Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Liberty 80, Dream 75: Ray Floriani's Photo Essay

NEW YORK CITY - You cannot always measure your opposition by the won­lost record. Circumstances, known to vary team to team, must be taken into account. The New York Liberty were aware of that Tuesday night. Coming into Madison Square Garden was the Atlanta Dream. Their record, considerably south of .500, made them appear to be an ’easy out.’ Fortunately for New York, the Liberty staff and players knew better.

The result saw the home five post an 80-­75 victory in overtime. In the process the Liberty battled back from a ten-point third quarter deficit and were given everything they could handle. It was just what they expected.

Atlanta represented a team fighting for their collective playoff lives. A loss here meant the Dream would have to win every remaining game to have a chance, a desperate situation indeed. The Dream also had their fair share of talent, led by one of the league’s best and most dangerous scorers in Angel McCoughtry.

A game-high 25-point scorer, McCoughtry kept her team in the mix. In the end, Atlanta was done in by the supporting cast of the Liberty. Sugar Rodgers scored a team-high 23 points. Many of her long range field goal came at opportune junctures. Kiah Stokes scored 10 points, yet her contribution far exceeded that number. She led all Liberty rebounders with seven, while getting four steals and rejecting four shots in 35 minutes of solid hustle. Tina Charles, the Liberty’s top option, struggled shooting 6-of-16, yet managed 17 points.

Numbers aside, this was about resiliency. The Liberty fell behind by 10 in the third quarter. They did not panic nor waver from the game plan and gradually came back. Win number 21 on the season was achieved not just with five extra minutes. Add to that a immeasurable (by analytics) share of extra effort. In the end, the Liberty knew all along it would be that way.

Next up at Madison Square Garden, a visit from the Sovereign Pontiff:
Tina Charles, defended physically by a Liberty assistant, works on her post moves prior to the contest:
Mark Fratto, the former director of athletic communications at St. John's, makes a few notes before assuming public address announcing duties:
A meeting of scoring leaders, as Sugar Rodgers attempts to inbound while Atlanta's Angel McCoughtry defends:
The Liberty's Essence Carson debates a call with official Denise Brooks:
Tanisha Wright of the Liberty looks for a receiver. At the bottom of the picture, Sugar Rodgers attempts to get free:
The postgame presser with coach Bill Laimbeer. The Liberty are 9-0 in games covered by Ray, and the suggestion of getting in on the traveling party brought a laugh from Laimbeer and media relations director Vincent Novicki:

Monday, August 31, 2015

Monmouth releases nonconference schedule

Justin Robinson goes into junior season with MAAC Player of the Year aspirations as Monmouth begins a season of high expectations with challenging nonconference schedule. (Photo courtesy of the Asbury Park Press)

When Monmouth joined the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in the summer of 2013, head coach King Rice spoke excitedly about his desire to challenge his team, being unafraid to test a young roster in a conference most felt the Hawks would be thrown to the wolves in, as evidenced by their last-place prediction in the 11-team league.

Two years in the MAAC later, Monmouth has built off ninth and fourth-place finishes, coming just two wins short of an NCAA Tournament appearance. With that in mind, and with all but two players from last year's rotation back for an encore in West Long Branch, the Hawks are thinking big, and their nonconference schedule released Monday afternoon reflects such a philosophy.

"We are very excited about this schedule," Rice said in a release highlighting how Monmouth will start his fifth season at the helm. "I think our program has really taken some steps forward over the last four years, and this is definitely a way to challenge them."

The Hawks follow up an 18-win season with a campaign-opening trip to the West Coast, tipping off against UCLA on November 13 and then visiting USC on November 16. Once back in the Eastern time zone, Monmouth will travel to Drexel on November 21 in their final tuneup prior to participating in the Advocare Invitational, formerly the Orlando (nee Old Spice) Classic.

In Disney World's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Monmouth first takes on Notre Dame at 6:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving night, November 26, with another game the following day and their final contest in the Sunshine State on the 29th of the month, the latter two against teams to be determined. After the traditional opening weekend of MAAC play in December, the Hawks' lone non-league home game takes place on Sunday, December 13, when Wagner makes their way over the Outerbridge Crossing into the Multipurpose Activity Center. The matchup with the Seahawks, Monmouth's former Northeast Conference rival, kicks off a stretch of four games in eleven days that will also see the Hawks travel to Georgetown, (December 15) Rutgers, (December 20) and Cornell, (December 23) before their final test of the 2015 calendar year, a December 28 skirmish against Army West Point at Christl Arena. All tip times, except the Notre Dame game, are to be determined at a later date.

