Thursday, February 15, 2018

New York Open - February 13, 2018

After the New York Islanders left Nassau Coliseum for Brooklyn back in 2015, the venerable venue was extensively renovated by its owners, Forest City Enterprises, who also own the Barclays Center. For two years, the coliseum was closed and essentially gutted, with an entirely new facade the most obvious addition.

Compare it to the picture below, taken three years ago. Quite the difference.

The stadium has been rebranded as NYCB Live, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum (NYCB is New York Community Bank), though is still referred to as the Nassau Coliseum by most fans. It has been hosting the Long Island Nets of the NBA's development league (now known as the G-League after Gatorade in another branding disaster) since November, but I have yet to get out for a game. This week, however, a new tennis tournament came to town, and fellow sports nut Andrew decided to drive up for the occasion. Dubbed the New York Open, this is an ATP 250 tournament, making it the lowest tier of the tour. It had been held in Memphis from 1975-2017, moving this year because a title sponsor could not be found down in Tennessee. It remains the only indoor hard court tournament in the country. For this tournament, 28 singles players and 16 doubles teams would contest the two titles.

Andrew, a Philly resident and bandwagon Eagles fan (note the hat), picked me up at Hempstead and we headed over to Uniondale. There were no scalpers so we picked up tickets for the day session at the box office for $22 and wandered in.

Few fans joined us for the day session of the first round of the tournament, not surprising given that there were no big names scheduled to play, unless you count Jeremy Chardy. We did a quick walk around the empty concourse, and I spotted a cool photo from the 1976 ABA championship, won by the Nets.

Of course, the building has a lot of history and those Nets banners are still hanging, while the Islanders ones have yet to return from Barclays Center. I suspect a new set will be created in time for next season, when the Isles will play 13 games here (as well as 48 total games in the two seasons following).

The entire seating bowl has been replaced and capacity has been reduced to 13,000 for hockey, likely a testament to how fans have gotten bigger over the past 50 years. The renovations are really quite nice and although the venue is still small when compared to newer stadiums, it will be a great experience when the Islanders play here, without a bad seat in the building.

For tennis, there are two courts dubbed stadium (above) and grandstand (below). Seats are only sold for the stadium area and ushers were there to protect their turf - mainly to prevent fans from going to their seats during play. At the grandstand, it was free seating, though few fans cared enough for these secondary matches. Andrew and I tried both, and I realized that I prefer to sit behind the court rather than beside it as you can see the movement of the shots so much better.

We saw three matches while we were there, with #7 seed Steve Johnson (USA, ranked 49th in the world) losing to qualifier Adrián Menéndez Maceiras (Spain, 128th) in the big upset. Johnson had at least 5 match points, including being up 6-3 in the third set tiebreak, only to lose. Menéndez Maceiras went on to defeat Chardy (France, 95th) in the next round. We also saw Radu Albot (Moldova, 91st) knock off Bjorn Fratangelo (USA, 109th) on the grandstand, and later Peter Gojowczyk (Germany, 63rd) beat Slovenian Blaž Kavčič (108th) in straight sets. We left midway through Chardy's match with Stefano Travaglia (Italy, 132nd), which Chardy won in 3 sets.

Unless you are a tennis nut, you have probably not heard of many of these players. To be fair, there are some big names in the draw, but the top four seeds (Kevin Anderson (11th ranked), Sam Querrey (12th), John Isner (18th), Adrian Mannaniro (25th)) had received byes to the second round on Wednesday, while 5th seed Kei Nishikori (who has fallen to 27th after injuries) played that night. Our day session ticket would have allowed us to remain in the venue for the night session, but it wasn't worth hanging around for 3 more hours.

Still, it is interesting how those outside the top names receive little respect. In team sports, being the 100th best in the world means a multi-million dollar contract and adulation. In tennis, it means you are sentenced to play on the smaller court in front of ten fans, and you can only hope for lifetime earnings of a million. What I enjoyed most about this experience was seeing how those players are incredibly talented and often make fantastic shots, but their inconsistency dooms them. The line between good and great in tennis is very thin, but also very hard to cross. If you have a chance to see a smaller tournament, do so as you will enjoy the sport without having to fight the crowds.


They did a good job seeding as Andersen won the tournament, defeating Querrey in the final in a third-set tiebreak.

