Manhattan Upended By Feisty Hampton

(photo courtesy: Manhattan athletics)

DAYTON, Ohio – As Manhattan struggled out of the gate Tuesday night as a fairly heavy favorite (nine points in Vegas), it seemed like a matter of time before its pressure and experience would wear down Hampton.

At halftime, with the Jaspers down seven, things still seemed theirs for the taking, after all, their two top scorers, Emmy Andujar and Ashton Pankey, had missed a good portion of the half in foul trouble. The Pirates weren’t turning it over necessarily, but there were more than a few near-misses, balls that momentarily got loose or forced time outs.

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Back-To-Back MAAC Titles For Masiello And Manhattan

Steve Masiello cut down the nets after his second straight MAAC title Monday night. But what a long, strange trip he took in between.

You can say what you want about Masiello, and plenty have over the last 12 months since Masiello took the head coaching job at South Florida, it was revealed he never got a degree, and the Jaspers eventually rehired him, but as far as coaching in big games, you have to say he’s been nothing short of brilliant.

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With Zaid Hearst Leading The Way, Here Comes Quinnipiac

Quinnipiac senior Zaid Hearst goes for a layup against Manhattan

For all intents and purposes, the game was over. Quinnipiac led by double digits and time was not only a factor, it precluded a Manhattan comeback with only 90 seconds left.

But as Manhattan sharpshooter Shane Richards ran off screens, Zaid Hearst was still with him every step of the way, just as he had been for the first 38 minutes of the game. Richards finally got one last good look when Hearst decided to switch with James Ford, but it rimmed out and Richards – who had scored 22, 21, and 21 in his last three games – put up a goose egg as Quinnipiac climbed back to .500 in the MAAC with an impressive 73-59 national television victory at the TD Bank Center Friday night.

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Another Day, Another OT In The MAAC As Rider Edges Manhattan

In perhaps the meta moment of the wacky 2014-15 MAAC season thus far, Manhattan coach Steve Masiello perhaps explained perfectly why he shouldn’t be too angry after a tough 82-79 overtime loss to Rider Sunday at Draddy Gym … while being extremely angry about a home loss that would have seen his Jaspers (8-9, 5-3) be tied atop the conference standings as we near the halfway point. Continue reading “Another Day, Another OT In The MAAC As Rider Edges Manhattan”

Manhattan Stumbles Again At Fairfield

At the very least, Friday night probably spells the end for Steve Masiello’s red suit jacket.

The normally impeccably dressed Masiello will seemingly try anything these days to change his team’s luck, especially after losing on a 75-foot shot last week at George Mason, even donning a checkered red suit jacket that he previously wore at the Hall of Fame Tip-Off dinner two weeks ago.

But in the MAAC opener, it was previously offensively challenged Fairfield that exploded in the second half and left the Jaspers at 1-5 (and more importantly 0-1 in the MAAC) with a surprisingly comfortably 67-54 win at Webster Bank Arena.

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