Metro Atlantic Athl. RUMORS & NEWS

  • Some Monmouth hoops tickets selling for 10x face value

    Sporting News - NCAAB "When it comes to great investments, Monmouth Hawks basketball tickets probably don't come immediately to mind. But in the wake of the Hawks' stunning overtime victory on the road at UCLA in the season opener and subsequent triumphs over Notre Dame and Georgetown, Monmouth tickets are suddenly..." January 28

  • Jordan Washington suspended 2 games for slapping Hawks player

    ESPN "Iona junior forward Jordan Washington has been suspended two games as a result of his involvement in Friday's unsportsmanlike incident against Monmouth, the team announced Saturday. He will not play Sunday at Rider and will also miss Friday's home game against Saint Peter's. "We hold our..." January 18

  • Jordan Washington slaps Chris Brady in Iona-Monmouth fight

    Larry Brown Sports "Jordan Washington will likely be facing discipline from the MAAC for slapping Chris Brady during a fight between Iona and Monmouth players after their game Friday night. Monmouth knocked off Iona 110-102, and things got heated following the contest. Players from both sides mixed it up, and..." January 16

  • Iona coach trashes Monmouth bench mob

    The Score "There's at least one person in the country who doesn't love the Monmouth bench, and that's Iona coach Tim Cluess. The Hawks' bench has become famous for elaborate celebrations this season, and while the majority of the college basketball world loves their routines, Cluess trashed them Friday..." January 15

  • Manhattan's Jermaine Lawrence withdraws from program

    The Score "Manhattan forward Jermaine Lawrence is withdrawing from the school and leaving the program, his mother informed ESPN's Jeff Goodman. Lawrence took issue with a half-season suspension for a failed drug test in September, which he claims he was told would only be for one game." November 17

  • Mother of Manhattan's Lawrence outraged by half-season suspension, reduced scholarship

    The Score "When Jermaine Lawrence failed a marijuana test in September, the Manhattan College forward was hit with a one-game preseason suspension. Now, Lawrence has been suspended for half the season and stripped of half his scholarship, and he doesn't know why. "He was told that he was going to miss one..." November 12

  • Siena Junior Javion Ogunyemi Eligible To Play Immediately

    Big Apple Buckets "Siena junior Javion Ogunyemi will be able to compete during the 2015-16 season, the school confirmed on Friday. The school’s compliance office had been working since August with the NCAA to figure out a way to let the Troy native return to immediate eligibility and the NCAA ruled that based on..." October 31

  • Siena welcomes back Ogunyemi, applies for NCAA waiver

    Times Union "Javion Ogunyemi, who left the Siena men’s basketball program for all of three months, has re-enrolled in school and will begin classes on Sept. 8. Now Siena is at work on getting Ogunyemi, a 6-foot-8 junior forward from Troy, an NCAA waiver that would allow him to play immediately this season..." September 01

  • Manhattan point guard granted fifth year of eligibility

    College Basketball Talk "The Manhattan Jaspers have reached the NCAA tournament in each of the last two seasons, and one of the reasons why has been point guard RaShawn Stores. While his averages (6.3 ppg, 3.0 apg) may not jump off the page, the 5-foot-11 Stores has been an important leader for Steve Masiello’s..." July 23

  • Dominique Reid won’t be returning to Niagara University

    Buffalo News "Dominique Reid’s Niagara University basketball career is over. Niagara announced Friday that it has cut ties with the star forward, who is facing three felony charges related to financial dealings. Said Niagara Athletics Director Simon Gray in a statement: “Dominique Reid will not be..." July 20

  • Monmouth’s Micah Seaborn tweets he will be eligible for 2015-16

    Asbury Park Press "There was some news late Friday afternoon regarding Micah Seaborn and for once, the news was good regarding the Monmouth University guard. Seaborn, who sat out his freshman season in 2014-15 after the NCAA ruled him ineligible over his academics, tweeted late Friday afternoon that he has been..." July 20

  • Report: 7-foot Providence transfer Paschal Chukwu visiting Michigan State Monday

    Michigan Live "For the second time in less than a week, Michigan State is expected to have a highly sought-after visitor on campus. Paschal Chukwu, a 7-foot-2 center transferring from Providence, is planning to visit the Spartans on Monday, according to a report from CBS Sports. has also reported today..." June 23

  • Niagara's Reid facing 3 felony charges as result of Niagara County arrests

    Buffalo News "Niagara University basketball player Dominique Reid is facing three felony charges, all related to improper financial dealings, as a result of arrests over the past school year. Reid, a 6-foot-8 forward from Eriol, N.J., no longer is participating in team activities, Niagara Athletics Director..." June 18

  • Canisius guard Zach Lewis reportedly set to join UMass basketball via transfer

    Mass Live "The University of Massachusetts basketball team has reportedly landed another future backcourt option via transfer. According to ESPN recruiting scout Adam Finklestein, UMass has picked up a transfer commitment from Canisius guard Zach Lewis, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard who announced his decision..." May 19

