Junior Forward Emmy Andujar (Bronx, NY) had a night that all New Yorker’s will be buzzing about to be one of many to help lead the Manhattan College (21-7, 14-5 MAAC) Men’s Basketball team in the 80-77 OT victory over rival Iona (19-9, 16-3 MAAC) in Friday night College Hoops action at Draddy Gymnasium.
Playing in front of a sold out crowd of 2,520 and playing in a game that was broadcasted on ESPN2, Andujar had a night that many could only dream of leading the scoring with a career-high 28 points to help lead the Jaspers to the victory.
Emmy not only made the big plays on offense, but he also had a huge block, rejecting a a driving layup attempt by Iona’s Tre Bowman to keep the game tied at 71-71 in regulation.
Senior Guard/Forward George Beamon (Roslyn, NY) finished the night with a double-double 13 points and 11 boards, Senior Forward/Center Rhamel Brown (Brooklyn, NY) had nine points and nine boards, while Sophomore Forward Shane Richards (New York, NY) had eight points including some huge three-point buckets.
Andujar and the Jaspers had to step up as Senior Guard Michael Alvarado (Bronx, NY) was injured in the first half of play. It was a true team effort as Manhattan saw huge buckets and contributions from everyone on the floor to help them to the victory.
Manhattan has now been able to win eight of its last nine games at Draddy Gymnasium, with these two rivals meeting for the 84th time with tonight’s contest.
Both teams brought great intensity and fight to the game, with their being nine ties and 13 score changes seen during the course of the night. The Jaspers were able to play some great defense in the second half and in the overtime to earn the victory.
Overall Manhattan had eight blocks and 10 steals, while also cashing in on 19 points off of turnovers. The Jaspers are still in the hunt for the two seed in the Conference playoffs, with one final game to be played at home before heading on the road to Springfield.
The Jaspers’ final home game of the season will take place this Sunday as they will take on Canisius College in a game that will be televised on ESPN 3. The Manhattan/Canisius game is set to tip at 4:30 p.m.
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