Metro Atlantic Athl. RUMORS & NEWS

  • Transfer Jermaine Lawrence eligible immediately at Manhattan

    SI.com "Manhattan coach Steve Masiello announced Wednesday that Cincinnati transfer Jermaine Lawrence is eligible to play for the Jaspers this season. Lawrence was the No. 9-ranked power forward and the No. 26-ranked player in the class of 2013, according to the recruiting website Rivals.com, with..." August 13

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case

    ESPN.com "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 08

  • Forward Joe Thomas transferring from Niagara to play for Hurricanes

    Fox Sports Florida "The University of Miami men's basketball team announced the addition of forward Joe Thomas on Friday. Thomas is a fifth-year transfer from Niagara University who will be eligible to play this season. The 6-foot-7, 235-pounder averaged 3.4 points and 2.7 rebounds in 30 games (10 starts) last..." June 30

  • Siena extends Patsos’ contract through 2019

    Saratogian "Jimmy Patsos is going to be in Loudonville for awhile. Siena announced on Wednesday morning that Patsos’ contract had been extended one year, keeping him with the program through the 2018-2019 season. All other elements of the original contract remain the same. “I’m grateful to be here, I..." June 19

  • Manhattan head coach Steve Masiello makes first comments since reinstatement

    College Basketball Talk "Throughout the month of March, Manhattan head coach Steve Masiello was discussed as one of the coaches in line to land a position at a power conference program in the spring. He’d successfully turned around a once-struggling program, leading the Jaspers to the NCAA tournament for the first time..." June 16

  • Niagara transfer Antoine Mason heading to Auburn

    CBSSports.com "Bruce Pearl continues to make an impact in his first offseason at Auburn. Niagara transfer Antoine Mason announced on Wednesday morning that he will be playing for the Tigers next season. Mason is eligible immediately. The nation's leading returning scorer had dozens of schools on his..." June 11

  • Manhattan officially reinstates coach Steve Masiello

    CBSSports.com "It's been a tumultuous three months for Steve Masiello, but it seems he's finally back to where it began: as the head coach of Manhattan. The Jaspers officially reinstated Masiello on Friday afternoon. "We are happy to have Coach Masiello back on campus. We are pleased he was able to..." June 06

  • Indiana to name ex-Marist coach Chuck Martin to assistant post

    CBSSports.com "Indiana's Tom Crean will hire former Marist head coach Chuck Martin as an assistant, sources told CBSSports.com. Martin will replace Kenny Johnson, who left after the season to take a similar position at Louisville. Martin served as head coach at Marist from 2008-2013, and was fired after..." June 03

  • Auburn scores visit from nation's top returning scorer Niagara transfer Antoine Mason

    Alabama.com "Bruce Pearl is at it again. Auburn's new men's basketball coach has the Tigers in the running to land the services of the nation's top returning scorer. Niagara transfer guard Antoine Mason, who averaged 25.6 points per game as a junior this past season, is set to visit Auburn this..." June 02

  • Manhattan coach Masiello completes degree

    ESPN New York "Manhattan coach Steve Masiello has completed the requirements for his undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky, a spokesman from the school said Thursday. Kentucky's Jay Blanton told ESPN.com that Masiello has completed his coursework and will be awarded his degree..." May 30

  • Niagara's Antoine Mason plans to transfer for final season

    CBSSports.com "The nation's leading returning scorer is officially on the transfer market. Niagara guard Antoine Mason announced on Wednesday that he was planning to look elsewhere for his final season of eligibility. He graduated earlier this month and will be eligible to play at another school..." May 22

  • Siena beats Fresno State to win CBI title

    Albany Times Union "Siena’s Rob Poole scored 23 points and Brett Bisping added 20 points as Saints easily defeated Fresno State 81-68 in Game 3 to win the College Basketball Invitational title before a crowd of 2,788 at the Alumni Recreation Center this afternoon. Siena (20-18) won the best-of-3 finals to earn its..." April 05

  • Fresno State Bulldogs Top Siena 89-75 in CBI; Tie Series 1-1

    GoBulldogs.com "Tyler Johnson and Cezar Guerrero combined for 25 points in a first-half barrage, as the Fresno State men's basketball team beat Siena 89-75 on Wednesday night in the College Basketball Invitational to set up a decisive third game. Siena (19-18) won the opener of the best-of-three series 61-57..." April 03

  • Steve Masiello placed on leave by Manhattan

    New York Post "In just a few days, one of the brightest futures in college basketball has become one of its most uncertain. Less than a week after Steve Masiello nearly led 13th-seeded Manhattan to a stunning upset over defending national champion Louisville — in the Jaspers’ first NCAA Tournament appearance..." March 27

