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Monday, November 19, 2007

Hawks facing Charlotte/Preview story in Monday Press/Make pre game and for now post game comments here


With its first victory of the season in the books, the resilient Monmouth University
men's basketball team (1-3) will take a shot at No.‚2 today.

""It's nice that we have a win under our belts,'' coach Dave Calloway said. ""Now
hopefully we'll bounce back and continue to play well.''

Monmouth, which defeated Wichita State Saturday night, 59-50, will face Charlotte
(3-1) 3 p.m. today in the fifth-place game of the 2007 Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands.

""This was a good win for these guys,'' Calloway said. ""You've got to get wins.''
Monmouth will try to nab another one against Charlotte, which dropped its first-round
game in the Paradise Jam to Georgia Tech, 82-78.

On Saturday, Charlotte edged Illinois-Chicago, 64-63, on a 3-point basket by senior
guard Leemire Goldwater with 12 seconds left.

The Atlantic-10 team has also defeated High Point, 61-55, and Appalachian State,

""They're probably very similar to Wichita State, big, athletic and strong,''
Calloway said

With te victory, Monmouth recovered from its 76-33 thrashing by Notre Dame in the
opening round of the Jam.

Jhamar Youngblood and Whitney Coleman each scored 17 points to lead Monmouth.

You Rngblood, who was in early foul trouble and not feeling well, scored 14 of his total in the second half.
Alex Nunner added nine points for the Hawks, including two 3-pointers.

Redshirt freshman center Dutch Gaitley added five points, including a key tip-in with
4:49 left, and grabbed a career-high eight rebounds.

Calloway said Monmouth didn't play ""that poorly'' in the first half against Notre
Dame when it trailed, 36-25. But the Hawks scored just eight points in the second half.

Calloway said sophomore forward Rickie Crews has been suspended indefinitely and did
not play in the Wichita State game ""because of poor attitude and disrespect of a fellow
member of our program.''

Crews has spent most of his Monmouth career battling either suspensions or injuries
and has appeared in only six games.


Anonymous Hit a Free throw said...

I've tried to keep a positive attitude toward this student athlete but this has gotten out of hand. I've seen certain things firsthand that this kid has done that are just bizzare and childish. I think the staff has reached the final straw with this young man and when they are back on campus a serious decision will need to be made and I'm pretty sure its going to happen. This is a sad situation for a young man that clearly has some issues beyond anything that a coach can fix.

9:02 AM, November 19, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tony, I understand that these are KIDS we're dealing with, but at some point and time you need to grow up and be responsible for your actions. It might be time to cut to the cord.

11:32 AM, November 19, 2007  
Blogger Rob said...

Hey Tony, Rob here from WMCX (jeez I miss the broadcasting but anyway) I've followed the team somewhat so far this year, really waiting for the NEC part of the schedule to kick in. I like this team, I really do. The problem with last year's team, I think at least, was that everyone was relying on Marques, Cory, and Deki to lead them every night. The problem with that is that those players never had to be the #1 guy because of Tyler, Chris, and going back, Blake. But for this year... there is not a certain person to do everthing, it really is more of a team now. Youngblood can't do it all and everyone knows that. This team will make the NEC tournament, 6-7 seed.

As for Rickie... ya know, last year it was okay to say "he's a kid, he's growing up, it'll be okay", but now its not. He's been at school for almost 3 semesters and is always in trouble. Dave is a high character guy, why is he sticking with this kid this long? Please don't say because of his talent, because this kid does not know how to play in a team system. He's a post player but keeps shooting from the outside. As a former student, I am very very frustrated with hearing about Rickie this and Rickie that. I worked my butt off for 4 years, did everything right and was never in trouble yet I have a nice amount of college loans to pay. This person was brought in to play basketball. He has not played basketball at all. Yet he's going for free? Come on Monmouth...

12:30 PM, November 19, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Re: Rickie. Haven't talked to Dave since Saturday night but hope to speak with him after today's game.

Maybe we'll learn more then..but I also think - depending on the seriousness of this latest infraction - his time at MU may be running out - this can't go on for another almost three years. Can it?

2:51 PM, November 19, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

More Rickie - he is listed as "will not dress" on MU's official pregame notes fror Charlotte...

3:09 PM, November 19, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

YEAH HAWKS this was another good tourney experience. this is how we get better is if we play better teams

Also i think that they play there performence based on the other teams talent when they play a better team they surprise us with there performance. but if they play a worse team they dont do as well.
But anways lets go MU

5:51 PM, November 19, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey TG

Big Win for the hawks over Charlotte. I think its time to cut ties with Rickie. Do the name Charles Richards mean anything?? Very Athletic and not much else

Tim Walker

6:11 PM, November 19, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Tim..yes I do remember Charles. Never made it out of his freshman year I believe..

8:06 PM, November 19, 2007  

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