2015-16 Monmouth Hawks Nonconference Schedule
Friday, November 13: at UCLA
Monday, November 16: at USC
Saturday, November 21: at Drexel
Thursday, November 26: vs. Notre Dame (Advocare Invitational, Orlando, Fla.)
Friday, November 27: vs. TBD (Advocare Invitational, Orlando, Fla.)
Sunday, November 29: vs. TBD (Advocare Invitational, Orlando, Fla.)
Sunday, December 13: vs. Wagner
Tuesday, December 15: at Georgetown
Sunday, December 20: at Rutgers
Wednesday, December 23: at Cornell
Monday, December 28: at Army West Point

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Liberty 81, Lynx 68: Ray Floriani's Photo Essay

NEW YORK CITY - ‘Be in it to win it.’ 

The lottery bills that as its classic slogan. It is no use daydreaming about potential riches if you do not ante up the dollar (or a few more) for the chance. The same goes for championships. If you want to win one, get in the playoffs for starters.

The New York Liberty took that step, clinching a WNBA postseason berth for the first time since 2012. The Liberty defeated the Minnesota Lynx 81-­68 at Madison Square Garden. The game was billed as the leaders of the Western Conference versus the East’s top team, the homestanding Liberty.

Once again, it was vintage Tina Charles (18 points, 11 rebounds) and Epiphanny Prince, with a team-high 22 points, showing the way. Maya Moore of the Lynx led all scorers with 25 points. Moore was held scoreless the first quarter when the Liberty built a double-digit lead they would not relinquish, as the defense (Minnesota managed just a 90 efficiency) and supporting cast featuring Kiah Stokes (11 rebounds) and Tanisha Wright (6 assists) came through.

Almost forgotten is the man on the bench, Bill Laimbeer. Not totally overlooked for his body of work, but it is rarely mentioned how the administration let him go following last season. After a search, the Liberty decided he ultimately was best suited for the job. Credit the powers that be for getting that right. He has not only constructed a talented team, but one with chemistry that is the envy of many a team, not just WNBA clubs. In addition, the team has taken on his personality of toughness and bought completely into his mindset of solid defense as job one.

Laimbeer insists there is a lot of basketball to be played. Considering what could happen in the playoffs, he could be right, and deserves a world of credit.

The Lovin' Spoonful sang of "Summer in the City," a time when we and our amenities (at Penn Station especially) are not always at full strength:
Carolyn Swords of the Liberty limbers up pregame:
A classy Madison Square Garden tribute to recently departed fan favorite Darryl "Chocolate Thunder" Dawkins:
Tanisha Wright is all concentration on the line:
All a blur, as Essence Carson of the Liberty gives chase to a Lynx guard headed to the basket:
Epiphanny Prince of the Liberty discusses victory No. 19:
Liberty coach Bill Laimbeer in his postgame meeting with the media:

Friday, August 28, 2015

Wagner releases nonconference schedule

Mike Aaman returns for a full, and hopefully healthy, senior season as Wagner looks to fuel another run to top half of NEC standings with strong nonconference schedule. (Photo courtesy of the Staten Island Advance)

Wagner has already been regarded as the Northeast Conference team with the most upside going into the coming season, so it should come as no surprise that the Seahawks are once again challenging themselves in the nonconference portion of their schedule.

Led by head coach Bashir Mason, whose four years of experience and in-game execution belies his tender age of 31, the Verrazano Warriors play their first of eleven non-league games at Carnesecca Arena on Friday, November 13, when they meet St. John's for the third time in six years, this time with the honor of being the first official opponent of new Red Storm head coach Chris Mullin. Wagner's Big East weekend continues two days later for a Sunday date with Seton Hall on the Pirates' South Orange campus at historic Walsh Gymnasium.

A string of four straight home games is next up on the slate for the Green & White, the first of which is a return game against Bob Walsh and Maine on November 21. After a one-week hiatus, the Seahawks welcome the College of Staten Island to the Spiro Sports Center as the Dolphins make the trek down Victory Boulevard. Wagner hosts Morgan State (December 2) and American (December 6) to complete their homestand before a four-game road trip begins on December 8 against Rider at Alumni Gymnasium.