  • Manhattan places Steve Masiello on leave

    CBSSports.com "Manhattan has placed Steve Masiello on leave while Kentucky reviews his degree status, the school announced on Wednesday. "Masiello is currently in the process of reviewing his degree status with the University of Kentucky," the statement read. "Manhattan College has placed Masiello on leave..." March 26

  • Long carries Siena, then gets carried

    Albany Times Union "Siena men’s basketball coach Jimmy Patsos held up a copy of the newspaper at Tuesday’s practice. He showed a picture of freshman forward Lavon Long, a look of elation on his face, being hoisted on the students’ shoulders after beating Penn State in the quarterfinals of the College Basketball..." March 26

  • Sources: Masiello lied to USF, didn't graduate

    ESPN.com "Manhattan coach Steve Masiello never graduated from the University of Kentucky, as indicated on his résumé, and his falsifying this information eliminated him from getting the University of South Florida job, multiple sources told ESPN.com on Wednesday. On the Manhattan and Louisville official..." March 26

  • Manhattan's Steve Masiello will replace Stan Heath at USF

    CBSSports.com "Manhattan coach Steve Masiello will be introduced as the next head coach at USF later this week, multiple sources told CBSSports.com. The deal is for five years and worth more than $1 million per year. The 36-year-old former Rick Pitino assistant took the Jaspers to this year's NCAA..." March 25

  • Observations: Manhattan's Masiello brilliant in NCAA debut despite loss

    CBSSports.com "1. Steve Masiello was the breakout star on Thursday. And it wasn't even close. Manhattan's third-year head coach nearly pitched the perfect game and came up just short. The Jaspers outplayed Louisville for 38 minutes and nearly upset the defending national champions before falling by seven...." March 21

  • Louisville dodges Manhattan's upset bid, 71-64

    Louisville Courier-Journal "Chris Jones leaned back in his chair, shook his head and sighed, the hushed conversations around University of Louisville's locker room doing nothing to drown out his exhausted breath. "It's hard playing against yourself," Jones said. No, it wasn't a challenging practice. It was Manhattan,..." March 21

  • Masiello-Pitino reunion in NCAAs will be a bit awkward

    Louisville Courier-Journal "The University of Louisville brought its 12 wins in 13 games to town for the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament. It brought its band and cheerleaders and dance team and tournament experience. Manhattan brought a mirror. When the teams step on the court in the Amway Center at about 9:45..." March 20

  • Louisville's Pitino criticizes NCAA for matchup

    Lexington Herald-Leader "Louisville coach Rick Pitino had no problem with his team's NCAA tournament seeding. It was the pairing that drew his ire. Pitino criticized the selection committee Wednesday for pitting his fourth-seeded and defending national champion Cardinals against 13th-seeded Manhattan, which is coached..." March 20

  • Jaspers have earned a taste of the good life in NCAAs

    New York Post "This has just been so much fun. After we won the MAAC title, I couldn’t wait to see my guys on Selection Sunday. I remember how much fun Selection Sundays were for me, how exciting it was to see your name come up. They were on TV and getting all the love from the campus and the community and their..." March 20

  • Manhattan, Louisville unhappy to face each other

    New York Post "The NCAA Tournament was still just a dream. Less than two weeks ago, Manhattan was in Massachusetts, looking to clinch its first tournament berth in 10 years. Before the MAAC championship, the Jaspers staff prepared a compilation of clips sent from family and friends, serving as motivation and..." March 20

  • Beamon, Brown Named to NABC All-District Teams

    GoJaspers.com "Manhattan College seniors George Beamon and Rhamel Brown were named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District teams, it was announced Wednesday. Beamon was a first team all-district selection, while Brown earned a spot on the second team. A first team All-MAAC honoree,..." March 13

  • Redemption for Masiello’s men

    New York Post "It was 2:30 a.m. Monday and Steve Masiello had no intentions of sleeping anytime soon. Shootaround for the MAAC Championship was beginning in eight hours, but Manhattan’s film session was just getting started. The third-year coach had just finished watching the team’s MAAC semifinal win over..." March 11

  • Manhattan swats Iona, locks up first NCAA berth since ’04

    New York Post "The Bronx is back in the Big Dance. New York’s best basketball rivalry added another epic chapter to its continuing string of instant classics, with No. 2 Manhattan rewriting last year’s script and avenging its title game loss to Iona with a 71-68 victory over the top seed in Monday night’s..." March 11

  • Manhattan 71, Iona 68

    ProSportsDaily "George Beamon collected 16 points and eight rebounds as the Jaspers knocked off the Gaels to win the MAAC title game in Springfield, Mass. and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Rhamel Brown added 15 points for No. 2 seed Manhattan (25-7), which will be returning to the Big Dance for..." March 11

