I’m sorry to break this to you kids, but life isn’t fair, hard work doesn’t always mean success, and the best team doesn’t always win.
That doesn’t mean, of course, that Siena was not the best team Sunday night at the Times Union Center, it most certainly was, scoring 64 points in the second half to erase a 17-point deficit and beat top-seeded Monmouth, 89-85 at the Times Union Center.
Nico Clareth, who was so injured he couldn’t play 24 hours earlier and only managed three hobbling minutes in the first half, scored 27 points in the final 17 minutes of the game, hitting 7-9 from three and at one point making five straight in a three-minute span. Even when he was closely guarded, he hit a turnaround in the final minute to seal the victory, and his performance – rightfully so – will join the annals of MAAC lore long after he graduates.
Monmouth defeated Siena 77-73 before a sellout home crowd for the Hawks’ 25th win of the season on Friday night. Justin Robinson scored 20 points, including six in the final minutes, to clinch the game for Monmouth. Two other seniors, Je’lon Hornbeak and Collin Stewart added 13 points apiece. Here’s the video recap.
Monmouth has entered a strange portion of its season which few have to deal with, and really – from a pure justice standpoint – doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Monmouth pummeled Fairfield, 82-62, Tuesday night at Webster Bank Arena for its 14th straight victory. The Hawks (24-5, 16-2) have already won their second straight MAAC title, yet still have two fairly difficult regular season games left: against Siena and at Iona.
Now in most of life’s pursuits, consistently over the long haul is rewarded. Monmouth is now 33-5 in MAAC play over the last two seasons, and as King Rice said afterward, if you watched the Hawks at the end of their time in the NEC or their first season in the MAAC, that is quite the accomplishment and deserves to be recognized as such by fans and the public at large.
Monmouth clinched the MAAC regular season title and achieved its best start ever with a 93-75 victory over Niagara at the OceanFirst Bank Center in West Long Branch, NJ on Thursday night. Justin Robinson scored 27 points to lead the Hawks, while Je’lon Hornbeak added 16. The Hawks are now 23-5 (15-2 in MAAC). Here’s the video recap. Continue reading →
King Rice is a member of the century club, and Monmouth moved one step closer to a second straight MAAC regular-season title with a 62-58 win over Manhattan Friday night at Draddy Gymnasium in the Bronx. Continue reading →
Monmouth trailed by as many as eight points in the second half, but Justin Robinson scored the final 14 points of regulation as the Hawks came back and defeated Saint Peter’s 71-70 in overtime. Robinson finished with 29 points on the night he was honored for becoming Monmouth’s Division I scoring leader. Continue reading →
At the midpoint of the MAAC season, it’s worth examining where each team in the league stands and where they might end up over the next six weeks. Here is a team-by-team analysis based on the current standings, along with mid-season all-MAAC teams: Continue reading →
Monmouth put together perhaps its most convincing victory of the season on Sunday with a 42-point victory over Fairfield. Justin Robinson once again led the way 20 points and Louie Pillari and Collin Stewart each scored 13 points off the bench. The Hawks are now 16-5 (8-2 in the MAAC). Here’s the video recap.