The meeting with the Broncs is Wagner's first of three straight against Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponents, with journeys to Monmouth (December 13) and Fairfield (December 18) immediately following. The marquee date on the Seahawks' pre-NEC ledger comes on December 22 in a trip to the newly christened EagleBank Arena for only the second battle in program history with George Mason, a school Wagner has not faced since 1983. The Patriots, led by new head coach Dave Paulsen, return seniors Shevon Thompson and Patrick Holloway to a roster looking to escape the doldrums of the Atlantic 10.

Wagner concludes its nonconference schedule at home against UMass Lowell on December 30, as the River Hawks come to Staten Island for the first-ever clash between the two schools.

2015-16 Wagner Seahawks Nonconference Schedule
Friday, November 13: at St. John's (Carnesecca Arena)
Sunday, November 15: at Seton Hall (Walsh Gymnasium)
Saturday, November 21: vs. Maine
Saturday, November 28: vs. College of Staten Island
Wednesday, December 2: vs. Morgan State
Sunday, December 6: vs. American
Tuesday, December 8: at Rider
Sunday, December 13: at Monmouth
Friday, December 18: at Fairfield
Tuesday, December 22: at George Mason
Wednesday, December 30: vs. UMass Lowell

Emmy Andujar signs professional contract in Spain

Emmy Andujar's next step after two MAAC championships will come in Spain, where former Jasper signed with Forca Lleida. (Photo courtesy of Vincent Simone via Big Apple Buckets)

For four years, Emmy Andujar not only personified the hard-working, relentless style that his Manhattan teams came to be known for, he also embodied the high-character, team-first mantra that guided the Jaspers to back-to-back Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championships.

Andujar's perseverance and grit paid off Friday evening, when the Bronx native announced that he signed his first professional contract, coming to terms with Forca Lleida of Spain's LEB Oro.

"New chapter, new goals," Andujar said via his Instagram account, where he declared he would be moving on to the next level. "I'm very thankful to have the opportunity to take my talents to Spain and start my rookie career there. I want to thank God, my family, mentors, (the) coaching staff at Manhattan, and my friends with all the support. I'm looking forward to this and making the best of it. Time to work."

Andujar, who graduated this past May as the only player in Manhattan history to amass at least 1,300 points, 750 rebounds, 350 assists, and 150 steals in his career, was the Jaspers' scoring, rebounding, and assist leader during a senior season that landed him first team all-MAAC honors as he anchored a successful conference title defense with a second consecutive championship victory over Manhattan's archrival, Iona. He is also the fifth Jasper in the past two years to begin a career in the professional ranks, joining last year's senior class of Michael Alvarado, George Beamon, and Rhamel Brown; as well as Ashton Pankey, who signed with Israel's Hapoel Galil Elyon Club earlier this week.

Fordham releases nonconference schedule

Fordham fans will have nine chances to see Mandell Thomas lead Rams into battle at Rose Hill Gym in first season under new head coach Jeff Neubauer. (Photo courtesy of The Fordham Ram)

A constant goal for Tom Pecora when assembling his Fordham teams' schedules on a yearly basis was getting more home games at Rose Hill Gymnasium. As the years passed, the Rams were able to attract opponents to the Bronx, but still not to the level the now-former head coach desired.

Pecora was replaced by Jeff Neubauer in March, but the same scheduling philosophy has remained through the transition in regimes, and was revealed this afternoon as Fordham released its nonconference schedule, one that sees a nine-game homestand for the Rams before the beginning of Atlantic 10 play.

Fordham's lone road game in the first half of the season will be its opener against Texas-Arlington on Saturday, November 14, in the Rams' first-ever meeting against the Mavericks. Three days later, the first of nine consecutive home dates for Fordham comes against Division II Queens College, with Fairleigh Dickinson visiting Rose Hill on November 21, and Colgate on November 24 before the two highlights of the non-league slate.

On November 28, the 107th Battle of the Bronx will see the Rams entertain crosstown rival Manhattan once again, with the Jaspers coming to Fordham for the first time in three years. Following the clash against the two-time reigning Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champions, St. John's comes over the Whitestone Bridge for a December 2 tilt that will see Chris Mullin and the Red Storm take the floor at Fordham for the first time since December 11, 2010, when the Rams overcame a 21-point second-half deficit to score an 84-81 upset marked by a sellout crowd storming the court.

