Jaspers to Face Louisville in Orlando in NCAAs on Thursday
RIVERDALE, N.Y. - Manhattan College earned a #13 seed in the Midwest and will take on fourth-seeded Louisville in the NCAA Tournament's round of 64 on Thursday, March 20. Game time on Thursday is 9:50 p.m. Eastern and will be broadcast live on TNT.
Winners of 11 of their last 12 games, Manhattan College advanced to the 2014 NCAA Championships after a 71-68 victory over Iona on Monday, March 10, to secure the automatic bid out of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC).
Single-session tickets for Manhattan's game are available for $85 and can be purchased in advance through the Manhattan College ticket office. To purchase tickets through Manhattan College, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the number of tickets you are requesting. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and will be available at the will call location of Manhattan's future game site.
The Jaspers rank second in the nation in wins at road/neutral sites, just one behind undefeated Wichita State.
|Stephen F. Austin||15-2|
STRONG PLAY LAST TWO MONTHS
Manhattnan’s recent 11-1 stretch has come since the beginning of February. During the last two seasons, the Jaspers have a record of 19-4 during the months of February and March.
NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY
The Jaspers are in the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time and the first time since 2004, when Manhattan advanced to the round of 32 as a #12 seed. The Jaspers have won their first-round game in two of their last three appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
2004: #12 Manhattan 75, #5 Florida 60
#4 Wake Forest 84, #12 Manhattan 80
2003: #3 Syracuse 76, #14 Manhattan 65
1995: #13 Manhattan 77, #4 Oklahoma 67
#5 Arizona State 64, #13 Manhattan 54
1993: #6 Virginia 78, #11 Manhattan 66
1958: Manhattan 89, West Virginia 84
Dartmouth 79, Manhattan 62
Maryland 59, Manhattan 55
1956: Connecticut 84, Manhattan 75
JASPERS VS. RPI TOP 100
Manhattnan owns a 5-2 record against teams listed in the NCAA’s most recent RPI rankings. The Jaspers have won at La Salle, twice against Iona and twice against Canisius.
25 WINS THIS SEASON
Manhattan’s 25 wins this season are the most for the program since the 1994-95 season, when the Jaspers advanced to the NCAA Tournament’s round of 32 as an at-large #13 seed under former head coach Fran Fraschilla. In 1995, Manhattan defeated fourth-seeded Oklahoma 77-67 before falling to fifth-seeded Arizona State in the second round.
THREE EARN ALL-MAAC TOURNAMENT HONORS
Senior George Beamon was named the 2014 MAAC Championships Most Outstanding Player after averaging 20.5 points in the Jaspers’ final two victories in the tournament. Beamon scored 23 of his game-high 25 points to lift the Jaspers to an 87-68 win over Quinnipiac in the semifinals. He finished with a team-high 16 points and eight rebounds in the championship victory over Iona.
Senior Rhamel Brown and junior Emmy Andujar also were named to the MAAC All-Tournament team. Both had an outstanding three games. Brown shot 72.4 percent from the field, averaged 16.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocked shots in the tournament, while Andujar averaged 13.3 points and 6.0 rebounds, making 60.9 percent of his field goals.
BEAMON, ALVARADO, BROWN BYPASS 1,000 POINTS
Manhattan’s senior class of Michael Alvarado, George Beamon and Rhamel Brown has been one of the most prolific senior classes in recent Jasper history. Beamon recently moved into fourth place on the Manhattan career scoring list, while Alvarado and Brown passed the 1,000-point mark earlier this season. The trio of Beamon, Alvarado and Brown is the first senior class in Manhattan College history to score more than 1,000 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. George Beamon||2009-pres.||119 games||1,836|
|5. Durelle Brown||1997-01||112 games||1,634|
|6. Peter Runge||1986-90||103 games||1,622|
|7. Steve Grant||1974-78||103 games||1,610|
|8. Larry Lembo||1962-65||66 games||1,443|
|9. Darryl Crawford||2006-10||121 games||1,431|
|10. George Bucci||1972-75||79 games||1,331|
|11. John Leonard||1978-82||103 games||1,329|
|12. Jamal Marshall||1991-95||117 games||1,307|
|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|
|22. Rhamel Brown||2010-pres.||129 games||1,163|
|24. Michael Alvarado
BEAMON IS BACK
Manhattan senior George Beamon has scored 20+ points in 17 of his 29 games this season.
