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 of Quinnipiac on Sunday afternoon. The Jaspers now stand at 7-3 in the MAAC, tied with Quinnipiac for third place in the conference. Each team is a game behind Iona and Canisius, which sit at 8-2.

THE SERIES WITH IONA
Manhattan-Iona, one of the best local rivalries in recent years, renews for the 36th consecutive season. The charter members of the MAAC will meet for the 83rd time on Friday night on ESPNU. Iona holds a 45-37 lead in the all-time series after winning two of three games last season, including a 60-57 victory in the 2013 MAAC championship game in Springfield, Mass.

BROWN JOINS ALVARADO AND BEAMON IN 1,000 POINT CLUB
On Sunday, January 26, Manhattan senior Rhamel Brown scored his 1,000th point on his first basket of the game against Quinnipiac. He joins classmates Michael Alvarado and George Beamon as members of Manhattan’s 1,000-point club. It is the first time three members of the same senior class have scored more than 1,000 points in their careers wearing Jasper green. Manhattan is also one of five schools (VCU, South Carolina-Upstate, Saint Louis and William & Mary) to have three 1,000-point scorers in its starting lineup.

JASPERS MATCH 2012-13 WIN TOTAL
With its Jan. 24th win over Rider, the Jaspers matched last year’s total with their 14th win. Last season, the Jaspers won 14 games on its way to the MAAC championship game as the sixth seed. The Jaspers posted a 21-13 record in 2011-12, the program’s first year under third-year head coach Steve Masiello.