NCAA Division 3
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NCAA Division 1

2017-18 Season

College Sports In The Red
Contrary to popular belief, D1 Athletic Departments are rarely profitable. Yes, football brings in lots of revenue for some schools, and to a lesser extent, so does basketball, but these big universities sponsor 20-30 other sports teams every year that bring in virtually nothing - teams that still travel all over the world and require coaching staffs and expensive equipment and uniforms. The money that comes in from the two revenue sports just doesn't cover it for more than a handful of programs - and almost all of them are big-time football programs - not basketball. STORY

What Jay Wright Is Most Proud Of
The former Hofstra and current Villanova coach on what he is most proud of in his program. STORY

D1's Overrated Programs
A study that compares preseason rankings and final season rankings to find the programs that are consistently overrated year after year. GO TO ARTICLE

College Games At Nassau Coliseum
The newly remodeled Nassau Coliseum will be host to a number of college basketball contests. Hofstra will host Villanova of the Big East on December 22nd, and then on January 27th, there will be a MAAC Tripleheader featuring Tim Cleuss and his Iona Gaels.

Pitino Sues Adidas

Preseason D1 Rankings
Duke ranked #1 for 9th time

Preseason D2 Rankings
No local teams cracked Top 25, although St. Thomas Aquinas of the ECC is ranked 5th.

Preseason D3 Rankings
As in D2, no local teams were ranked.
NCAA Division 2
ECC Coaches Poll
LIU Post picked 4th, Molloy 6th and NYIT 7th by confernce coaches
NE 10 Coaches Poll
Adelphi pegged for 3rd in Southwest Division

Nassau CC ranked 5th in preseason poll
New D3 Players
Long Islanders that will be playing D3 college basketball for the first time this season, or are at a new school:
Thomas Ammendola/Massapequa/Hartwick
Dominick Arcodia/VS South/Mt. St. Mary
Zach Bromfeld/Hewlett/Vassar 
Justin Brown/St Mary’s/Mount Ida
Steve Doerler/Comsewogue/Clarks Summit
Gaetham Fils-Aime/Hills West/John Jay
Zion Guzman Milton/VS South/Buffalo St
Joe Harclerode/Sayville/Geneseo
Matthew Hudzik/Ward Melville/John Jay
Kyle LaGuardia/Smithtown W/John Jay
Kyle LoCastro/SJB/New Paltz
Connor McPartland/Hicksville/Brockport
Alex Merhige/Harborfields/Geneseo
Xavier Merriweather/Port Wash./Brockport
Myles Mills/Copiague/John Jay
Lavon Montgomery/Bay Sh./Colby Sawyer
Brandon Ottley/Westbury/Baruch
Jake Passaretti/Sachem East/New Paltz
Mike Pavinelli/St. Anthony’s/Brockport 
Eric Pujols/VS Central/John Jay
Elijah Robinson/VS Central/New Rochelle
Drew Scally/Sachem North/John Jay
Gordon Shouler/Smithtowm W/Lebanon V.
Andrew Smith/Smithtown East/RIT
Jaisym Smith/Roosevelt/Tompkins Cortland
Jack Stafford/Plainview/Scranton
Darien Walcott/Bay Shore/Assumption
James Walsh/St. Anthony’s/USMMA
Danny Wilson/Locust Valley/Catholic

New D2 Players
Long Islanders that will be playing D2 college basketball for the first time this season, or are at a new school:
John Alimo/VS North/LIU Post
Chris Atkinson/LuHi/St. Thomas Aquinas
Elijah Bovell/Baldwin/Queens
Brandon Jacobs/LuHi/Pace
Darien Jenkins/Deer Park/LIU Post
Angel Rivera/Bay Shore/LIU CW Post
Tyquan Scott/Long Beach/NYIT
Steve Torre/Kellenberg/Molloy
Long Islanders that will be playing D1 college basketball for the first time this season, or are at a new school:
Chris Coalmon/LuHi/Robert Morris
Boubacar Diakite/OSNA/St. John’s
Aaren Edmead/Deer Park/N.C. A&T
Mamadou Doucore/OSNA/Rutgers
Omar El-Sheikh/Knox/Fairfield
Terry Harris/HHHW/E. Michigan 
Femi Olujobi/Brentwood/NC A&T
Pauly Paulicap/Elmont/Manhattan
​Kevin Little/Wyandanch/Tenn. Martin
Cheick Sy-Savane/OSNA/Gr. Canyon
Jordan Walker/Port Wash./Seton Hall
New JC Players
Long Islanders that will be playing JC college basketball for the first time this season, or are at a new school:
Ryan Beckles/Central Islip/Monroe CC
Anthony Blackmon/Longwood/Tompkins C.
Kashawn Charles/Wyandanch/Labette CCC
Terryl Cowans/Freeport/Cayuga CC
Kian Dalyrimple/Hills West/Barton CC
​Andre Edwards/Deer Park/Erie CC
Albert Egbuchulam/Lawrence/Nassau CC
Patrick Gardner/Calhoun/Nassau CC
Shane Gatling/Baldwin/ Indian Hills CC
​Charles Manning/LuHi/Florida SW CC
Reggie Nash/Freeport/Cayuga CC
Osasuyi Obadiaru/St. Mary's/Genesee CC
​Jaisym Smith/Roosevelt/Tompkins Cortland
Matthew Trepeta/Baldwin/Nassau CC
Isaiah Zamor/Uniondale/Nassau CC
Rob Pryor New USMMA Coach
The United States Merchant Marine announced the hiring of Rob Pryor as the next Head Men's Basketball Coach. Pryor comes to the Mariners after spending the past six seasons at Shenandoah University MORE
Suffolk Improves To 4-0
Sachem North's Darius Townsend was 6 out of 7 from the three-point line and finished with 21 points to lead Suffolk CC to an 89-88 win over Hostos CC. Newfield's Jarell Cowell added 18 points, Upper Room's Steven Tynes 17 points, 10 assists, and 4 steals, and James Signer 10 points and 13 rebounds. 11/11