|Nov. 9||at La Salle||24 points|
|Nov. 12||at Columbia||28 points|
|Nov. 16||vs. George Washington||34 points|
|Nov. 20||at Illinois State||20 points|
|Nov. 26||vs. Fordham||24 points|
|Dec. 15||at UNC Wilmington||23 points|
|Dec. 17||at South Carolina||26 points|
|Dec. 21||vs. Buffalo||22 points|
|Jan. 2||at Saint Peter's||28 points|
|Jan. 24||vs. Rider||21 points|
|Feb. 7||at Canisius||27 points|
|Feb. 9||at Niagara||20 points|
|Feb. 13||at Rider||22 points|
|Feb. 16||vs. Niagara||27 points|
|Feb. 19||at Monmouth||31 points|
|March 2||vs. Canisius||21 points|
|March 9||vs. Quinnipiac||25 points|
Beamon has also posted five double-doubles this season, leading the team in rebounds with 6.6 per game:
|November 24||vs. Fordham||24 points||11 rebounds|
|December 6||at Marist||12 points||10 rebounds|
|January 2||at Saint Peter's||28 points||10 rebounds|
|January 26||vs. Quinnipiac||12 points||12 rebounds|
|February 28||vs. Iona||13 points||11 rebounds|
WHAT CAN BROWN DO FOR YOU?
Manhattan senior Rhamel Brown has blocked at least one shot in every game and has blocked four or more shots 16 times. He currently ranks third in the nation in blocks.
|1. Jordan Bachynski||7'2"||Arizona State||4.13|
|2. Khem Birch||6'9"||UNLV||3.72|
|3. Rhamel Brown||6'7"||Manhattan||3.66|
|4. D.J. Cunningham||6'10"||UNC Asheville||3.63|
|5. Sim Bhullar||7'5"||New Mexico State||3.56|
RHAMEL’S BLOCK PARTY
The Jaspers’ all-time leader in blocked shots, Rhamel Brown recently broke his single-season blocked shots record, previously set last season.
|1. Rhamel Brown||2013-14||117|
|2. Rhamel Brown||2012-13||95|
|3. Rhamel Brown||2007-11||84|
|4. Arturo Dubois||1986-90||74|
|5. Rhamel Brown||2005-08||68|
Brown is also the active leader in career blocked shots among all Division I players.
|1. Rhamel Brown||Manhattan||364|
|2. Jyles Smith||Savannah State||320|
|3. Jordan Bachynski||Arizona State||313|
|4. Alec Brown||Green Bay||308|
|5. Daniel Miller||Georgia Tech||286|
BOUNDING AND ASTOUNDING
Not only is Brown the Jaspers’ all-time shot block king, he ranks among Manhattan’s top ten in career rebounds, coming down with more than 800 rebounds during his career.
|1. Bill Campion||1972-75||1,070|
|2. Keith Bullock||1989-93||1,012|
|3. Steve Grant||1974-78||940|
|4. Peter Runge||1986-90||894|
|5. Bob Mealy||1957-60||872|
|6. Jason Hoover||1993-97||865|
|7. Dave Holmes||2000-04||826|
|8. Rhamel Brown||2010-pres.||807|
|9. Angelo Lombardo||1954-57||739|
|10. Jamal Marshall||1991-95||716|
Manhattan senior Michael Alvarado finished with 17 points on 13-of-16 shooting from the free throw line to help pace the Jaspers in the MAAC quarterfinal win over Saint Peter’s. Alvarado also moved into fifth place on the Jaspers’ career assists list.
|1. Ed Lawson||1983-85, 86-88||447|
|2. Phil Lane||1996-2000||419|
|3. Charlie Mahoney||1972-75||384|
|4. Tom Courtney||1975-79||367|
|5. Michael Alvarado||2010-pres.||361|
|6. Charles Dubra||1988-92||355|
|7. Jason Wingate||2002-06||334|
|8. Mugsy Green||2000-02||308|
|9. Keaton Hyman||1992-95||301|
|10. Carey Wilson||1989-93||286|
Alvarado and Beamon both rank among Manhattan’s top ten all-time in career steals.
