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Brilliant Finale to Barclays Center Classic as Maryland is Crowned Champions

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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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Defense is Key in South Carolina 64-50 Victory over 18/16 Syracuse

South Carolina MBB. Photo by: Stacy Podelski

South Carolina MBB. Photo by: Stacy Podelski

Defense was a huge Key in the South Carolina 64-50 victory over 18/16 Syracuse in NCAA Division 1 Action in the 2016 Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Classic held at the Barclays Center.

The Gamecocks (6-0) had three players score 15 points or more, and a tremendous defensive effort to hold the Orange to 36 points under their season scoring average.

Leading the way on offense for South Carolina was Maik Kostar and Sindarius Thornwell, who both had 16 point each. PJ Dozier recorded his first career double-double in the game, pulling down 10 rebounds to go with 15 points.

As for Syracuse, leading the way for the Orange on offense was Tyler Lydon who had 18 points.  Andrew White III and Frank Howard added 10 points apiece.

Up Next for South Carolina the team will return home to host a pair of non-conference matchups next week when Vermont (Dec. 1) and FIU (Dec. 4) travel to Colonial Life Arena. As for Syracuse they will participage in The ACC/Big 10 Challenge, as they travel to Madison, Wisc. to take on the Badgers on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m.

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

Syracuse University:

Featuring

Head Coach Jim Boeheim 

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South Carolina:

Head Coach Frank Martin along with Student-Athletes PJ Dozier and  Sindarius Thornwell

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

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Double Thriller at Day 1 of Barclays Center Classic

Photo of the Barclays Centr prior to the Barclays Center Classic. By Stacy Podelski

Photo of the Barclays Centr prior to the Barclays Center Classic. By Stacy Podelski

It was an amazing night of College Basketball action at the Barlcays Center, as the Barclays Center Classic featured some of the nation’s top teams in the University of Maryland, University of Richmond, Kansas State University and Boston College.

The First Game between Kansas State University and Boston College was a defensive thriller as K-State earned a 72-54 victory to improve to a 5-0 record in play. Leading the way offensivley for the  Wildcats was Xavier Sneed with 16 points, while Barry Brown and  Dean Wade both had 11 points each.

Xavier Sneed. Photo by: Stacy Podelski

Xavier Sneed. Photo by: Stacy Podelski

K-State held Boston College to just 33.3 percent shooting (17-of-51), including 35.3 percent (6-of-17) from 3-point range, with 14 of their 54 points coming from the free throw line. It marked the 51st time under Weber that the team has held an opponent to less than 60 points, including the third time this season. The 13 steals were the most since also posting 13 against Maryland-Eastern Shore on Nov. 13, 2015.

The University of Maryland Bench. Photo by: Stacy Podelski

The University of Maryland Bench. Photo by: Stacy Podelski

In the Second Game of the Night the University of Maryland was able to complete an Overtime Comeback Thriller in a 88-82 victory over the University of Richmond. Leading the way on the offense for the Terps was Melo Trimble who had 31 points.

Anthony Cowan added 18 for Maryland (6-0), Justin Jackson contributed with 16 points and seven rebounds and Kevin Huerter had 12 points and 10 boards.

Boston College and the University of Richmond will battle each other in the Consolation Game happening at 7:00 p.m. Maryland will take on Kansas State on Saturday night at 9:30 p.m. in the Barclays Classic Championship Contest.

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

Kansas State Men’s Basketball

Featuring:

Head Coach Bruce Weber along with Student-Athletes Kamau Stokes and Xavier Sneed:

University Of Maryland Men’s Basketball

Featuring:

Head Coach Mark Turgeon along with Student-Athletes Melo Trimble and Kevin Huerter:

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

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St. John’s Men’s Basketball def Binghamton, 77-61

St. John's Men's Basketball prior to the game v Binghamton University. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

St. John’s Men’s Basketball prior to the game v Binghamton University. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The St. John’s Men’s Basketball team improved to a 2-0 record with a 77-61 victory over Binghamton University on 11/14/16 at Carnesecca Arena.

Leading the way for the Red Storm was the Freshman Duo of Shamorie Ponds and Marcus LoVett.  Ponds registered his first career double-double for St. John’s, while LoVett tallied a game-high 23 points against Binghamton.

As a team, the Red Storm made 11 of its 26 attempts from downtown. Combined with their 11-of-22 showing from deep in the season-opener against Bethune-Cookman, the Johnnies have sank 11 or more three-pointers in back-to-back games for the first time since the 2009-10 season, when St. John’s made 11 against Cornell on Dec. 21 before draining 13 against Bryant on Dec. 23.

The Red Storm also saw contributions from Yankuba Sima and Bashir Ahmed, who had eight points and five rebounds each. Tariq Owens added seven rebounds. On the defensive side of the court Kassoum Yakwe, the BIG EAST’s leading shot blocker last season, swatted five Binghamton shots and grabbed four rebounds.

St. John’s will be in for an interesting test now, as the team will go on the road to take on a very tough Minnesota team on Friday, November 18 at 9:00 pm. The Red Storm will return home on Tuesday, December 29 as they host Delaware State in a game that is set for 6:30 pm.

