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Men's and Women's Track Win Home Invitational

Track 2.13.19Men’s and Women’s Track and Field came out on top this past weekend at the Monmouth Winter Collegiate Invitational, while a small group of middle distance runners were sent up to Boston University to compete in the Valentine Invitational.

The meet held at Boston University was accentuated by graduate student Allie Wilson crossing the finish line at 2:02.65 in the 800 meters, crushing her pervious school record by more than three seconds. This time for the 800 meters is now the No. 2 time in all of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

At the OceanFirst Bank Center, the Hawks faced teams from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Wagner College, Saint Peter’s University and Lafayette College. Both teams blew the competition away with the men scoring 278 points and the women scoring 296, which is more than double the amount of points that the second place team on either side accumulated.

The women’s team finished the meet with numerous Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) qualifying marks as well as a few new personal records.

Senior Brianna Stratz finished sixth overall in the 1000 meters with a time of 2:43.38, which now qualifies her for the U.S. Championships in this event.

Sophomore Chibuzo Amonu won both weight throw and shot put with ECAC qualifying marks of 17.46 meters and 46’7”. Both of these marks are personal records for her. Senior Onnie Coles (43’8”), junior Jordan Wildermuth (43’2”), and freshman Kassie Ketcho (42’8”) placed 2-3-4 behind Amonu.

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Upcoming Games 02-06-19

Thursday, Feb. 7

Men's Basketball at St. Peter's
Jersey City, NJ 7:00 p.m.

Women's Basketball at Rider
Lawrenceville, NJ 7:00 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 8

Women's Bowling
Sunshine State Classic
Orlando, FL TBA

M/W Track & Field
Monmouth Winter Collegiate Invitational
OceanFirst Bank Center
West Long Branch, NJ 6:00 p.m.

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Women's Basketball Kicks off Road Stretch with Win

W Basketball 02.06.19Women’s Basketball came back from being down by ten points in the third quarter to defeat Fairfield 73-63 on Sunday afternoon at the Webster Bank Arena in Fairfield, CT.

Freshman forward Lucy Thomas led the Hawks with 13 points, hitting all three of her three-point shots. Junior guard Rosa Graham scored ten points and had a game-high eight assists, while senior guard McKinzee Barker added ten points off of the bench.

Junior forward Alexa Middleton scored eight points and corralled ten rebounds in her eighth start of the year.

Monmouth hit six of their first seven three-point attempts to go up 20-14 early. That six-point edge would be the largest of the quarter for the Hawks, as Fairfield trimmed the lead down to three by the end of the opening frame, 22-19.

The Stags continued their run into the second quarter, scoring the first seven points to force a Monmouth timeout with 8:08 remaining in the first half, up 26-22.

The scoring slowed down towards halftime, as Fairfield went into the break leading 32-30. Seventeen of the 32 Fairfield points came off of 12 first half Monmouth turnovers.

Fairfield extended their lead to 46-36 in the third quarter, their largest of the game. The Hawks responded with six-straight points to cut the deficit to four, and an and-one play from junior forward Taylor Nason tied the game up at 46, making the run ten-straight points.

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Men's Basketball Sweeps MAAC Weekend at Home

M Basketball 02.06.19Men’s Basketball had one of their most impressive weeks of the season, stretching their home winning streak in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play to six at the OceanFirst Bank Center against Siena and Rider, respectively.

The Hawks dominated Siena on Thursday night with a double-digit victory before knocking off the first-place team in the conference, Rider, on Saturday.

Monmouth completed the season sweep of the Saints with a 66-55 victory to remain undefeated in conference play at home this season.

Sophomore guard Deion Hammond led the charge Thursday as the game’s high-scorer with 16 points while shooting four of six from beyond the arc. Hammond’s strong effort made it six straight games in double figures while also hauling in four rebounds on the night.

“I think the effort was great coming off of a bad trip to Buffalo,” said Hammond. “I didn’t really know how everything was going to go but collectively we came out and did our thing and everybody played well.”