A pair of Northeast Conference opponents are next on the ledger, with Central Connecticut State (December 5) and LIU Brooklyn (December 8) being welcomed by the Rams, who also host Coppin State on December 13. Fordham's final home game before A-10 play comes against Maine on December 19, and their last non-league skirmish is a neutral site showdown with Boston College on December 22 as part of the Atlantic 10/ACC Challenge at Barclays Center.

2015-16 Fordham Rams Nonconference Schedule
Saturday, November 14: at Texas-Arlington, 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, November 17: vs. Queens College, 7 p.m.
Saturday, November 21: vs. Fairleigh Dickinson, 2 p.m.
Tuesday, November 24: vs. Colgate, 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 28: vs. Manhattan, 5 p.m. (107th Battle of the Bronx)
Wednesday, December 2: vs. St. John's, 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 5: vs. Central Connecticut State, 4 p.m.
Tuesday, December 8: vs. LIU Brooklyn, 7 p.m.
Sunday, December 13: vs. Coppin State, 1 p.m.
Saturday, December 19: vs. Maine, 2 p.m.
Tuesday, December 22: vs. Boston College, TBA (Atlantic 10/ACC Challenge, Barclays Center)

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

St. John's releases nonconference schedule

An ambitious nonconference schedule awaits Chris Mullin, who begins his head coaching career on November 13 when St. John's hosts Wagner. (Photo courtesy of the New York Daily News)

Hours after signing the ninth player in a productive offseason, Chris Mullin can now get to work on preparing his St. John's team for what lies ahead, as the Red Storm released its nonconference schedule late Monday afternoon.

"We are going to be tested early and often," said Mullin, who will lead his alma mater into battle at five different venues before Big East play, including a trip to Hawaii for the Maui Invitational. "Our guys are going to be challenged going up against a variety of programs that play different styles of basketball. Regardless of the opponent, we will be consistent with our work ethic and preparation for each game."

As is customary at St. John's, the slate begins with a pair of exhibition games at Carnesecca Arena, first against St. Thomas Aquinas; against whom the Red Storm played in a similar contest last year, on November 4 before Sonoma State comes to Queens on November 7. The first official game of Mullin's tenure occurs on Friday, November 13, when Wagner comes across the Verrazano Bridge to Carnesecca to meet St. John's for the third time in six seasons.

The Red Storm remain on campus for their next two games, taking on UMBC (November 16) in a Maui Invitational preliminary affair and Rutgers (November 19) in the inaugural Gavitt Tipoff Games, before flying to Hawaii to participate in the Maui Invitational for the first time. Upon arriving on the island, St. John's meets Vanderbilt in the first round on November 23, with either Indiana or Wake Forest waiting in the wings the following day in the middle of a three-game stint that concludes on November 25 versus an opponent to be determined.

St. John's lone true road game in the non-league portion of the season comes at Rose Hill Gymnasium on December 2 against local rival Fordham. It will be the first visit to the Bronx for the Red Storm since December 11, 2010, when Fordham overcame a 21-point second-half deficit en route to an 84-81 win that saw the Rams' fan base rush the court after playing to a capacity crowd. Next up for the former Redmen is their 2015-16 Madison Square Garden debut, which takes place in the Holiday Festival on December 6 against St. Francis Brooklyn and head coach Glenn Braica, a one-time St. John's assistant.

Three of the next four tilts are on campus, beginning with Niagara, (December 9) and also including Incarnate Word (December 18) and NJIT on December 20. The one exception in this stretch is a December 13 skirmish with Syracuse at Madison Square Garden in the renewal of one of the greatest rivalries in Big East history. The Red Storm conclude the nonconference ledger with a neutral site contest against South Carolina in the Hall of Fame Shootout on December 22 at the Mohegan Sun Arena. All tip times are to be determined.