Nassau Defeats Frederick
Elmont's Jalen Burgess scored 25 points and hauled down 10 rebounds, Calhoun's Patrick Gardener added 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Freeport's Cameron Winston chipped in 11 points to lead Nassau CC to a 72-70 victory over D1 Frederick CC. 11/11

Suffolk Starts 3-0
Suffolk Community College is off to a great start this season, defeating Queensboro CC, who was fresh off a win over Nassau CC, 83-56, Bunker Hill CC 88-56, and CC of Rhode Island 89-82. Sophomore Jerrell Cowell from Newfield is the big gun so far, averaging 20 PPG, freshman Tyler Hammond (Longwood) averages 14 PPG, freshman Steven Tynes (Upper Room) 13 points and 7 assists, and freshman James Signer 9 points and 10 rebounds per game. 11/10
Nassau Falls In Opener
Coming off a season where they advanced deep into the NCJCAA Tournament and off a #5 preseason ranking, Nassau Community College unexpectedly fell 80-70 to Queensboro CC in both their season and home opener. 
CACC/ECC Challenge
Hayden's Big Day Spoiled
Jeffrey Hayden had an incredible game for NYIT, scoring 35 points by going 10-15 from the field and 11-12 from the line, but it wasn't enough as the Bears fell 79-62 to U. Sciences at day 2 of the CACC/ECC Challenge. STORY 11/11
Pioneers Drop To 0-2
Wilmington opened the second half with a 10-2 run and then added a 10-0 run mid way through the half to defeat LIU Post 78-67. STORY 11/11
CACC/ECC Challenge
Good Start For NYIT
The Bears kicked off their 2017-18 season on the road, traveling down to Wilmington, Delaware to take on the host team in the first round of the CACC/ECC Challenge, and they came away with the victory, holding on a 81-76 win. Jeffrey Hayden led the way, hitting his first 10 shots and finishing with 26 points and 13 rebounds and Domonic Josephs added 16 points and a career-high 19 rebounds. 11/10
U. Sciences Over LIU Post
An early 11-2 run put U. Sciences of the CACC on top, and they held off repeated rallies by the Pioneers, incuding a 7 point run that cut it to 41-39 at the 11:28 mark of the second half, to hold on for a 63-54 victory.  The bench was a big factor for LIU Post, scoring 31 of their 54 pints, led by Alonz Ortiz-Traylor, who finished with 13 point and 13 rebounds, and Tracy Cleckley, who had 11 points and 7 rebounds. Freshman Darien Jenkins from Deer Park also had 7 points and 4 assists off the bench in his first college game.  11/10

Adelphi Rolls In Opener
Brentwood's Tavon Ginyard, who sat out last season with an injury, returned to the line-up in impressive fashion, leading four Panthers in double figures with 19 points, 7 rebounds, and 8 assists as Adelphi rolled over Post U. 109-82 in the first round of the UB Basketball Crossover Classic in Bridgeport. They will face host Bridgeport, 83-78 winners over Pace, on Day 2.   STORY

Molloy Falls To Le Moyne
The Lions fell into a first half hole and never dug out, falling 70-51 in the first round of the Saint Rose Tip-Off Classic. Farmingdale's Curtis Jenkins scored a game-high 23 points and led the team with 7 rebounds, but it wasn't enough. STORY
D1 Player Report
Malverne’s Andre Berry started and had 15 points in Rhode Island’s win over UNC Asheville…. LuHi’s Devonte Green was in the starting line-up for the Indiana Hoosiers in their season opening loss to Indiana State, picking up 3 points, 3 assists, and 2 steals in 25 minutes…..Northport’s Lukas Jarret was in the starting line-up and had 10 points and 5 rebounds in Lafayette’s opening loss to George Mason….LuHi’s Marvin Prochet was in the starting line-up and had 10 points and 8 rebounds in Niagara’s win over St. Bonaventure….. OSNA’s Kassoum Yakwe was in the St. John’s starting line-up in their win over New Orleans, but got into quick foul trouble and did not score…… Oceanside’s Hunter Sabety had 6 points and 6 rebounds in Hofstra’s win over Army…..OSNA’s Michael Nzei had 10 points and 6 rebounds in Seton Hall’s win over Monmouth….. 