Adding to the dominating collective effort was senior center Diago Quinn, who was perfect from both the field and the free-throw line, putting ten points on the board and tacking on five rebounds. The double-digit performance was the eighth of the season for Quinn. The center also closed out the first half with six points which helped Monmouth go into the locker-room with their first lead of the game, 28-27.

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Upcoming Games 01-30-19

Thursday, Jan. 31

Men's Basketball vs Siena
OceanFirst Bank Center
West Long Branch, NJ 7:00 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 1

M/W Track & Field
Crimson Elite Meet
Cambridge, MA 2:00 p.m.

Women's Basketball vs Quinnipiac
OceanFirst Bank Center
West Long Branch, NJ 7:00 p.m.

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Swimming Ends Regular Season with a Pair of Losses

S 01.30.19Men’s and Women’s Swimming closed out their regular season schedules with losses to the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Sacred Heart, respectively, on Saturday afternoon in Fairfield, CT.

“We weren’t perfect today but I was pleased with the way everyone raced,” said Head Coach Matt Nunnally. “We have some details to clean up in the next few weeks to be at our best for the MAAC (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) Championships.”

Men’s Swimming fell to NJIT by a score of 151-137, finishing their season with a record of 6-5.

Freshman Callan Smith led the way with two wins, putting him at a total of thirty this season. He finished the 200-yard backstroke in 2:00.24 and the 500-yard freestyle in 4:59.79.

Smith was also a part of the team composed of junior Austin D’Angelo and freshmen Dylan Barkhuizen and Valance Washington, who won the 400-yard medley relay with a time of 3:37.76.

They were also victorious in the 200-yard freestyle relay, thanks to a 1:27.97 finish by Barkhuizen, Washington, freshman Kevin Del Giorno, and sophomore Ethan Lucas.

Del Giorno won his third race of the season, completing the 100-yard backstroke in 54.51.

D’Angelo captured his seventh career victory in the 100-yard breaststroke after touching the wall in 1:00.93.

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Track and Field Excels in Record-Breaking Weekend

TF 01.30.19It was a record-breaking weekend for Track and Field as the women’s distance medley relay (DMR) team achieved a school-best time at the New York Armory and senior Kyle Mueller broke the 5000-meter record at Penn State.

The Hawks participated in three different events this past weekend: the Dr. Norbert Sander/Columbia Collegiate Challenge, the Penn State National Open, and the Cornell Kane Invitational. It was a split team weekend as Track and Field sent a different group of athletes to each event to compete.

At the Dr. Norbert Sander/Columbia Collegiate Challenge in New York, NY, it was the Monmouth women who stole the show with a second placed finish in the DMR after putting a time of 11:15.64 on the board, which topped the program’s all-time record in the event. The team consisted of senior Brianna Stratz, junior Nioami Miranda, senior Chandi Piiru, and graduate student Allie Wilson. The final time was a full ten seconds faster than the school’s previous best and became the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) second-fastest time in the event.

“The women’s DMR was a tremendous start to the weekend for us,” said Head Coach Joe Compagni. “We had some very good results at all three meets, and we’re looking forward to getting back to work and improving in all areas in the weeks ahead.”

Two members of the women’s DMR team also had big weekends individually as Wilson came close to topping her record-breaking 800-meter dash from a week ago by winning her event with a time of 2:06.58 and Stratz placed 7th in the event with a 2:09.84.

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Men's Basketball Falls Twice in Buffalo Road Trip

M Basketball 01.30.19Men’s Basketball lost twice in their Western New York trip, first to Canisius 80-66 on Thursday night then to Niagara 75-48 on Saturday afternoon.

On Saturday, the Hawks went into the halftime with the 23-22 lead, but were outscored 53-25 in the second half.

“It was not our day… in the first half, we guarded but certain guys we got right now want to do their own thing,” said Head Coach King Rice.

A defensive first half saw Niagara lead by as many as eight after they hit a three midway through the first, making it 19-11 Purple Eagles.

The Hawks answered with the next eight points, with four different players contributing. Niagara took the lead back with a corner triple, but MU netted the final four points of the half, taking the lead when sophomore guard Deion Hammond’s jumper went down at 1:27 to send Monmouth to the break up one. The Hawks held Niagara off the board for the final 5:20 of the first half.

