MONMOUTH COMES FROM BEHIND TO TOP MANHATTAN, EARN RICE’S 100TH WIN
RIVERDALE, NY- Monmouth University’s (21-5, 13-2 MAAC) men’s basketball team clawed back from a late second half deficit to overcome Manhattan College (9-17, 4-11 MAAC) 62-58 on Friday night at Draddy Gym. Micah Seaborn (Fort Worth, TX/Prime Prep Academy) drilled a corner three on Justin Robinson’s (Lake Katrine, NY/Kingston) kick out to give MU the lead for good.
Monmouth outscored MC 11-1 over the final 3:34, and got critical defensive stops late to win its 11th in a row, extending a program record winning streak.
Trailing 57-52 with 2:49 remaining, senior Josh James (Greenburgh, NY/Archbishop Stepinac) drove right for a layup and was fouled, then put his team back two after converting the free throw. After a defensive stop for the Hawks, Austin Tilghman (Wilmington, DE/Archbishop Carroll) hit a pair of free throws to tie the game up then came away with a steal with 1:40 remaining. Seaborn’s three on the subsequent possession gave the Hawks their first lead of the second half at 60-57 with 1:27 remaining. Zavier Turner’s three from the top of the arc rimmed out and Pierre Sarr (Dakar, Senegal/Roselle Catholic) came down with the rebound with 7.3 seconds to play and was fouled. Sarr hit one of two to put Monmouth up 62-58, and Turner tossed up one last three but couldn’t get it to fall clinching the win for the Hawks.
Up by two to start the half, Manhattan scored the first five points of the second frame to take a 34-27 lead, their largest of the night. Je’lon Hornbeak (Arlington, TX/Grace Prep/Oklahoma) responded with five consecutive points followed up by a Robinson free throw and the Jasper lead was cut to one at the first media timeout. Manhattan kept Monmouth at arm’s length while expanding its lead to seven points with just under six minutes to play when Robinson hit a traditional three-point play to get Monmouth to within four.
Monmouth trailed 29-27 at the break after leading by as many as five late in the frame. Hornbeak led the Hawks with eight points with Chris Brady (Greenlawn, NY/Harborfields) turning in six points and five boards. The first 20 minutes of play saw the score tied eight times and seven different lead changes in a back and forth affair that saw neither team shoot the ball efficiently.
NOTES AND QUOTES
“We held on just enough for Micah to hit that shot at the end to win the game, it was just a hard fought college basketball game.” -King Rice
“We figured out a way to win in a building we’ve never won it, that’s a grown-up win.” –King Rice
-King Rice earned his 100th career victory.
-Justin Robinson was held scoreless in the first half for just the second time this season (vs. Army 12/10).
-Tilghman’s free throws at 1:50 tied the game for the 11th time.
-Monmouth won a game while scoring in the 60’s for the first time this season.
-The Hawks have won 11 in a row for the first time in the school’s Division I history.
-Robinson was held to single digits for just the second time this season.
-MU picks up a win at Draddy Gymnasium for the first time since joining the MAAC.
-Je’lon Hornbeak has now scored in double digits in four consecutive games.
-The Hawks have matched their record from last season to this point.
-Robinson’s five steals tie him with Mustafa Barksdale for second all-time.
-Brady’s nine boards move him past Deon Jones into sixth place alone all time.
-10 different Hawks scored, with only two Hawks seeing action that didn’t convert.
-Manhattan held a 26-22 advantage in the first half on the glass.
-The Hawks did not score on the fast break.
-Monmouth topped Manhattan on second-chance points, 14-7.
-The Blue and White led for just 10:05 on the night.
-Chris Brady finished one rebound shy of a double double.
-The Hawks were 3-9 from deep in each half.
-Monmouth will head to Siena for the first game of the season between the two teams. That game will tip at 7 PM from the Times Union Center.