NYC Metro Hoops

December 16th, 2008

Editor's Welcome: College basketball in the New York metropolitan area. Big East, MAAC, NEC, Ivy and much more! 

Edited By: Raphielle Johnson

This Week in the MAAC

February 3rd, 2010
Siena's Clarence JacksonIn a conference where the best race is the one for second place the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference will receive a welcome diversion (for some) in the form of the ESPNU BracketBusters event on February 19-20. The top two teams, Siena and Iona, will take part in the eleven-game event with the Gaels hosting William & Mary on the 19th while the Saints receive the headline game of the weekend.

NYC Tuesday Preview: Big East Locals in Action

February 2nd, 2010
St. John's point guard Malik Stith

Weekly Honors 

Atlantic 10: Fordham forward Chris Gaston won his third Rookie of the Week award, sharing the honor this week with La Salle's Aaric Murray. In the Rams' loss to La Salle last week Gaston scored 21 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, posting his thirteenth double-double of the season. 

NEC Thursday Preview: Colonials Host LIU

January 28th, 2010
Robert Morris guard Karon Abraham

Weekly Honors 

Choice Hotels Player of the Week: F Corey Hassan (Sacred Heart)
Hassan won his third Player of the Week award this season, averaging 21.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game in the Pioneers' 2-0 week.  

Choice Hotels Rookie of the Week: F Russell Johnson (Robert Morris)
In the Colonials' 2-0 week on the road, Johnson averaged 11.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.5 steals per game. Johnson leads all conference freshmen in rebounding with an average of 5.8 boards per game.

Sunday MAAC Preview

January 24th, 2010
Fairfield guard Derek Needham

Four games are on the schedule today in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, with Fairfield's trip to Iona (3:30 PM) being the game of the day. The Stags have won eleven of the last fifteen in the series but the last eight games are even at four wins apiece. Both teams have been playing solid basketball of late and while it may be a stretch to expect the winner of today's game to catch frontrunning Siena, the winner takes a step towards that two-seed with eight games left in the conference season.

NEC Weekend Preview

January 23rd, 2010
Quinnipiac head coach Tom Moore

It's a full weekend for the Northeast Conference with five games today and one matinee Sunday. And in that matinee Quinnipiac, winners of six straight, can take a significant step in the growth of their program with a win over Central Connecticut State (Noon Sunday, NESN). Talking with head coach Tom Moore yesterday, he made the point that there would be no complacency on the part of his team despite beating the Blue Devils by 31 (76-45) last week due to the respect they have for head coach Howie Dickenman and his program. 

NYC Weekend Preview: Can Rutgers Regroup?

January 23rd, 2010
Rutgers freshman Dane Miller

Wednesday's loss at the hands of Villanova has to make you wonder about the direction in which Fred Hill's program is headed and not because of the result. The Wildcats aren't going to lose many this season, but to go down in the fashion that the Scarlet Knights did was embarrassing. In regards to who played hard throughout, who else can you point out besides Hamady Ndiaye and Dane Miller? Jonathan Mitchell? Before getting into the importance of Rutgers moving forward it's important to revisit Wednesday's happenings in order to determine the ultimate destination. 

MAAC Thursday/Friday

January 21st, 2010
Iona head coach Kevin Willard

The MAAC slate offers up a split schedule before the weekend, with two games tonight and three more on Friday. Siena hosts a shorthanded Loyola squad and Fairfield visits Marist in tonight's games, but one of the better matchups could be the one that's being televised by ESPNU on Friday night. Iona, winners of four straight and nine of their last eleven, take on Manhattan at Draddy Gymnasium with tip time set for 9 PM.

Thursday NEC Preview

January 21st, 2010
Northeast Conference

It's "Rematch Week" in the NEC with games being returns of last weeks' matchups. The game of interest tonight is Saint Francis (PA) visiting Monmouth, who will be without the services of leading scorer Travis Taylor. Taylor, who shared Choice Hotels Player of the Week honors with Quinnipiac's James Feldeine, is suspended for the next seven games for a violation of team rules. The good news (if there is any when you lose your leading scorer) is that the Hawks play their first two without Travis at home, where they're 3-0 in NEC games this season.

MAAC Weekly Update

January 20th, 2010
Saint Peter's guard Wesley Jenkins

League favorite Siena established further separation between itself and the rest of the Metro Atlantic with their win at Fairfield on Saturday, opening a gap of two games between themselves and the Stags. But for the solid play of teams such as Fairfield, Iona and Saint Peter's, the bigger story may be the struggles endured by preseason contenders Niagara and Rider. What's up with these two?

NEC Weekly Roundup

January 19th, 2010
Quinnipiac's James FeldeineSaturday's games offered little in the way of clarity when it comes to who should be considered the favorite to win the Northeast Conference, instead jumbling the picture from top to (almost) bottom. Long Island showed up at Mount St. Mary's undefeated in league play and left with an 86-67 loss, dropping them into a tie for first place with Robert Morris.

Thursday NEC Recap: Abraham Leads Robert Morris

January 15th, 2010
Robert Morris guard Karon Abraham

Thanks to a phenomenal second half from freshman Karon Abraham we may be well on the way to separation within the Northeast Conference. In a matchup of two teams with one league loss Abraham scored twenty second-half points in Robert Morris' 80-73 win over Fairleigh Dickinson (4-13, 3-2) in Moon Township. The Colonials (9-8, 4-1) did a better job rebounding and scoring in the paint in the final twenty minutes and that was the difference. FDU, who was led by Alvin Mofunanya's 22 points, had their three-game win streak ended and fell to 3-2 in NEC play. 

