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      Rutgers Women’s Basketball Advances With 65-61 WNIT Win over Delaware

      Scarlet Knights to Meet Harvard Monday at 7 p.m.

       

      PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 20, 2014) – The Rutgers women’s basketball downed the Delaware Blue Hens in first round WNIT action on Thursday night at the RAC, 65-61.  The Scarlet Knights advance to play Harvard in second round play on Monday night at 7 p.m. in Piscataway.

       

      Rutgers, making its first appearance in the WNIT, improved to 23-9 overall, while the Blue Hens conclude the 2013-14 campaign at 20-11.

       

      Four of RU’s starters finished the night in double figures led by American Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year Tyler Scaife (Little Rock, Ark.) with 22 points.  Scaife finished the night going a perfect 10-of-10 from the free throw line and added three steals along with a pair of assists.

       

      Junior forward Betnijah Laney put forth her 14th double-double of the year with 10 points and 12 rebounds while sophomore Kahleah Copper (Philadelphia, Pa.) finished with 15 points.

       

      Sophomore Rachel Hollivay (Columbus, Ga.) rounded out the Scarlet Knights in double figures with 10.  She also captured a pair of blocks to become the first RU women’s basketball player with over 100 rejections in a single season,

       

      It was neck-and-neck through much of the game, but once Rutgers took with the lead with 6:03 left in the first half, the Scarlet Knights would not relinquish it the remainder of the way.

       

      The score was knotted 20-20 when RU closed the opening stanza on a 10-4 run.  Scaife capped the run at the buzzer to give Rutgers the 30-24 edge at the intermission. 

       

      In second half play, Delaware’s Courtni Green, who finished the night 5-of-8 from beyond the arc, knocked down a three with 14:52 remaining to cut the Scarlet Knight lead to one, 36-35.  Two minutes later, the game was tied at 40-40.

       

      With 10:18 to go and both teams equal at 42-42, Rutgers pounded out a 10-0 for its largest lead of the night.  During the stretch, which had RU leading 52-42 with 7:38 remaining, the Scarlet Knights went a perfect 6-of-6 from the charity stripe, including Scaife sinking four attempts.  The rookie guard finished the night a perfect 10-of-10 from the line.

       

      Later in the half, the Blue Hens would cut their deficit to five, 59-54, with 3:48 as Green sunk another basket from behind the arc.  However, RU bumped its lead back up to seven quickly and over the final minute and a half would only allow Delaware one field goal and a free throw for the game’s final margin.

       

      Delaware’s Green ended the game with career-high 19 points, while Joy Caracciolo poured in 17 in the loss.  Erika Brown was the third and final Blue Hen in double figures with 11 points.

       

      Rutgers will meet Harvard, who defeated Iona 90-89 in their first round match-up, on Monday at 7 p.m. at the RAC.

       

      Tickets are available by calling 866-445-GORU or online here. Reserve tickets (100 level) are $25, general admission tickets (200 or 300 level) are $10 and courtside seating is $50 for the first round game.  Rutgers student are free with student ID.

       

      GAME NOTES

      • Rutgers improved to 23-9 on the year.  RU reaches the 23-win mark for the first time since the 2007-08 season when the Scarlet Knights ended the year at 27-7 overall.
      • RU improved to 13-3 at home in 2013-14 and 148-23 at the RAC since the 2002-03 season.
      • With its first-ever WNIT victory, the Scarlet Knights improved to 105-63 in post-season action.
      • Tyler Scaife had her sixth 20+ point scoring effort of the season ending the night with 22 points on 6-of-20 shooting and going 10-of-10 from the line.  Her 20 field goal attempts are a new season-high surpassing her previous mark of 18 against Temple (Feb. 26).
      • Scaife led the team in scoring for the 11th time in 2013-14.
      • Scaife’s 10-of-10 mark represents new career marks in both free throws made and free throws attempts.  It was the ninth time she has gone perfect from the charity stripe.
      • Betnijah Laney captured her 14th double-double of the year.  It was the second time in the last three games the junior forward has posted double figures in points and rebounds.
      • With two blocks against the Blue Hens, Rachel Hollivay brought her season total in rejections to 101.  Hollivay becomes the first RU women’s basketball student-athlete with 100 blocks in a season.
      • RU finished the night 23-of-29 from the free throw to end the night at 79.3 percent.  Rutgers has gone 75.0 percent or better from the line eight times this season. In the post-season, including American Tournament play, RU has gone 50-of-61 at the charity stripe for 82.0 percent.
      • Rutgers’ 29 attempts from the line are the most since shooting 30 free throws against SMU on Jan. 11.  Additionally, RU’s 23 makes from the line are the most this season.
      • Delaware committed 20 turnovers resulting in 26 second chance points for the Scarlet Knights.
      • RU committed 13 turnovers on Thursday night.  The Scarlet Knights have made 15 or fewer miscues in the last five games and in 17 of the season’s 32 games.
      • The Scarlet Knights outrebounded the Blue Hens, 48-32, and improved to 18-2 when out hauling the opponent on the glass.
      • With a 30-24 halftime edge, RU improved to 19-2 when leading at intermission.
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      #1 VIRGINIA 78
      #8 MEMPHIS 60
      March 23, 2014
      NCAA East Region – 3rd
      Round

       

      Virginia NCAA Tournament Notes
      • Virginia advanced to the
      Sweet 16 for the eighth time and first time since 1994-95

       

      Team Notes
      • Virginia tied a school record with its 30th win
      of the season
      • The Cavaliers won their 15th road/neutral game of the season,
      most since 18 in 1982-83
      • The Cavaliers held their 23rd straight opponent
      under 50% shooting
      • The Cavaliers improved to 14-1 when scoring at least 70
      points
      • Virginia shot 50% or better from the floor for the 10th time this
      season (10-0)
      • The Cavaliers tied a season high with 30 field goals

      Virginia had five players in double figures for the second time this season

      The Cavaliers’ 10-0 run late in the first half marked the 19th game this season
      UVa has had a 10-0 run or better
      • Virginia allowed a season-high 18 fast
      break points
      • Virginia set a school record with its 36th game of the
      season

       

      Player Career Highs
      • Anthony Gill tied a career high with two
      blocks
      • Evan Nolte tied a career high with four free throws

       

      Player Notes
      • Joe Harris (16 pts) scored in double figures
      for the 24th time this season (93rd time in his career)
      • Anthony Gill (13
      pts) scored in double figures for the 16th time this season
      • Gill scored in
      double figures for the sixth consecutive game (longest streak of his
      career)
      • Anthony Gill tied a season high with eight rebounds
      • Mike Tobey
      (11 pts) scored in double figures for the 10th time this season (19th time in
      his career)
      • Tobey’s 3-pointer was his first of the season (fourth of his
      career)
      • Malcolm Brogdon (10 pts) scored in double figures for the 28th time
      this season (33rd time in his career)
      • Justin Anderson (10 pts) scored in
      double figures for the 15th time this season (27th time in his career)

      Malcolm Brogdon and Joe Harris set the school record with their 36th start of
      the season
      • Justin Anderson, Darion Atkins, Malcolm Brogdon, Anthony Gill,
      Joe Harris, Akil Mitchell, London Perrantes and Mike Tobey set the school record
      with their 36th game played this season

       

      Virginia Career Record Book Update
      • Akil Mitchell (792 rebs)
      moved into sole possession of seventh place on Virginia’s career rebounding
      list, passing Ted Jeffries (787 rebs, 1990-93)

       

       

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      Rutgers Women’s Basketball Advances With 63-52 Win over Harvard in WNIT Second Round

      Scarlet Knights To Face Seton Hall Thursday at the RAC

      PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 24, 2014) – Sophomore forward Kahleah Copper (Philadelphia, Pa.) exploded for 19 points and 12 rebounds to help lead the Rutgers women’s basketball team to a 63-52 second round WNIT victory over Harvard Monday night at the RAC.

      Rutgers, which improves to 24-9 on the year, advances to face Seton Hall on Thursday, March 27 at the RAC. Tip-off between the two New Jersey schools is at 7 p.m.

      With a 33-32 Crimson edge early in the second half, the Scarlet Knights responded on a 14-2 run and took over the lead for good.  Copper fueled eight of the run’s 14 points as RU led 45-34 at the midway point of the second stanza.  Harvard pulled no closer than six, 46-40, with 7:45 remaining, and in the game’s final minutes Rutgers pushed its advantage back up to as many as12.

      Copper collected her fourth double-double of the year in the victory and was joined by junior Betnijah Laney (Clayton, Del.) in double digits.  Laney shot 6-of-13 from the floor and 5-of-6 from the charity stripe for 17 points on the night.

      In all, the Scarlet Knights took advantage of 20 Harvard turnovers resulting in 21 points. 

      Rutgers pushed tempo at the tip, racing out to a 14-5 advantage eight minutes into the contest.  The momentum shifted, however, as Harvard responded by outscoring RU 10-0 over the next three and a half minutes for its first lead of the night.  The Crimson’s Kit Metoyer knocked down a 3-pointer to cap the run, giving Harvard a 15-14 lead with 8:38 left in the half. 

      Moments later, with the score knotted at 17-17 and 4:15 left until the half, a pair of free throws by Copper returned the lead back to the Scarlet Knights, an edge they would hold until the early moments of the second half.  Over the final 2:30 of the opening half, RU outscored Harvard, 7-1, and limited the Crimson to just one made free throw during the span, taking a 29-23 lead into the half.

      Junior guard Syessence Davis (Neptune, N.J.) and redshirt sophomore guard Briyona Canty (Willingboro, N.J.) combined for 13 of RU’s 15 assists, with Davis dishing out a season-high eight helpers.

      The Crimson was led by Jasmine Evans with 15 points and six boards.  Christine Clark contributed 11 points in the loss.

      Tickets for Thursday’s game against Seton Hall are available by calling 866-445-GORU or online here.

      Reserve tickets (100 level) are $25, general admission tickets (200 or 300 level) are $10 and courtside seating is $50 for the third round game.  Rutgers student are free with student ID.

      Parking is $10 and will be collected upon entrance to the Scarlet or Green lots at the RAC. Parking is on a first-come-first-served basis.

      Doors to the RAC will open at 6:00 p.m. and the parking lots will open at 5:30 p.m.

      GAME NOTES

      • Rutgers improved to 24-9 on the year.  RU reaches the 24-win mark for the first time since the 2007-08 season when the Scarlet Knights ended the year at 27-7 overall.
      • RU improved to 14-3 at home in 2013-14 and 149-23 at the RAC since the 2002-03 season. The squad’s 14 home wins are the most since the 2007-08 season, as head coach C. Vivian Stringer guided Rutgers to at least 14 home wins for the seventh time in her tenure.
      • With its second-ever WNIT victory, the Scarlet Knights improved to 106-63 in post-season action.
      • Sophomore Kahleah Copper posted her fourth double-double of the season, finishing with 19 points and 12 rebounds.
      • Copper scored in double figures for the fourth-straight game 27th time this season to lead the Scarlet Knights. She finished the contest with a 7-of-16 shooting clip.
      • Junior Syessence Davis dished the ball out eight times against the Crimson, her highest assist total of the season. Prior, Davis recorded seven assists on five occasions. 
      • Davis swiped the ball away three times, the 23rd time this season she had at least three steals.
      • With her three steals against the Crimson, Davis has 97 steals on the season and needs two more thefts to surpass Tasha Pointer (1997-98) for third on the single season list.
      • Davis matched her season-high of 39 minutes for the third time this season and first since logging 39 at SMU on Feb. 8.
      • Junior Betnijah Laney scored in double figures to the second-straight game and 22nd time overall this season.
      • Sophomore Rachel Hollivay recorded at least one block for the 16th consecutive game. With two blocks, she bumped her single-season school record total to 103 with the effort.
      • Redshirt sophomore Briyona Canty handed the ball out five times Monday night, her highest assist mark since matching that total on Jan. 22 at UCF.
      • The Scarlet Knights forced Harvard into 20 turnovers, the second-straight game the squad forced the opposition into 20 miscues.
      • Conversely, RU committed only eight turnovers Monday night. The turnover total was the team’s lowest since suffering just six in the 90-50 win over UCF on Feb. 15. It was the third time this season the squad had less than 10 turnovers.
      • RU led, 29-23, at the half and improved to 20-2 when leading at intermission.
      • For the fifth-straight game, RU got to the free throw line more than the opposition. The Scarlet Knights recorded 20 or more attempts from the charity stripe in four of those five games.
      • With her five made attempts from the charity stripe, Kahleah Copper moved into a tie for seventh on the single season free throws made list with 125.
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      Lady Lions Advance to Sweet Sixteen with 22-Point Win Over Florida, 83-61

      Taylor posts career highs in points and rebounds; Lucas tops 2,500-point mark in final BJC game

      UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; March 25, 2014 – The No. 3 seed Penn State Lady Lions (24-7, 13-3) played one of their most complete games of the season in the 83-61 rout of No. 11 seed Florida (20-12, 8-8 SEC) in the NCAA Tournament Second Round. Penn State will now travel to Palo Alto, Calif. to face off against No. 2 seed Stanford in the Sweet Sixteen, which is the program’s 13th berth in Penn State history.