Next Up

I'm taking a day trip to Philadelphia next weekend for a college hoops doubleheader as Drexel and Penn, two schools within minutes of each other, host games just 3 hours apart. Check back after that for a recap.



Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Brown Bears 102 at Princeton Tigers 100 (OT, NCAA Basketball, Ivy League) - February 3, 2018

Over the past couple of years, I'd been to Princeton University for football, hockey, and even soccer, but had yet to add basketball to the list. I really wanted a doubleheader with another sport to make the 90-minute trip worthwhile, but the schedule maker did not cooperate, so I finally bit the bullet and went last Saturday to see the Tigers host the Brown Bears in Ivy League action.

Princeton's hoops home is Jadwin Gymnasium, named for Leander Stockwell Jadiwn, a track athlete who died in an automobile accident in 1929, a year after graduation. His mother left a gift to the university upon her death in 1965, and some of this money was used to build the gym, which opened in 1969. It is located on the east side of campus, just south of the football stadium and a short walk from the train terminus. Pick up your tickets at the box office to the left of the main doors, with all seats going for $15. You can save a couple of bucks if you buy online in advance.

Once you enter, you might be surprised by the amount of trophies and awards on display here. Princeton has a long and storied athletics history, including Dick Kazmaier, a Heisman winner back in 1951, whose trophy is on display just inside the main entrance.

Kazmaier wore #42, as did basketballer (and future Senator) Bill Bradley and that number has been retired across all sports, with an informative display describing the achievements of both athletes.

There is quite a lot of history on display here from all sports, including rowing, which is an activity you rarely hear about at the college level.

Make sure to check out the stairwells to get to the upper balcony, as there are more photos and displays to see there.

As you walk up, you can stop at the mezzanine level and look over the side into the main lobby below. Note the banners celebrating all the sports above the doors.

The building itself is quite large and has a long curved roof, which consists of three interlocking shells. It is the middle shell that is visible in the photos above and below.

There are three seating areas, with the benches closest to the court known as North, South, East, and West. Above the north side is a grandstand area with balcony and above upper balcony seats. Note that the upper balcony, shown above, is not sold for most games. Below is a shot of the south side, with the east side to the left, taken from the walkway between the balcony and upper balcony. Beyond the south stands is a large running track along with space for other field events. The large open space does make it difficult to generate a lot of noise here, particularly when compared to other, much smaller gyms.

Each seating area starts from section 1, so you have to specify what side you want to sit in when at the box office. I ended up with a seat in South 8, but found it much more roomier in the balcony and stayed there.

There are several banners highlighting the Tigers impressive accomplishments over the years, which includes over 200 national titles, though mostly in sports that get no coverage. Basketball did reach the Final Four in 1965, losing to Michigan, while Bradley was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

Bradley has his own separate banner, as does Pete Carril, who coached here for 30 seasons. You can see the third part of the roof in the photo below.

Overall, Jadwin Gymnasium is an impressive venue with a lot to see for those who enjoy reading about the program's history. It is true that atmosphere suffers a bit as the court is such a small part of the facility, but that hasn't hurt the team who performs quite well at home. If you enjoy mid-major hoops, a trip to Princeton is well worth your while.

The Game

Both the Bears and Tigers had played overtime games the night before, with Brown losing to Penn while Princeton had defeated Yale. Neither team seemed tired however, and they played each other evenly for the first half, with 12 lead changes and no lead larger than 6 points as the half ended 49-49. The second stanza saw Princeton take several small leads, but Brown continued to tie the game, though they never regained the lead. Down 4 with 36 seconds left, Desmond Cambridge (why is he not at Harvard?) hit a 3 for Brown, and when Amir Bell missed one of two free throws for Princeton, the Bears had a chance to tie. Princeton fouled for some unknown reason, and Cambridge sank both stripe shots to send us to overtime.

The teams remained close throughout the extra period, and with 15 seconds left, Princeton's Myles Stephens drained two free throws to give the Tigers a 100-98 lead and the Tiger defense looked stout as the Bears brought the ball down. That didn't stop Cambridge from launching a desperate three that surprised everyone by going in, and the Tigers were suddenly down a point with just 5 seconds to go. After a timeout to build excitement, they turned the ball over immediately and had to foul with 2 seconds on the clock. Brown's Brandon Anderson made one FT and Princeton failed to do anything, falling 102-100 in a highly entertaining affair.

