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Fordham Men’s Basketball stumbles in 63-45 loss to St. Louis

After an emotional victory over Duquesne, the Fordham Men’s Basketball team saw a tough road result in a 63-45 loss against St. Louis on Saturday.  This was the ninth meeting between these two clubs, and thus far the Rams have not had much luck in earning a victory over the Billikens.

There were some bright spots for Fordham as Darius Quisenberry had a fine showing with his 15 points and three steals, along with another great performance from Chuba Ohams who had eight points and eight rebounds.

Quisenberry has been able to score double figures in 15 of the 16 games this year, while Ohams has been playing stellar as of late for the Rams, as he leads the Atlantic 10 and ranks fourth in the NCAA in rebounding, averaging 11.6 rpg.

For the Rams they have been able to mount comebacks as of late, but were unable to do so against St. Louis, as the guys had their lowest offensive field goal percentage of the season at 29% (16-56).

Fordham was able to start off strong taking a six-point lead, 15-9 with 7:49 left in the first. The Billikens were able to take over for the rest of the game outscoring the Rams 18-6 over the final 7:09 for a 27-21 halftime lead.

The Rams showed a ton of heart as they were able to stay in the game, Kam’ron Cunningham netted a jumper with 11:03 in the game to make the score 36-30. St. Louis was able to increase their lead making the game 52-41 with just over four minutes left. Ahmad Harrison made things close for the Rams with free throws later on, but that would be as close as the team would get to a victory.

Fordham will next be in action as they will host the University of Richmond in Rose Hill Gym on January 17, with the tip scheduled for 8:00 p.m.

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St. John’s Women’s Basketball Heads to Creighton for Sunday Matinee

The St. John’s Women’s Basketball team continues BIG EAST action on Sunday, as the squad heads to Omaha for a contest against Creighton at D.J. Sokol Arena.

Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m. ET on the BIG EAST Digital Network with Jon Schriner and Jake Eidsenburg on the call. 

The Red Storm (5-9, 1-3 BIG EAST) fell on the road at Providence, 56-49, on Friday. Leilani Correa became the 27th St. John’s player to reach 1,000 career points during the loss. After being held scoreless in the first half, the Manchester, N.J., native scored 13 points, tallied four rebounds and dished out a pair of assists. Kadaja Bailey led the Johnnies with 19 points while Rayven Peeples posted a career-best 14 rebounds.

Head Coach Joe Tartamella enters the game with a record of 175-124 in his 10th season leading the Red Storm, one victory shy of tying his mentor, Kim Barnes Arico, for first place on the program’s all-time wins list. Tartamella spent nine seasons on Barnes Arico’s staff, starting as a graduate assistant in 2002 before serving three years as an assistant coach and four seasons as the program’s associate head coach.  Tartamella has been to six postseasons as the Red Storm’s head coach, including a trio of NCAA Tournament appearances.  In 2016, his Johnnies won the program’s first BIG EAST title since 1988.  

Creighton (11-4, 6-1 BIG EAST) comes into the game with an 11-4 overall record and a 6-1 mark against BIG EAST opponents. The team is 8-1 at home with a 73-71 loss to South Dakota on Dec. 16 standing as the lone blemish this season. The Bluejays rank sixth nationally with 294 total assists and fourth in the country with 19.6 assists per game.

The Bluejays have three players averaging double-figures this season with Emma Ronsiek leading the way at 13.3 points per game. Morgan Maly follows close behind the sophomore with 11.3 points and Lauren Jensen boasts 10.8 points per game this season. Tatum Remboa leads Creighton with 86 total assists and 5.7 assists per game.

Sunday will mark the 22nd meeting all-time between the Red Storm and the Bluejays, a series in which the Johnnies hold a 12-9 edge overall and a 4-3 advantage in games played at Creighton. The teams did not face off during the 2020-21 season, as both meetings were canceled due to COVID-19.

After its trip to Omaha, St. John’s heads to Seton Hall for a BIG EAST showdown on Wednesday night.  Tip-off from Walsh Gymnasium is set for 7 p.m. on the BIG EAST Digital Network.

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Mets Announce International Signings

 The New York Mets recently announced that the club has signed 21 international players.

“It’s an exciting day for the New York Mets to congratulate and welcome these talented young men to our organization,” said Vice President of Amateur and International Scouting, Tommy Tanous. “This is the first step in realizing their dreams of becoming major leaguers. I want to thank everyone from the family of the players to our incredible scouting staff for their hard work in this process.”

“Today is another step in establishing and achieving sustained success,” said General Manager Billy Eppler. “We are excited for these players to get started on their path to Queens. We also want to thank Tommy, Steve Barningham, and our entire international scouting department as well as everyone in the baseball operations department who worked tirelessly to make this day possible.”