 ARMY 74
11/10 STORY

11/10 STORY
Molloy Advances
Molloy picked up its first win of the season, defeating Caldwell in the opening round of a tournament being held at Dominican College. Former Kellenberg star Mike Torre led the way with 17 points and 7 rebounds and Farmingdale's Curtis Jenkins stuffed the stat sheet with 14 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. 11/17

Bridgeport Stops Adelphi
It was tied at the half, but Bridgeport pulled away in the second half for a 104-90 victory. Jack Laffey led the Panthers with 24 points and 3 steals, Conor McGuinness had 17 points and 10 assists, and Terrel Martin-Garcia 17 points and 7 rebounds. 11/12

Molloy Falls To 0-2
Molloy jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead, but St. Rose caught them at the 6:32 mark, led by 12 at the first half buzzer and went on to an 86-75 victory - never trailing in the second half. Mount Sinai's Nolan Kelly led the Lions with 20 points, Curtis Jenkins from Farmingdale had 18, Kellenberg's Steve Torre 14, and Baldwin's Justin Caldwell 12. 11/12
Skyline Coaches Poll
Farmingdale Picked To Repeat
Old Westbury picked 4th, St. Joseph's 5th, and USMMA 11th. STORY

11/15 7 PM Drew @ Farmingdale
11/15 8 PM St. Joe @ Manhattanville
11/21 6 PM Baruch @ Old Westbury
11/21 7 PM Purchase @ USMMA
Auburn Stops Hofstra
It was a back and forth game throughout the first half, with Hofstra taking a 1 point lead into the locker room on the strength of an Eli Pemberton jumper, but Auburn opened the second half with a 17-0 run and the Pride never got closer than 7 after that. Pemberton had 19 points in that first half and Justin Wright-Foreman had 10, but the Tigers held the duo to 5 points combined in the second half and nobody else was able to step up. The 3-2 Pride are off until Saturday when they travel to Albany to face 0-4 Sienna. 11/19

Stony Brook Fades
The Seawolves came out of the locker room red hot, at one point hitting 6 out of 8 three pointers to build an early 8 point lead, but they had to keep it up to stay with the #2 ranked Spartans and they couldn’t. Michigan State rallied to take a 43-38 lead at the half and then pulled away in the second half for a 93-71 victory. The loss drops Stony Brook to 0-4, but don't be fooled, the Seawolves are anything but cupcakes. They have been very competitive, even without the services of their injured projected starting point guard - junior college transfer Jaron Cornish - and once he and the other new faces and players playing new roles start to gel, they will become a formidable foe in league play. 11/19

Player Updates
LuHi’s Devonte Green had 16 points in Indiana’s loss to Seton Hall….. Elmonts Pauly Paulicap had 7 points and 6 rebounds in Manhattan's win over Harvard and 5 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 blocks in their win over St. Francis. Josh Nicholas from St. Anthony’s had 12 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for St. Francis.

Clemson Pulls Away
It was a 2 point game with 3:22 to play in the first half, but the Tigers closed out the half on a run to lead by 10 at intermission. Back to back threes by Justin Wright-Foreman and Eli Pemberton made it a 6 point game early in the second half, but Clemson answered with a 9-0 run and never looked back, taking a 78-59 decision to advance to the Championship Game of the Charleston Classic. The Pride will take on another big-time program in their final game of the Classic, facing Auburn on Sunday at 7 p.m. Auburn dropped an 88-74 decision to the Temple Owls. 11/17

Seawolves 0-3 
Road wins are always tough, but Stony Brook dropped what looked like a winnable one to 0-2 Ball State, giving up an 8 point halftime lead and falling 87-76. It's out of the frying pan and into the fire for Stony Brook, with a 4 PM game Sunday at Michigan State. 11/17

Hofstra Rolls
Hofstra improved to 2-0 with a convincing 75-57 win over Kennesaw State of the Atlantic Sun Conference. 
Justin Wright-Foreman once again led the way with 16 points and Rokas Gustys added 14 points and 13 rebounds. STORY