As you can tell by the high score, this was an excellent shooting game by both teams. Brown shot 58% (62% from three-point land) while Princeton was no slouch at 55% (but "only" 50% from distance). Cambridge led all scorers with 32 points and 9 rebounds.


This was the 68th meeting between the two schools at Princeton and only the 6th time that Brown has won.

Princeton is the first U.S.-based school at which I have seen four venues and four sports and I could still return to see baseball and complete the five main college sports.



Sunday, January 7, 2018

South Carolina Upstate Spartans 87 at NJIT Highlanders 98 (NCAA Basketball, A-Sun) - January 6, 2018

This year, the NJIT Highlanders opened a new wellness and events center, suitably named the NJIT Wellness and Events Center. It replaces the Fleisher Center, where I attended a historic game back in 2015 (it was the first NCAA game to use the 30-second shot clock, which is now standard). The new venue made NJIT the only school in the area that I had not seen the active hoops arena, so I had to get there sometime, and chose the coldest day of the winter to do so. As an aside, it is ridiculous how the 24-hour news cycle hypes winter storms like they never happened before. Yes it snowed a lot, and yes it is cold, but these are not new occurrences, and certainly not deserving of three-hour breaking news specials.

Anyway, the WEC is located right next to the Fleisher Center on NJIT's campus and easily walkable from Newark Penn Station, though on a day like today, the light rail was worth the $1.60 to save 20 minutes outside. Exiting at the Warren Street/NJIT stop, you will find the WEC right there, with the main entrance at the corner of Warren and Lock. Before entering, I took a brief walk around to snap some exterior shots. The building looks quite nice and dominates a significant portion of the city block, but much of the interior is still under construction. Eventually, it will contain a fitness center, indoor turf area, pool, and extra courts for intramural activities.

Returning to the main entrance, you will walk up a long hallway to get to the box office. The windows on the left look into a large room below which I expect will be a gym or something, but is now mostly empty.

Tickets here are $10 for the upper bowl, which is all you need. In fact, you might be able to get in for free. After purchasing my ticket, I went through the door into the gym, looking for someone to scan or tear the ticket. But there was nobody there. I could have just walked in! But that would have not allowed me to secure the hard ticket that matters so much, so I have no regrets.

The new court seats 3,500 and was built to compete with other mid-major basketball venues, which it does very nicely. I was quite impressed with the layout, but there is still some work to be done on the overall building.

There are reserved box seats lower down on both sides of the court, and each end zone has single seat benches without a back, along with a couple of rows of box seats, as you can see below. There is an upper section of metal benches on one side of the court, which is general admission. I was doing some phone reporting at this game, so sat there and had the entire area to myself.

The concourse is carpeted and encircles the entire seating bowl, though there is nothing to see. A small concession stand is in one corner, but I just saw chips and soda on offer.

The picture below is taken from near the top of the GA section on the far side of the court. As mentioned, it was very cold on this day, and the NFL playoffs were on, so paid attendance was only 618, without actual turnout about half that.

Overall, the WEC is an excellent facility that still needs a bit of work. As a sports venue, it also needs some improvements, particularly in concession variety. Still, if you are a stadium chaser, this one is worth the trip to Newark if you are in NYC during hoops season.

The Game

The Highlanders were opening their Atlantic Sun schedule with the South Carolina Upstate Spartans enjoying their visit to frigid New Jersey.

The Spartans got out to a 14-7 lead, but Shawndale Jones scored 8 straight for NJIT and then assisted on a three from Zach Cooks as the Highlanders took an 18-14 lead and never trailed after that. A late three from Jones made it 44-39 at the half, and when NJIT started the second stanza on a 9-2 run, the game was pretty much over. USC Upstate tried fouling a lot down the stretch, but Shyquan Gibbs made 6 consecutive free throws and Cooks added a pair late as NJIT won easily 98-87.

This was a fast-paced game with excellent shooting from both schools, with NJIT going 31-59 (52.5%) including 12-23 (52.2%) from beyond the arc. NJIT only committed 6 turnovers as well, and showed that the combination of protecting the ball and shooting well is hard to beat.


The Highlanders were independent until last season, when they joined the A-Sun, which has teams in the Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, and South Carolina. The Spartans are actually leaving the conference for the Big South, no doubt caused by having to fly to New Jersey in January. They will be replaced by North Alabama, who are transitioning from Division II.