The class is highlighted by Simon Juan, an outfielder from the Dominican Republic. The 6-2, 195-pounder is ranked at the 14th-best international prospect according to Baseball America and as the 16th-best prospect on MLB Pipeline’s Top 50 Internationals Prospect List. An additional notable signing includes Willy Fañas, a dynamic five tool center fielder from the Dominican Republic.

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Hofstra Men’s Basketball edges Delaware, 82-77

Aaron Estrada scored a career-high 30 points with 20 coming in the second half as Hofstra rallied from a halftime deficit and then held off Delaware in an 82-77 Colonial Athletic Association victory Saturday afternoon at the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex. Hofstra led by as many as 14 points in the second half before the Blue Hens cut the lead to one late in the game.

The Pride improved to 10-7 overall and 2-2 in the CAA with the victory. Delaware slipped to 11-6 overall and 2-2 in league play with the loss, which ended a modest two-game win streak for the Blue Hens.

Estrada shot 12-18 from the floor and was 6-6 from the free throw line, eclipsing his previous career-high of 24 points. He also added six assists and three steals. Jalen Ray had a season-high 23 points, shooting 5-7 from three-point range, and added three assists and three steals. Omar Silverio had 15 points and four rebounds. Abayomi Iyiola led the Pride with six rebounds.  

Hofstra raced out to an 11-1 lead early in the first half behind eight consecutive points from Silverio. A 9-0 Delaware run made it a one-point game, 11-10, with 11:55 to play in the opening 20 minutes. The Pride would go on another big run, this one a 15-5 spurt, to take a 26-15 lead with 6:59 to go following a three-pointer from Ray. However, the Blue Hens closed the half on a 20-5 run to take a 35-31 lead at the half.

Delaware would extend the lead to nine, 42-33, 2:13 into the second half on a Dylan Painter layup. Hofstra would then start a comeback as Ray’s jumper ignited a 12-0 run that was capped off by a three from Silverio to give the Pride a 45-42 lead with 13:23 on the clock. A Delaware basket snapped the Pride’s run but Hofstra promptly started a 13-0 run to lead 58-44 with 10:52 to play. Ray had five points in the run, while Silverio and Estrada added four points each.

The Blue Hens would start to chip away and cut the Hofstra lead to one, 68-67, with 4:03 to go on a pair of free throws from Painter, which ended a 10-0 run for Delaware. The Pride would get a bucket from Jarrod Simmons and Estrada followed with two free throws to put Hofstra back up by five, 72-67, with 3:24 remaining. A Painter three-pointer made it a two-point game once again, but Ray had a huge three-pointer and the Pride converted seven free throws in the final 1:25 to seal the victory.

Painter and Andrew Carr led five Delaware players in double-figures with 15 points each. Painter pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds. Jameer Nelson Jr. had 14 points, Ryan Allen scored 13, and Ebby Asamoah chipped in with 12 points.

Hofstra returns to action Monday afternoon at home against Drexel. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. with the game televised on SNY. Tickets are available for purchase at HofstraTickets.com, by calling (516) HOF-TIXX, or by visiting the Hofstra Athletic Ticket Office in the lobby of the Mack Sports Complex one hour prior to game time.

Notes:
-Hofstra is 64-34 all-time against Delaware, and has won 10 of the last 12 meetings.
-Hofstra scored 35 points off 19 Delaware turnovers.
-The Pride was 17-20 from the free throw line including 13-14 in the second half.
Darlinstone Dubar and Caleb Burgess each had five rebounds for the Pride.
-Hofstra is 6-0 at home in 2021-22.
-Simmons returned to the court for the first time since an injury in the season-opener at Houston.
-Estrada’s 30-points were the most by a Pride player this season.

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St. John’s Welcomes Georgetown to MSG for a Sunday Showdown

The St. John’s Men’s Basketball team will return to Madison Square Garden on Sunday for the latest edition of its storied BIG EAST rivalry with Georgetown.

The 119th meeting all-time between the Red Storm and Hoyas will tip-off at 4:30 p.m. on FOX with Tim Brando and Jim Jackson on the call from “The World’s Most Famous Arena.”  Fans can also catch the LEARFIELD Red Storm Sports Network broadcast with John Minko and Tarik Turner on a variety of platforms including The Varsity Network appTuneIn, channel 84 on Sirius XM and the SXM app, RedStormSports.com and the St. John’s Red Storm mobile app.

Fans can purchase tickets to the game by clicking here.