      For the second-straight game, Penn State’s seniors carried the team on the way to one of its most impressive victories of the season. Dara Taylor (Wilmington, Del.), Maggie Lucas (Narberth, Pa.) and Ariel Edwards (Elmont, N.Y.) each had monster games en route to the lopsided victory.

      Taylor played the best game of her collegiate career, setting her career-high with 22 points and matching her personal best with eight rebounds while adding four assists and a steal to complete her impressive evening. The Delaware native shot an efficient 8-of-13 from the field and 5-of-7 from the charity stripe. The senior’s four assists pushed her over the 500-helper mark for her collegiate career.

      Lucas matched Taylor in the points department, dropping 22 of her own, 12 of which came off her four three-point makes. The senior’s 22 points push Lucas over the 2,500-point mark for her prolific career. Lucas is just the second player in Lady Lion history and fourth in Big Ten history to accomplish the feat. The senior also handed out four assists, grabbed three rebounds and recorded two steals.

      Edwards connected on 50% of her attempts from the floor, shooting 6-of-12 from the field to score 18 points, the most of her career in an NCAA Tournament game. Edwards added three rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block to punctuate her evening.

      Two other Lady Lions delivered solid nights in the big win in senior Talia East (Philadelphia, Pa.) and freshman Kaliyah Mitchell (Stone Mountain, Ga.). East scored nine points and added sevenboards and a block, while Mitchell provided a spark off the bench with eight points, seven rebounds and a career and team-high four steals.

      Neither team got off to a great start offensively, as the two teams combined to shoot 1-for-8 from the field and combined for four turnovers in the opening minutes. Lucas knocked down two free throws from after Florida’s Kayla Lewis opened up the scoring with a layup for an early 2-2 tie.

      After the first three minutes, Penn State settled in and completely dominated the action over the next 4:17 of play, as the team reeled off a 13-2 run to grab an early 17-4 advantage with less than 12 and a half minutes left in the half. The Lady Lions used tenacious defense to spark the run, causing five turnovers in the span which led to 11 points on the other end. Taylor was the catalyst, scoring six points off two layups and a jumper for six of the 13 points.

      The Gators’ Antoinette Bannister ended the spurt with a three-point make from the corner to cut the Lady Lions’ lead to 10 points (17-7) with less than 12 minutes left in the first frame.

      The two squads traded baskets over the next 10 minutes of action, as Penn State held a 38-30 lead at the two-minute mark in the opening half. Edwards was responsible for nine of the 21 points during the stretch, scoring from beyond the arc, at the free throw line and with a mid-range jumper.

      The Lady Lions closed out the half by scoring five of the final seven points to take a 43-32 lead into the break. Lucas accounted for all five of the points, knocking down her first three of the game followed by two free throws to give Penn State the double-digit lead (43-32) after the first 20 minutes of play.

      The Lady Lions wasted little time in extending their lead out of the intermission, scoring the first four points to open the second stanza off an Edwards jumper followed by a Taylor layup to make the score 47-32, the largest lead of the game for either team.

      Florida’s Cassie Peoples knocked down a jumper at the 18:13 mark to cut the Blue and White’s lead to 13 points (47-34) before Penn State went on an impressive 13-2 run to open up an insurmountable 60-36 lead with just over 14 minutes left in the contest. Lucas powered the charge, hitting back-to-back threes and adding two free throws to score eight of the Lady Lions’ points over the spurt.

      Penn State pushed its lead to as many as 28 points with the score 69-41 before the Gators stormed back with a run of their own. Florida scored the game’s next 12 points over the next three minutes of play to trim its deficit to 16 points (69-53).

      East connected on a jumper in the lane to halt Florida’s momentum an increase the Penn State lead back up to 18 (71-53) with 7:21 left on the clock. From there the Lady Lions cruised to the 22-point victory, winning by a final of 83-61 and securing the program’s 13th Sweet Sixteen berth.

      The Lady Lions are on Twitter. Follow the Lady Lions and coaches (@pennstatewbb) and sports information contact Kris Petersen (@ladylionsid) to get the inside scoop. The Lady Lions are also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pennstateladylions.

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      WNIT THIRD ROUND: Rutgers vs. Seton Hall

      Scarlet Knights & Pirates Tipoff Thursday at 7 p.m. at the RAC

      GAME NOTES | WNIT BRACKET

      PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 25, 2014) – Postseason action continues for the Rutgers women’s basketball team as they host the Seton Hall Pirates in the third round of the WNIT on Thursday, March 27 at 7 p.m.

      TICKETS

      Tickets for Thursday’s game against Seton Hall are available by calling 866-445-GORU or online here.

      Reserve tickets (100 level) are $25, general admission tickets (200 or 300 level) are $10 and courtside seating is $50 for the third round game.  Rutgers student are free with student ID.

      Parking is $10 and will be collected upon entrance to the Scarlet or Green lots at the RAC. Parking is on a first-come-first-served basis.

      Doors to the RAC will open at 6:00 p.m. and the parking lots will open at 5:30 p.m.

      TIP OFF

      • The Rutgers women’s basketball team hosts Seton Hall in the third round of WNIT action on Thursday night at 7 p.m.  The Scarlet Knights advanced with a 63-52 win over Harvard on Monday night.

      • RU enters at 24-9 overall and earned an at-large bid to the 64-team WNIT. 

      • First Team All-American Athletic Conference honoree Kahleah Copper collected her fourth double-double of the year in the win over Harvard with 19 points and 12 boards against the Crimson.

      • Seton Hall advanced after downing Princeton 75-74. Sidney Cook completed a traditional three-point play with nine seconds left to lift the Pirates to the third round.

      • Copper leads RU in scoring (15.9 ppg) with 27 double figure scoring games.  She is also hauling in 6.2 rebounds per game.

      • Junior forward and Second Team All-AAC pick Betnijah Laney is averaging just shy of a double-double with 12.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. She has scored in double figures 22 times, recording 14 double-doubles in that span.

      • Sophomore center Rachel Hollivay enters the WNIT at 3.2 blocks per game and ranks eighth nationally.  She has 103 blocks this season, which is the RU single-season record.

      SCOUTING SETON HALL

      Former BIG EAST foes, the Scarlet Knights and Pirates reunite in the third round of the WNIT vying to reach the tournament’s semifinal.  Seton Hall enters the RAC sporting a 20-13 overall record and having gone 8-10 in the new BIG EAST conference.

      Seton Hall is coming off a thriller of a second round game that saw the Pirates defeat Princeton, 75-74, on Sunday evening.  The game featured 26 lead changes and was decided when redshirt freshman Sidney Cook forward put away the game-winner on an and-one with nine seconds left in the game.

      The Pirates are led sophomore forward Tabatha Richardson-Smith at 16.8 points per game.  She is also averaging 5.7 rebounds per contest.  Redshirt junior guard Ka-Deidre Simmons is second on the stat sheet at 16.7 points per game, while junior guard Alexis Brown is pouring in 11.1 points per game.  On the boards, junior forward Bra’Shey Ali is hauling in 11.0 rebounds per game, putting her name 17th nationally.

      Under first-year head coach Anthony Bozzella, the Pirates are making their sixth postseason appearance and first since 2007.

      ALL-TIME VS. SETON HALL

      The Scarlet Knights are 32-8 all-time vs. the Pirates.  RU has won 12 of the last 13 meetings overall and the last 10 meetings at the RAC.

      LAST TIME VS. SETON HALL

      The Rutgers women’s basketball team suffered a heartbreaking, 45-42, setback to Seton Hall at Walsh Gymnasium on January 27, 2013.

      Seton Hall’s Brittany Morris regained the Pirate lead with 2:30 left in the game on a jumper for a 44-42 edge.  She followed by hitting the first of two free throws with 31 seconds remaining to give the Pirates a three-point cushion, putting her team ahead, 45-42.

      Betnijah Laneygave the Scarlet Knights a chance to tie the game up, but her three-point shot with 11 seconds left was off the mark.  Christa Evans still gave RU hope by collecting Laney’s miss and giving the Knights one last chance look at the basket.

      Coming out of a timeout with 8.6 seconds on the clock, former Scarlet Knight Erica Wheeler, RU’s top three-point threat, tried to send the game into overtime but came up short.

      Laney led the Scarlet Knights with 11 points, including eight in the second half of play.  Wheeler was the other Scarlet Knight in double figures with 10 points.  Seton Hall was led by Morris with a game-high 19 points and Ka-Deidre Simmons chipping in 11 in the win.

      FAMILIAR TERRITORY

      With the 63-52 win over Harvard in the second round of the WNIT, Rutgers captured its 24th win of the 2013-14 season, the most wins by the Scarlet Knights since 2007-08

      The Scarlet Knights last reached the 24-win mark in 2007-08 when RU finished the season at 27-7.

      PROTECTING HOME COURT

      The Scarlet Knights have had an outstanding track record of success at home during the previous 10 seasons under head coach C. Vivian Stringer.

      RU is 14-3 at home in 2013-14 and has gone 149-23 at the RAC since the 2002-03 season.

      The squad’s 14 home wins this season are the most since the 2007-08 season, as head coach C. Vivian Stringer guided Rutgers to at least 14 home wins for the seventh time in her tenure.

      Rutgers at the RAC over the last 10 years:

      2013-14: 14-3 (UConn, Louisville, USF)

      2012-13: 13-2 (St. John’s, UConn)

      2011-12: 12-3 (Tennessee, Notre Dame, St. John’s)

      2010-11: 12-1 (UConn)

      2009-10: 10-5 (Stanford, Temple, Notre Dame Syracuse, St. John’s)

      2008-09: 14-4 (Tennessee, USF, Pittsburgh, UConn)

      2007-09: 14-1 (Stanford)

      2006-07: 11-2 (Duke, UConn)

      2005-06: 11-1 (Temple)

      2004-05: 13-0

      2003-04: 14-1 (UConn)

      2002-03: 11-2 (Boston College, Miami)

      BLOCK PARTY

      Sophomore center Rachel Hollivay added another three blocks to her resume on Monday night against Harvard.  Hollivay currently stands at 103 rejections in 2013-14 and is third (men or women) in blocks in a single season.

      ESSY ON THE D-FENSE

      Junior guard Syessence Davis has proved to be invaluable on defense this season. Davis has recorded three or more steals in 24 of the last 29 games, as her 3.0 steals per game average leads the
      American and is eighth nationally.

      TURNOVERS

      RU forced the Crimson into 20 turnovers in its second round WNIT win over Harvard.  RU has forced the opposition into at least 20 turnovers 15 times in 33 games.

      Conversely, the Scarlet Knights committed only eight in the win over Harvard, the fewest since suffering six in the 90-50 win over UCF on Feb. 15.

      Rutgers has committed fewer than 20 turnovers in 26 games, fewer than 15 miscues in 20 games and less than 10 three times. 

      CLEANING THE GLASS

      Rutgers has won the battle on the boards in 20 of its 33 games going 18-2 when winning the war on the glass.

      Betnijah Laney leads RU in rebounding at 8.8 boards per game, ranking her third in the American Athletic Conference, behind Stefanie Dolson of UConn and Alisia Jenkins of USF. 

      Laney has had 16 double digit rebounding efforts this season.

      NO MESSY, ESSY

      Syessence Davis currently ranks 23rd nationally in assist/turnover ratio and is second in the American in the category.

      On Monday night against Harvard, Davis dished out a season-high eight assists and committed just two turnovers.

      Davis had four assist to no turnovers games coming against Delaware in the first round of the WNIT and SMU in the quarterfinal of the American Athletic Conference Tournament.

      The junior point guard has committed no turnovers in four other contests - Texas Tech (3 ast/0 to), USF (7 ast/0 ), Cincinnati (5 ast/0 to) and Houston  (2 ast/0 to).

      UP NEXT

      The winner of Thursday’s game between Rutgers and Seton Hall will advance the WNIT quarterfinals to face the winner of Michigan/Bowling Green. The Wolverines and Falcons square off on Thursday night in Kentucky.  Site, date and time of the WNIT quarterfinal game will be announced shortly after the conclusion of both Thursday night’s game.

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      Rutgers Women’s Basketball WNIT Quarterfinal Bound After Double OT Win Over Seton Hall

      Scarlet Knights Down Pirates, 91-79; Play at Bowling Green Monday

      PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 27, 2014) – The Rutgers women’s basketball team advanced to the quarterfinals of the WNIT after a double overtime victory over in-state rival Seton Hall, 91-79, in a thriller at the RAC Thursday night.

      The Scarlet Knights will travel to Bowling Green for quarterfinal play with a 7 p.m. tip scheduled for Monday night.  The Falcons defeated Michigan, 63-53, in other third round action Thursday night.   

      RU trailed by eight, 60-52, as the Pirates held their largest lead of the evening with 2:22 left in regulation. That is when the Scarlet Knights started their comeback to continue the 2013-14 season.  Rutgers, not willing to have its season end, scored nine unanswered points and held Seton Hall scoreless for just over two minutes to set up a dramatic finish to regulation.