2015-16 St. John's Red Storm Nonconference Schedule
Wednesday, November 4: vs. St. Thomas Aquinas (exhibition, Carnesecca Arena)
Saturday, November 7: vs. Sonoma State (exhibition, Carnesecca Arena)
Friday, November 13: vs. Wagner (Carnesecca Arena)
Monday, November 16: vs. UMBC (Maui Invitational, Carnesecca Arena)
Thursday, November 19: vs. Rutgers (Gavitt Tipoff Games. Carnesecca Arena)
Monday, November 23: vs. Vanderbilt (Maui Invitational, Lahaina Civic Center, Maui)
Tuesday, November 24: vs. Indiana or Wake Forest (Maui Invitational, Lahaina Civic Center, Maui)
Wednesday, November 25: vs. TBD (Maui Invitational, Lahaina Civic Center, Maui)
Wednesday, December 2: at Fordham
Sunday, December 6: vs. St. Francis Brooklyn (Holiday Festival, Madison Square Garden)
Wednesday, December 9: vs. Niagara (Carnesecca Arena)
Sunday, December 13: vs. Syracuse (Madison Square Garden)
Friday, December 18: vs. Incarnate Word (Carnesecca Arena)
Sunday, December 20: vs. NJIT (Carnesecca Arena)
Tuesday, December 22: vs. South Carolina (Mohegan Sun Hall of Fame Shootout, Uncasville, Conn.)

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Liberty 78, Dream 67: Ray Floriani's Photo Essay

NEW YORK CITY – Legendary coach Al McGuire often spoke of the importance regarding the ‘marquee’ player. That individual in McGuire’s Marquette program would have their picture on the cover of the media guide, and naturally get the call when a play had to be executed.

On the New York Liberty, it is safely assumed the player fitting that description is Tina Charles, though coach Bill Laimbeer and Charles herself would point out Epiphanny Prince could also be termed as such given her backcourt play. Your ‘marquee’ player is essential. The supporting cast is just as vital to a team’s success.

On Friday, the Liberty defeated the Atlanta Dream 78-­67 at Madison Square Garden. The Liberty overcame a nine-point second-half deficit. Much of the credit goes to Charles, a game-high 25-point scorer who added seven rebounds. Prince scored 18 points, burying a few crucial threes when the home group erased the Dream lead and took over.

As essential as the aforementioned pair’s performances were, you could not lose sight of those getting the call to respond. Brittany Boyd came off the bench, energizing the attack when the Liberty made their third quarter run. Tanisha Wright and Candice Wiggins combined for two points on 0-for-7 shooting, but their contributions were immeasurable, as they combined to defensively harass Dream star Angel McCoughtry into a quiet 13-point evening.

The Liberty improved to a conference leading 18­-7 as the Dream fell to 9-­16. On this night, the victory was possible with the featured performer(s) rising to the occasion. It would not be possible without those, in those all important and unheralded ‘secondary’ roles, rising to the challenge. The Liberty continue their special season, embracing the true attributes of a team, a complete; and very good one, at that.

Angel McCoughtry of the Dream, a picture of concentration on the line:
The Liberty defense never rests, with Epiphanny Prince and Tanisha Wright defending Tiffany Hayes of Atlanta:
Former Liberty coach Pat Coyle, now at Saint Peter's, on a scouting mission for the Connecticut Sun:
Brittany Boyd of the Liberty on the run in a high-energy approach:
Epiphanny Prince composes herself at the line prior to a free throw attempt:
A view of Madison Square Garden during Friday's contest:
With the win in the books, the MSG court prepares to be "torn down":

Mullin adds to recruiting class as Kassoum Yakwe signs with St. John's

Top 100 prospect Kassoum Yakwe signed with St. John's Sunday evening, enhancing Chris Mullin's first recruiting class. (Photo courtesy of The Sporting News)

When hired at his alma mater to replace Steve Lavin in March, Chris Mullin promised the St. John's fan base he endeared himself to with his exploits as a player three decades ago that he would hit the ground running as it related to recruiting.

Five months and a major cosmetic overhaul of the Red Storm roster later, the perennial NBA All-Star and former Olympic gold medalist has made good on his promise, a vow that was bolstered Sunday evening by the signing of Kassoum Yakwe.

Yakwe, a 6-7 forward who originally hails from Bamako, Mali, was ranked as high as No. 57 in the nation, chose the Red Storm over Oregon, and will enroll at St. John's for the fall semester, which begins shortly. Although not official until today, his impending arrival was broken this past Thursday by J.P. Pelzman of the Bergen Record, who announced via Twitter that Yakwe would indeed join the St. John's program.

