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Manhattan Hops on the 1 Train Tuesday to Meet Columbia

Courtesy: Manhattan Athletic Department
Release: 11/12/2013
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RIVERDALE, N.Y. - Fresh off a 99-90 double-overtime victory at La Salle, Manhattan returns to action on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Columbia, where the Jaspers and Lions will play for the second straight season.

Manhattan rallied from a three-point deficit in the first overtime to send it to a second overtime, when the Jaspers prevailed. Both teams are 1-0 after the Lions defeated Maryland-Eastern Shore 73-54 in their season opener on Saturday night.

The two schools are separated by just seven miles and 14 stops on the 1 train, which the Jaspers will take to Tuesday’s game. Columbia leads the series 15-8, having won the last two meetings in the last two years. The Jaspers’ last victory came in 2003, a 72-57 triumph at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, N.Y. That was the teams’ last meeting before the series resumed in 2011.

Manhattan senior guard Michael Alvarado gained his first career MAAC Player of the Week award after a terrific all-around game in the Jaspers’ 99-90 double-overtime victory at La Salle on Saturday afternoon. It is Alvarado’s first career MAAC Player of the Week award. He earned MAAC Rookie of the Week honors twice during his freshman season of 2010-11. Alvarado is the first Jasper to earn MAAC Player of the Week honors since George Beamon on November 26, 2012. In what was the season opener for both teams, Alvarado made five of eight field goals, five of six from the free throw line to score 16 points. He also had eight rebounds from the guard spot and handed out a team-high six assists.

The Jaspers return nine players from last year’s team, including six players who have gained recognition from the conference during the past year:
Sr. Rhamel Brown 1st team preseason All-MAAC, 2nd team All-MAAC (2013), 2nd team All-Metropolitan, MAAC Defensive Player of the Year (2012, 2013)
Sr. George Beamon 1st team preseason All-MAAC (2013), 1st team All-MAAC (2012), 2nd team All-Metropolitan (2012), 2nd team NABC All-District (2012), 3rd team All-MAAC (2011), 3rd team All-Metropolitan (2011)
Sr. Michael Alvarado 3rd team preseason All-MAAC (2013), 3rd team All-MAAC (2012), MAAC All-Rookie team (2011)
Jr. Emmy Andujar 3rd team preseason All-MAAC (2013), MAAC All-Rookie team (2012)
Jr. RaShawn Stores MAAC All-Rookie team (2013)
So. Shane Richards MAAC Co-Rookie of the Year (2013), MAAC All-Rookie team (2013)

In the latest mid-major poll released by on November 11, Manhattan jumped up seven spots to #11 after starting the season at #18. The Mid-Major Poll is made up of teams from the following conferences: America East, Atlantic Sun, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, Colonial, Horizon, Independents, Ivy, Metro Atlantic, Mid-American, Mid-Eastern, Missouri Valley, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot, Southern, Southland, Southwestern, Summit, Sun Belt, West Coast, Western Athletic.

Of the 13 players on the Manhattan roster, nine hail from the greater New York metropolitan area, including eight from the five boroughs of New York City. The Jaspers also have players from New Jersey (Carlton Allen), Kentucky (Donovan Kates), Illinois (CJ Jones) and California (Adam Lacey). Below are the nine players from the New York City area and their respective high schools.

Name   Hometown   High School
Michael Alvarado   Bronx All Hallows
Emmy Andujar Bronx Rice
George Beamon Roslyn, L.I.   Roslyn
Rhamel Brown Brooklyn Transit Tech
Ashton Pankey Bronx St. Anthony's
Shane Richards New York City   York Prep
RaShawn Stores    Bronx All Hallows
Rich Williams Brooklyn Transit Tech
Tyler Wilson Bronx Cardinal Hayes

Manhattan senior George Beamon showed that he is back to full health after a team-high 24 points with eight rebounds in Manhattan’s win at La Salle on Saturday. The 24 points give Beamon a total of 1,302 all time, which moved him ahead of Brian Mahoney, Dave Holmes and John Marren on the career list.