      Junior Betnijah Laney (Clayton, Del.) knocked down two free throws with 1:03 to pull her squad within one, 60-59, and with 11 seconds left in regulation, she hit a jumper in the lane to give the Scarlet Knights their first lead since the 13:42 mark of the second half.  After Laney’s bucket gave RU a 61-60 lead, Seton Hall wasted no time in inbounding the ball and racing down court, where Ka-Deidre Simons found a gap to give the Pirates a 62-61 advantage with only five seconds remaining.

      Redshirt sophomore Briyona Canty (Willingboro, N.J.) was fouled at mid-court with just .2 seconds left and headed to the line. Missing the first attempt, Canty’s second free throw was good and forced overtime with the two schools knotted at 62-62.  For Canty, who finished with eight points, it was her only score of regulation.

      After trading leads in the opening three minutes of the first overtime, Rutgers went on a 6-1 run to open up a 72-66 edge with 1:54 to go.  Seton Hall, however, held the Scarlet Knights scoreless for the remainder of the stanza and racked up six unanswered points to send the game into double overtime.  A Tabatha Richardson-Smith layup with 15 seconds remaining tied the game up at 72-72, the contest’s 11th tie of the night.

      The second overtime was all Rutgers, as the Scarlet Knights outscored the Pirates, 19-7, for the win.  RU denied Seton Hall a field goal until less than a minute remained, while the Scarlet Knights were clutch from the free throw line, hitting 13-of-14.  Laney went a perfect 6-of-6 while Canty shot 4-of-4 from the stripe during the second OT.

      Three Scarlet Knights finished the game with at least 20 points, led by a career-high 29 from freshman Tyler Scaife (Little Rock, Ark.) off the bench and a double-double by sophomore Kahleah Copper (Philadelphia, Pa.).  Scaife went 12-of-24 from the field after coming off the RU bench for the second-straight game and was a perfect 5-of-5 at the line. Copper notched her fifth double-double of the year with 20 points and 11 rebounds.  Laney, meanwhile, added in 27 points, including a 13-of-15 night from the line.

      RU outrebounded the Pirates, 51-44, with Rachel Hollivay (Columbus, Miss.) collecting a game-high 14 boards in the win. The sophomore center also swatted away eight Seton Hall shots, one short of her career-high.

      Seton Hall was led by Richardson-Smith with 28 points, while Ka-Deidre Simmons chipped in 16 points and Alexis Brown netted 11 in the loss.

      Rutgers improved to 25-9 overall, while Seton Hall ends the 2013-14 campaign at 20-14.

      GAME NOTES

      • Rutgers improved to 25-9 on the year.  RU reaches the 25-win mark for the first time since the 2007-08 season when the Scarlet Knights ended the year at 27-7 overall.
      • RU improved to 15-3 at home in 2013-14 and 150-23 at the RAC since the 2002-03 season. The squad’s 15 home wins tie the most in a single season under head coach C. Vivian Stringer. RU also went 15-3 at home in the 1998-99 season.
      • The Scarlet Knights played in the second overtime game of the season and first since falling, 74-73, at Memphis on Jan. 14. It was the squad’s first double-overtime game since Dec. 5, 2011, when Rutgers fell, 92-81, at Miami.
      • RU evened its record in overtime this season at 1-1.
      • With its third-ever WNIT victory, the Scarlet Knights improved to 107-63 in post-season action.
      • RU had at least three players score in double figures for the 25th time this season.
      • Rutgers had three players with at least 20 points for the first time this season. It was the fifth time this season RU had at least two players score 20+ points in the same game and third time that two of those players were Scaife and Copper. 
      • As a team, the Scarlet Knights shot 85.4 percent (35-for-41) from the free throw line. The free throw total shattered the team’s previous high of 23 made vs. Delaware and was the third-best percentage of the season.
      • RU converted at least 30 free throws for the third time in the last 10 seasons. The Scarlet Knights recorded 31at Georgetown on Feb. 21, 2004 and 30 against Georgetown on Dec. 9, 2012.
      • Freshman Tyler Scaife went off for 29 points – the most points for a Scarlet Knight this season and highest total since April Sykes dropped 32 points on Dec. 12, 2010 at Boston College.
      • Scaife went 5-for-5 from the free throw line for her10th perfect free throw clip time this season.
      • Scaife reset her career-highs in field goals attempted and made with her 12-of-24 shooting clip.
      • Sophomore Kahleah Copper notched a career-high 27 points, her team-leading 11th 20-point effort of the season. It was Copper’s first 20-point game since dropping 22 on March 8 against SMU. The double-figure effort was her 28th this season.
      • Junior Betnijah Laney posted her 15th double-double of the season with 20 points and 11 rebounds. She scored in double figures to the third-straight game and 23rd time overall this season. The 20-point effort was her third of the year.
      • Laney set a new career-high with eight made free throws. She was perfect from the line for the eighth time this year.
      • Sophomore Rachel Hollivay recorded at least eight blocks for the third time this season, coming one swat shy of tying her career-high of nine. Hollivay now has 111 this season, the third-highest single-season blocks total – male or female – in Rutgers history. Only Hamady Ndiaye (2009-10) and Roy Hinson (1982-83) blocked more shots in a single season, swatting 145 and 144, respectively.
      • Copper set a new career-high with her 13-of-15 clip from the free throw line. The 13 made free throws were the most of any Scarlet Knight this season.
      • Junior Syessence Davis dished the ball out least four times for the fourth time in five games.  
      • Copper posted three steals in the contest – her second three-steal game of the WNIT.
      • Sophomore Rachel Hollivay hauled in a career-high 14 rebounds to lead RU, her most since snagging 10 boards at SMU on Feb. 8. She has grabbed double-digit rebounds four times this season.
      • RU trailed at the half against Seton Hall, 30-29, the first time of the WNIT the Scarlet Knights trailed after the opening stanza. Rutgers moved to 5-7 this season when trailing after the first half.
      • RU snagged at least 50 rebounds as a team (51) for the fourth time this season. It was the first 50-rebound mark since Jan. 11 vs. SMU.
      • For the sixth-straight game, RU got to the free throw line more than the opposition. The Scarlet Knights recorded 20 or more attempts from the charity stripe in five of those six games.
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      WNIT QUARTEFINALS: At Bowling Green

      Scarlet Knights Meet Falcons Monday at 7 p.m.

      GAME NOTES |WNIT BRACKET

      PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 28, 2014) – The Rutgers women’s basketball team travels to meet Bowling Green in the quarterfinals of the WNIT on Monday night at 7 p.m.

      TIP OFF

      • The Rutgers women’s basketball team travels to Bowling Green for the quarterfinals of the WNIT on Monday night at 7 p.m.  The Scarlet Knights advanced with a 91-79 double overtime victory over Seton Hall on Thursday night.

      • The game will air on WCTC (1440 am) with Ed Cohen and Danny Breslauer on the call.  Fans can also watch live video (subscription required) at bgsufalcons.com.

      • RU enters at 25-9 overall and earned an at-large bid to the 64-team WNIT. 

      • American Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year Tyler Scaife netted a career-high 29 points, First Team All-American Athletic Conference honoree Kahleah Copper added in a career-high 27 points and Second Team All-American Athletic Conference selection Betnijah Laney added a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds in Thursday’s win over the Pirates.

      • Bowling Green advanced to Monday’s quarterfinals following a 63-53 win over Michigan.

      • Copper leads RU in scoring (16.2 ppg) with 28 double figure scoring games.  She is also hauling in 6.2 rebounds per game.

      • Betnijah Laney is averaging just shy of a double-double with 12.5 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. She has scored in double figures 23 times, recording 15 double-doubles in that span.

      • Sophomore center Rachel Hollivay enters Monday at 3.3 blocks per game and ranks eighth nationally.  She has 111 blocks this season, which is the RU single-season record.

      ABOUT BOWLING GREEN

      The Falcons are coming off a 63-53 win over Michigan in their third round WNIT matchup to host the Scarlet Knight in quarterfinal play.

      Bowling Green is currently 30-4 on the year, missing out on an at-large NCAA despite only four losses all year and coming in at No. 32 in the RPI.  The Falcons have won 16 of their last 17 contests with their only loss being a 73-55 setback to Ball State to open up Mid-American Tournament play during that span.  BGSU also is undefeated at the Stroh Center at 16-0 and is 44-7 at home since the arena opened.

      The Falcons are making their sixth appearance in the WNIT, where they hold a 7-4 regular in the post-season tournament on their homecourt.

      Fifth-year senior forward Alexis Rogers is scoring 14.4 points per contest along with a team-leading 8.0 rebounds per contest.  Rogers, a WBCA Regional All-American, had a game-high 20 points the win over Michigan on Thursday night.

      Other Falcons in averaging double digits include senior guard Jillian Halfhill at 13.3 points per game and redshirt sophomore Erica Donovan adding 10.8 points per game along with 5.6 rebounds per outing.

      ALL-TIME SERIES

      Monday night’s quarterfinal matchup will be the first ever meeting between the Scarlet Knights and Falcons.

      FAMILIAR TERRITORY

      With the 91-79 double overtime win over Seton Hall in the third round of the WNIT, Rutgers captured its 25th win of the 2013-14 season, the most wins by the Scarlet Knights since 2007-08

      The Scarlet Knights last reached the 25-win mark in 2007-08 when RU finished the season at 27-7.

      GETTING TO THE POINTS

      Rutgers has one of the highest scoring averages under C. Vivian Stringer’s 19-year tenure “On the Banks” with the 2013-14 squad.

      On the season, RU is averaging 67.0 points per game. That is 11.0 points more than the squad averaged last year and the best scoring average since the Final Four season in 2006-07, when the Scarlet Knights averaged 64.4 points per game.

      The Scarlet Knights have scored 60 or more points in 28 of their 34 games this season.

      MORE THAN JUST REGULATION

      The Scarlet Knights played in the second overtime game of the season in Thursday’s 91-79 victory over Seton Hall in the third round of the WNIT. 

      In their other OT contest this season, the Scarlet Knights fell, 74-73, at Memphis on Jan. 14.

      It was the squad’s first double-overtime game since Dec. 5, 2011, when Rutgers fell, 92-81, at Miami.

      RU evened its record in overtime this season at 1-1.

      KNOW HOW TO KNOCK ‘EM DOWN

      Redshirt sophomore guard Briyona Canty helped send Thursday’s Seton Hall game into overtime thanks to a free throw.

      Canty was fouled at mid-court with just .2 seconds left in regulation and headed to the line. Missing the first attempt, Canty’s second free throw was good and forced overtime with the two schools knotted at 62-62.  For Canty, who finished with eight points, it was her only score of regulation.

      As a team, the Scarlet Knights shot 85.4 percent (35-for-41) from the free throw line. The free throw total shattered the team’s previous high of 23 made vs. Delaware and was the third-best percentage of the season.

      RU converted at least 30 free throws for the third time in the last 10 seasons. The Scarlet Knights recorded 31at Georgetown on Feb. 21, 2004 and 30 against Georgetown on Dec. 9, 2012.

      For the sixth-straight game, RU got to the free throw line more than the opposition. The Scarlet Knights recorded 20 or more attempts from the charity stripe in five of those six games.

      On the season, RU is currently shooting 67.1 percent from the charity stripe.

      LIVING IN THE PAINT

      RU has scored 30 or more points in the paint in 25 of its 34 games this season, including 36 vs. Seton Hall in the third round of the WNIT

      The Scarlet Knights’ season-high of points in the paint is 52, recorded against Wagner (Dec. 13) and UCF (Feb. 15).

      Rutgers has registered 40 or more points inside six times this campaign.

      PLUNDERING THE PIRATES

      Freshman Tyler Scaife went off for 29 points – the most points for a Scarlet Knight this season and highest total since April Sykes dropped 32 points on Dec. 12, 2010 at Boston College – against Seton Hall.

      Scaife went 5-for-5 from the free throw line for her 10th perfect free throw clip this season. She also reset her career-highs in field goals attempted and made with her 12-of-24 shooting from the floor.

      Sophomore Kahleah Copper notched a career-high 27 points, her team-leading 11th 20-point effort of the season. It was Copper’s first 20-point game since dropping 22 on March 8 against SMU. The double-figure effort was her 28th this season.

      BLOCK PARTY

      With two blocks against No. 1/1 UConn in the semifinals of the American Athletic Conference Tournament, Rachel Hollivay became Rutgers single season leader in rejections surpassing former great Sue Wick’s record of 97 set during the 1986-87 season. 

      She followed by adding another pair of blocks in the WNIT First Round victory over Delaware to become the first women’s basketball player in RU history with over 100 rejections in a season.

      In WNIT play, Hollivay is averaging 4.0 blocks per game, which includes eight rejections against Seton Hall in the third round, one shy of her career mark.

      Hollivay currently stands at 111 rejections in 2013-14 and is third (men or women) in blocks in a single season. Only Hamady Ndiaye (2009-10) and Roy Hinson (1982-83) on the men’s side have blocked more shots in a single season, swatting 145 and 144, respectively.

      BETTING DOUBLE

      Junior forward Betnijah Laney notched her 15th double-double of the season against Seton Hall in third round of the WNIT with 20 points and 11 rebounds.

      Her 15 double figure scoring and rebounding games are the most since Kia Vaughn had 12 double-doubles during the 2006-07 season.

