Saturday, January 6, 2007

Greetings from Draddy Gymnasium

With this 70 degree weather, felt like I was driving to Yankee Stadium on my way down the Hutchinson Parkway, but here we are in Riverdale for the Stags and Jaspers.

Pre-game food is NY style pepperoni pizza; I wish they had this stuff at Harbor Yard....

A few notes to chew on before we tip off at 4...

The Stags trail the all-time series 42-33, and have lost eight of the last 12 meetings, including the last three in a row....They opened the conference schedule with a 57-54 loss to the Jaspers on Dec. 8, despite holding the Jaspers' second leading scorer, Arturo Dubois, scoreless in eight minutes.

...Danny Oglesby, who was suspended prior to Tuesday night's game at Rider, isn't here today, and will miss at least three games after today. His case will be reviewed by the University when the semester begins, which could mean there will be a decision as early as the 16th. The school didn't give a reason for his suspension, other than to say that he "violated University policy."

....This game features one of the most interesting coaching matchups of any game the Stags will play. Why? Because Jaspers Head Coach Barry Rohrsssen was a finalist for the Fairfield job before he pulled out to take the job in Riverdale, paving the way for Ed Cooley to take the job on North Benson Road. Rohrssen was an assistant at Pitt for seven years. These two guys coached against each other when they were both assistants in the Big East, were up against one another in some regards for the Fairfield job last year, and will be seeing a lot of each other in the MAAC for the next several years.

...Couple of milestones to watch for: 1) Jonathan Han needs four assists to reach 150 for his career. Tuesday night he had his sixth game with five or more assists, something he did eight times all last year. 2) Michael Van Schaick, who moved past Terrance Todd (106) and Tyquawn Goode (108) on the school's all-time three-point shooting list with 109, is 14 trifectas away from tying Michael Bell and Kevin George with 123.

More at half time from Tom.

- Ben Doody

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