I was also hoping to see Division III Newark-Rutgers, who had a game two hours after this one completed. I had planned to go to McGovern's, an old Irish Pub near both schools, but it was closed for no obvious reason. I tried another nearby bar, which was also inexplicably closed, so with no place to grab a bite, I headed back home rather than hang out in Newark for two hours. Venue 770 will have to wait.



Monday, January 1, 2018

2018 Schedule

Tue, Jan 2 NHL Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY Boston Bruins 5 at New York Islanders 1 11,878
Sat, Jan 6 NCAA Basketball, A-Sun NJIT Wellness and Events Center, Newark, NJ South Carolina Upstate Spartans 87 at NJIT Highlanders 98 618
Mon, Jan 8 NBA Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY Toronto Raptors 114 at Brooklyn Nets 113 (OT) 13,681
Sat, Jan 13 NCAA Basketball, Division III Hunter College Sportsplex, New York, NY College of Staten Island Dolphins 89 at Hunter College Hawks 76 214
Thu, Jan 18 NCAA Basketball, NECPeter Aquilone Court, Brooklyn, NY Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers 73 at St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers 81 385
Sat, Jan 27 NCAA Basketball, A-Sun NJIT Wellness and Events Center, Newark, NJ Lipscomb Bisons 86 at NJIT Highlanders 79 (OT) 662
Sat, Feb 3 NCAA Basketball, Ivy League Jadwin Gymnasium, Princeton, NJ Brown Bears 102 at Princeton Tigers 100 (OT) 2,163
Tue, Feb 6 NBA Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY Houston Rockets 123 at Brooklyn Nets 113 15,064
Tue, Feb 13 New York Open Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY Results ~300
Mon, Feb 19 NHL Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY Minnesota Wild 5 at New York Islanders 3 15,342
Sat, Feb 24 NCAA Basketball, CAA Daskalakis Athletic Center, Philadelphia, PA UNC Wilmington Seahawks 83 at Drexel Dragons 82 1,094
Sat, Feb 24 NCAA Basketball, Ivy League The Palestra, Philadelphia, PA Harvard Crimson 71 at Penn Quakers 74 6,586
Thu, Mar 1 NCAA Basketball, Big Ten Tournament Madison Square Garden, New York, NY Northwestern Wildcats vs TBD 18:30
Tue, Mar 6 NHL Madison Square Garden, New York, NY Winnipeg Jets at New York Rangers 19:00
Sun, Mar 11 MLS Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY LA Galaxy at NYCFC 17:00
Sat, Mar 17 MLS Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY Orlando City FC at NYCFC 15:30
Thu, Mar 22 NHL Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Islanders 19:00
Sat, Mar 24 AHL Place Bell, Laval, QC Charlotte Checkers at Laval Rocket 15:00
Sat, Mar 24 NHL Bell Centre, Montreal, QC Washington Capitals at Montreal Canadiens 19:00
Fri, Mar 30 NHL Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY Toronto Maple Leafs at New York Islanders 19:00
Wed, Apr 4 National League Citi Field, Queens, NY Philadelphia Phillies at New York Mets 13:10
Wed, Apr 11 MLS Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY Real Salt Lake at NYCFC 19:00
Sun, Apr 29 MLS Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY FC Dallas at NYCFC 18:00
Tue, May 1 American League Target Field, Minneapolis, MN Toronto Blue Jays at Minnesota Twins 19:10
Wed, May 2 American League Target Field, Minneapolis, MN Toronto Blue Jays at Minnesota Twins 12:10
Tue, May 15 MLB Interleague Citi Field, Queens, NY Toronto Blue Jays at New York Mets 19:10
Wed, May 16 MLB Interleague Citi Field, Queens, NY Toronto Blue Jays at New York Mets 13:10
Sat, May 19 MLS Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY Colorado Rapids at NYCFC 13:00
Sat, Jun 2 American League Comerica Park, Detroit, MI Toronto Blue Jays at Detroit Tigers 16:10
Sun, Jun 3 American League Comerica Park, Detroit, MI Toronto Blue Jays at Detroit Tigers 13:10
Thu, Jun 28 CFL McMahon Stadium, Calgary, AB Ottawa Redblacks at Calgary Stampeders 19:00
Fri, Jun 29 CFL Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton, AB BC Lions at Edmonton Eskimos 19:00
Sat, Jun 30 CFL Mosaic Field, Regina, SK Montreal Alouettes at Saskatchewan Roughriders 19:00