      CLEANING THE GLASS

      Rutgers has won the battle on the boards in 21 of its 34 games going 19-2 when winning the war on the glass.

      Betnijah Laney leads RU in rebounding at 8.9 boards per game, ranking her third in the American Athletic Conference, behind Stefanie Dolson of UConn and Alisia Jenkins of USF. 

      Laney has had 17 double digit rebounding efforts this season.

      On Thursday night, sophomore center Rachel Hollivay reset her career-mark on the boards hauling in 14 rebounds vs. Seton Hall. It was her most rebounds since grabbing 10 at SMU (Feb. 8).

      SCORING IN CHUNKS

      Rutgers’  91 points against Seton Hall was the highest point total this season and the second time in 2013-14 that the Scarlet Knights reached the 90+ point mark.

      RU had 90 points against UCF (Feb. 15) in a 90-50 victory.

      Last time RU had three 80 or more point scoring games was during the 2008-09 season, while the last time Rutgers had two games with 90 or more points was in the 1998-99 season when the Scarlet Knights had 90 points vs. St. John’s (Jan. 10), 99 vs. Providence (Jan. 24) and 90 against Arizona in the second round of the NCAA Tournament (Mar. 14).

      20/20 VISION

      A member of the Scarlet Knights has scored 20 or more points 21 times in 2013-14, the most 20+ point outings since the 2010-11 season when RU had a Scarlet Knight reach the milestone 15 times.

      Kahleah Copper has reached the 20+ point milestone 11 times thus far this season, the most since Brittany Ray did so seven times in 2009-10.

      Epiphany Prince holds the mark for the most 20-point games in the last five years, recording 16 in the 2008-09 season.

      WHAT’S NEXT

      The winner of Monday night’s Rutgers/Bowling Green quarterfinal will face the winner of South Florida/Mississippi State in the WNIT semifinals.  The semifinals will take place either Wed., April 2 or Thurs. April 3.  Site, date and time will be announced at the conclusion of Monday night’s games.

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      From: "Monmouth Basketball (M)"
      To: dawvoice@comcast.net
      Sent: Friday, November 7, 2014 12:38:15 AM
      Subject: Article: MEN'S BASKETBALL PICKED SIXTH IN MAAC PRESEASON POLL

       

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      MEN'S BASKETBALL PICKED SIXTH IN MAAC PRESEASON POLL

      Courtesy Monmouth Sports Information
      Wed, November 05, 2014

      WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - The Monmouth University men's basketball team, led by fourth-year head coach King Rice, was selected sixth in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) preseason coaches' poll, as announced on the MAAC's Preseason Awards Show on ESPN3 on Wednesday evening. In addition, junior guard Deon Jones (Wilmington, Del./Sanford School) was named to the Preseason All-MAAC Third Team.

      Iona College has been selected as the preseason favorite to win the 2015 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Championship, according to a vote of the leagues 11 head coaches. The Gaels, who have appeared in the last two MAAC Championship title games against rival Manhattan College, received six of 11 first place votes and 112 points.

      Picked to finish second was Siena, coming off a 20-18 season (11-9 MAAC), with 107 points, while defending MAAC champion Manhattan (97 points), was selected third after making its first NCAA tournament appearance since 2004 and posting a 15-5 MAAC record and league best 25-8 overall record. Saint Peter’s (89 points) and Quinnipiac (84 points) round out the top-five.

       
      Siena, the second place finisher in the poll received four first place votes, while Saint Peter’s earned the final first place vote.
       
      Led by the backcourt tandem of Jones (15.1 ppg) and senior Andrew Nicholas (Wrightsville, Pa./Eastern York) (14.3 ppg), Monmouth garnered 57 points in the poll to claim sixth position, up five spots from last year's preseason prognostication. The Hawks, who finished 11-21 overall and 5-15 in their first season in the MAAC, return nine letterwinners this season and 89.0% of the scoring and 82.0% of the minutes played from a season ago. In that group of returners, Monmouth welcomes back four now-sophomores who played a vital role for the Hawks in 2013-14, including guards Josh James (Greenburgh, N.Y./Archbishop Stepinac) and Justin Robinson (Lake Katrine, N.Y./Kingston) and frontcourt players Zac Tillman (Yeadon, Pa./Shipley School) and Chris Brady (Greenlawn, N.Y./Harborfields).
       
      Rounding out the field in the preseason poll were Rider (56) in seventh, Marist (50) in eighth, Fairfield (33) in ninth, Canisius (28) in 10th position and Niagara (13) in 11th place.
       
      Monmouth opens its 2014-15 campaign at West Virginia University on Friday, November 14 at 7:00 p.m. at WVU Coliseum. The 2015 MAAC Basketball Championships will take place from March 5-9 at the Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y.
       
      2014-15 Coaches Preseason Poll
      1. Iona 112
      2. Siena 107
      3. Manhattan 97
      4. Saint Peter’s 89
      5. Quinnipiac 84
      6. Monmouth 57
      7. Rider 56
      8. Marist 50
      9. Fairfield 33
      10. Canisius 28
      11. Niagara 13

       

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      SUBJECT: Wilmington Women’s Basketball Picked Seventh in 2014-15 CACC Preseason Poll
      DATE: November 10, 2014
      djl
      NEW HAVEN, Conn. - - With the 2014-15 basketball season quickly approaching, the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference announced the Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll on Monday, with Wilmington placing seventh in the South Division.
      The women are coming off a 7-19 season last year, posting a 4-15 CACC record in 2013-14. The Wildcats are led by third year head coach Tiffany Silver and start the season on Friday, November 14 at Saint Anselm as part of the Conference Challenge. The team earned 29 points in the preseason poll, ranking seventh in the South Division.
      The 2014-15 CACC South Division Regular Season Champions dominated the preseason poll once again, earning 94 points and 12 first place votes to lead the way. Holy Family finished second with 78 points and one first place vote. Both teams were in the CACC Tournament Semifinals last year.
      University of the Sciences gathered 69 points and the final first place vote to finish third while Goldey-Beacom College rounds out the expected CACC Tournament participants with 60 points in the South Division.
      Chestnut Hill and Georgian Court tied for the fifth spot in the South Division with 31 points followed by Wilmington in seventh place with 29 points.
      The reigning CACC Tournament Champions from Bloomfield rule the North Division, earning 98 points and all 14 first place votes in the preseason poll. Caldwell and Dominican tied for second with 69 points while Post rounds out the expected CACC Tournament participants with 56 points.
      Hot on the Eagles’ heels is Felician with 55 points while Nyack earned 31 points for sixth place. Concordia rounds out the North Division preseason poll with 13 points.
      The CACC Tournament takes the top four teams from each division to take part in the playoffs, with the quarterfinal round set for February 28 at the higher seed. The CACC will crown a Tournament Champion on March 7, hosted by Philadelphia University.
      AGATE:
      2014-15 CACC Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll
      North Division:
      1 – Bloomfield College, 98 points (14 first place votes)
      T2 – Caldwell University, 69
      T2 – Dominican College, 69
      4 – Post University, 56
      5 – Felician College, 55
      6 – Nyack College, 31
      7 – Concordia College, 13
      South Division:
      1 – Philadelphia University, 94 points (12 first place votes)
      2 – Holy Family University, 78 (1)
      3 – University of the Sciences, 69 (1)
      4 – Goldey-Beacom College, 60
      T5 – Chestnut Hill College, 31
      T5 – Georgian Court University, 31
      7 - Wilmington University, 29

       

       

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      Sent: Thursday, November 13, 2014 3:22:41 PM
      Subject: Article: GAME DAY: HAWKS AT WEST VIRGINIA (NOV. 14, 7:00 P.M.)

       

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      GAME DAY: HAWKS AT WEST VIRGINIA (NOV. 14, 7:00 P.M.)

      Courtesy Monmouth Sports Information
      Thu, November 13, 2014

      Game 1
      Monmouth Hawks at West Virginia
      • Friday, November 14, 2014 • 7:00 p.m.
      • Morgantown, W. Va. • WVU Coliseum

       
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      BLUE & WHITE BITS:
      • Monmouth, under fourth year head coach King Rice, embarks on its second season in the highly competitive Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC).
      • Monmouth was selected sixth in this year's Preseason MAAC Coaches Poll, while junior guard Deon Jones was named to the Preseason All-MAAC Third Team.
      • Last season, the Hawks came back from double-digit deficits in six of their wins on the year).
      • The guard duo of Jones and Andrew Nicholas combined for 939 points last season, which tied for the sixth-highest combined single-season point total in program history.
      • In 2014-15, Monmouth returns 88.9% of its scoring (1964/2208) from a season ago, and 82.0% of its minutes played.
      • The Hawks return their top six scorers from last year's 11-21 team.
      • Monmouth’s returning sophomores combined for 77 starts, 833 points (26.0 ppg), 223 assists (6.9 apg) and 402 rebounds (12.6 rpg) as rookies in the Blue & White.
       
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      From: "Ryan Eigenbrode"
      Sent: Saturday, November 15, 2014 12:21:07 AM
      Subject: Loyola University Maryland Men's Basketball - Texas Tech Withstands Loyola¹s Hot Start, Tops Greyhounds

      Box Score Attached As PDF

      Loyola University Maryland Men’s Basketball

      Contact: Ryan Eigenbrode (443-622-0550, cell)

      For Immediate Release: Friday, November 14, 2014

       

      Texas Tech Withstands Loyola’s Hot Start, Tops Greyhounds

       

      LUBBOCK, Texas – Loyola University Maryland hit four 3-pointers in the game’s first three minutes and led by as many as 11 early, but Texas Tech University came back to defeat the Greyhounds, 71-59, in the season-opener for both teams.

       

      The game was a family reunion of sorts for the teams’ head coaches as Loyola’s G.G. Smith faced his mentor and father, the Red Raiders’ Tubby Smith.

       

      “It was great, it was a lot of fun,” Loyola’s Smiths said after the game. “In a way, I’m a little glad it’s over; I am sure my mom is glad it’s over.”

       

      Tyler Hubbard hit a pair of threes, and Franz Rassman added a third before Eric Laster hit the Greyhounds’ fourth in as many attempts with 17:07 left in the first half, pushing Loyola (0-1 overall) up 10, 12-2.

       

      Another Laster three with 15:00 on the clock made it 15-4 Loyola, and the junior guard would hit a basket in the paint 1:28 later to make it 17-6 in the Greyhounds’ favor. Devaugntah Williams made a three for the Red Raiders, cutting their deficit to single digits with 12:33 in the frame, but Andre Walker scored his first collegiate points on an 18-foot jumper on the ensuing Loyola possession to push the lead back to 10.

       

      Toddrick Gotcher and Williams made back-to-back threes for Texas Tech, cutting Loyola’s lead to four, 19-15, and the Greyhounds would hold on to an advantage of fewer than five points for the next several mintues.

       

      Norense Ordiase tied the game for the second time with a free throw at 5:00, but neither team scored for the next 1:17 until the Red Raiders took their first lead of the game, 30-29, on a Keenan Evans free throw. Evans later hit two more free throws with 52 ticks on the first-half clock to push Texas Tech up four, but Jarred Jones made two at the stripe for Loyola before the break to make it 35-33 Red Raiders at intermission.

       

      Texas Tech used better defensive pressure and good post play early in the second half to build an 11-point lead, 49-38, on a Williams three with 14:44 left in regulation. The Red Raiders extended their lead to 16 on four occasions later in the half.

       

      Walker led all scorers with 17 points in just 24 minutes of action for the Greyhounds, and Jones had a game-high 12 rebounds to go with nine points and two blocked shots.

       

      Laster added 15 points, and Hubbard scored 12 for the Greyhounds, while Odiase led Texas Tech with 16 points and 10 rebounds in his collegiate debut. Denzel Brito had four assists for Loyola to lead all players.

       

      Odiase was one of four Red Raiders in double figures, as Williams scored 13, and Evans and Gotcher each tallied 10.

       

      The Greyhounds make their 2014-2015 home debut Sunday, Nov. 16, when they host Cornell University at 4 p.m. in Reitz Arena.

       

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      From: "Kim Zivkovich"
      Sent: Friday, November 14, 2014 10:53:56 PM
      Subject: WBB: No. 24 Rutgers (76), SJU (52)

       

       

       

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      No. 24 Rutgers Women’s Basketball Cruises to Season Opening Win

      Scarlet Knights Down St. Joseph’s, 76-52

       

       

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      PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Nov. 14, 2014) – The No. 24 Rutgers women’s basketball team opened its inaugural season as a member of the Big Ten cruising to a 76-52 win over St. Joseph’s  on Friday night at the RAC. 

       

       

      Rutgers, the 2014 WNIT Champions, keeps its win streak rolling with 13 straight victories dating back to last season following the season opening victory against a Hawks’ squad that reached the second round of last year’s NCAA Tournament.

       

      Last season’s American Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year started off right where she ended, as sophomore guard Tyler Scaife (Little Rock, Ark.) led all scorers with 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the floor. 

       

      In all, four Scarlet Knights reached double figures in Friday’s season opener. Redshirt junior guard Briyona Canty (Willingboro, N.J.) matched her career-best with 16 points and dished out a career-high eight assists.  Senior Betnijah Laney (Clayton, Del.), who had 15 double-doubles a year ago, posted another one with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Junior Kahleah Copper (Philadelphia, Pa.) added in 14 points before leaving the game in the second half with a leg cramp.