St. John’s (9-5, 1-2 BIG EAST) will look to even its conference record on Sunday when it welcomes the Hoyas (6-7, 0-2 BIG EAST) for the first meeting between the teams since December of 2020.  The Red Storm dropped a pair of road games in New England over the past week while the Hoyas have lost three straight since a Dec. 15 win over Howard.  Both St. John’s and Georgetown endured lengthy COVID-related pauses around the holidays.

St. John’s will look to claim its first win of the season at Madison Square Garden, where the Red Storm dropped a 59-57 decision to Pitt on Dec. 18.  The Red Storm contested that game without the services of Julian Champagnie, who leads the league and ranks eighth in the country with 21.2 points per contest.  In the team’s most recent outing at Connecticut on Wednesday, Champagnie posted 27 points and grabbed five boards for his seventh effort of the season with 20 or more points in just 13 opportunities.  The Brooklyn native hit what appeared to be a game-winning 3-pointer in the closing seconds before the Huskies forced overtime.  In the Johnnies’ BIG EAST opener against DePaul, Champagnie, who was coming off a 24-day layoff between games, scored 34 points and grabbed 16 boards to lead the Red Storm to victory.

Champagnie was one of three Johnnies to finish in double figures against UConn on Wednesday.  Aaron Wheeler logged 13 points, seven rebounds and a pair of blocks in 25 minutes of action.  That effort followed a career-best 15-point showing against Providence on Saturday, marking the first time in Wheeler’s collegiate tenure that he has reached double figures in back-to-back outings.   Despite scoring just two points in the opening stanza, Posh Alexander managed to finish with 11 points and 10 rebounds for his first collegiate double-double.  Six of Alexander’s career-high 10 caroms came on the offensive glass, matching a season-high in that category.  Entering the weekend, Alexander, who stands at 6-feet tall, ranks second in the BIG EAST with 3.1 offensive boards per game.  Creighton’s Ryan Kalkbrenner, who stands at 7-foot-1, leads the league with 3.2 offensive rebounds per contest. 6-foot-8 Eric Dixon of Villanova ranks third (3.0).

St. John’s enters the weekend with the top scoring average in the league at 82.1 points per game, a total that ranks 15th in Division I.  The Johnnies also sit among the national leaders in assists, checking in at no. 6 with 18.7 helpers per contest.

The last time Georgetown took the floor at Madison Square Garden in March, the Hoyas completed an improbable run of four wins in as many days to claim the program’s eighth BIG EAST title.  Since then, the Hoyas have not won a game away from Washington, losing four straight contests played outside the friendly confines of Capital One Arena.

Both of the Hoyas’ two leading scorers are newcomers.  Aminu Mohammed, the Preseason BIG EAST Freshman of the Year, tops the team with 13.8 points and 8.3 boards per contest.  Kaiden Rice, a graduate transfer from The Citadel, is averaging 13.0 points per game thanks in large part to his 3-point shooting; all but six of his 52 field goals have come from beyond the arc this season.

St. John’s carries a 61-57 all-time record against the Hoyas into Sunday’s contest.  The two teams split the regular season series in 2020-21, as the Hoyas prevailed in overtime at McDonough Arena on Dec. 13, one week before the Red Storm claimed a 94-83 victory at Carnesecca Arena.  Champagnie tallied 20 points and nine boards in that most recent win over Georgetown.

After taking on the Hoyas, the Red Storm will hit the road for a Wednesday meeting with Creighton before returning to host Seton Hall at MSG on Jan. 22.  To purchase tickets, visit RedStormTix.com or call 1-888-GO-STORM.

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Gotham FC Locks in Key Defensive Piece with Re-Signing of Imani Dorsey

Gotham FC of the National Women’s Soccer League announced recently that defender Imani Dorsey will return to the club on a two-year contract. Dorsey was drafted fifth overall by Gotham FC (then Sky Blue FC) out of Duke University in the 2018 NWSL Draft. During that season, she scored four goals and added one assist and went on to be named Rookie of the Year.
 
“Imani is the heartbeat of our team – our moral compass and a fantastic footballer,” said Head Coach Scott Parkinson. “Being able to work with Imani every day is an absolute honor. Her growth over the past couple of years has been amazing and we believe there is plenty more development to go.”
 
Dorsey returns for her fifth year in the NWSL following a 2021 season that saw positives both on and off the pitch. The 25-year-old made 14 starts in 16 total appearances and logged 1,270 playing minutes. She won 61.5% of tackles, 63.6% duels in the air, and was part of a back line that conceded the second fewest goals in the league.
 
In November, the defender was called up to the U.S. Women’s National Team for two international friendlies in Australia where she earned her first cap. Dorsey was recently named to Vlatko Andonovski’s 25 player roster for the BioSteel Training Camp in Austin, Texas in January, but has since been ruled out due to injury.
 
