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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DAYTON, Ohio – Unlike their opponent Tuesday night, Hampton had a pretty good idea it would be headed to the First Four at UD Arena after winning the MEAC tournament title as a No. 6 seed last weekend. Continue reading “One In A Billion Shot Hampton Sets Sights On Manhattan”
It is hard not to hear the phrase “22 strong” in any Manhattan Jaspers huddle. Continue reading “22 Strong Endures Manhattan To Become Repeat MAAC Champions”
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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The MAAC announced its All-Conference teams as well as All-Rookie team during the final coaches conference call of the season on Monday afternoon. Continue reading “Few Surprises For All-MAAC Selections”
Iona completed its perfect home slate with an energizing 79-75 win over Manhattan on Senior Night. The Gaels got a lift from the return of junior Isaiah Williams, who missed 12 games with a right foot injury. Williams contributed 12 points off the bench in his return. Continue reading “English Shines, Williams Returns as Iona Sweeps Manhattan”
Reaching over .500 for the first time this season at 11-10 with an impressive 87-76 victory at Monmouth, you would think that Steve Masiello’s Manhattan Jaspers have started to click. Continue reading “Manhattan Over .500, But Steve Masiello Strives For More”
Manhattan coach Steve Masiello never hides the fact that he’s a Rick Pitino disciple through and through. He played for Pitino at Kentucky, assisted with him at Louisville, and now much of the success he’s had in Riverdale is employing the same style of coming after opponents with pressure and traps and anything else to make it difficult to traverse the 94 feet from one hoop to the other without coughing it up. Continue reading “Manhattan’s Swagger On Full Display As Jaspers Rout Monmouth”
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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