       

      With the score tied at 16-16 midway through the first half, Scaife connected on three free throws and Copper had a put back to give the Scarlet Knights an advantage for good. Over the course of the final seven minutes of the opening stanza, RU outscored the Hawks, 14-8, to take a 30-24 lead into the half.

       

      While St. Joseph’s knocked down two early jumpers to cut its deficit down to three to start off second half play, Rutgers would go on to shoot a blistering 62 percent from the floor in the half.  After the Hawks’ Ciara Andrews shrunk the Scarlet Knights’ lead to 30-27, only three minute later, RU would have a double digit lead it would never relinquish the rest of the way.

      Scaife, who in the second half went 6-of-6 from the field, gave RU a 40-29 edge with 15:09 to go and the Scarlet Knights’ edge would only increase.

       

      Laney collected her double-double with 3:14 left to play give Rutgers a 20-point, 70-50, cushion.

       

      Freshman Shrita Parker (Va. Beach, Va.) sunk a pair of free throws to give the game its final margin, her first collegiate points.

       

      Andrews finished with 19 points in the loss for St. Joseph’s. Sara Fairbanks, the Hawks’ returning leading scorer, added 16 in the loss. Natasha Cloud, who posted 11.5 points a year ago, was held to just three points. One of the top play makers in the country, Cloud registered 10 assists.

       

      The Rutgers women’s basketball team returns to action on Tuesday, Nov. 18 against Northeastern. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at the RAC.

       

      KNIGHT NOTES

      •  First starting line-up of the year was Rachel Hollivay, Kahleah Copper, Tyler Scaife, Briyon Canty and Betnijah Laney.
      •  The Scarlet Knights finished with four in double figures.
      •  RU improved to 28-13 all-time in season openers and 11-9 in openers under head coach C. Vivian Stringer. Additionally the Scarlet Knights are now 35-6 in home openers, including a 16-4 mark under Stringer.
      • Tyler Scaife opened her sophomore season with a game-high 23 points. It was her eighth 20+ point game of her career and 29th double digit scoring effort. Scaife shot 9-of-13 from the floor and 5-of-6 from the free throw line.
      •  Briyona Canty who served as RU’s “sixth woman” last year added in 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting and a perfect 4-of-4 performance from the line.
      •  Canty also dished out a new career-mark in assists with eight. Her previous high was seven in last season’s loss at UMass. It was her ninth career game with five or more assists. Seven of those contests came last season.
      • Kahleah Copper dropped in 14 points for her 36th career double-digit scoring game. Last season, Copper reached double digits in 31 of her 36 appearances. She opened last season with 11 straight games scoring 10 or more points. 
      • Rachel Hollivay swatted away five SJU shots. It was her 24th career game with three or more rejections. She currently has 154 career blocks and needs 24 more blocks to move into fourth all-time on RU’s career blocked shots list.
      •  Junior college transfers Cynthia Hernandez and Natalie Parsons, along with freshman Shrita Parker all made their Scarlet Knight debuts. Parker connected on two free throws for the game’s final margin, while Parson added in an assist. Parson’s fed Rachel Hollivay underneath the basket to give RU a 74-52 edge with 1:49 remaining.
      • RU, who owned the paint last season scoring 30 or more points inside last season 26 times, notched 34 in Friday’s win
      •  The Scarlet Knights committed just 11 turnovers. Conversely, the Hawks had 21 miscues leading to 24 points for Rutgers.
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      From: "Monmouth Basketball (M)"
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      Sent: Saturday, November 15, 2014 12:45:38 PM
      Subject: Article: WEST VIRGINIA SURVIVES MONMOUTH IN SEASON OPENER

       

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      WEST VIRGINIA SURVIVES MONMOUTH IN SEASON OPENER

      Courtesy Monmouth Sports Information
      Fri, November 14, 2014

      MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – Monmouth, which led by as many as 14 points in the second half, succumbed to a late Mountaineer run, to fall at West Virginia University in the 2014-15 season opener on Friday night in WVU Coliseum. Highlighted by double-digit efforts from junior Deon Jones (Wilmington, Del./Sanford School) and senior Andrew Nicholas (Wrightsville, Pa./Eastern York) and an eight-point, 11- rebound debut from senior Brice Kofane (Yaounde, Cameroon/Miller School/Providence), Monmouth held WVU to just 26.1% shooting from the floor.

      The Hawks, who went 18-of-22 from the free throw line in the game, also got nine points and three steals from sophomore Justin Robinson (Lake Katrine, N.Y./Kingston).

      “I am very proud of this team. Everybody’s effort was incredible,” said head coach King Rice. “You have to give West Virginia a lot of credit. Coach Huggins had those young men ready to play. They fought extremely hard and I thought their physicality finally wore us down towards the end. But our kids played as well as I thought we could. I thought we handled them for about 30 minutes and for the last 10, they outplayed us. Tonight was a good, good effort for the Hawks.”

      Monmouth wrapped a 23-3 run around halftime to take a 37-23 lead with 16:39 remaining on a pair of Nicholas free throws and led 39-26 with 14:44 showing as Jones converted on a drive.

      Following a 10-2 spurt from the Mountaineers, Robinson’s drive and a Kofane three-point play reclaimed a double-digit lead for the Hawks, as Monmouth went in front 46-36 with 7:36 left.

      WVU responded with a 17-2 run, nine of which came from the free throw line, to claim a 53-48 edge with 3:18 showing, before two Nicholas foul shots pulled the Hawks within 53-50 at 3:18 as well.

      After the Hawks trimmed the deficit to three, WVU pushed its advantage to 57-50 on a Devin Williams’ tip in, before four points from Jones got MU within 59-54 with 1:52 left.

      The Hawks claimed an early 6-3 edge on sophomore Zac Tillman’s (Yeadon, Pa./Shipley School) spin move in the post and led 8-7 on sophomore Chris Brady’s (Greenlawn, N.Y./Harborfields) slam. The Mountaineers responded with the next six to pull ahead 13-8, before a 6-0 run by the Blue & White put the Hawks in front 14-13 with 8:42 showing until intermission.

      After WVU’s 7-0 spurt gave the Mountaineers a 20-14 lead at 6:05, the Hawks answered with a 12-0 run to lead 26-20, and held a 26-21 edge at the break.

      West Virginia, which went 16-of-22 from the line in the second half, held a 49-33 edge on the boards, which included 30 offensive rebounds, which led to a 21-2 advantage in second chance points.

      Monmouth (17-38) connected on 44.7% from the floor and went 18-of-22 from the line, while outscoring the Mountaineers 26-16 in the paint, despite losing its entire front court to foul disqualification by the 3:55 mark of the second half.

      Monmouth returns to action next Friday, when the Hawks host Bethune-Cookman on day one of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic in the MAC, at 7:30 p.m.

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      From: "Ryan Eigenbrode"
      Sent: Saturday, November 15, 2014 6:27:06 PM
      Subject: Loyola University Maryland - Loyola vs. Cornell - Sunday, Nov. 16 - 4 p.m. - Reitz Arena

       

      Complete Game Notes Attached As PDF

       

      Loyola Greyhounds vs. Cornell Big Red

      Sunday, November 16, 2014  | 4:00 p.m.

      Baltimore, Maryland | Reitz Arena | Patriot League Network

       

      ’Hounds Quick Hits

      Loyola University Maryland will make its 2014-2015 home debut Sunday, Nov. 16, when it hosts Cornell University at 4 p.m. in Reitz Arena.

      The game is the final of a two-game series that started last season in Ithaca, N.Y., also on the first Sunday of the year.

      Loyola had a first-half lead of as many as 11 Friday night at Texas Tech, but the Red Raiders came from behind for a 71-59 win in the Smith Bowl.

      Andre Walker was one of six players to make his Loyola debut in the game, and he led all scorers with 17 points.

      Loyola outrebounded Texas Tech, 40-37, led by a game- and career-high 12 boards by Jarred Jones

       

      Last Time Out

      The Greyhounds hit their first four 3-point attempts Friday night at Texas Tech and led 12-2 just three minutes in. Loyola extended its advantage to as many as 11 in the first half, but the Red Raiders came back to take the lead late in the stanza and go up 35-33 at intermission.

      Texas Tech went on a 14-5 run to open the second half and break open an 11-point lead that would grow to 16 on four occasions in the second half.

      Walker made 8-of-8 from the free-throw line for Loyola, en route to his 17.

      The Greyhounds made 9-of-19 from 3-point range, as Tyler Hubbard was 4-of-7 and Eric Laster was 3-of-5.

       

      Home Opener

      Loyola will open its 31st season of play in Reitz Arena Sunday afternoon when Cornell visits the venue for the first time. Reitz opened in December 1984.

      The Greyhounds have won their last three home openers, defeating Coppin State, Binghamton and Fairfield over the last three seasons. Their last loss in a home opener came 75-72 on Nov. 12, 2010, to Drexel.

      Since the venue opened in 1984, the Greyhounds are 21-9 in home openers.

       

      Series History Versus Cornell

      Loyola and Cornell will meet for the third time in series history when the teams play Sunday. Each team has won one game in the previous two outings.

      Last year, Dylon Cormier scored seven unanswered points in a stretch of 54 seconds late in the second half to tie the score at 73-73, and after the teams ended regulation tied at 79-79, Cormier score eight of Loyola’s 14 points in overtime to secure a 93-89 victory over the host Big Red.

      Cormier finished with career-highs of 34 points and 11 rebounds for his first collegiate double-double, while Jarred Jones added 13, and Jordan Latham and Eric Laster each had 10.

      Loyola’s bench outscored Cornell’s 30-13 in the game.

      Cornell won the team’s first meeting, 82-72, on Nov. 18, 2008, in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

       

      Patriot League Network Year Two

      Sunday’s game will air live on the Patriot League Network with Gary Lambrecht calling the play-by-play and Jim Chivers ’06 handling the analysis.

      Fans can watch every home Loyola game, as well as all Patriot League road contests in free HD this season, live on the Patriot League Network.

      Powered by Campus Insiders, the Network started last year and provided one of the most comprehensive digital packages of any conference nationally. Check LoyolaGreyhounds.com for links to each game.

       

      Opening Notes

      Although the Greyhounds did not come away with a win over Texas Tech in the season-opener, Head Coach G.G. Smith and staff saw several positive things in the game.

      Loyola made 9-of-19 3-point attempts, and its 47.4 percent from behind the arc was its highest with 19 or more attempts since going 10-of-20 on March 19, 2013, in the College Insider Postseason Tournament to defeat current Patriot League foe Boston University. Last year, Loyola made nine threes just once (at Cornell) and it shot better than 45 percent only once when attempting 15 or more (8-of-16, 50.0, at UMBC).

      The Greyhounds also finished the game plus-three in the rebound column, outrebounding the Red Raiders, 40-37. 

      Loyola also held Texas Tech to 39.7 percent shooting from the field and a 34.5 percent mark before halftime.

       

      Dog Debuts

      Six players saw their first regular-season action for Loyola on Friday night at Texas Tech: Chancellor Barnard, Colton Bishop, Cam Gregory, Stefano Mancini, Matt Staubi and Andre Walker.

      Barnard, Gregory and Walker each played 14 or more minutes, and Bishop was in the action for seven.

       

      Walker Posts Top Debut

      Loyola freshman Andre Walker led all scorers with 17 points on Friday night at Texas Tech becoming the first Loyola true freshman to score as many points in a game since Justin Drummond tallied 22 on Feb. 13, 2010, against Canisius.

      Walker’s points were the most by a Loyola player in his Greyhounds’ debut outing since Gerald Brown had 24 on Nov. 10, 2006, against Navy; Brown was a junior transfer from Providence.

      The last Loyola true freshman to score 15 or more in their first regular-season game was Freddie Stanback who scored 16 on Nov. 19, 2004, at Virginia Tech in the first game as a head coach for former Loyola bench boss Jimmy Patsos. In the starting lineup that day for Loyola was current Greyhounds color analyst Jim Chivers; he finished the game with six points to open his senior campaign.

      Walker’s 17 were also the most by a Patriot League freshman on opening night.

       

      From Way Downtown

      Loyola made 9-of-19 attempts from 3-point range on Friday night, including its first four and 7-of-10 in the first half.

      Tyler Hubbard hit 4-of-7 from behind the arc, matching his career-best for 3-pointers made, while Eric Laster was 3-of-5. Franz Rassman hit his only three, one in transition in the game’s first two minutes, and Andre Walker was 1-of-4.

       

      Jones On The Boards

      Jarred Jones led the Loyola rebounding effort as the Greyhounds pulled down 40 boards to the Red Raiders’ 37. Jones had a career-high 12 rebounds in the game, 10 on the defensive glass. His previous career-high came in his last game when he had 10 rebounds in the Patriot League First Round on March 3, 2014, against Lafayette.

      The last time a Loyola player had 12 or more rebounds in the Greyhounds’ first game was Nov. 29, 1993, when B.J. Pendleton had 12 at William & Mary.

