February 18, 2016 |
SELECTION SUNDAY is 3 1/2 weeks away and while the majority of the 36-team at-large field is locked in, almost nothing else is certain. If last season's Kentucky team was playing this season, I could not imagine it losing. At this stage, I couldn't even tell you the favorite, much less predict a winner. Each of the 32 conferences gets an automatic bid. Here is a look as we roll toward March 13. America East (1) Stony Brook Jameel Warney, the 6-8 senior, has the nation's best set of career numbers for a team that has won 18 straight - 1,971 points, 1,189 rebounds, 259 blocks, 215 assists, 99 steals.
December 4, 2015 |
DOWN SIX points to visiting Hofstra with just over two minutes to play, La Salle's Jordan Price - the nation's fifth-leading scorer at 25 points per game - had that look in his eye; the look all great scorers have when they're in the zone. Price rejected a screen, took a step back and drained his sixth three of the game from the top of the key, prompting a timeout as the Pride clung to a three-point lead. When Hofstra's leading scorer, fifth-year senior Juan'ya Green, walked back to his bench, Pride coach Joe Mihalich smiled in Green's direction and offered some words of consolation to his best player.
December 4, 2015 |
A furious comeback was not enough to overcome a sluggish start Wednesday night as La Salle fell, 84-80, to visiting Hofstra, which earned coach Joe Mihalich his 300th win. Jordan Price led the Explorers with a career-high 37 points, including 24 in the second half, but the Explorers' supporting players couldn't muster enough offensive help. La Salle trailed, 50-33, with 17 minutes left before rallying. The Explorers (4-2) used a 10-2 run to get within 78-77, but Cleon Roberts missed a chance to tie the score, missing a free throw with 1 minute, 15 seconds remaining.
November 17, 2015 |
IF THIS was last November and Saint Joseph's had played a first half in which DeAndré Bembry has as many fouls (two) as shots from the field and free-throw line combined, the offensively-challenged Hawks might have been in single digits. Sunday evening at Hagan Arena, this SJU team, with more firepower, actually put up 34 points at the break and had Niagara down six on the way to a 73-62 win. Now, Niagara, 15-50 in two seasons plus two games since coach Joe Mihalich went to Hofstra and took some very talented players with him, is not the kind of opponent the Hawks will see in the Atlantic 10. But 2-0 is 2-0 and that is SJU after beating Drexel in the Friday opener.
August 6, 2015 |
IF COLIN CURTIN were still in grade school, he'd have a great what-I-did-this-summer essay. The 2005 St. Joseph's Prep grad was the head coach of Overseas Elite, the team that walked away with the $1 million prize at The Basketball Tournament Sunday at Fordham University. As is the often the case, he got the job because he knew someone. "The general manager of Overseas Elite is Andrew Morrison, who lives full time in Sea Isle City [N.J]," said Curtin, who grew up in Fairmount.
July 24, 2015
La Salle will open the 2015-16 men's basketball season on Nov. 14, by hosting Towson as part of the university's homecoming celebration. The remainder of the nonconference schedule includes five games at Gola Arena and three at the Palestra. Seven of La Salle's 10 Division I nonconference opponents won at least 20 games last season, with three (Villanova, Temple, and Miami) winning at least 25. Following the Towson game, the Explorers will play Rider on Nov. 17 and Lafayette on Nov. 23, both at the Gola Arena.
February 17, 2015 |
DREXEL LEFT Long Island on Jan. 21 with a blowout, 86-58 loss to Hofstra, a 4-14 record and not much hope. Fast-forward to yesterday evening at the DAC, the same Dragons had won six straight and reclaimed what looked like a lost season. What better time for another game with Hofstra just to see how far they had come. Not far enough, it would appear. The Pride, with Philly guys Juan'ya Green (Carroll) and Ameen Tanksley (Imhotep), jumped Drexel at the start and never really let them into the game, attacking the basket relentlessly and just killing Dragon defenders off the dribble.
February 16, 2015 |
When: Sunday at 5 p.m. Where: Daskalakis Athletic Center TV/Radio: The Comcast Network; www.gragons.com . Records: Hofstra 16-10, 7-6 Colonial Athletic Association; Drexel 10-14, 8-5. Coaches: Hofstra, Joe Mihalich (2d season, 16-33); Drexel, Bruiser Flint (14th season, 237-187). Last meeting: Drexel lost, 86-58, at Hofstra on Jan. 21. Hofstra's top three: Ameen Tanksley (17.4 ppg., 6.0 rpg.), Juan'ya Green (17.4 ppg., 6.6 ppg., 4.4 rpg.)
January 22, 2015 |
When: Wednesday, 7 p.m. Where: David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex, Hempstead, N.Y. Radio: www.elgragons.com Records: Drexel (4-13, 2-4 Colonial Athletic Association), Hofstra (13-6, 4-2). Coaches: Drexel, Bruiser Flint (14th season, 232-186); Hofstra, Joe Mihalich (2d season, 23-29). Last meeting: Drexel won, 74-63, at home on Feb. 16, 2014. Drexel's top three: Damion Lee (20.2 ppg., 6.2 rpg.), Tavon Allen (10.4 ppg., 2.8 rpg.)
January 15, 2015 |
NOT EXACTLY sure where the time went, but Saturday at Gola Arena, La Salle will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the team that won more games than any in school history. The top four scorers from the 1989-90 team combined to score 8,516 career points and are ranked first, 10th, 12th and 16th in school history. The top scorer, Lionel Simmons, scored 3,217 points. Only two players in college basketball history have scored more. I caught a ride on the L-Train late in Lionel's freshman year and never got off. I was just learning about Philadelphia basketball and what a classroom that was - with head coach Speedy Morris, assistants Joe Mihalich, Fran Dunphy for a while, Randy Monroe, Rich Prendergast, Sam Rines, players Simmons, Doug Overton, Randy Woods, Jack Hurd, Bobby Johnson, Bron Holland, Keith Morris, Tim Legler, Craig Conlin and Rich Tarr, head managers Mike Watkins and then Michael "Gus" Carr.