  • Manhattan adds former Ball State point guard Zavier Turner

    College Basketball Talk "Manhattan added a point guard to its roster Friday night, as former Ball State guard Zavier Turner will be making the move from the MAC to the MAAC. The news was first reported by, and after sitting out the 2015-16 season Turner will have two seasons to play under Manhattan head coach..." April 27

  • Canisius' hoops loses leading scorer Zach Lewis, who opts to transfer

    Buffalo News "Canisius College men's basketball team suffered a big loss Monday with the decision by leading scorer Zach Lewis to transfer to another school. The Griffs announced the 6-foot-3 sophomore guard, who was a third-team All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference selection, is leaving the team. “We..." April 14

  • Iona extends hoops coach Tim Cluess

    Sporting News - NCAAB "Extended success is a good recipe for getting an extension. Tim Cluess has re-upped with Iona College through the 2019-20 season, the school announced Thursday. The Gaels have made a postseason appearance every year since Cluess took over the program, including NCAA Tournament bids in 2012..." March 27

  • Andrew Nicholas to return for Monmouth Thursday at St. Peter's

    Asbury Park Press "When Monmouth University travels to the Yanitelli Center to take on St. Peter's Thursday night (7 p.m., ESPN3), the Hawks will be a little deeper than they've been recently. Senior guard Andrew Nicholas has been cleared to play Thursday night after missing the last four games with a concussion,..." February 19

  • Siena Junior Brett Bisping Out For The Season

    Big Apple Buckets "Siena officially announced that junior Brett Bisping will miss the remainder of the season with a right toe injury. The 6’8″ Bisping left the team’s 88-67 victory over Quinnipiac on Dec. 6 after falling down going for a rebound in the second half. He suffered a dislocation of the metatarsal..." February 10

  • Siena men’s basketball suspends Cole indefinitely

    Albany Times Union "Siena men’s basketball player Patrick Cole is suspended indefinitely from the team, the school’s athletic communications department announced today, confirming a Times Union report. The reason for the suspension wasn’t immediately available. Siena is expected to make the announcement..." December 19

  • Siena’s Long sprains ankle, out 2-3 weeks

    Times Union "The Siena men’s basketball team took another injury hit today when sophomore forward Lavon Long went down in practice with a high left ankle sprain, according to head coach Jimmy Patsos. Long will be out for two to three weeks and won’t return until Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play..." December 18

  • Siena’s Wolfe to transfer

    Times Union "Siena sophomore forward Michael Wolfe, who played only sparingly last season and not at all this season, will transfer to another program after this semester. Siena head coach Jimmy Patsos said Wolfe, who is 6-foot-9, 200 pounds, will look at schools closer to his hometown of Germantown,..." December 10

  • Siena’s Bisping out at least a month with toe injury

    Times Union "Siena junior forward Brett Bisping will miss at least a month with a dislocated right toe suffered in tonight’s 88-67 victory over Quinnipiac. Bisping, a 6-foot-8 starter, went down on the baseline with 7:59 to play. He was helped off the court and to the locker room by trainer Greg Dashnaw and..." December 08

  • NCAA denies Monmouth's appeal on Seaborn eligibility case

    Asbury Park Press "The NCAA has given Monmouth University some closure on Micah Seaborn's eligibility case, but it came in the form of bad news for the Hawks and the former Prime Prep Academy standout. The school released a statement Friday afternoon stating that its appeal on the NCAA's original ruling to not..." December 06

  • Missouri transfer Cameron Biedscheid commits to Iona

    CBS Sports "Missouri transfer and former Notre Dame guard Cameron Biedscheid has committed to Iona, sources told He will have 2 1/2 years of eligibility remaining. The Gaels are expected to file a hardship waiver with the NCAA with the hopes that Biedscheid will be eligible for the second..." November 27

  • Rice, Palmateer get contract extensions at Monmouth

    Asbury Park Press "On the eve of both Monmouth University basketball teams opening their respective seasons, the school made sure that both head coaches would be sticking around the Multipurpose Activity Center for a while. Late Thursday afternoon, Monmouth announced that men's head coach King Rice and women's..." November 14

  • Siena loses center Imoh Silas to torn ACL

    College Basketball Talk "Three days before the start of the 2014-15 regular season, Siena announced the team will be without center Imoh Silas. The 6-foot-9 senior torn his ACL in his right knee during practice last Thursday. An MRI on Tuesday revealed the injury. “Imoh’s our family member and he has another year left..." November 12

  • Transfer Jermaine Lawrence eligible immediately at Manhattan

    SI "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, with..." August 13

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case

    ESPN "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

    CBS Sports "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

    CBS Sports "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

    CBS Sports "Indiana's Tom Crean will hire former Marist head coach Chuck Martin as an assistant, sources told 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 "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 that Masiello has completed his coursework and will be awarded his degree..." May 30

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

    CBS Sports "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 "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

    CBS Sports "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 "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 on Wednesday. On the Manhattan and Louisville official..." March 26

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

    CBS Sports "Manhattan coach Steve Masiello will be introduced as the next head coach at USF later this week, multiple sources told 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

    CBS Sports "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 "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 "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 "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 "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 "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 "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 "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

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