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Hofstra rallies to defeat Princeton 11-9, as Lincoln & Bentz shine

February 28, 2011 Leave a comment

Hofstra Princeton Splash

By Phil Hecken

Hempstead After falling behind early, 4-1, the Hofstra Pride came roaring back to outscore the Princeton Tigers by a total of 10-5, earning them their third straight victory to open the season, with an 11-9 win at Shuart Stadium.

Playing before a crowd of 2,180 fans, Number 7 ranked Hofstra earned the win over eighth ranked Princeton. Led by senior attackers Jamie Lincoln, who netted four goals, and Stephen Bentz, who scored three, the Pride played a relatively mistake-free game, and made the most of their opportunities. Despite their third consecutive win, this was the first one the Pride felt they truly earned.

“We had two wins prior to playing Princeton,” said Coach Seth Tierney. “And we couldn’t celebrate.” This was because their two previous victories came against unranked Colgate and Sacred Heart, and both the team and Coach Tierney felt they hadn’t played very well.

“Today we played like a Hofstra team should play,” Tierney said, praising the entire team.

Hofstra Lax 6It didn’t start out well for the Pride, who quickly fell behind 4-1 in the first quarter. Princeton was sparked by freshman Tom Schreiber, who scored the first goal of the game, and his collegiate career, on his first ever shot, less than one minute into the game. He would add his second goal less than five minutes later, as Princeton built their early lead.

“It was nerves,” said Coach Tierney, who called a time out after the Tigers fourth goal. Whether the timeout settled the team’s nerves or not, it seemed to be the wake up call the Pride needed. “I thought we stayed with it,” Tierney said.

The Pride slowly crept back into the action, adding two goals before allowing Princeton another, then scored the final goal of the quarter with just under 50 seconds remaining to close to 5-4.

Opening the second with a man advantage, Hofstra tied the score at 5 in a flash, scoring just 14 seconds in. They would trade goals with the Tigers to go 6-6, and would not look back after that. The Pride scored three unanswered goals (the last two of which came only seven seconds apart) to take a 9-6 lead at the half.

After 15 first half goals, only five were scored in the entire second half, with Princeton quickly cutting the deficit to 9-8, scoring the two goals only one minute and one second apart. Hofstra rallied on an unassisted goal by Sophomore Midfielder Drew Coholan, who showed off some nifty moves. The Pride would score their final goal, to take an 11-8 lead, on an incredible behind the back shot by Lincoln, his fourth goal of the afternoon. A late goal by Princeton cut the lead to 11-9, but the Pride held fast.

The Pride had many stars this day, but Sophomore Midfielder/Face Off specialist John Antonaides played outstanding, winning 16 of his 22 faceoffs, including eight of nine in the first quarter, which likely helped keep Hofstra in the game.

“John’s a warrior out there,” said Coach Tierney. “He’ll do whatever it takes to get the ball.”

midfieldHofstra improved their career record against Princeton to 13-11, in a rivalry that dates back to 1972. The Pride avenged a season opening loss last year to the Tigers, who defeated them 17-14 at Princeton.

Hofstra finished the day with 40 total shots to Princeton’s 28. Hofstra’s keeper, Andrew Gvozden played the full sixty minutes, allowing nine goals and making six saves to improve to 3-0 on the season.

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Chinese twitter named "weibo" also follow Knicks

February 24, 2011 1 comment

great debut for Melo and Billups~

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Knicks live blog

February 23, 2011 7 comments

Good to see Melo back in orange and blue. Have ‘cuse pride! Back in NY where he belongs!

Melo is off to a good start. He isn’t forcing shots. Love the throwback uniform!!

Douglas 3 for 3
Knicks leading 33 to 24

Knicks leading by two by the break. Melo carrying the knicks with 14 points! Time for legends night ceremony



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Knicks have new Three Man Arsenal

February 23, 2011 7 comments

The presence of Billups, a former NBA finals MVP and All-Star, and fellow All-Star Amare Stoudemire, and Carmelo Anthony gives New York an impressive three-man arsenal to compete with the stars of Boston (Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen) and Miami (LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh).

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Jim's live blog

February 23, 2011 6 comments

I figured it would be easier to do the live blog on this post and not my first post.