After a back-and-forth first few minutes of the second half, sophomore forward Melik Martin hit a three to give the Hawks a one point lead. Shortly after, Niagara went on a 14-1 run to take a 12 point lead.  The Purple Eagles went up 20 with 2:31 to go on Barton’s corner triple, and went on to win 75-48.

For the game, Hammond finished with 12 points. Senior forward Diago Quinn finished with eight points and seven rebounds.

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Women's Basketball Snaps Losing Streak with Two Wins

W Basketball 01.30.19Women’s Basketball won their second game in a row on Saturday afternoon, defeating Niagara 76-54 at the OceanFirst Bank Center, improving to 7-11 on the season and 3-4 in conference play.

Freshman forward Lucy Thomas led Monmouth with 19 points, while junior forward Alexa Middleton scored 17 points and corralled 15 rebounds. Junior guard Sierra Green was the third and final Hawk in double figures, contributing 15 points.

Monmouth started strong off the tip, scoring the first seven points of the contest, including five from Green, which resulted in a Niagara timeout just 1:50 into the game.

The Purple Eagles responded with seven-straight points of their own to tie the game with 6:12 remaining in the opening quarter.

The Hawks countered with 12-straight points to jump out to a 19-7 lead with 3:32 on the clock, and ended the first quarter leading 27-10. Saturday’s first quarter was the highest-scoring quarter of the year for the team.

A layup from Middleton and a three-point shot from Thomas expanded the Monmouth lead to 32-10, as they held Niagara scoreless for almost six minutes of the second quarter.

The Hawks led by as many as 23 points in the frame, but Niagara closed the half on a 6-0 scoring run to make the halftime score 39-22.

Monmouth continued their push in the second half, as they outscored Niagara by seven points to take a 57-33 lead into the final ten minutes.

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Upcoming Games 12-05-18

Wednesday, Dec. 5

Men’s Basketball at Hofstra

Hempstead, NY 7:00 p.m.

 

Friday, Dec. 7

M/W Track & Field

Wagner Seahawk Shootout

Staten Island, NY

 

Saturday, Dec. 8

M/W Track & Field

Princeton New Year Invitational

Princeton, NJ 10:30 a.m.

Women’s Basketball at Lafayette

Kirby Sports Center

Easton, PA 2:00 p.m.

Men’s Basketball at Albany

SEFCU Arena

Albany, NY 7:00 p.m.

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Men's Basketball Defeated by No.10 Kentucky

M Basketball 12.05.18Men’s Basketball fell to #10/#9 ranked Kentucky 90-44 as the hosts did not trail once in the game and led by as many as 47 on Wednesday night at Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY. The Hawks then lost to Bucknell, 65-43, on Saturday. The loss continues their winless season, falling to 0-9.

“First I want to thank (Kentucky Head) Coach (John) Calipari. I’ve known him a long time, and it’s really nice that he played us last year and also played us this year,” said Head Coach King Rice. “Even on nights when they beat you the way they beat us tonight, I think it’s great for our program, and it’s great for our kids to have the opportunity to come to Rupp Arena and play one of the iconic basketball programs in one of the most big-time arenas in the country.” 

In the first half, the Hawks were able to tie it twice after Kentucky took the lead, at 2-2 and 6-6. UK then went on an 11-0 run to take a 17-6 lead in the span of 1:54. After UK took a 12-point lead, Monmouth brought it to within four after a sophomore forward Melik Martin basket to make it 22-18 midway through the half. Kentucky finished the half on a 22-6 run to make the halftime score 44-22 Kentucky. The Hawks shot 33 percent in the half, 0-5 from deep. UK shot 50 percent and was 6-15 from behind the arc. UK lead the boards with a 20-12 advantage. Sophomore guard Ray Salnave led the Hawks with eight points.

Kentucky stayed in full control for the second half, outscoring Monmouth 46-22. UK lead by as many as 47 points twice late in the half.  The Hawks hit their first three of the game with 11:23 left from Martin. Their second and final made three was a late basket from freshman guard Dave Calloway Jr.

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Monmouth University
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