Wednesday NYC Preview: Turmoil Surrounds Rutgers

January 13th, 2010
Rutgers head coach Fred Hill

Included on Wednesday's area schedule are a pair of Big East games that the home teams can't afford to perform poorly in given the the pulse of the public. St. John's hosts Cincinnati in the first game of a doubleheader at Madison Square Garden, a game that many will watch because of the return of Brooklyn native Lance Stephenson. Stephenson had a few things to say in regards to why he chose Cincinnati instead of St. John's, but the Red Storm have more important things to worry about with their offensive efficiency being the chief concern.

Thursday NEC Preview

January 7th, 2010
LIU guard Jaytornah Wisseh

The first Thursday of the new year brings a full slate of NEC games, with Robert Morris (7-7, 2-0) visiting LIU (4-9, 2-0) in a game matching NEC unbeatens (7:30 PM). The Blackbirds, currently mired in a six-game losing skid, can look no further than their turnover margin when looking for reasons why. LIU is currently a -4.6 in that department while the Colonials are a +1.4, and that statistic will play a major role in the winner of tonight's game. Mike Rice has juggled his rotation in recent weeks with freshman guard Karon Abraham leading the way.

Wednesday NYC Preview

January 6th, 2010
Rutgers center Hamady Ndiaye

Weekly Honors (announced Sunday & Monday)

America East: Stony Brook guard Bryan Dougher was honored for the first time this season, sharing Player of the Week honors with Vermont's Marqus Blakely. Dougher averaged 22 points per game in a 2-1 week for the Seawolves, including a 30-point outing in Stony Brook's 84-75 win at preseason favorite Boston University. 

NEC Players of the Decade

December 31st, 2009
Robert Morris' Jeremy Chappell

With all these lists out for players and teams of the decade it's only right that I do one for the NEC. It's been a calm decade (relatively speaking) in regards to conference membership, with UMBC leaving for America East following the 2002-03 season and not being replaced until the NEC added Bryant before last season. Due to that those two schools won't be included in this list, but there's some quality from which to choose among the other eleven schools.

MAAC Players of the Decade

December 31st, 2009
Siena's Kenny Hasbrouck

With this being the final day of the decade this is a good time to pick my personal players of the decade in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The MAAC has gone through quite the transformation over the last ten years, with the balance of power shifting from the New York-area schools north to the likes of Siena and Niagara as we look forward to the next ten years. The program of the decade: Siena.

Ebanks, Mountaineers Knock Off Pirates in Overtime

December 26th, 2009
West Virginia's Devin Ebanks

If told before the game that Seton Hall would shoot 16-for-33 from the foul line and 6-for-30 from behind the arc nine out of ten people would figure that Bobby Gonzalez's team were blown out. But what happened defied wisdom, with Seton Hall scoring twelve of the last fourteen points in regulation to send the game into overtime on a Jeremy Hazell three pointer. But all that shot did was delay the inevitable; West Virginia proved to be too much in winning the Big East opener 90-84 at the Prudential Center in Newark.

Seton Hall Opens Big East Play Saturday

December 25th, 2009
Seton Hall's Jeremy Hazell

The results become that much more important for the Seton Hall Pirates (9-1) starting with Saturday's afternoon tilt with #6 West Virginia (9-0) at The Rock (3:30 PM on CBS). The lone college basketball game on the schedule is also the Big East opener for both, and with #5 Syracuse coming to town Tuesday night Bobby Gonzalez's squad can ill-afford to get off to an 0-2 start in conference play. Is this a winnable game for the Pirates? Certainly. But there are some things that they need to do in order to have a chance to knock off the Mountaineers.

Finals Week and Mid-Season Additions

December 16th, 2009
Anthony Mason Jr.

After two days with just one game combined (Rutgers beating Rider in overtime last night) things will pick up some for the remainder of the week. St. John's made some news on the injury front today, announcing that senior Anthony Mason Jr. will be out three more weeks due to his hamstring injury. Mason Jr., who received a medical redshirt last season due to a foot injury suffered against Boston College, would likely be a safe bet to return around mid-January.

The Week in the NEC

December 14th, 2009
Corey Hassan

Player of the Year Possibilities

The Week in the MAAC

December 14th, 2009
Tyrone Lewis

Iona, Niagara Pick Up Key Road Wins

Picked to finish ninth in the MAAC preseason poll, not much was expected from Kevin Willard's Gaels due to their overall lack of experience. But they've been far more competitive than that prognostication would indicate, with the Gaels' most recent success being a win at Providence on Saturday night. Kyle Smyth, who was named MAAC Rookie of the Week, led Iona with twenty-one points as they picked up their sixth victory of the season.

The Weekend in NYC

December 12th, 2009
Scott Machado

The month of December is when college basketball heats up thanks to the end of the college football season. There are also mid-season defections and transfers to account for, along with injuries. That's what teams in the New York metropolitan area have dealt with recently, beginning with Fordham firing Dereck Whittenburg following the decision of PG Jio Fontan to transfer. Assistant Jared Grasso has taken over and picked up a win in his first game as head coach, beating Stony Brook and scoring 93 points in the process.

NYC Metro Update: Thanksgiving Week Schedule

November 23rd, 2009
Jeremy Hazell

Weekly Honors

America East: Stony Brook F/G Tommy Brenton was named to the conference's Honor Roll due to his averages of 10.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game last week. The Seawolves are 3-0 for the first time since 1994. 

Atlantic 10: Fordham F Chris Gaston was named to the Honor Roll due to his averages of fifteen points and ten rebounds per game in three games. The freshman has a pair of double-doubles to his credit thus far.

Friday NYC Schedule

November 20th, 2009

Tuesday NYC Preview

November 17th, 2009

Monday NYC Preview

November 16th, 2009

Saturday NYC Recap

November 14th, 2009