Name  Years   Games   Points
1. Luis Flores  2001-04   89 games 2,046
2. Keith Bullock   1989-93 120 games    1,992
3. Tim Cain 1981-85 108 games 1,872
4. Durelle Brown   1997-01 112 games 1,634
5. Peter Runge 1986-90 103 games 1,622
6. Steve Grant 1974-78 103 games 1,610
7. Larry Lembo 1962-65 66 games 1,443
8. Darryl Crawford   2006-10 121 games 1,431
9. George Bucci 1972-75 79 games 1,331
10. John Leonard 1978-82 103 games 1,329
11. Jamal Marshall    1991-95 117 games 1,307
12. George Beamon    2009-pres.   91 games 1,302
13. Dave Holmes 2000-04 112 games 1,291
      John Marren 1967-70 70 games 1,291
15. Brian Mahoney 1968-71 72 games 1,289

Senior Rhamel Brown had a strong game in the season opener, totaling 14 points, eight rebounds and five blocked shots, including a critical swat of a last-second jumper in the first overtime that kept the game tied. The program’s all-time leader in blocked shots with 252, Brown is third among all MAAC players in career blocked shots.

1. Deng Gai   Fairfield    2001-05   444
2. Tomas Vazquez-Simmons   Canisius 2007-11 273
3. Rhamel Brown Manhattan   2010-pres.   252
4. Lionel Simmons La Salle 1986-90 248
5. Jason Thompson Rider 2005-08 235

Junior Emmy Andujar posted his fourth career double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds at La Salle on Saturday. Andujar grabbed six offensive rebounds, shot 6-of-10 from the field and added three assists for good measure.

Junior RaShawn Stores gave Manhattan 28 solid minutes off the bench in the 99-90 double-overtime win over La Salle on Saturday. Stores canned a pair of three-pointers and dished out five assists with only one turnover.

Sophomore Shane Richards drilled four three-pointers in seven attempts in the win at La Salle. He scored 10 of his 13 points after the first half in 29 minutes of action. 

Sophomore Ashton Pankey sat out last season after transferring from Maryland prior to the 2012-13 campaign. Pankey stepped back on the court for the first time in two seasons and made his presence felt on the interior. In 13 minutes off the bench, he scored seven points and pulled down six rebounds, including three on the offensive glass.

Sophomore CJ Jones provided some quick offense off the bench in the first half for Manhattan at La Salle. Jones canned both of his shots from the corner, including a corner three that was a part of a 6-0 run by Manhattan to tie the game at 27-27.

The Jaspers were picked atop the 2013-14 MAAC preseason poll, as voted by the conference’s 11 head coaches. Defending champion Iona was picked second, followed by Canisius, Rider, Marist, Fairfield, Quinnipiac, Niagara, Saint Peter’s, Siena and Monmouth.

Manhattan will have at least seven games on television in 2013-14. All remaining home games and select road contest will be available on JasperVision.TV in high definition:

Jan. 18   at Fairfield   1:30 p.m.   SNY
Jan. 24 Rider 7 or 9 p.m. ESPNU or ESPN3
Jan. 31 at Iona 7 or 9 p.m.   ESPNU or ESPN3
Feb. 7 at Canisius   7 or 9 p.m. ESPNU or ESPN3
Feb. 21 at Siena 7 or 8 p.m. ESPNU or ESPN3
Feb. 28 Iona 7 or 9 p.m. ESPN2 or ESPNU
Mar. 2 Canisius 4:30 p.m. ESPN3

A pair of freshmen should also be vital contributors to the Jaspers’ backcourt. Rich Williams is an explosive wing player who can score inside or outside. With a tremendous wingspan, Williams has the ability to create havoc defensively. Tyler Wilson is a cerebral point guard who is a terrific ball handler. A deft passer, Wilson can create his own shot and set up his teammates effectively. Freshman center Carlton Allen will also lend size and athleticism to the frontcourt. A Philadelphia-area product, Allen’s high school coach was former NBA player Pervis Ellison. An agile athlete, Allen has the ability to alter shots near the hoop while finishing efficiently on the offensive end.

There are two new, but familiar faces, on the Manhattan sidelines this season. Mathiew Wilson, formerly the director of basketball operations, was promoted to an assistant coach position on Steve Masiello’s staff over the summer. Masiello then brought in former colleague Mike Bramucci to fill the director of operations slot. Bramucci and Masiello coached together at Manhattan College from 2001-03. Roberto Colonette, a 2013 Manhattan College graduate and two-year letterwinner, is also on the staff this season as the team’s strength and conditioning coach. Colonette is currently enrolled in the Manhattan College School of Continuing and Professional Studies, pursuing his Master’s degree in organizational leadership.

In its 108th season, the Manhattan College men’s basketball program boasts a 1283-1148 overall record and 243-270 MAAC mark in 33 seasons as a conference member. The Jaspers storied men’s basketball team was established in 1904-05 and served a two-year hiatus during the 1943-44 and 1944-45 season due to World War II.

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