Stony Brook Stumbles
The Seawovles had the UConn Huskies on the ropes, but let them get away, giving up a second half lead on the road. STORY
Farmingdale Takes Opener
Farmingdale State, picked to repeat as Skyline Conference Champions, edged Drew 88-84 in their home and season opener. They played without George Riefenstahl, a returning All-Conference forward from Bayport-Blue Point, but Elmont's Matthew Graham stepped up with a career-high 28 points and Valley Steam Central's Eriq William's did too, finshing with 13 points, 16 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 blocked shots.  11/15
Suffolk Now 7-0
We don't always get stats from Suffolk, but we do know they defeated Kingsborough CC 82-78 to improve to 7-0 on the season. 11/21

Nassau Four Straight
Calhoun’s Patrick Gardner converted a three point play to open the second half and give Nassau their biggest lead at 18, but as they had done repeatedly in the first half, Manhattan CC rallied, reeling off 10 straight points to get back into it, and they were back within 3 with 10:40 to play and back within 2 at the 7:05 mark. Nassau held them off, reponding with two Ty-ler Banks free throws and a three pointer by Cheyenne Nettleton, but Manhattan made another surge, getting it back within 2 with 1:46 remaining. A big three point play by Freeport’s Cameron Winston with 1:37 showing gave Nassau a little breathing room, and after two Manhattan free throws, Valley Stream South’s Dana King drilled a three pointer to make it a 6 point game, but the city kids wouldn’t back down, whittling the lead back down to 2 with 28 seconds left. They fouled quickly and put the game into Nettleton’s hands down the stretch, and he delivered, knocking down 4 straight free throws to secure the win - Nassau's fourth straight after an opening game loss. Nettleton finished with 20 points to lead Nassau, King had 17 and 4 steals, and both Gardner and Banks added 13. Elmont’s Jalen Burgess also had a good all-around game, finishing with 12 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists. 11/18

Nassau Rallies For Win
Nassau Community College dug itself out of an early first half hole, closing to within 4 at the half, and then finally caught Kingsborough at the 10:36 mark of the second half on a fast break basket by Valley Stream South’s Dana King and a foul line jumper by Elmont’s Jalen Burgess. The lead was 8 after King’s right wing three pointer and a free throw by Burgess with 3:23 to play, but Kingsborough responded, drawing back within 1 on a basket from underneath with 1:03 left. Calhoun’s Patrick Gardner spun out of the low post and hit a running hook shot from the lane to bump the lead to back to 3 with 40 seconds to play, but Kingsborough scored again with 29 seconds showing and quickly fouled Nassau’s Cheyenne Nettleton. Nettleton calmly knocked down both free throws with 23 seconds on the clock and this time, the points went unanswered and King added two more from the line and Nettleton another two to secure the 85-81 victory. 11/14
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St. Joe's In Home Opener
Northport's Brennan Whelan gave Maritime the lead on a layup with 9:21 to play in regulation, but St. Joseph's retook it at the 5 minute mark on Frank Basile's layup. He followed it up with a three pointer to put the Golden Eagles up by 4 and they held on from there for a 66-60 victory. Basile, an Islip grad, ended up high scorer with 16 points, North Babylon's Isaiah Moore added 15 and Upper Room's Christen Brown had 14. 11/21

USMMA Defeats Favorite
The Mariners rewarded new coach Rob Pryor with an upset victory in their home, conference, and season opener, defeating Purchase, who was picked to finish 2nd in the conference preseason poll, by a comfortable 83-71 margin. Their balanced attack was led by David Washington, who finished with 18 points, and Robbie Kennedy, who had 17. St. Anthony's grad James Walsh added 9 points and 4 rebounds in his first college game. 11/21

LI Players Lead John Jay
Ward Melville's Matt Hudzik finished with 17 points and 5 rebounds, Baldwin's Miking Richardson with 15 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists, Smithtown West's Kyle Laguardia with 11 points and 10 rebounds, and another former Smithtown West player - Doug Levy - had 5 points and 12 rebound to lead John Jay to an 83-67 home win over St. Joseph's. Islip's Frank Basile led the Golden Eagles with 12 points and 6 rebounds, and both Jarred Marrow from St. Anthony's and Isaiah Moore from North Babylon had 11. 11/18
Adelphi Falls To LeMoyne
Adelphi lost their second straight home game and fell to 1-4 on the season. STORY

Host Post Toasties
In an all Post family fued, sophomore Jared Rivers had a career-high 41 points and host LIU Post held on to defeat Post U. 91-88. STORY

Baldwin's Rodwell Stars
 Baldwin's Daraja Rodwell was named Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Co-Player of the Week for the week ending November 12, averaging 19.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals in two Dominican College wins. He kept it going in his next game, finishing with 21 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 steals in Dominican's 76-65 win over Molloy. Nick Corbet led Molloy with 30 points. 11/18