       

      A Look At Laster

      Eric Laster went 5-of-10 from the field on Friday night at Texas Tech and scored 15 points for the Greyhounds in a team-best 28 minutes of action. The 15 points for Laster were three off his career-high of 18, set last year at home against Boston University, and the third-most of his career.

      The junior averaged 15 points in Loyola’s five games during its August 2014 Canadian Tour, and he was the team’s second leading returning scorer after averaging 8.3 points per game last year.

      In addition to his points, Laster grabbed six rebounds, one off tying his career-best that he set three times a year ago.

       

      On The Bench

      G.G. Smith begins his second season as Loyola’s head coach after taking over reigns of the program in April 2013. Prior to his appointment to the top seat on the bench, Smith was an assistant at Loyola for six seasons to Jimmy Patsos (now head coach at Siena).

      Smith’s staff from a year ago remains intact with assistant coaches Keith Booth, Josh Loeffler and Dan FIcke back as assistants and Kevin Farrell returning as director of operations.

       

      Montreal Matters

      The Greyhounds took advantage of the NCAA rule that teams may partake of an off-season foreign tour once every four years when they visited Montreal and Quebec City in August.

      Loyola played four games against Canadian universities – Universite du Quebec a Montreal, Laval Universite, McGill University and Concordia University – and one versus a local club team – Brookwood Elite – going 5-0 on the tour.

      All 14 members of the Greyhounds’ squad, including the freshmen, were able to play in the games and participate in the 10 practice sessions prior to the trip.

       

      Eight Return From A Year Ago

      Loyola returns eight players, including a senior and five juniors, who saw playing time a year ago.

      Denzel Brito is the team’s lone senior this year and is back after playing in 28 games and starting 10 a year ago.

      Tyler Hubbard, Jarred Jones, Eric Laster and Franz Rassman form a strong junior class. Each player played in all 30 games a year ago and they had a combined 67 starts while Jones was one of the Patriot League’s top sixth men. The quartet averaged a cumulative 22.8 minutes per game in 2013-2014.

      Josh Forney, Nick Gorski and Sean Tuohy Jr. are sophomores that return to the program. Gorski saw the most playing time of the three, taking the court in 26-of-30 games and making three starts.

      Overall, the Greyhounds return 53.3 percent (80-of-150) starts from a season ago and 59.6 percent (3.621-of-6,075) of all minutes played.

       

      Returning Points & Rebounds

      With the eight players back in the fold from a year ago, the Greyhounds return just over half (52.7 percent, 1,031-of-1,957) of the points they scored last season. On the rebounding side, players that grabbed 63.9 percent of boards (597-of-935) last year are back for 2014-2015.

      Jarred Jones is the team’s top returning scorer and rebounder. As the Greyhounds’ sixth man off the bench – Jones played in all 30 games, starting three, and averaged 23.6 minutes per contest – he averaged 8.6 points and 4.5 rebounds per contest.

      Eric Laster was just behind Jones in the scoring column, tallying 10 fewer points overall, an average of 8.3 per game. Franz Rassman was also just shy of Jones’ rebounding line, grabbing seven fewer and an average of 4.3.

       

      New Hounds

      Five freshman, and junior who sat out the 2013-2014 season under NCAA transfer guidelines, will join the Greyhounds’ program for this season.

      Stefano Mancini is now a part of the junior class as a player who began his collegiate career at Maine and Wisconsin-Parkside.

      Chancellor Barnard, Colton Bishop, Cam Gregory, Matt Staubi and Andre Walker will make their Loyola debuts officially at Texas Tech.

       

      A Look At The New Guys

      Chancellor Barnard was an All-Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association ‘A’ Conference All-Star as a senior at Glenelg Country Day School where he averaged 21.6 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.6 blocked shots per game. He was the leading scorer in Howard County and was named to the Washington Post All-Met Honorable Mention.

      Colton Bishop scored more than 1,350 points as a four-year letterwinner at Forsyth Country Day School, and he earned All-State honors at the 3A level in North Carolina  and all-area laurels from the Winston-Salem Journal.

      Cam Gregory posted 14 double-doubles as a senior at St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School in Alexandria, Va., and averaged 15.1 points and 10.0 rebounds in 26 games as a senior. He was also a Washington Post All-Met Honorable Mention player and earned All-Virginia second team recognition.

      Matt Staubi graduated from Darien (Conn.) High School where he scored 1,108 points in just two seasons after transferring from Rye Country Day School before his junior year. He averaged 20.0 points and 8.0 assists as a senior after tallying 17.1 and 6.0 as a junior.

      Andre Walker led Christ The King High School in New York City to the New York State Federation Tournament of Championships title as a senior in 2013-2014. He scored 25 in the title game and was an All-Catholic High School Athletic Association honoree.

      Stefano Mancini was a member of the program in 2013-2014 while sitting out the season under NCAA transfer rules. The 2010 Maine Gatorade Player of the Year, Mancini scored 24.5 points per game as a senior at Falmouth High School.

       

      Notes From North Of The Border

      Eric Laster led the Greyhounds in scoring during the five-game trip to Canada in August, averaging 15.0 points per contest. Tyler Hubbard shot 45.2 percent from 3-point range on the tour and checked in at 12.8 points per game.

      Franz Rassman and Laster each grabbed 30 rebounds and led Loyola with 6.0 per game.

      The trio of Laster, Hubbard and Rassman, along with post players Cam Gregory and Jarred Jones were strong from the free-throw line on the tour, going 56-of-65 (86.2 percent) from the stripe in the games.

      Freshmen Andre Walker and Cam Gregory averaged 8.0 and 7.2 points per game for Loyola, as well.

      Denzel Brito led Loyola with 17 assists against just seven turnovers on the trip, while Walker was right behind with 15 assists.

       

      Pro Hounds

      Five former Loyola players are currently on the rosters of professional teams abroad. Dylon Cormier ’14 is playing for ZZ Leiden in The Netherlands, while Anthony Winbush ’12 is a member of the Saint John’s Mill Rats in Canada. 

      Cormier was named ZZ Leiden’s Player of the Month for October after averaging 15.8 points during his first professional month.

      Michael Tuck ’08 returns for another season with the Sheffield Sharks in England, and Shane Walker ’12 will play for Lourdes in France. Andre Collins ’05 continues his career with Spirou in Belgium, and Jason Rowe ’00 will suit up for *** Sale in Morocco.

       

      Exhibition Notes

      Loyola defeated Bridgewater (Virginia) College, an NCAA Division III team, 71-49, in exhibition play on Nov. 6 as five Greyhounds scored nine or more points.

      Tyler Hubbard led the way with 14, while Franz Rassman added 12 to go with a team-high seven rebounds. Jarred Jones scored 11, while Cam Gregory and Andre Walked added 10 and nine, respectively.

      Denzel Brito led all players with seven assists and did not commit a turnover as the Greyhounds had just 11 miscues with the ball. 

      Defensively, Loyola held the Eagles to 36.4 percent shooting from the field, and the Greyhounds had 11 steals and forced 18 Bridgewater turnovers.

       

       

      MASN Back On Board For TV

      For the ninth year in a row, Loyola will partner with MASN and the contest at Texas Tech, the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, to produce and televise several men’s basketball games. The network, which can be seen from Pennsylvania to North Carolina, will broadcast three games from Reitz Arena this season starting with the Nov. 19 game against UMBC. It will also air the Dec. 6 Mount St. Mary’s game and the Feb. 11 Lafayette contest.

      In addition to the game on MASN, the Greyhounds will appear on network television at least four other times this year. Loyola’s games at Butler (Fox Sports 2) and Syracuse (ACC Regional Network/Comcast Mid-Atlantic) will air in November, while the home game against Bucknell and date at American will be broadcast nationally on the new American Sports Network.

       

      Patriot League Prognostications

       

      Loyola was picked to finish ninth in the preseason poll of Patriot League coaches. Defending champion American was slotted first, followed by Army, Holy Cross, Lafayette, Bucknell, Boston U., Lehigh, Colgate, the Greyhounds and Navy.

       
      -- 
      Ryan Eigenbrode
      Loyola University Maryland Athletics
      Assistant Athletic Director for Communications
      (410) 617-2337, office
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      From: "Jill C Weigel"
      To: "Jill C Weigel"
      Sent: Sunday, November 16, 2014 12:40:59 AM
      Subject: COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lehman 78, Neumann 74 - 2ot

       

      Neumann University

      11/15/14

       

      Men's Basketball
      Rowan Invitational
      Lehman 78, Neumann 74 – 2ot

       

      GLASSBORO, N.J. – The Neumann University men's basketball dropped a 78-74 season opening decision in double-overtime against Lehman College at the Rowan University Invitational on Saturday afternoon.

       

      Kevin Green (jr. Chester, Pa. / Chester) and Anthony Fuscarello (fr. Philadelphia, Pa. / Northeast) led the Knights with 16 points. Tyreek Riddick (so. Philadelphia, Pa. / Math, Civics and Sciences) (12p, 11r) and DeShawn Lowman (so. Wilmington, Del. / Concord) (11p, 13r) each picked up a double-double. James Butler (so. Philadelphia, Pa. / Vaux) added 11 points.

       

      The Knights held the pace for the first half and built up a 36-27 lead heading into halftime.

       

      Neumann continued to build its lead in the beginning of the second half, leading by as much as 12, 45-33. Lehman began to chip its way back into the game, tying the score at 55 with 3:25 left in regulation. Green responded with a three-pointer to take back the lead. Free throws down the stretch proved to be the difference and even though the Lightning never held a lead, they hung on enough to force the game into overtime.

       

      The first overtime was like regulation. The Knights either held the lead, biggest coming with 1:47 left in the first OT 70-64, or the game was tied. The Lightning hit a three-pointer with one second left to tie the game at 72, and the game continued.

       

      In the second overtime, Lehman took its first lead of the game, scoring the first basket. Neumann tied the game at 74, but Lehman was able to score the final four points of the game for the 78-74 win.

       

      Neumann (0-1) will face Penn State-Brandywine in the consolation game beginning at 12:00 PM Sunday afternoon.

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      November 16, 2014

       

      NEUMANN MEN’S BASKETBALL DEFEATS PENN STATE BRANDYWINE, 79-69

       

      GLASSBORO, NJ  – The Neumann University men’s basketball team defeated Penn State Brandywine, 79-69 in the consolation game of the Rowan University Invitational on Sunday.

       

      The Knights are 1-1 on the season while the Lions are 0-2 overall.  In the first round on Saturday, Neumann lost 78-74 in double overtime to Lehman College and Rowan defeated Brandywine, 107-69.  Lehman and Rowan play for the invitational title.

       

      Forward Anthony Fuscarello (fr. Philadelphia, PA/Northeast) led the Knights with 23 points.  He was named to the All-Tournament Team.  Guard DeShawn Lowman (so. Wilmington, DE/Concord) collected 14 points and eight boards.  Forward Eric Cotton (so. Philadelphia, PA/Martin Luther King) recorded a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds.  Guards Shakeen Stevens (fr. Philadelphia, PA/Olney Charter) and Kevin Green (jr. Chester, PA/Chester) each added eight points.

       

      For the Lions, guard James Fisher (so. Philadelphia, PA/Upper Darby) scored 21 points and guard Amir Davis (so. Philadelphia, PA/Walter Palmer Charter) followed with 19.  Davis also totaled six steals and four assists.  Forward Cyrie Spencer (fr. Sharon Hill, PA/Academy Park) had 11 points and seven boards.  Guard/forward Marcus Turner (so. Claymont, DE/Chichester (PA)) added seven points. 

       

      The score was tied four times in the first half.  The first tie (17-17) came when Turner hit a three-pointer (11:51).  Stevens made a layup and a foul shot that knotted the game at 22 (8:33).  Fuscarello had a free throw, which made the score 27-27 with 5:30 remaining.  Fisher nailed a jump shot (4:05) for the last tie at 29.  The Knights closed the half with an 11-6 run for a five-point lead (40-35) at the break.  Cotton and Green each contributed with four points and Stevens had three in the surge.  Fuscarello ended the period with 14 points while Cotton had 10.  Davis led the Lions with 12 points.

       

      In the second half, Spencer nailed a three (17:57) and Brandywine trailed 44-38.  Neumann answered with 10 straight points for a 16-point advantage (54-38) at 15:30.  Five different players made a basket in the run.  Fisher’s three-pointer at 13:43 pulled the Lions within 12 (56-44).  With 10:01 remaining, Fuscarello made a layup and the Knights led by 21 points (67-46).  Fisher cut the deficit to 11 (67-56) with a basket at 6:58.  Lowman’s three (3:40) put Neumann up 72-56.  Brandwine followed with an 11-3 surge and was down by eight points (75-67) with 29 seconds left.  Fisher scored six of the 11 points.  Lowman sank two foul shots at the 17 and seven-second mark while in between Fisher made two shots (0:10) at the line.

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      From: "Selheimer, Scott"
      Sent: Sunday, November 16, 2014 5:49:40 PM
      Subject: SUBJECT: University of Delaware Falls to James Madison 1-0 in Colonial Athletic Association Championship Game, Dukes Advance to NCAA Tournament

       
      SUBJECT: University of Delaware Falls to James Madison 1-0 in Colonial Athletic Association Championship Game, Dukes Advance to NCAA Tournament
       
      DATE: November 16, 2014
       
      NEWARK, Del. – Despite being on the offensive attack throughout much of the game, the University of Delaware men’s soccer team was unable to score a goal and fell to James Madison 1-0 Sunday in the Colonial Athletic Association Championship game at Stuart and Suzanne Grant Stadium.
       