Just as active off the pitch as on, Dorsey is one of the founding board members of the Black Women’s Player Collective (BWPC), a non-profit organization seeking to elevate the image, value, and representation of Black women as athletes and leaders in business, industry, and public and private institutions. Last month she was awarded U.S. Soccer’s first ever One Nation. Social Impact Award for her work with the BWPC and was recently the focus of a Game Changers episode, a series devoted to showcasing the diverse group of athletes competing in the NWSL.
 
During the 2021 season, Dorsey also served as the club’s ambassador for the Nationwide Community Impact Program. Along with members of Gotham FC’s Player Community Outreach Committee, she worked with a CareSparc, a Newark-based consulting firm, to participate in a Health and Wellness Festival that featured a soccer clinic among other things for local youth.
 
“I am so happy to be re-signing with Gotham FC,” said Dorsey. “This club has become my home and I’m ready to win a title with this group.”

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St. John’s Men’s Basketball falls to Connecticut, 86-78 in Overtime

After erasing an 11-point second half deficit and pulling ahead in the closing seconds of regulation, the St. John’s Men’s Basketball team fell to Connecticut, 86-78, in overtime on Wednesday night at Gampel Pavilion.

The Red Storm (9-5, 1-2 BIG EAST) moved ahead by one, 71-70, on a Julian Champagnie 3-pointer with four seconds remaining in regulation. After a lengthy official review, Adama Sanogo went 1-for-2 from the line with one second remaining to force overtime.

Champagnie scored the first bucket of the extra period before the Huskies broke the game open with an 11-0 run.  Five of those UConn points came from free throw line.

Champagnie led the way for St. John’s with 27 points, his seventh game of the season with 20 or more points in just 13 opportunities.

Aaron Wheeler added 13 points, seven rebounds and a pair of blocks, registering back-to-back games in double figures for the first time in his collegiate career.  The graduate student connected on three of his six attempts from deep, including a crucial late-game triple from the corner to bring the Red Storm within one.

Posh Alexander posted his first career double-double, scoring 11 points, pulling down 10 boards. Alexander has now reached double figures 13 times in as many opportunities this season.

Sanogo logged 26 points, 18 rebounds and six blocks for the Huskies (11-4, 2-2 BIG EAST).  As a team, the Huskies registered 14 rejections.

St. Johns was called for 26 fouls on Wednesday.  The Huskies were assessed 13.

The Red Storm weathered a number of UConn runs in the opening half.  An 8-0 UConn spurt put the Huskies up five, 15-10, with 12:12 to go, but a Stef Smith trey and a Champagnie bucket quickly knotted the score at 15.  A few minutes later, a 7-0 UConn burst put the Huskies back on top by five before a 7-2 Red Storm run leveled the game at 27.

Trailing by five, 36-31, at the break, St. John’s saw the Huskies quickly balloon their lead in the latter stanza, moving ahead by double digits with less than five minutes gone in the half.

Down 50-39 following a Sanogo dunk with 14:55 to go, the Red Storm held UConn scoreless for the next 4:51.  The Johnnies, however, managed only six points over that span, trimming the deficit to five near the midway mark of the half.

UConn moved back ahead by 10, 60-50, with six and a half minutes to play before a 12-4 St. John’s run brought the Red Storm within two, 64-62, on a Champagnie trey with 3:58 to go. 

The Huskies responded with four straight to move back ahead by six before Champagnie connected on his third 3-pointer of the night to make it a one-possession game once again.  Following a 1-for-2 trip to the line from Isaiah Whaley, Wheeler drained a trey from the corner to bring the Johnnies within one, 69-68, with a minute left. 

Another 1-for-2 trip to the line for UConn with 14 seconds left put the Huskies up two before Champagnie banged home a closely contested triple on the other end to give the Red Storm its first lead since the 9:30 mark of the first half.

Needing to go the length of the floor with 4.8 seconds to play, UConn threw an inbounds pass into the front court that deflected off a St. John’s player and went out of bounds.  After a lengthy review to determine the correct time on the clock, Tyrese Martin put up a jumper that missed its mark, but Sanogo grabbed the offensive board before drawing a foul and earning a trip to the line.  The sophomore made the first, but missed the second to send it into overtime. 

UConn went 4-for-5 from the field and 7-for-7 from the line in the extra period to seal its second BIG EAST victory.

The Red Storm will return to action on Sunday at Madison Square Garden when it takes on longtime BIG EAST rival Georgetown. Tip-off is set for 4:30 p.m. on FOX. 

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