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Saturday, November 17, 2007

MU men's hoops shocks the Shockers/Rickie Crews suspended again

I wrote this off WSU radio

There is more now at the MU web site..

The monkey is off the backs of the Monmouth University men's basketball team.
Sophomore Jhamar Youngblood and junior Whitney Coleman each scored 17 points leading the
Hawks (1-3) to a 59-50 victory over Wichita State in the consolation round of the 2007
Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands.
Youngblood scored 14 of his points in the second half when the Hawks gradually took
Monmouth opened a 54-43 lead on two free throws by Coleman in the final minute.
Monmouth took its second seven-point lead of the half, 47-40, on a driving layup by
Coleman with 3:40 remaining and Alex Nunner widened the advantage to 50-42 on two free throws
ner with three minutes left.
Monmouth went 21 for 28 from the foul line as Coleman shot 8-for-8 in the late going.

The Shockers (1-2) of the Missouri Valley Conference never threatened down the stretch.
Gal Mekel, a 6-3 senior guard had 17 points and Phil Thomasson, a 6-7 senior, scored all 16
of his points in the second half for Wichita State.[PARA]
The Hawks started the game cold falling behind 12-2 but drew even just before the half
Monmouth will play Charlotte (3-1) in the fifth place game 3 p.m. Monday.

Just talked to Dave - Rickie Crews was suspended indefinitely and did not play in the game because of "poor attitude and disrepect of a fellow member of our program.''


Anonymous Hawk '05 said...

to my friend that wondered why they came to the Virgin Islands, this is why you get experience, you get a chance to knock off some good teams, and you grow as a team...Very proud of this group, it could be a very surprising year, dont count these kids out, they play hard.

11:10 PM, November 17, 2007  
Anonymous crews=bad news said...

Good news for Mu, bad news for Crews. Gutsy win for Hawks, Jhamar gutted it out sick, Whitney played a nice game, and how bout Nunner the Gunner this year? This Austrian assassin is playing good ball. The freshman are very solid, Hett, Rutledge, Del "Tougho", and BArbour are all going to be nice players. Gaitley is going to be a solid 4 year role player.

Anyone going dancing in March, flippin Hawks are!

11:48 PM, November 17, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great win for this program. I think this team will be solid this year and surprise many in the NEC. When is Crews going to leave this school already and free up a scholarship for somebody who actually wants to play basketball at MU? I'm tired of hearing about him getting suspended all the time for making bad decisions based on poor judgement.

10:39 AM, November 18, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OKAY MU this is what we have been waiting for. Is this the last game possible for the Hawks?

10:49 AM, November 18, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Re: last game? MU plays Charlotte in the PJ Monday..

11:40 AM, November 18, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Re: Rickie. It's almost become a's so routine now.

It looks like he's dropped to No. 8 in a seven-man rotation anyway as I see it.

11:48 AM, November 18, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know when our grands and great grands tought us all to not say anything if you don't have anything good to say - i don't thing that they had this situation in mind. The silver lining has almost faded on this situation. Unfortunately the kid is just not getting that high-school is long gone and it's time for personal growth. Sad to say but there are loopholes in contracts and if the athletic dept stars to seek them it truly would not be unethical. The suspension to eligible playing time ratio has toppled to one side. I certainly feel sorry for the kid. Tony don't misinterpret this but the school more than likely won't take the scholarship, however it is time that they sit with the parent and suggest psychological evals because this is not normal nor average behavior. He needs intervention and NOW! MU please don't let this kid graduate with suggesting the family seek help.

Great Job Hawk KUTGW!!! (Keep Up The Good Work)

1:40 PM, November 18, 2007  
Anonymous mu mystery coach said...

I am very sad to hear about Rickie. This is a very sad story. I remember how excited I was reading the press clippings of this South Jersey Superstar. I want to still believe that this kid can figure it out, make better choices, want to be part of a team; but I think I am starting to really lose my confidence in this "student athlete"...Again i will say it, let's keep thinking positively and hope for the best, because after all that is what good fans do.

5:36 PM, November 18, 2007  
Anonymous mu mystery coach said...

Oh, also very happy to see MU beat Wichita State. This team was in the Sweet 16 just two years ago. Do not discount this win, or the close call against Seton Hall. Also, Colgate is off to a strong start so that doesn't look like a bad loss either. Getting plunked by Notre Dame is sad, however those types of games happen and sometimes can propel a team. I remember a similiar situation at Drexel a few years back...that team played well after, hopefully the same will happen this year.

5:38 PM, November 18, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How much longer can MU afford to put up with this kind of attitude from a kid with a better than a
100K free ride who never suits up and upholds his end of the deal?

Crews may have all the talent in the world, but it's clear to me, if Calloway doesn't do more than suspend him, this will go on for 4 years!

I'm starting to understand the incident that he was involved in as a senior, when an opponent punched him out after a game.

7:05 PM, November 18, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The fat lady is singing for the 'Phantom' -- time to set him adrift

9:55 AM, November 19, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RE: Rickie's High School Punch-Out.

I have tried to remain silent on this situation given the correlation I have to Rickie than most (we went to the same high school, though separated by many years), but the 10th comment requires a rebuttal. While his suspensions and other disciplinary actions at MU have been disappointing and distracting to all those associated with Rickie, there is absolutely no connection between his issues at MU and the sucker punch he received immediately following the South Jersey Group 3 Championship. That was a case of a Camden player who believed that his team should have won the title simply because they showed up for the game and he "got schooled" by Rickie and the rest of the Deptford squad. He was a sore loser who seriously lacked sportsmanship, class, and dignity, and is now in jail for assault. There appeared to be no altercation between the two during the course of the game outside of normal physical post play, so there was no indication that such an incident would occur.

With that said, I do believe something needs to happen and Calloway and the staff need to consider whether Rickie's continued disobedience should warrant a permanent separation.

12:24 PM, November 19, 2007  

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