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Manhattan College will play Louisville Thursday, March 20 at 9:50pm in Orlando, Fla.

Jaspers to Face Louisville in Orlando in NCAAs on Thursday

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Release: 03/16/2014
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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 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.

Wichita State 17-0
Manhattan 16-4
Stephen F. Austin   15-2
Harvard 15-3

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.

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

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.

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.

1994-95   26-5
2013-14 25-7
2003-04 25-6
1991-92 25-9
2002-03 23-7
1992-93 23-7

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.

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.

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. 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 
2010-pres.   116 games 1,160

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

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

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

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.

Name   Years    Rebounds
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.

Name   Years    Assists  
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.

Name   Years    Assists  
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
    Patrick Bouli 2006-10 147
10. Darryl Crawford 2006-10 140

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.

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.

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.

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.

Name   Years   Games   3FGs
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. 

Name   Years   3FGs
1. Shane Richards 2013-14  77
   Jeff Xavier  2005-06   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
   Kidani Brutus 2012-13 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.

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.

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.

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):

Fran Fraschilla   1992-96   86-34   .716
Neil Cohalan 1929-42 165-82   .668
Bobby Gonzalez     1999-2006    129-77 .626
Steve Masiello 2011-pres.     60-38 .612
Jack Powers 1968-78 142-114     .555

The Jaspers are ranked among the nation’s top 100 in several statistical categories, in games played through Thursday, March 13.

Category   Rank     Actual
Free Throw Attempts 2 998
Free Throws Made 6 661
Blocks/Game 10 6.1
Steals/Game 16 8.3
Win-Loss % 23 78.1
Scoring Offense 37 77.4
Offensive Rebounds/Game    47 12.8
Scoring Margin 51 +7.4
Field Goal % Defense 57 40.9
Turnover Margin 76 +1.6
3-Point Field Goal % 78 36.7
3-Point Field Goal % Defense    94 32.7
Category   Player   Rank   Actual
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
  Michael Alvarado  85 203
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

At the end of the regular season, the Jaspers ranked atop the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in five categories:

Category   Rank   Actual
Scoring Margin    1st +7.4
Field Goal % Defense   1st 41.0%
3-Pt. Field Goal % Defense   1st 32.7%
Blocks/Game 1st 6.1
Steals/Game 1st 8.3

Five different Jaspers also rank among the MAAC’s top ten in several statistical categories:

Category   Player   Rank   Actual
Scoring  George Beamon    3rd 19.2
Rebounding   George Beamon 10th 6.6
Field Goal Pct.   Rhamel Brown 1st 55.4% 
  Emmy Andujar 3rd 53.0%
Assists Michael Alvarado     T-4th 4.0
Free Throw Pct.    George Beamon 7th 82.7
Steals George Beamon 4th 1.6
  Michael Alvarado      T-7th 1.4
Three-Point FG Pct. Shane Richards 6th 42.1
Three-Pointers Made    Shane Richards 4th 2.4
Blocks Rhamel Brown 1st 3.7
  Ashton Pankey 10th 1.1
Assist/Turnover Ratio     Michael Alvarado 4th 1.8:1
Offensive Rebounds Rhamel Brown 6th     2.8
Defensive Rebounds George Beamon 5th 4.9

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.

National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District
First team: George Beamon
Second team: Rhamel Brown

First team: George Beamon
Second team: Rhamel Brown
Third team: Michael Alvarado

MAAC All-Tournament Team
Most Outstanding Player: George Beamon
All-Tournament Team: Rhamel Brown, Emmy Andujar

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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 AlvaradoGeorge 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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

For the 16th year, Manhattan College men’s basketball games will be broadcast live over the internet on 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.

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.

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.

• 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.

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