      James Madison (10-7-3), the tournament No. 6 seed, got on the board at the 20:47 mark of the first half on a Connor Coward goal. Coward was put into position to score by an accurate pass from Steven Mashinski who was credited with an assist on the score. That goal proved to be enough as the Dukes were able to hold on and secure the victory.
       
      “Today, we needed to play a quality game, but we just did not play at that level,” said University of Delaware head coach Ian Hennessy. “James Madison deserves all the credit. They were able to score in the first half and we just could not get much by them.”
       
      James Madison’s Daniel Simpson was selected the tournament's Most Outstanding Performer, while Borja Barbero, Joe Dipre, and Carlos Perales received All-Tournament accolades for the Blue Hens. Perales scored the game-winning goal in Delaware's 1-0 overtime victory over Northeastern in the semifinals Friday night. 
       
      Delaware (13-6-1), the tournament No. 1 seed and the league regular season champion, outshot James Madison 10-8 and controlled the offensive tempo, but timely clears and physical defensive play from JMU kept the Blue Hens off the scoreboard.
       
      Kyle Nuel and Dipre led the Blue Hens with two shots each, while Coward, Jamal Umar, and Eric Schmidt led the way for the Dukes with two shots.
       
      With the win, the Dukes earned the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and became the first No. 6 team to ever win the CAA Tournament title. James Madison defeated the No. 1, No. 2, and No. 3 seeded  teams in the CAA Tournament to earn its fifth CAA championship. The Dukes did not allow a goal in the postseason and have not allowed their opposition to score in the last five games.
       
      “I still believe that when we are healthy, we can be a top 10 team in the country,” said Hennessy, who led his team to 13+ wins for the third time in the last four seasons.  "I reminded the seniors after the game that today's feelings will dampen some over time, and the enduring sentiment will be one of accomplishment. The graduating class is large and the program, facilities, and crowds they leave behind looks nothing like when they first came to this University, in part because of their commitment and energy. For this we are all grateful."
       
      The Blue Hens will now have to rely on an at-large bid to gain entrance to the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year. The NCAA selections will take place Monday at 1 p.m.
       
      AGATE:
       
      James Madison………1…0…1
       
      Delaware………………0…0..0
       
      Scoring: First Half: JMU – Coward, 20:47 (Mashinski). Shots: D – 10, JMU – 8. Corners: D – 9, JMU – 6. Saves: D – 4 (Barbero), JMU – 5 (Morton). YC: JMU - Francisco Narbon (12:12), Callum Hill (15:43). D – Nick DiRienzo (58:49). Attendance: 1005.
       
      CAA ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Bjarki Aðalsteinsson, James Madison; Daniel Arvidsson, Northeastern; Borja Barbero, Delaware; Colin Bonner, UNCW; Connor Coward, James Madison; Joe Dipre, Delaware; Kyle Morton, James Madison; Ambry Moss, Northeastern; Carlos Perales, Delaware; Daniel Simpson, James Madison; Jacob VanCompernolle, UNCW
       
      Most Outstanding Performer: Daniel Simpson, James Madison
       
      FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Joe Wirth |  jwirth@udel.edu (email)  | 302-831-6519 (office)  | 484-883-2804 (cell)
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      From: "Kim Zivkovich"
      Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 10:56:24 PM
      Subject: WBB: No. 22/24 Rutgers Women’s Basketball Rolls to 74-60 Win over Northeastern

       

       

       

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      No. 22/24 Rutgers Women’s Basketball Rolls to 74-60 Win over Northeastern

       

      PISCATAWAY, N.J. (November 14, 2014) – Led by double-double efforts from junior guard Briyona Canty (Willingboro, N.J.) and senior forward Betnijah Laney (Clayton, Del.), Rutgers  rolled to a 74-60 victory over Northeastern on Tuesday night at the RAC.

       

      Rutgers improved to 2-0 and improves its win-streak to eight games dating back to last season’s WNIT championship run.

       

      A total of five Scarlet Knights concluded the game in double figures. Freshman Tyler Scaife (Little Rock, Ark.) paced the squad with 15 points, while Laney recorded her 17th career double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Canty had her first career double-double with 12 points and a career-high 10 assists. Juniors Kahleah Copper (Philadelphia, Pa.) and Rachel Hollivay (Columbus, Miss.) also added to count, notching 10 points apiece.

       

      Northeastern jumped to an early 7-4 lead to start the contest, holding Rutgers scoreless for nearly a three-minute span. With the Huskies ahead, 12-6, five minutes into the contest, Laney drained a jumper to end RU’s drought as the Scarlet Knights would go on to take a 12-0 run and take over the lead for good.

       

      Huskie Samantha DeFreese ended the drought for her squad with two free throws, but junior Cynthia Hernandez (Ventura, Calif.) responded by coming off the bench to sink her first collegiate three-pointer  to give RU a 23-14 advantage with 5:50 remaining  in the first half.

       

      Three-point shooting kept the game close late in the first half. Back-to-back three-pointers from Tiffany Montagne and Samantha DeFreese saw RU lead by only two, 27-25, with under three minutes remaining in first stanza.  Rutgers, however, put a halt to Northeastern’s momentum, holding the Huskies scoreless over the final 2:47 of the half and entered the locker room ahead, 35-25.

       

      RU’s 10-point halftime lead was turned into a 20-point advantage by the mid-way point of the second half.  Rutgers used a 17-4 run with six different Scarlet Knights getting into the scoring mix, capped by senior Syessence Davis (Neptune, N.J.) drilling a three, for its largest lead of the night, a 64-36 edge with 8:25 to go.  

       

      Northeastern used three-point shooting and free throws to minimize its deficit to 14 by the game’s final horn. The Huskies, who shot 9-of-23 from three-point range on the night, went 2-of-5 from beyond the arc and 9-of-10 from the charity stripe in the game’s final five minutes.

       

      Montagne led the Huskies in registering a game-high 22 points.

       

      Rutgers returns to action facing its first road test of the season at LSU on Saturday, Nov. 22. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. EST.

       

      KNIGHT NOTES

      -          Starting line-up consisted of Kahleah Copper, Tyler Scaife, Briyona Canty, Ariel Butts and Betnijah Laney.

      -          The Scarlet Knights finished with five in double figures, including Betnijah Laney and Briyona Canty with double-doubles. Rutgers last had five Scarlet Knights in double figures in its win over Wagner on Dec. 20, 2013.

      -          Betnijah Laney and Briyona Canty are the first Scarlet Knight duo since Rachel Hollivay (26 pts, 13 reb.) and Kahleah Copper (23 pts, 13 reb) against Howard on Nov. 22, 2013 to have two double-doubles in a game.

      -          Tyler Scaife once again led RU in scoring with 15 points going 7-of-15 from the floor. Scaife has led the Scarlet Knights in scoring for four-straight games dating back to last season’s WNIT run. She now has led Rutgers in scoring 15 times and notched double figure scoring in 30 contests.

      -          Betnijah Laney posted her 17th career double-double with 14 points and 13 boards. She shot 6-of-11 from the field.

      -          Briyona Canty collected her first career double-double with 12 points and a new career-high 10 assists. It was the first double digit assist game for a Scarlet Knight since Syessence Davis dished out the ball 10 times against Providence on Jan. 16, 2013. She reset her career mark in assist for the second straight game after handing the ball out eight times in RU’s season opening win over St. Joseph’s.

      -          Rachel Hollivay contributed 10 points from off the bench with a perfect 4-of-4 performance from the floor and 2-of-2 effort from the line.

      -          Kahleah Copper added in 10 points along with four assists and five rebounds.

      -          RU once again dominated the paint for the second straight contest with 36 points. The Scarlet Knights have now scored 30 or more points in 28 of their last 39 contests.

      -          The Scarlet Knights handed out the ball 23 times against the Huskies, the most by the team since dishing the ball out 23 times in a 90-50 win over UCF on Feb. 15, 2014.

      -          The Rutgers bench outscored the Northeastern bench, 23-0.

      -          RU also collected 20+ points off of turnovers for the second straight game. The Scarlet Knights helped to force 22 turnovers resulting in 23 points.

       

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      From: "Monmouth Basketball (M)"
      To: dawvoice@comcast.net
      Sent: Saturday, November 22, 2014 1:08:05 AM
      Subject: Article: MONMOUTH FLIES TO HOME OPENING 73-50 VICTORY OVER BETHUNE-COOKMAN

       

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      MONMOUTH FLIES TO HOME OPENING 73-50 VICTORY OVER BETHUNE-COOKMAN

      Courtesy Monmouth Sports Information
      Fri, November 21, 2014

      WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – Monmouth University connected on 54.3% from the floor, while eight different Hawks scored at least six points, led by Deon Jones’ (Wilmington, Del./Sanford School) 14, as the Blue & White defeated Bethune-Cookman University 73-50 in its home opener on Friday night, as part of the 2014 CBE Hall of Fame Classic.

       
      “I am very excited about this win tonight,” said head coach King Rice. “Our team is getting better and they are working extremely hard. I felt bad for them after last week because I thought we played well enough to win, but we didn’t want to bring a downer into this week, and the kids have been outstanding getting prepared for a tough weekend and I couldn’t be more proud of them.”
       
      Monmouth (25-for-46 FG) won its home opener for the 19th time in its Division I history, as Jones scored in double-figures for the 36th time in his career, tying a career-high with three made three-pointers, while Josh James (Greenburgh, N.Y./Archbishop Stepinac), Andrew Nicholas (Wrightsville, Pa./Eastern York) and Zac Tillman (Yeadon, Pa./Shipley School) each added eight points apiece. In addition, Justin Robinson (Lake Katrine, N.Y./Kingston) tallied seven points and six assists, while freshman Austin Tilghman (Wilmington, Del./Archbishop Carrol) notched seven points, six rebounds and three assists.
       
      Monmouth took the lead for good with 14:27 on the clock in the first half on Jones’ first three-pointer, giving the Hawks a 7-6 advantage, which was built to a 19-8 edge behind consecutive Tilghman full court drives to cap a 15-2 run at the 9:33 mark.
       
      The Hawks grabbed a 29-16 lead on another Jones trey from the corner with 2:13 showing, while a James lay-in as time expired on the half, put MU ahead 32-19 at the break.
       
      Back-to-back offensive rebounds and putbacks from Robinson and Tillman gave the Blue & White a 40-25 advantage with 15:10 left, while Collin Stewart (Glenville, N.Y./Mekeel Christian Academy) threw down an alley-oop dunk off a feed from Tilghman with 13:24 showing to put MU in front 44-27.
       
      A 9-0 run, which included four points from Max DiLeo (Cinnaminson, N.J./Cinnaminson), pushed the Hawks to a 53-29 lead at 10:14, while his lay-in with 2:01 remaining gave Monmouth its largest lead of 26 points, 71-45.
       
      Monmouth outscored BCU 42-16 in the paint and turned 22 Wildcat turnovers into 23 points.
       
      Clemmye Owens led all scorers with 22 points, 17 of which came in the second half, while Quentin Brewer added 12 for Bethune-Cookman (1-2).
       
      Rice added, “Thank you to all the fans who came out tonight. It was great seeing a bunch of people out there supporting the Hawks.”
       
      Redshirt freshman Ba'shawn Mickens (Summit, N.J./Summit) also scored his first career points for Monmouth, while senior Mike DeLorenzo (Hackettstown, N.J./Hackettstown) and freshman Daniel Pillari (Oceanport, N.J./Shore Regional) made their first career appearances.
       
      Monmouth returns to action tomorrow night, when the Hawks host Central Connecticut State on the second day of action in the 2014 CBE Hall of Fame Classic in the MAC. Tip is set for 7:30 p.m., following Bethune-Cookman and Towson at 5:00 p.m.
       
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      From: "Kim Zivkovich"
      Sent: Saturday, November 22, 2014 9:29:56 PM
      Subject: WBB: No. 22/24 Rutgers Tops Tigers, 64-57

       

       

       

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      No. 22/24 Rutgers Tops Tigers, 64-57

      Scarlet Knights Extend Win Streak to Nine Games in First Road Victory of Season

       

      BATON ROUGE, La. (November 22, 2014) – After 15 lead changes and eight ties, the No. 22/24 Rutgers women’s basketball team was able to use a run midway through the second half for its first road victory of the season with a 64-57 win over LSU on Saturday afternoon.  

       

      Leading by four, 52-48, with 6:41 remaining, the Scarlet Knight took off on a 9-0 to keep the game out of reach for the host Tigers. LSU would not draw closer than seven the rest of the way 

      The victory improved RU to 3-0 on the year, while LSU fell to 2-3 overall.

       

      A total of four Scarlet Knights finished the game with double figure scoring, as sophomore Tyler Scaife (Little Rock, Ark.) paced the unit with 16 points. Junior Betnijah Laney (Clayton, Del.) poured in her third straight double with 10 points and a career-high 16 rebounds.  Backed by a 5-of-5 shooting performance from the charity stripe, Rachel Hollivay (Columbus, Ga.) followed with 13 points as did redshirt junior Briyona Canty from off the bench.