|1. Carey Wilson||1989-93||218|
|2. Ed Lawson||1983-85, 86-88||201|
|3. Luis Flores||2001-04||161|
|4. George Beamon||2009-pres.||160|
|5. Michael Alvarado||2010-pres.||159|
|6. Tarik Thacker||1993-97||154|
|7. Billy Wheeler||1986-88||149|
|8. Keith Bullock||1989-93||147|
|10. Darryl Crawford||2006-10||140|
EMMY AWARD WINNING
Junior Emmy Andujar had a terrific MAAC Tournament, scoring at will and pulling down tough rebounds. Andujar averaged 13.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in the three games in Springfield, Mass. It continued a recent run of success for Andujar; he is averaging 14.7 points and 5.6 rebounds and shooting 66.1 percent from the field since Manhattan’s February 19th game at Monmouth.
STORES READY FOR BUSINESS
Junior RaShawn Stores has started the last 23 games for the Jaspers and has had a strong last five games. Stores is averaging 7.8 points and 2.4 rebounds per game during that span and hit two crucial shots in the second half of Manhattan’s 71-68 championship game victory over Iona on March 10.
PANKEY PROVIDING SOLID POST PLAY
Sophomore Ashton Pankey has started the last 20 contests for Manhattan. He has made 57.5 percent of his field goals this season and is second on the team with 34 blocked shots.
RICHARDS BURNING THE NETS FROM DISTANCE
Sophomore Shane Richards has made a three-pointer in every Manhattan game this season and already ranks among the top five in Manhattan’s program history in made three-pointers.
|1. Devon Austin||2005-09||111 games||165|
|2. Luis Flores||2001-04||90 games||163|
|3. Steve McDowell||1994-98||100 games||145|
|4. Shane Richards||2012-pres.||64 games||142|
|Mike Konovelchick||2002-06||118 games||142|
|6. Charles Dubra||1988-92||118 games||136|
|7. Chris Williams||1989-93||117 games||132|
|8. Kidani Brutus||2010-12||63 games||126|
|9. Jeff Xavier||2004-06||60 games||125|
|10. George Beamon||2009-pres.||119 games||122|
|Ted Ellis||1991-96||80 games||122|
Richards also has tied the program’s single season mark for three-pointers in a single season.
|1. Shane Richards||2013-14||77|
|3 Bruce Seals||1999-2000||72|
|4. Luis Flores||2003-04||68|
|5. Ted Ellis||1994-95||66|
|6. Shane Richards||2012-13||65|
|7. Kidani Brutus||2011-12||63|
|9. George Beamon||2011-12||61|
|10. Brenton Birmingham||1993-94||57|
Freshman Rich Williams has converted 52.6 percent of his field goals and 38.7 percent from three-point range in his first collegiate season. He attended the same high school as Manhattan senior Rhamel Brown.
HEY, MISTER WILSON
Freshman Tyler Wilson has been a steady backup point guard during this season for the Jaspers. A strong two-way player, Wilson owns a 1.4:1 assist to turnover ratio and has collected 27 steals.
KATES SOLID OFF THE BENCH
Junior Donovan Kates has provided a steady presence off the Manhattan bench this season. In the Jaspers’ quarterfinal win over Saint Peter’s, Kates made a number of hustle plays in the second half and finished with four points and three rebounds in 18 minutes.
MASIELLO WITH 60 CAREER WINS
Manhattan head coach Steve Masiello earned his 60th career victory in the Jaspers’ 71-68 victory over Iona in the MAAC championship game on March 10. Masiello owns a career record of 60-38 in his third year on the Jaspers’ sidelines. He is the fastest Manhattan head coach to reach 60 victories since Manhattan College Hall of Famer Fran Fraschilla won his 60th game in his first 81st game as head coach.
