Sunday, March 27, 2011

Two Conference Teams Still in Post Season

And then there were two ....

As in two conference teams still actice in late March in post-season play even as major-league baseball season approaches.

Those would be the Iona men and the Manhattan women. Women first, mostly because the Lady Jaspers are on the court later today (Sunday, 2 p.m.) when they play host Wright State at the Ohio-Nutter Center, an 11,019-seat facility, in the quarterfinals of the Women's Basketball Invitationall tournament.

The game is available for viewing via streaming video over the internet, free of charge. Fans can connect through and following the prompts.

Manhattan is 23-9 so far this season. Wright State is 20-12. Manhattan beat Sacred Heart in its first-round game Thursday, while Wright State knocked off Buffalo earlier this week.

The winner of today's game faces either UAB or Elon in the WBI semifinals. If Manhttan wins it would hit the road again to travel for a next-round contest.

Meanwhile the Iona men are now 25-11 this season after earning an 83-80 victory over East Tennessee State (24-12) in a semifinal-round contest of the College Post Season Tournament played Saturday night.

The Gaels got big games from 6-foot-7 junior forward Michael Glover (33 points, 10 rebounds), junior point guard Scott Machado (8 points, 11 assists against 3 turnovers) and freshman off-guard Sean Armond (20 points, 6-of-11 shooting on 3-pointers).

The game was played on the home court of E. Tennessee State in Johnson, City, Tenn.

The victory propels the Gaels to the event's championship game when it will host Santa Clara Wednesday at the Hynes Center in New Rochelle, N.Y. Tip off time is 8 p.m. and the game will be televised on the Fox College Sports network.

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