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Manhattan College Hoops Doubleheader (without Manhattan)

A few days ago, I ran into an English couple who are honeymooning in America for the next 3 months. They said that they are interested in sport, so I told them about some options in NYC over the next few days. There does happen to be a lot of college basketball on the final weekend of the year, and I suggested a Columbia Lions game as the most convenient. With the 1 train skipping all stops between 96th and 157th, we took the M5 bus up Riverside Drive, a much quieter and more scenic option. Upon arriving, we picked up our tickets and entered Levien Gymnasium, at the corner of 120th and Broadway.

With most students away for the holidays, the gym was only about half full, with the majority sitting on the east side as usual. The Maine Black Bears were the visitors and they were thoroughly outmatched, as Columbia took a 46-27 lead at halftime and won handily 83-71, with the score made respectable by the Lions resting their starters for the last few minutes. The game moved quickly although there were 38 total fouls, and it was a good introduction to mid-major college hoops for my friends.

After saying goodbye as they headed downtown for some touring, I continued on to the second stop of the afternoon: a Division III basketball game at Hunter College Sportsplex. This gym is located in Hunter College at the corner of Lexington and 68th, right where the 6 train stops. Just walk in, tell security where you are going, and take the escalator down two flights and there you are - an actual NCAA venue in central Manhattan.

On this day however, it was not Hunter College who was playing, but the NYU Violets, who also call this their home gym. As their hockey games are free, I expected the same for basketball, but in fact they charge $5. However, you get an excellent hard ticket and there was a doubleheader, so it is well worth the price. Amazing that a small school like this can print out special tickets for this day only but the Atlanta Falcons can't.

Note the UAA logo at the top; this is for the University Athletic Association to which NYU athletics belongs. Hunter College plays out of the City University of New York (CUNY) conference, which consists of 9 schools around NYC and will provide me with more venue opportunities in the new year, as my long-distance travel will be curtailed.

On this day, the south bleachers were folded in, so the 266 in attendance got cozy on the north side.

There are banners on one wall, but they are for the Hunter College Hawks. I'll probably stop by once to see them too, though it won't count as a new venue.

Penn State Altoona were the visitors, and they were the better team early, taking a nine-point lead into halftime. Or so we thought. As NYU was dribbling out the half, the whistle blew as the buzzer sounded. Travelling was called and the Lions had 0.9 seconds given back to score a miracle trey, which is exactly what they did. Aubrey Washington took the inbounds pass, turned, and launched a prayer that found nothing but net to make it 47-35 at the break. The advantage remained in double digits through much of the second half but down 13 with 8:45 to go, NYU went on an 11-2 run to make it close, and then chipped away, tying the game at 77 when Ross Udine missed two free throws, grabbed his own rebound, and heaved an unlikely three pointer with just under a minute to go. Unfortunately, a NYU foul on a PSA rebound gave the visitors a couple of free throws, which they made, and after Udine missed a layup, a necessary foul led to the final two points as Penn State Altoona won 81-77.

For me, it was quite interesting to see mid-major and Division III hoops in quick succession. There is no doubt that Division I is more polished (24 turnovers compared to 39 and several pretty plays) while this game had far fewer set plays and more running and gunning, but it was also more entertaining. If you enjoy live sport of any variety, have a look at the lower divisions in NCAA, and you might be pleasantly surprised.


Manhattan College also had a game on this day, a 7:00 start up at Draddy Gymnasium in the Bronx. Too far to make it a Manhattan tripleheader unfortunately.

The Hunter College Sportsplex was venue #768 lifetime. I've updated my venue count so it is broken down by sport, and this was basketball court #138, one more than the number of hockey rinks. My claim to being a Canadian has taken a hit, though as Sharpy points out, basketball was invented by a Canadian, so I need not worry.

Happy New Year to all my readers!


