The Manhattan Men’s Basketball team (16-13; 13-7 MAAC) was able to clinch the Third Seed in the upcoming Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference thanks to the 69-65 victory over Quinnipiac (15-14; 9-11 MAAC) in the Regular Season Home Finale on Sunday.
Manhattan was lifted by a last-second defensive stand, which is a reflection of the legacy that was left behind by the Four Seniors, who have helped to lift this Jasper program to not only a MAAC Championship but also National Television recognition.
In a back and forth game between the two schools, Manhattan was led on the offensive side of the floor by Emmy Andujar, who had a team-high 18 points with seven rebounds. Ashton Pankey had a strong showing with his 17 points and eight boards.
Shane Richards continues his clutch shooting, finishing the night with nine points to now hold the single-season record.
Quinnipiac made it a fight till the end as Zaid Hearst impressed with his game-high 22 points to go along with a game-high nine rebounds to average 21.0 ppg over five career match-ups with Manhattan.
There is a possibility that these two teams will meet once again when the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Playoffs on March 7, as the Bobcats are currently the 6th seed. Right now the match-up is either Manhattan/Quinnipiac or Manhattan v No 11 Marist either way tip-off is slated for 8:00 p.m.
Prior to the game the program took time to honor their seniors Andujar, Pankey, RaShawn Stores and Donovan Kates who improved to 76-52 (49-27 MAAC) as a class, including finishing up 35-13 at Draddy Gymnasium.
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Some of the sights from the Manhattan College Senior day and game v Quinnipiac:
Manhattan MBB Press Conference Featuring:
Emmy Andujar, Donovan Kates, Ashton Pankey and RaShawn Stores along with Head Coach Steve Masiello:
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