Masiello also ranks among Manhattan’s top head coaches in career winning percentage (minimum 75 games):
MANHATTAN AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS
The Jaspers are ranked among the nation’s top 100 in several statistical categories, in games played through Thursday, March 13.
|Free Throw Attempts||2||998|
|Free Throws Made||6||661|
|Field Goal % Defense||57||40.9|
|3-Point Field Goal %||78||36.7|
|3-Point Field Goal % Defense||94||32.7|
|Blocks/Game||Rhamel Brown||3||3.66 bpg|
|Free Throws Made||George Beamon||37||172|
|Points/Game||George Beamon||37||19.2 ppg|
|Free Throw Attempts||George Beamon||76||208|
|3-Point FGs Made||Shane Richards||77||77|
|Offensive Rebounds/Game||Rhamel Brown||91||2.78|
|3-Point FG/Game||Shane Richards||96||2.45|
MANHATTAN IN THE MAAC
At the end of the regular season, the Jaspers ranked atop the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in five categories:
|Field Goal % Defense||1st||41.0%|
|3-Pt. Field Goal % Defense||1st||32.7%|
Five different Jaspers also rank among the MAAC’s top ten in several statistical categories:
|Field Goal Pct.||Rhamel Brown||1st||55.4%|
|Free Throw Pct.||George Beamon||7th||82.7|
|Three-Point FG Pct.||Shane Richards||6th||42.1|
|Three-Pointers Made||Shane Richards||4th||2.4|
|Assist/Turnover Ratio||Michael Alvarado||4th||1.8:1|
|Offensive Rebounds||Rhamel Brown||6th||2.8|
|Defensive Rebounds||George Beamon||5th||4.9|
THIRD FIVE-GAME WIN STREAK OF THE SEASON
Manhattan’s current five-game win streak is its third win streak of five or more games this season. The Jaspers have winning streaks of eight, six and five games already this season.
THE DEFENSE NEVER RESTS
Manhattan has not allowed an opponent to convert 50 percent of its shots from the field this season. Against Iona, the Jaspers held the Gaels to 44.2 percent shooting from the field and 28.6 percent from three-point range.
THREE IS THE MAGIC NUMBER
Not only has Manhattan averaged 6.4 three-pointers per game, the Jaspers have defended the three-point line well. This season, Manhattan has limited opponents to 32.7 percent from beyond the arc. The Jaspers have held opponents to less than 40 percent shooting from three-point range in 21 of their 25 wins this season.
LIFE BEGINS AT 70
During the offseason, head coach Steve Masiello preached a faster pace to his team. That has resulted in final scores above 70 points in 26 of Manhattan’s 32 games. Manhattan’s 77.4 points per game rank among the top 50 teams in the nation, second in the conference and is nearly 20 points per game more than its average of 58.3 points per game during the 2012-13 season.
I’LL TAKE THAT
The Jaspers have used their pressure defense to force the most number of steals in the conference and rank 16th in the country as of March 13.
HOME SWEET HOME
Manhattan has won eight of its last last nine games at Draddy Gymnasium, all within the conference. The Jaspers have won 12 of their last 14 MAAC games at Draddy Gymnasium, dating back to the 2012-13 season.
The Jaspers are 20-1 when leading at halftime this season.
The Jaspers are 4-1 in overtime games this season, including their dramatic 80-77 overtime triumph over Iona on February 28.
NEW YORK STATE OF MIND
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 Illinois (CJ Jones), Kentucky (Donovan Kates), New Hampshire (Trevor Glassman) and New Jersey (Carlton Allen). Below are the nine players from the New York City area and their respective high schools.
|Michael Alvarado||Bronx||All Hallows|
|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 INKS FOUR IN CLASS OF 2018
Manhattan College men’s basketball coach Steve Masiello and his staff have inked four standout incoming student-athletes during the NCAA early signing period. Nazareth (N.Y.) high school teammates Samson Akilo, a 6-foot-8 forward, and Samson Usilo, a 6-foot-4 wing, will join the Jaspers along with 6-foot-8 wing Calvin Crawford (Middletown, N.Y.) and 6-foot-9 wing Zane Waterman (Fayetteville, N.C.) in a highly regarded Manhattan class of 2018. “It’s a very important class, losing three seniors in Michael Alvarado, George Beamon and Rhamel Brown, who mean a great deal to this program,” Masiello said. “We wanted to have a very strong class overall to really complement what we have on this team. I give a ton of credit to our staff, especially Rasheen Davis and Mathiew Wilson, for their help in recruiting this excellent group of young men.”