Saturday, December 16, 2017

Saint Peter's Peacocks 61 at Seton Hall Pirates 84 (NCAA Basketball) - December 12, 2017

Regular readers know that I am much more concerned about seeing new venues than games. Having visited pretty much every meaningful stadium in the New York area, it is tough to find something that excites me. The renovated Nassau Coliseum recently reopened and I'll have to head out there for a Long Island Nets game sometime, and NJIT has a new basketball court that I will check out this season, but these are not particularly compelling venues. But as I scoured the schedules for December, I was surprised to see that Seton Hall would be playing a rare game at their campus court, Walsh Gymnasium. I saw the Pirates play at their regular home, the Prudential Center, back in 2013 on a visit to NYC, but had never even heard of Walsh until I saw this game on the calendar. Tickets were available via the Seton Hall Box Office, so I phoned up and was happy to find them still available. At $40, it was not cheap, but as this was the only chance I could see the venue, I splurged.

After work on Tuesday, I grabbed a NJ Transit train to South Orange and then walked the mile or so to the gym. The McNulty Pedestrian entrance on South Orange Avenue is locked 24/7, a fact of which I was not aware until I arrived. Fortunately, someone was leaving and I was able to enter that way; better to use the Ward Place gate both coming and going.

The gym is located next to the Richie Regan Recreation and Athletic Center at the southeast corner of campus. It was built in 1941 and still stands separately, but there is a single entrance that leads to a lobby that serves both facilities. Go up a small set of stairs on the left to reach the historical displays that mark the entrance to Walsh.

Seton Hall athletics has a long and storied history, mostly in basketball but also in other sports. That's baseball Hall-of-Famer Craig Biggio in the center above; he played here during the mid-1980s along with Mo Vaughn and John Valentin. Note the interactive television screens along the bottom; something you only see in newer big league venues. Very impressive!

Basketball has had its share of stars as well, with all-time leading scorer Terry Dehere, who finished his NBA career with the Vancouver Grizzlies in 1999, noted prominently.

The basketball team had one remarkable run to the NCAA tournament final in 1989, losing to Michigan in overtime. That trophy is on the top right above; the others are more recent Big East titles in women's golf, men's hoops, and men's swimming and diving.

The team did win the 1953 NIT with a 31-2 record, back when it was considered the preeminent postseason tournament, but they were not the national champions.

I particularly enjoyed the poster from a football game in 1966, when I was two months old. In the NHL that day, the Leafs and Bruins tied at 3 while the Habs shutout the Rangers 3-0.

There are several other historical touches, such as the scoring wheel that looks like an old LP above. Although the men's team plays here only once or twice per season, women's hoops and volleyball use the gym exclusively and it is worth a visit to either of those to see everything that is on display.

There are two small concessions stands in the lobby by the downstairs entrances with limited offerings at cheap prices. Above each are black and white murals that probably escape the attention of most fans, but are worth noting, as I am sure these are original to the building's construction.

As you can see above, there are two levels of seating. The lower level is accessed through entrances next to the historical displays, and seemed reserved for students mostly, while you have to walk up a set of staircases to reach the balcony. Here you will find 7 rows of old wooden seats that might also date from the buildings construction. Capacity is only 1,655, which explains why the team plays mostly in Newark.

When I bought my ticket, I didn't bother to ask for a specific location and was given a seat in the section farthest to the left, which wasn't ideal (below).

The walkway above the seats is open for standing, though the pillars that hold up the press box and camera positions block some of the court from certain spots, but I found an open space and stayed there for the entire game (below).

At the left of the photo above you see a large glass enclosure that is the equivalent of suites from what I can tell, while the far right is a stage, as Walsh is used for other functions, including graduations.

I was really happy to get to see a game here as chances are so few. Check out Seton Hall's 2018-19 schedule when it is released next summer and mark your calendar for the Walsh Gymnasium game, you won't regret it.

The Game

Seton Hall came in ranked 15th in the nation, their highest since 2001, while Saint Peter's was 269th of 351 teams in the RPI, having returned only a single player from their CIT championship squad. So a blowout was anticipated and that is exactly what happened. The Pirates scored the first 8 points and had a 21-6 lead midway through the first half before the Peacocks started to sink a few to enter halftime down 42-23. Seton Hall scored the first four points of the second half and from there, Saint Peter's played them evenly as the 23-point difference held to the end, with Seton Hall winning 84-61 in a game whose outcome was never in doubt.

Angel Delgado, last year's top rebounder in the nation, was the star with 18 points and 11 boards, his 57th career double-double, which leads Division I hoops.


This was venue #767 lifetime.

Seton Hall took their #15 ranking to Rutgers for their next game and were upset by the Scarlet Knights.