  • Iona Announces Contract Extension For Tim Cluess

    ICGaels.com "Iona College is pleased to announce a contract extension for men's basketball head coach Tim Cluess through the 2018-19 season. "I believe in Tim Cluess and continue to be impressed by all he has been able to achieve with his talented team and staff," said Iona College President Dr. Joseph E...." March 07

  • SJU 1st, Stony Brook 3rd in hoops poll

    Newsday "If this week’s poll looks identical to last week’s, there’s a good reason to think that. Manhattan changed places with Quinnipiac and St. Francis swapped positions with Columbia. The rest of the teams all remained the same. 1. St. John’s (19-11) 2. Iona (20-9) 3. Stony Brook (21-9) 4...." March 04

  • Siena Enters Post Season on a High

    4GuysInBlazers "A crowd of 8,148 came out to the Times Union Center to say goodbye to senior Steven Cruz and show their support for a resurgent Siena program. The team did not disappoint, controlling the game from start to finish in route to a commanding 70-54 victory over the Monmouth Hawks. “I didn’t know if..." March 04

  • Saints cruise for Cruz

    Albany Times Union "The Siena men's basketball team gave beloved senior walk-on guard Steven Cruz his first career start on Sunday. Then the Saints played so well that Cruz got back in the game in so-called "garbage time" to score his first point of the season. The Saints rolled 70-54 over Monmouth in the..." March 04

  • Basketball Teams Hand Out Hardware

    SienaSaints.com "Over 200 friends and fans turned out as the Siena men's and women's basketball teams held a joint Year-End Celebration Monday night at the Hilton Garden Inn - Troy. The event was presented by First Niagara. YNN Sports Director Marisa Jacques hosted the evening, which included awards..." March 04

  • Poole, Long and Wright Honored By MAAC

    SienaSaints.com "Junior Rob Poole was named to the MAAC Third Team and freshmen Lavon Long and Marquis Wright landed spots on the MAAC All-Rookie Team today. The awards were announced during a noon conference call with the league's coaches. Poole, a Preseason Third Team All-MAAC pick, averaged 14.7 points, 5.2..." March 04

  • Niagra Falls Flat At Monmouth, 75-50

    PurpleEagles.com "The Niagara Purple Eagles started their final conference weekend with a 75-50 defeat at the Monmouth Hawks on Friday. The Purple Eagles' road woes continued on the evening, falling to 1-13 in away games this season. Niagara (6-24, 3-16 MAAC) had season-lows in points (50), field goal percentage..." March 01

  • Local college rankings: Iona passes St. John’s for top spot

    New York Post "Two straight losses may have knocked St. John’s from the top spot, but Iona’s 11 consecutive wins more than validate its ascension. (Last week’s rankings in parentheses) 1. Iona (2) Record: 19-8, 16-2 Up next: Friday (7 p.m.) at Manhattan After two straight NCAA Tournament..." February 28

  • Surprising sophomore guard leading first-place Gaels

    New York Post "Iona’s leading scorer was a mystery when this season began. Sure, A.J. English performed well in limited duty as a freshman before going down with a severe wrist injury, but he had started that season slowly. “We really didn’t know what to expect from A.J., whether he would be that kid who..." February 28

  • Iona-Rider MBB Tip Off Time Moved To 3 PM Sunday

    ICGaels.com "The tip off time for the Iona College men's basketball team's contest vs. Rider on Sunday (Mar. 2) has been moved to 3:00 pm to accommodate the Gaels' senior day presentation prior to the game. Rider and Iona square off in the second half of a doubleheader with Iona's women's squad which takes..." February 26

  • Mike Poole has become a leader for Iona hoops

    The Journal News "The basketballs flew straight at the players — heads, legs, whatever. They were being thrown by the head coach at his own guys in practice, right there on the video. “I wasn’t one of the guys that was in that fiasco,” Mike Poole said. “I was watching from the side. It wasn’t as bad as it..." February 24

  • Hymes Reaches Milestone in Saints Win

    4GuysInBlazers "All season Siena fans have been left to wonder when the Saints would break through against one of the top tier teams in the MAAC, they received their answer tonight against Manhattan. A raucus crowd of 7,928 were treated to another close game at the Times Union Center, only this time it was Siena..." February 22

  • Saints score big victory over Manhattan

    Albany Times Union "Siena men's basketball coach Jimmy Patsos talked to juniors Rob Poole and Evan Hymes and sophomore Ryan Oliver this week about taking ownership of their inexperienced team. The trio had their fingerprints all over a 67-63 victory over Manhattan on Friday before 7,928 at Times Union..." February 22