7:55 Landry Fields is beastly, so is Melo

8:02 Knicks lead down to five

8:07 Melo getting his rest

8:12 Knicks up by 9 after first quarter, looking strong, good long-range shooting. Toney Douglas and Amar’e Stouemire 7 points each

8:15 Melo back in to start 2nd

8:19 Melo cleaning up in the paint, gotta finish

8:20 Huge block by Andrew Bogut right in Melo’s face

8:23 Earl Monroe in the house

8:27 Melo 2-of-2 from the foul line

8:32 Melo 3-of-10, but Knicks up 8

8:35 Terrible foul call on Amar’e, he didn’t touch that guy

8:36 Great feed from Melo to Turiaf

8:40 Sloppy play from both sides, Melo 13 points, 5 rebounds, time out Milwaukee

8:46 Melo’s gotta finish that dunk

8:49 Knicks up 2 at halftime, Legends ceremony upcoming

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Live Blog: Carmelo Anthony's Knicks Debut

February 23, 2011 7 comments

7:40 Standing ovation for new Knicks, ‘Melo and Chauncey Billups. MSG is absolutely packed. I am most excited for this game because they haven’t had a chance to practice yet. It should be fun to watch how the superstars coexist just playing the game they have loved their entire lives.

7:48 Melo gets his first bucket after an uncalled foul. He then proceeds to throw the ball to the ref, but misses by three feet and the Knicks get a delay of game warning. Maybe he’s a bit nervous? “Mr. Big Shot” Billups immediately follows by hitting a jumper. Amare is getting raucous MVP chants.

7:55 Melo says hello to the MSG faithful (even though they haven’t really been so faithful over the last few years) after drawing a foul on a layup. Whats left of the pre-trade roster looks comfortable. Amare, Landry, and Shawne Williams are playing well. Knicks up nine midway through the first quarter.

8:11 Stoudemire is carrying the load with Melo and Billups on the bench. Melo got two early fouls. Good point by Mike Breen about how Billups could tutor Toney Douglas. I like Douglas’ effort on defense, but he does not have a good feel for how to be a NBA caliber point guard. Billups has been doing it for years, he is a true professional.

8:17 Anthony is back out there for the start of the second quarter. He has a few steals, trying to discredit the people who said he doesn’t defend. I don’t understand why people say Amare doesn’t defend, he is 4th in the NBA in blocks tied with former defensive player of the year Dwight Howard.

8:20 Speaking of blocks, the NBA leader Andrew Bogut just told showed Melo who the boss is with a monster stuff.

8:20 “The Pearl” and “Clyde” talking about two stars coexisting on the same team. These two guys sure know how to do it. Who are they going to interview when the Knicks get Chris Paul, LeBron or Garnett? Great feed by Billups to Melo who was fouled. Knicks are up by eight with 7-minutes to go in the half. The crowd seems to have lost some of its gusto.

8:35 Knicks lead is cut to two with 4-minutes to play. Should be interested to see what kind of game the Knicks settle into now that the initial adrenaline rush has passed. Melo has a great feed to a cutting Ronny Turiaf who stuffs it home. Milwaukee ties the game at 53. Anthony is strong on all his shots, he is pressing a bit.

8:45 Billups is pondering a triple-double in his Knicks debut: 8 PTS 4 REB 4 AST at the half. Knicks lead 59-57 at the half. Apparently the Bucks didn’t hear about the Melo/STAT hype, we have a game on our hands. I’m flipping to St. John’s instead of sticking around for the interview with Melo’s wife Lala Vasquez.

9:10 Let’s get back to business. Bucks start the second half by taking the lead. Billups and Melo are still strong on their shots, they need to settle in and start hitting shots or the Knicks are going down. Billups just split the defense for a beautiful layup to put the Knicks back on top.

9:15 Billups to Anthony, it’s not exactly Stockton to Malone, but I could sure get used to seeing it. Knicks up 65-62. Interestingly, the crowd just got excited for the first time since early in the game and it was because Stoudemire goal-tended.

9:24 Replay of the Jim Dolan comments from earlier today where he called reports that Isiah Thomas influenced the Anthony trade “a fiction”. No one ever said you had to be smart to be rich. While we’re on the subject, Melo had atrocious grammar during his press conference as well. Are there any studies suggesting a negative relationship between grammar and wealth?

9:27 Back to hoops. Billups is going to have New York on his side in a hurry. He just dribbled the ball between Carlos Delfino’s legs before finishing a beautiful layup, getting fouled, and completing the three-point play. Knicks are up 77-70.