MANHATTAN ATOP MAAC POLL
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.
NEW FACES, OLD PLACES
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.
FLORES NAMED TO MAAC HONOR ROLL
Former Manhattan standout Luis Flores ‘04 will be part of the MAAC Honor Roll, at the Basketball Hall of Fame, joining other Jasper greats Keith Bullock ‘93 and Jack Powers ‘58, who were inducted in the last two years. Flores is recognized as one of the greatest players in Manhattan College history, and helped engineer one of the greatest wins in school history. He scored 26 points to lead 12th-seeded Manhattan to a 75-60 victory over fifth-seeded Florida in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on March 18, 2004.
BROWN, MAHONEY INDUCTED INTO MC HALL OF FAME
Former Manhattan greats Durelle Brown ’01 and Charles Mahoney ’75 were recently inducted into the Manhattan College Athletic Hall of Fame. Brown ranks among the top 10 in field goals made and field goal percentage in a career. Fourth on the all-time points list with 1,634, Brown was also dominant on the boards, pulling down 6.1 per game in his junior and senior years. He was named first team All-MAAC during his junior and senior years and All-Metropolitan second team in 2000-01. Mahoney set a Manhattan career assist record of 394 in only three years. The high school New York State Tournament State Championship MVP, Mahoney scored 389 points as a freshman and added 904 during his varsity years for a total of 1,293 points. Coaches and sportswriters alike considered Charlie one of the best point guards in the metropolitan area.
WATCH AND LISTEN ON GOJASPERS.COM
For the 16th year, Manhattan College men’s basketball games will be broadcast live over the internet on GoJaspers.com. Former Jasper greats Brian Mahoney and Chris Williams return as the color analysts, alongside play-by-play broadcaster Christian Heimall. Each broadcast will begin with the “Steve Masiello Pre-Game Report” 15 minutes prior to tipoff.
WHAT’S A JASPER?
The unique nickname of Manhattan College’s athletic teams, the Jaspers, comes from one of the College’s most memorable figures, Brother Jasper of Mary, F.S.C., who served as the College’s athletic director in the late 19th century. One of the greatest achievements of Brother Jasper was that he brought the then little-known sport of baseball to Manhattan College and became the team’s first coach.
Since Brother Jasper was also the Prefect of Discipline, he supervised the student fans at Manhattan College baseball games while also directing the team itself. During one particularly warm and humid day when Manhattan College was playing a semi-pro baseball team called the Metropolitans, Brother Jasper noticed the Manhattan students were becoming restless and edgy as Manhattan came to bat in the seventh inning of a close game. To relieve the tension, Brother Jasper called timeout and told the students to stand up and stretch for a few minutes until the game resumed. Since the College annually played the New York Giants in the late 1880’s and into the 1890s at the old Polo Grounds, the Manhattan College practice of the “seventh inning stretch” spread into the major leagues, where it has now become a time-honored custom practiced by millions of fans annually.
108TH SEASON OF JASPERS BASKETBALL
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.
THIS IS MANHATTAN COLLEGE
• Manhattan College is one of 276 institutions in the United States with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most widely known academic honor society. Phi Beta Kappa celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences.
• All three of Manhattan College’s professional programs — business, education and health, and engineering — are nationally accredited.
• The five undergraduate engineering programs — chemi-
cal, civil, computer, electrical and mechanical — are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET, Inc).
• The School of Education is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).
• The School of Business is one of 694 institutions in the world to be accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International.
• Seventeen alumni are members of the prestigious National Academy of Engineering — an impressive number for an institution the size of Manhattan College.
• Manhattan College is one of few American colleges to have chapters of all five of the distinguished national honor societies: Beta Gamma Sigma, Kappa Delta Pi, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi and Tau Beta Pi.
• Distinguished alumni include Rudy Giuliani ’65, former mayor of New York City; James Patterson ’69, best-selling author; and Raymond Kelly ’63, former commissioner of the New York City Police Department.
• Manhattan College is one of only 182 remaining colleges founded in the United States before the Civil War.