  • Iona Escapes Rider With 10th Straight Win

    ICGaels.com "The Iona College men's basketball team withstood a late charge by Rider to win its 10th straight game in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action at Alumni Gymnasium. The Gaels (18-8, 15-2 MAAC) saw a 13-point advantage with just over three minutes to play evaporate to a single point with 14..." February 22

  • Red Storm still No. 1 in Metro Poll

    Newsday "St. John’s is still on top in the poll after crushing Georgetown and edging Seton Hall last week. Iona maintained its hold on the second spot after wins over St. Peter’s and Monmouth last week and Stony Brook remains at No. 3 after a solid win over UMass-Lowell. Quinnipiac made a huge jump,..." February 20

  • Local college rankings: St. John’s and Iona neck and neck

    New York Post "The St. John’s-Iona tug of war continues. Though the Gaels are making an impressive run through the MAAC, having won eight straight games, the Red Storm will retain the top spot until their incredible stretch concludes. (Last week’s rankings in parentheses) 1. St. John’s (1) Record: 16-9,..." February 14

  • More Late Heroics Lift Iona To Win vs Saint Peter's

    ICGaels.com "Sophomore A.J. English came through in the final moments for the second time in three games, hitting a game-winning three-pointer with 0.7 seconds left in the contest to propel the Iona College men's basketball team to a 62-59 win over Saint Peter's in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action at..." February 13

  • Manhattan Meets Saint Peter's at Draddy Gym on Tuesday

    GoJaspers.com "Manhattan begins the month of February against Saint Peter's on Tuesday, February 4 at 7 p.m. with the first of its final four home games this season. The Jaspers have dropped consecutive games for the first time this season, falling in overtime 90-86 against Quinnipiac and on the road at Iona,..." February 04

  • David Laury Named MAAC MBB Player of the Week

    ICGaels.com "Iona College men's basketball junior David Laury was named MAAC Player of the Week for his performance in the Gaels thrilling 85-73 win over preseason favorite Manhattan Friday night. Laury becomes the fourth different Gael to earn a MAAC weekly award this season. Laury scored 21 points and..." February 04

  • Iona To Retire Richie Guerin's No. 14 Friday

    ICGaels.com "The Iona College department of athletics will honor the legacy of Richie Guerin '54 during its men's basketball contest vs. Manhattan on Jan. 31 at the Hynes Center. The Gaels will retire Guerin's No. 14, the first ever in school history. A reception for Guerin in the Burke Lounge of Spellman..." January 31

  • Manhattan Takes on Iona Friday Night on ESPNU

    GoJaspers.com "RIVERDALE, N.Y. - Manhattan comes off a 1-1 weekend at home against two other teams that have been in the top half of the league standings for most of the season. The Jaspers defeated Rider 67-51 on Friday night in front of a lively crowd on ESPNU, then suffered a 90-86 overtime loss at the hands..." January 31

  • Purple Eagles, Saints To Meet Thursday On ESPN3

    PurpleEagles.com "The Niagara Purple Eagles venture back on the road with a contest against the Siena Saints on Thursday, Jan. 30 at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN3. The Purple Eagles got back into the win column with an 80-74 victory over the Marist Red Foxes on Friday at the Gallagher Center. With the score tied at 56-56..." January 30

  • Iona Victorious Over Quinnipiac 95-73

    ICGaels.com "The Iona College men's basketball team earned a 95-73 win and avenged an earlier season loss to Quinnipiac in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action at the Hynes Center. Seniors Sean Armand and Tre Bowman and sophomore A.J. English each had 20 or more points as the Gaels (10-8, 7-2 MAAC) never..." January 25

  • Manhattan Improves MAAC Record to 7-2 with 67-51 Win over Rider

    GoJaspers.com "Manhattan held Rider to 27.1 percent shooting from the field on its way to a 67-51 victory over the Broncs on Friday night at Draddy Gymnasium. With the ESPNU cameras rolling, the Jaspers jumped out to a hot start, outscoring Rider 10-2 over the first three minutes of the game. Neither team..." January 25

  • Purple Eagles Hold Off Marist, 80-74

    PurpleEagles.com "The Niagara Purple Eagles used a balanced scoring attack to defeat the Marist Red Foxes, 80-74, on Friday night at the Gallagher Center. A couple of Purple Eagles (6-15, 3-7 MAAC) continued their strong play against the Red Foxes (6-13, 3-6 MAAC). Antoine Mason led NU in scoring with 22 points..." January 25

  • Miami Hurricanes just one example of the ACC’s newfound love for zone defense

    Charlotte Observer "It’s been a buzzword this season in the ACC: zone. As in, zone defense. Most often, it’s in reference to Syracuse’s style of play, but it’s not just Orange who have brought the zone to the league. “There are just more people playing zone,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “And if they don’t..." January 22

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