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

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Featuring:

Student-Athletes Shamorie Ponds and Marcus LoVett 

Head Coach Chris Mullin

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

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Frank Lampard Departs New York City FC

Frank Lampard. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Frank Lampard. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Frank Lampard is set to leave New York City Football Club following the conclusion of his contract.

The most prolific goal-scoring midfielder of his generation, the 38-year old will depart when his contract expires at the end of 2016.

Signed by New York City FC in 2014, Frank made 31 appearances for the club, scoring 15 goals.

He assured his place in club history with the team’s first-ever hat-trick against the Colorado Rapids on July 30, 2016 which helped NYCFC towards the MLS Playoffs for the very first time.

Lampard told NYCFC.com: “As my time at NYCFC comes to an end, I would like to thank so many people for the kindness and support that they have shown me over the last two years.”

“My teammates have been a pleasure to play alongside. The amazing fans have given me incredible support and backing.”

“I have very much enjoyed my time, and I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to play for such a great club and in such an incredible city.”

For Lampard’s Head Coach, Patrick Vieira, Frank’s influence at NYCFC transcended even his stellar efforts on the field of play.

Vieira said: “Everybody talks about Frank’s goal-scoring record from midfield but I can tell you after a year of working with him, he brings so much more to a team than just goals.”

“What Frank has brought to the locker room is something just as important – his experience, his elite mentality and his mentorship for the younger members of our squad have helped us greatly this year.”

“It is clear that Frank has embraced playing in this league and for this club. I am grateful for his service in my first year here and I wish him the very best in whatever he chooses to do next.”

Sporting Director Claudio Reyna echoed Vieira’s sentiments and expressed his gratitude to Lampard.

“On and off the pitch he has been a fantastic ambassador. I would tell any young player to watch Frank, to see how he’s conducted himself over the last two years and to use that as inspiration as to how an elite, professional footballer should approach the game” said Reyna. “From the second he walked through the door, he’s set the example.”

“Frank will always be part of the history of this club and we thank him for playing an important role in so many special moments in our young history.”

Everyone at New York City FC would like to thank Frank for his service and wish him all the very best of the luck for the future.

For more information on New York City FC fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

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Cosmos Claim 2016 NASL Championship in Thriller at Belson Stadium

Celebration. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Celebration. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Fight and Heart, those were the main two themes for the New York Cosmos throughout the 2016 Season. In the end it was fight and heart that led the team to its second consecutive North American Soccer League (NASL) Championship and eighth overall on Sunday night in the victory over Indy Eleven.

It wasn’t just any victory, but after 120 minutes of scoreless soccer the teams had to go to penalties to determine a winner, in which the Cosmos were able to secure the victory by a final of 4-2.

The play from both teams was a true test of heart and grit, and there was plenty of tired legs after giving everything they had to bring back a championship.

Netting the penalty shot that would ultimately help New York win the championship was Ryan Richter, who this time last year was on the opposing side of The Championship Final.

“It’s funny how life works,” Richter said. “I didn’t think I’d be here. But here I am, winning a championship with the New York Cosmos.”

Both clubs had great opportunities in regular time as Jairo Arrieta had a great chance for the Cosmos, while Don Smart had one that went off the crossbar.

After being unable to convert during regular time and during the extra frame, the match would be decided in a penalty shootout. The home side was up to the task, converting all four attempts en route to lifting the Soccer Bowl Trophy for the third time in four seasons.

The Cosmos are the first back-to-back NASL champions of the Modern Era and just the second in the league’s history, joining the 1977-78 Cosmos.

1495 Sports is proud to bring the following Videos:

The New York Cosmos Celebrating with the 2016 NASL Championship Trophy:

Featuring Goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer:

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Unselfish play leads to positive results for St. John’s Men’s Basketball in victory over Bethune-Cookman

St. John's Men's Basketball huddle prior the game on 11/11/16. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495Sports

St. John’s Men’s Basketball huddle prior the game on 11/11/16. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495Sports

The theme for the St. John’s Men’s Basketball (1-0) home opener was unselfish play and that this team is a family. It sure showed as the energy of the game and the pace was just the way one would hope for in the 100-53 victory over Bethune-Cookman.

One of the many highlights for Head Coach Chris Mullin, was the 21 assist and the overall impressive defensive performance of the team. Overall the Red Storm converted on 62.3 percent of their shots (33-of-53), the team’s highest total since the Red Storm sank 66.1 percent of its chances against Fordham on Dec. 7, 2013.

Everything clicked for St. John’s as those observing the game could clearly see the joy and passion that each player had for playing on the court. That energy was also given right back to the 4,371 that packed Carnesecca Arena for an amazing Home Openining Experience.

With the victory, the Red Storm extended its unbeaten streak in home-openers at Carnesecca Arena to 13, dating back to the 2004-2005 season.

Leading the way on the offensive side was Federico Mussini, who led the Red Storm with 20 points. , Marcus LoVett recorded 19 points, while two other players reached double figures as  Yankuba Sima and Malik Ellison each added 11 points.

St. John’s returns to action on Monday night, hosting the Binghamton Bearcats at 6:30 p.m. inside Carnesecca Arena. The game, which will air nationally on FS1, is a campus-site contest in The Battle 4 Atlantis.

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

Featuring:

St. John’s Men’s Basketball Student-Athletes Federico Mussini, Tariq Owens and Marcus LoVett 

Head Coach Chris Mullin:

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