       

      After a back-and-fourth battle on the floor, the Scarlet Knights ended the first half on a 6-0 run to go into the locker room up 32-27.  

       

      For nearly an eight minute span, neither team was able to go ahead more than a point, until 1:35 left before the intermission when Hollivay knocked two down at the free throw line, giving RU the lead at 28-27. She then secured a layup, followed by a put-back from senior Syessence Davis (Neptune, N.J.) in the final seconds to give Rutgers a five-point advantage at the half.

       

      The Tigers took a brief lead early, outscoring the Scarlet Knights 6-2 to kick off the second half. Anne Jones capped the run to give her LSU squad a 35-34 lead with 16:37 to go.

       

      On the next trip down the court, Canty knocked down a pair of free throw to give RU the lead for good.

       

      The Scarlet Knight extended that lead to as many as seven, 50-43, with 8:52 remaining, however the Tigers managed to close the gap. LSU pulled to within four, two minutes later off a Jenna Deemer free throw and layup by Akilah Bethel.

       

      Ahead, 52-48, Hollivay kicked off the 9-0 run muscling inside for two of 38 paint points for the Scarlet Knights.

       

      Rutgers remains on the road, but with a much shorter trip. The Scarlet Knights travel to Staten Island, N.Y. to meet Wagner on Tuesday, Nov. 25 at 7 p.m.

       

      KNIGHT NOTES

      -          Rutgers used its third different starting line-up of the season. Getting the starting nod against the Tigers were Rachel Hollivay, Kahleah Copper, Tyler Scaife, Syessence Davis and Betnijah Laney.

      -          The Scarlet Knights hold the nation’s longest active win streak with nine-straight wins dating back to last season’s WNIT championship run.

      -          RU begins the season at 3-0 for the second straight season and third in last four years.

      -          Betnijah Laney posted her 18th career double-double and third straight of the season with 10 points and 16 rebounds. Her 16 rebounds set a new career mark surpassing her previous career-high of 15 against Houston on Jan. 4, 2014. That was also the last time a Scarlet Knight had 15 or more rebounds in a game.

      -          Tyler Scaife led RU with 16 points on 7-of-18 shooting. She has led the Scarlet Knights in scoring in all three games to date and has been the Scarlet Knights leading scorer in the last five-straight games  

      -          Rachel Hollivay, who finished with 10 points, finished a perfect 5-of-5 from the free throw line. It was her best effort from the line since going 8-of-11 (.857) in the Rutgers’ win over Howard last year.

      -          Hollivay also captured five blocks and now has 160 career rejections. She needs 18 more blocks to move into fifth all-time.

      -          Briyona Canty came off the bench to add 13 points. She has scored in double figures in five of her last six games dating back to last season. Her 12 field goal attempts ties her career mark. She attempted 12 shots three other times, most recently at Temple on Jan. 25, 2014.

      -          A Rutgers opponent finished with 20 turnovers for the third straight game. The Tigers committed 21 turnovers resulting in 13 points for the Scarlet Knights. Through the first three games of the season, RU opponents are averaging 21.3 miscues per contest.

      -          Of the Scarlet Knights’ 64 points scored, a season-high 38 came from the paint. RU has scored 30 or more points inside 30 of its last 40 contests, including all three games this season.

      -          RU had a season-high 12 steals with Betnijah Laney, Tyler Scaife and Briyona Canty each recording three thefts. Scaife’s trio of steals tied her career mark, the seventh time she has done so.

      -    Syessence Davis and Betnijah Laney both made their 100th appearance as a Scarlet Knight in Saturday’s win joining classmate Christa Evans in the century mark in donning an RU uniform.

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      MEN’S BASKETBALL DEFEATS MUHLENBERG IN SCOTTY WOOD TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP

       

      Chester, PA (Nov. 22, 2014) – Sophomore Sardayah Sambo (Middletown, DE) made key plays for men’s basketball as Widener defeated Muhlenberg, 68-65 to win the Scotty Wood Tournament in Allentown, Pa.

       

      Sambo recorded ten points to give the Pride their third straight victory. The sophomore guard added one assist and five rebounds in the victory. He shot five for seven from the field.

       

      Widener (4-1) shot 40% from the field and 71.4% from the free throw line. The Pride held Muhlenberg (3-0) to 41.5% from the field and 19.2% from three-point range.

       

      Senior MarkPryzbylkowski (New Egypt, NJ) added 14 points, two assists and three rebounds for the Pride. The guard shot two for six from three-point range and four for six from the charity line. Forward David Nicholson (Odentown, MD) recorded 12 points and one rebounded for the Widener. The junior shot five for six from the free throw line.

       

      Widener will be back on the court on Saturday when they host Ursinus at 4:00 pm at the Schwartz Center in non-conference play.

       

       

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      From: "Monmouth Basketball (M)"
      To: dawvoice@comcast.net
      Sent: Sunday, November 23, 2014 1:05:45 AM
      Subject: Article: HAWKS DEFEAT CCSU 65-50 ON SATURDAY NIGHT

       

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      HAWKS DEFEAT CCSU 65-50 ON SATURDAY NIGHT

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      Sat, November 22, 2014

      WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – Paced by three Hawks in double-figures, Monmouth University posted a 65-50 victory over Central Connecticut State on Saturday night in the MAC as part of the 2014 CBE Hall of Fame Classic. Justin Robinson (Lake Katrine, N.Y./Kingston), who dropped in 10 of his team-high 15 points in the first half, led the Hawks, as Monmouth climbed out of an early deficit and used runs of 15-0, 16-2, and 13-0 to run away from the Blue Devils for a 15-point victory to improve to 2-1 on the season.

       
      "I am very impressed with my kids’ effort,” stated head coach King Rice. “We got off to a slow, slow start but they really stuck together. We are still a young team, so that can happen sometimes, but they showed a lot of character, a lot of fight, a lot of togetherness to go from 12 down to up 15-12, and then to carry from there on out. A great win for the Hawks and we are looking forward to tomorrow.”
       
      Central, which opened 4-for-5 from the field, raced out to a 12-0 lead at 17:06, before the Hawks retaliated with a 15-0 run over a span of 7:37 to claim a 15-12 lead, which was highlighted by three-pointers from Deon Jones (Wilmington, Del./Sanford School) and Collin Stewart (Glenville, N.Y./Mekeel Christian Academy).
       
      After the Blue Devils, who went scoreless for 10:12 of play, reclaimed a 17-15 edge with 6:30 remaining, Monmouth ended the half on a 16-6 run, which culminated in a 10-2 spurt over the final 2:10 of action, to take a 31-23 lead at the break, as Robinson’s seven points led the way.
       
      CC opened the second half on a 10-4 run to climb within 35-33 with 15:44 left, but the Hawks answered with a 13-0 streak, highlighted by three-pointers from Robinson, Jones and Stewart to claim a 48-33 advantage with 11:31 showing.
       
      An Andrew Nicholas (Wrightsville, Pa./Eastern York) trifecta pushed the Monmouth lead to 51-35 at 10:15, while the senior’s second make of the half from deep gave the Blue & White a 54-39 cushion with 8:13 on the clock.
       
      The Blue Devils scraped to within 10, 58-48 with 2:49 left, but Chris Brady’s (Greenlawn, N.Y./Harborfields) first career three-pointer from the top of the key with 1:45 remaining guided the Hawks through the end.
       
      Monmouth got a pair of 12-point outings from Jones, who also added six rebounds, and Nicholas, while Stewart dropped in eight for the Hawks. The Blue & White, which forced 18 turnovers, registered 15 assists on 25 made field goals, while connecting on 43.9% from the field, and a season-high nine made three-pointers.
       
      Monmouth returns to action on Sunday, when the Hawks host Towson University on the final day of the 2014 CBE Hall of Fame Classic in the MAC. Tip is set for 4:30 p.m., following Bethune-Cookman and CCSU at 2:00 p.m.
       
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      Sent: Sunday, November 23, 2014 10:12:31 PM
      Subject: SUBJECT: University of Delaware Men¹s Basketball Can¹t Find Shooting Stroke in 70-52 Non-League Setback at CSU Bakersfield

       
      SUBJECT: University of Delaware Men’s Basketball Can’t Find Shooting Stroke in 70-52 Non-League Setback at CSU Bakersfield
       
      DATE: November 23, 2014
       
      BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- The University of Delaware men’s basketball team connected on just 12 shots from the field on the afternoon as the Blue Hens suffered a 70-52 non-conference setback to CSU Bakersfield Sunday afternoon at the Icardo Center.
       
      Delaware shot just 26.7 percent from the field and hit only five field goals during the second half while dropping to 0-3 on the campaign. Sophomore Devonne Pinkard paced the Blue Hens with 14 points and a career-high 10 rebounds to post his first career double-double while classmate Cazmon Hayes added 12 points, all in the first half.
       
      Kory Holden reached double figures for the third consecutive game by scoring 10 points to go with four assists, while fellow rookie Chivarsky Corbett contributed eight points and six rebounds. Delaware did connect on 21 of 32 free throws but could not overcome its third consecutive shooting performance under 32 percent.
       
      Aly Ahmed posted team-highs of 19 points and nine rebounds for the Roadrunners, who improved to 1-4 on the year. Cortez Conners chipped in with 14 points, while Brent Wrapp dished out a game-best six assists.
       
      The Blue Hens trailed by just six points at the half but went without a field goal for the first eight and a half minutes of the second half and never got within single digits the rest of the way.
       
      The Roadrunners scored the first eight points of the stanza, including six by Ahmed, to go in front 42-28 with 14:46 remaining. A free throw by Anthony Mosley followed by a Maurice Jeffers putback closed the gap to 46-35 with 11:29 to play, but CSUB answered and eventually took a 56-38 lead when Conners buried a three-pointer at the 7:13 mark.
       
      Delaware never got closer than 12 points the rest of the way, while the Roadrunners went up 21 late before Corbett closed the scoring with a triple.
       
      “We’ve gone through stretches these last two games were the ball is just not going in the basket for us,” said Blue Hen head coach Monté Ross. “We have to stick with it; it’s a long season and our shots will start falling. Our guys will keep working hard and are not going to quit. We were able to hold down Ahmed a little bit, but he’s a good player and when he gets a good angle down low he’s tough to stop.”
       
      The teams were tied 7-7 after the first four minutes and even though Delaware then went nine minutes without a field goal, CSUB wasn’t much better as UD closed within 17-14 following a Hayes three-pointer.
       
      Later Ahmed scored inside to give the Runners their largest lead of the half at 29-20, but Pinkard and Hayes each connected from behind the arc on consecutive possessions as the Blue Hens closed within three. However Tyrell Corbin answered with a three-point play for CSUB, and following two Holden free throws, Conners beat the buzzer with a jumper to make it a 34-28 game at the break.
       
      Delaware closes outs its West Coast trip on Tuesday with an 8 p.m. PT game at Stanford that will be televised on the PAC-12 Network.
       
      Game Notes:
      • The game was the first ever meeting between Delaware and CSUB
      • The contest was also the Blue Hens’ first game vs. a WAC school
      • UD has opened 0-3 for the first time since the 2007-08 season
      • The Roadrunners held a 45-37 rebounding advantage
      • UD scored its fewest points since a 64-50 loss at James Madison on Jan. 23, 2013
       
      AGATE
       
      Delaware (0-3)
        Harris, 0-1 1-2 1, Jeffers, 1-3 1-2 3, Holden, 2-8 6-8 10, Pinkard, 3-12 5-6 14, Hayes, 4-9 2-4 12, Corbett, 2-7 2-2 8, Mosley, 0-2 1-2 1, Carter, 0-2 3-4 3, Johnson, 0-1 0-2 0, Totals, 12-45 21-32 52.
       
      CSU Bakersfield (1-4)
        Mays, 3-6 0-1 6, Aly Ahmed, 9-16 1-2 19, Wrapp, 1-5 0-0 2, Conners, 5-12 2-2 14, Airington, 3-8 1-3 8, Corbin, 2-4 1-1 6, Maynor, 1-5 0-0 3, Richmond, 1-1 0-2 3, Johes, 1-2 0-0 2, Abdul Ahmed, 3-6 0-0 7, Totals, 29-65 5-11 70.
       
      Halftime: CSU Bakersfield 34, Delaware 28. Three-Point Field Goals: UD – 7-22 (Pinkard, 3-8, Corbett, 2-5, Hayes, 2-6, Mosley, 0-1); CSUB – 7-21 (Conners, 2-5, Richmond, 1-1, Corbin, 1-2, Airington, 1-3, Abdul Ahmed, 1-4, Maynor, 1-5, Wrapp, 0-1); Rebounds: UD – 37 (Pinkard, 10); CSUB – 45 (Aly Ahmed, 9); Assists: UD - 7 (Holden, 4); CSUB - 17 (Wrapp, 6); Fouls: UD - 16, CSUB - 21; Attendance: 841.
       
      FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Kevin Tritt at: ktritt@udel.edu (email) / 302-831-8715 (office) / 302-383-5005 (cell)

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