integrated casino as Star Boxing delivered two hugely success events there in 2019.

Star Boxing’s “Catskills Clash” series returns to the Resorts WorldRW Epicenter, continuing theits own legacy of boxing in the region. Fully prepared to pick up where it left off last September, “Catskills Clash” III is set to be an evening of thrilling, action packed fights. In Catskills Clash I & II, Star Boxing featured rising talent including five title fights, big time knockouts and immense boxing skill. On April 17, fans can expect another outstanding experience.

Star Boxing CEO JOE DEGUARDIA is excited to be back at Resorts World Catskills, “The Catskills and boxing go hand in hand, and we are proud to be a part of that continued legacy. The fights at Resorts World Catskills have been great and fans love that they can see the fights and afterwards walk out to NYC’s closest fully integrated casino. April 17 will yet again feature fan-pleasing fights on a thrilling show with top talent, rising stars, and title bouts.”

Tickets to Catskills Clash III open to the public starting TOMORROW, FRIDAY, February 14, at NOON ET.

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1495SportsTV: Saint Francis College Brooklyn Men’s Basketball Report featuring John Venezia

1495Sports Journalist John Venezia was at the St. Francis College Brooklyn Men’s Basketball game vs Merrimack and brings us this report along with interviews with the Warriors Men’s Basketball Head Coach Joe Gallo and the Terriers Men’s Basketball Coach Glenn Braica from the Pope Physical Education Center

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St. John’s Pushes Past Providence, 80-69

The St. John’s men’s basketball team got back in the win column on Wednesday, matching a season-high for turnovers forced and shooting 42.9 percent from three-point range in an 80-69 victory over Providence at Carnesecca Arena.

After forcing a season-low eight turnovers against Creighton on Saturday in Omaha, the Red Storm returned to its roots, guiding the Friars into 24 miscues. The Johnnies, whose opponent registered 24 turnovers for the fourth time this season, converted those extra possessions into 22 points. The Red Storm, who recorded just one steal in their last outing, came away with 12 against the Friars.

LJ Figueroa led a balance scoring effort for the Johnnies (14-11, 3-9 BIG EAST), tallying 19 points thanks in part to a 4-of-9 showing from beyond the arc. The BIG EAST leader in steals also recorded four of the team’s 12 thefts.

As a team, St. John’s connected on nine of its 21 three-point attempts, good enough for the team’s highest single-game percentage of the conference season (42.9%). The Johnnies also set a BIG EAST high-water mark from the field, converting on 45.8 percent of their chances overall.

Following his 25-point, 10-rebound career night in the Johnnies’ last outing, Marcellus Earlington put forth another stellar effort against the Friars. The sophomore, who went 3-for-4 from three-point range against Creighton, made two of his three long tries en route to a 12-point finish. After starting the season 3-for-21 from distance in 23 appearances, Earlington has made five of his seven tries over the last two games. The Don Bosco Prep product also grabbed six rebounds, dished out three assists and swiped a pair of steals.

Making his third consecutive start, Julian Champagnie continued to impress, posting 14 points, seven rebounds, two steals and a pair of blocks. Josh Roberts also joined the block party for St. John’s, swatting three shots and collecting six rebounds in 19 minutes of action.

Rasheem Dunn registered an efficient 12-point outing, going 4-of-7 from the floor and 5-of-6 from the charity stripe. The Red Storm’s assist leader also dished out a team-high four helpers.

Greg Williams Jr. narrowly missed becoming the fifth Johnnie in double figures, logging nine points, a career-high seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 30 minutes on the court.

Alpha Diallo led the way for the Friars in the losing effort, scoring 19 points and grabbing a career-high 17 boards. He also paced Providence with four assists.

Trailing 12-11 following a back-and-forth start, the Red Storm found it hard to miss for a stretch of six minutes near the midway mark of the half, embarking on a 17-3 run to move ahead by 13, 28-15, with 7:35 remaining in the opening period. The Johnnies went 7-for-11 from the field during the run, limited the Friars to 1-of-5 shooting and forced four turnovers. Figueroa led the way with six points on a pair of treys during the surge while David Caraher chipped in five points.

Providence scored seven of the game’s next nine points to pull within eight, the same deficit with which the Friars would enter the locker room, 33-25.

The Johnnies shot 41.9 percent from the floor in the opening half, including a 5-for-12 (41.7%) showing from three-point range.

The Friars cut the St. John’s lead down to six with a pair of A.J. Reeves free throws on the opening possession of the second half, but the Johnnies ripped off a quick 7-0 run in the stretch of a minute to restore their lead to 13 with less than two minutes gone in the period. Figueroa scored four of those points, including a fastbreak slam following a Roberts block.

With five minutes gone in the second half, the Red Storm was plagued by foul issues. In the span of a minute, the Johnnies were whistled for two flagrant-one fouls and a bench technical, allowing Providence to cut its deficit to five, 47-42.

The Friars sliced the St. John’s lead to four, 51-47, on a Diallo dunk with 11:45 go, but Earlington promptly sparked a run to restore the Red Storm advantage. The sophomore drained a trey on the next possession before adding another triple a minute later, capping a 7-0 run and putting the Johnnies ahead by 11. Figueroa added the spurt’s other point with a 1-for-2 trip to the line.

The Red Storm grew its lead to as many as 15 down the stretch before Providence pulled within six, 74-68, with 1:06 remaining. Dunn and Williams sealed the victory from the charity stripe, combining for six free throws in the final minute.

The Johnnies return to action on Monday, closing out a two-game homestand with a 6:30 p.m. tilt against Xavier at Madison Square Garden. Tickets for the game are available at RedStormTix.com. St. John’s is proud to offer free admission to all first responders who wish to attend Monday’s contest at “The World’s Most Famous Arena.”

1495Sports had Journalist John Venezia was at the St. John’s Men’s Basketball game versus Providence and brings us this Pre-Game look along with the Post-Game Press Conference video featuring Head Coach Mike Anderson along with Student-Athletes LJ Figueroa and Marcellus Earlington from Carnesecca Arena.

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