Manhattan Upended By Feisty Hampton

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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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Manhattan Heading To Dayton As Kentucky Looms

Dayton and the First Four it is for Manhattan, and while their body language didn’t look particularly positive when their name was announced just seconds into the NCAA Selection Show, with an hour or so to mull it over and watch the rest of the 68 teams get placed (and some expected teams left out), they were warming up to the idea. Continue reading “Manhattan Heading To Dayton As Kentucky Looms”

Three Thoughts: Manhattan 65, Saint Peter’s 48

In the second semifinal matchup Sunday evening, Manhattan gained separation from Saint Peter’s late in the first half and pulled away late to advance to the MAAC championship game Monday evening. The Jaspers will have an opportunity to defend their conference crown as they take on local rival Iona in a game televised nationally on ESPN2. Here are three thoughts from the Jaspers’ semifinal win over Saint Peter’s: Continue reading “Three Thoughts: Manhattan 65, Saint Peter’s 48”

Manhattan’s Swagger On Full Display As Jaspers Rout Monmouth

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”

Sustaining a Championship the Challenge for Manhattan’s Steve Masiello

One thing Manhattan head coach Steve Masiello will tell you is that he is a devout New York Yankees fan.

While he might enjoy the exploits of a team that has won the most championships in any sport, his test comes with having his team defend their own championship. Manhattan can’t hold onto a ‘Core Four‘ for a decade, and while most of the group has had a taste of success, they will need to earn it again. Continue reading “Sustaining a Championship the Challenge for Manhattan’s Steve Masiello”

Coming & Going Manhattan – Starting again

After finishing 6-25 last season and tying for last place in the MAAC with Marist at 3-15, Manhattan can only go up. Steve Masiello has inherited a tough task. He needs to rebuild the team with young talent that can stick around and be part of a revival for the Jaspers. This first class might not be enough to get Manhattan immediately out of its doldrums, but hopefully the class can help spur the rebuilding movement.

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