"We are excited to welcome Kassoum to St. John's University and our basketball program," Mullin said in a release issued by the university. "He possesses tremendous athleticism, has good instincts, and will be a defensive presence. I look forward to working closely with him as he continues his basketball development."

A product of Long Island's Our Savior New American program, which also produced current Red Storm guard Felix Balamou and former forward Chris Obekpa, Yakwe caught the eye of the St. John's staff during last month's Peach Jam, where his breakout performance yielded averages of 9.2 points, 11.4 rebounds, and 5.0 blocked shots per game to complement a 68 percent shooting effort that garnered him All-Tournament Second Team honors over his five games.

Yakwe is the ninth signee for St. John's since Mullin's hire, joining four incoming freshmen, two graduate transfers, junior college transfer Darien Williams, and Tariq Owens, who will redshirt this season following his transfer from Tennessee. Prior to Yakwe's commitment, the Red Storm's recruiting class was ranked No. 39 in the nation by 247Sports.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Hofstra releases nonconference schedule

Juan'ya Green leads experienced Hofstra squad into a nonconference schedule that provides chances for several key Pride wins early. (Photo courtesy of the New York Post)

A Daniel Dixon three-pointer in the final seconds of an epic CAA Tournament semifinal kept Hofstra from making further postseason noise, instead relegating the Pride to the College Basketball Invitational, in which they chased Vermont for 40 minutes but never managed to get over the hump in a close defeat.

Regardless, the experience gained in March will go a long way toward solidifying the expectations in Hempstead, which have been raised enough to where the nonconference schedule released by head coach Joe Mihalich Wednesday afternoon is a slate in which Hofstra will not only face a collection of teams that will be forwardly placed in their respective leagues, but also one that affords the Pride many chances to build toward what should be a very fulfilling year if everything goes according to plan.

The season begins at the Mack Sports Complex with a pair of home games, first against Canisius on November 13 before local counterpart Molloy College of nearby Rockville Centre makes the short jaunt to Hempstead on November 16. From there, Hofstra heads to the Virgin Islands to take part in the Paradise Jam, taking on Florida State in the first leg of the journey on November 20 before two more games against opponents to be determined.

Returning stateside on November 28 to battle St. Bonaventure on the road, the Pride also head to Philadelphia to return one of last year's home games when they meet La Salle at Tom Gola Arena. The December 2 clash with the Explorers will be one where Mihalich returns to the program he spent 17 years at as an assistant coach before being hired as the head coach at Niagara. On December 6, Hofstra takes the floor at Madison Square Garden against Appalachian State in the Holiday Festival. The contest at the "World's Most Famous Arena" will be Hofstra's first at the Garden since the Pride participated in the 2009 Holiday Festival, and will be the first game of a doubleheader that also features St. John's against St. Francis Brooklyn.

A trip up Interstate 87 into Albany awaits Hofstra next, as the Pride will face Siena on December 9 in a game that will see Mihalich match wits with his former Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference rival Jimmy Patsos, the head coach of the Saints. Following a hiatus for final exams, the Pride return to the hardwood on December 20 to renew their local rivalry with Stony Brook, this time at Island Federal Credit Union Arena. In the first meeting between the two schools since the 2008-09 season, the Pride and Seawolves produced an instant classic last November, with Dion Nesmith's jumper in the final seconds propelling Hofstra to a dramatic 66-65 victory to claim Long Island bragging rights.

Two home games conclude the non-league ledger, with Florida Atlantic coming to the Mack Sports Complex on December 22, while Sacred Heart visits Hempstead on December 28. All game times are to be determined.

2015-16 Hofstra Pride Nonconference Schedule
Friday, November 13: vs. Canisius
Monday, November 16: vs. Molloy College
Friday, November 20: vs. Florida State (Paradise Jam)
Saturday, November 21-Monday, November 23: vs. TBD (Two games, Paradise Jam)
Saturday, November 28: at St. Bonaventure
Wednesday, December 2: at La Salle
Sunday, December 6: vs. Appalachian State (Holiday Festival, Madison Square Garden)
Wednesday, December 9: at Siena
Sunday, December 20: at Stony Brook
Tuesday, December 22: vs. Florida Atlantic
Monday, December 28: vs. Sacred Heart