9:33 Interesting situation developing. The Bucks, who are normally the worst shooting team in the league, are staying in the game by going 9-17 on 3PT FG. Stoudemire and Anthony are both on the bench with 4-fouls each. Billups is on the bench resting. The Knicks backups are clinging to a 79-77 lead with 1-minute remaining in the 3rd quarter.

9:36 Toney Douglas just said “enjoy your break big three, I’ll take care of this.” He hit two threes to close out the quarter. He has 20 PTS in just over 17-minutes, shooting 9-10. Knicks up 86-79 after three quarters.

9:41 4th quarter:  Anthony checks back in with his four fouls.

Breen – “How would you like to be a paparazzi Clyde?”

Frazier – “Ha ha…nooo way”

I find entertainment in absolutely anything Clyde says.

The Bucks have drawn five charges already in the game. I would say their defense in impressive, but they’re still on pace to give up well over 100 points which certainly isn’t too great.

9:50 Knicks are up by seven with 7-minutes to go, Stoudemire is coming back into the game. Knicks are going for the jugular. Brandon Jennings lays in a beautiful floater to bring the Bucks back within three at 91-88. D’Antoni wants a time out to settle them down.

9:53 Billups back in the game, let’s see if he can help nail this one down for his new team. He steps in and draws a charge from Jennings negating a three-pointer.

Defino hits another three for the Bucks 93-91. Milwaukee is an unselfish team, they move the ball well.

Billups comes back and draws a foul. He hits both shots putting the Knicks up by four 95-91.

Now it’s Stoudemire drawing a foul because the defense was forced to pay attention to Melo. We are already seeing how having two elite scorers can work wonders.

10:00 Knicks seem to be gelling already on offense, but their defense is horrible. Douglas nails another three, putting the Knicks up 102-96. He now has 23 PTS.

10:04 Melo is helping to ice this game for the Knicks, he just drove to the hoop and dunked it to put the Knicks up by six with a minute to go. Stoudemire just fouled out and foolishly threw his goggles down drawing a technical foul. He can’t let his emotions get the best of him and put a win in jeopardy. Especially for how hard the Knicks have fought for this one and what a an emotional lift it would be to win in Melo’s debut.

Toney Douglas is the MVP of this game for the Knicks. He flew in for an offensive rebound, letting the Knicks kill another 20 seconds off the clock.

Melo called for the ball and scored it. He is a true finisher. To put the icing on the cake, Melo just grabbed his 10th rebound giving him a double-double. He has 11 PTS in the 4th quarter.

10:14 The MSG crowd chants “Chauncey Billups” as he goes 12-12 on free throws.

The Knicks win the game 114-108. Key contributors for the Knicks:

Melo- 27 PTS, 10 REB, 2 STL

Billups- 21 PTS, 8 AST, 6 REB 2 STL

Toney Douglas- 23 PTS, 3 REB, 3 AST, 2 STL

Stoudemire- 19 PTS, 5 REB, 4 AST

I leave you all with…Chansey Billups

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Carmelo and Billups Make Debut Tonight After Knicks Trade

February 23, 2011 7 comments

Even if you’re not a fan of the Knicks, there is little doubt you have not heard about how hyped this game is.

Not only are the Knicks going to celebrate their Legends from the past, Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups are getting ready to make their Knicks debut playing against the Milwaukee Bucks.

This is one of the biggest trades in history–Let’s see if it was worth it tonight!

7:50 Although I rarely watch basketball, I can literally feel the adrenaline of the players and fans pumping through my TV. Everyone is so fired up!

7:58 Wise words about the trade– “It’s been a long, drawn out process”

8:08 I like how the commentator is talking about how you have to do the dirty work to get to where you want to be. True story!

8:09 Is it just me or does the camera keep referring back to Melo’s facial expressions? And why am I not surprised?

8:10 Knicks are up 28-21. The first quarter is almost over!

8:18 Douglas 4-for-4. “He’s thriving” wooo he’s on fire!

8:37 Woahhhh the Bucks aren’t messing around. They are determined to win this duel.

8:41 Bucks 53 Knicks 55…2nd quarter almost over.

8:50 Melo 5-for-14 at end of 2nd quarter. How are you feeling Carmelo? “This is the start of something new,” he said.

It’s halftime and they are honoring the Legends. It really makes you appreciate the talents these men had. And I must say, this is a lot better than watching the Black Eyed Peas perform during the halftime show during the Super Bowl. (side note)

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