GAME DAY: HAWKS at IONA (FEB. 14, 7 P.M.)
Monmouth Hawks (10-15, 4-10 MAAC) at
Iona Gaels (16-8, 13-2 MAAC)
• Friday, February 14, 2014 • 7:00 p.m.
• New Rochelle, N.Y. • Hynes Center
Prostate Cancer Awareness Game, sponsored by the Prostate Cancer Foundation
Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in America, affecting 1 in 6 men. In 2014, more than 233,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, and more than 29,000 men will die from the disease. One new case occurs every 2.3 minutes and a man dies from prostate cancer every 18 minutes.
A non-smoking man is more likely to develop prostate cancer than he is to develop colon, bladder, melanoma, lymphoma and kidney cancers combined. In fact, a man is 35% more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than a woman is to be diagnosed with breast cancer.
By wearing blue bow ties Friday night, both the Iona and Monmouth coaching staffs look to raise awareness for the disease. Tables will be set up in the lobby of the Hynes Athletics Center with information on how to support the cause.
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Monmouth-Iona Series History:
• Friday's meeting between Monmouth and Iona will be the fourth all-time in men's basketball, as the Gaels now hold a 3-0 edge after defeating the Hawks on February 4 in the first-ever meeting as conference opponents.
• This series began on December 7, 1982, and before earlier this month, the last meeting came on January 5, 1985.
Iona Men's Basketball
Iona Schedule and Results
BLUE & WHITE BITS:
• Third-year Monmouth head coach King Rice guides the Hawks into their first season in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) in 2013-14. The Hawks, who spent 26 seasons in the NEC, captured four league titles in the NEC and secured four NCAA Tournament berths (1996, 2001, 2004, 2006).
• Rice has guided his team against five nationally-ranked teams since taking over the Monmouth program to start the 2011-12 campaign.
• With its victory over Binghamton on December 3, 2012, Monmouth posted its 400th Division I win in program history.
• This year’s MU roster features no seniors, four juniors and a total of 12 underclassmen. In addition, the roster includes 14 first- or second-year players in the program. Monmouth's roster features the most freshman of any school in the MAAC.
• At the start of the season, the Hawks featured a total of just nine years of collegiate playing experience on the roster.
• Monmouth's season-opening road win at Hofstra was the program's first road win to open a season in the school's Division I history.
• Behind his 13-point performace at Hofstra, junior Andrew Nicholas eclipsed the 500-point mark in his MU career, and remains the Hawks' leading total point scorer on the roster, while classmate Max DiLeo leads the program in career games played.
• The Hawks' 13-point comeback in the win at Hofstra to open the year, eclipsed the highest comeback in any win of last season. Four times last year, MU rallied from seven points down to secure a win. The Hawks have now comeback from double-digit deficits in six of their 10 wins this year (deficits of 13, 13, 11, 13, 10, 14).
• Freshman Josh James was named the season's first MAAC Rookie of the Week on November 11, 2013. It was Monmouth's first-ever MAAC Basketball Weekly Award. The guard repeated as MAAC Rookie of the Week on December 2.
• Three times this season Monmouth has been featured on SportsCenter's Top 10 plays, as Deon Jones (#3 vs. MVSU), Tyrone O'Garro (#4 vs. Rider) and Andrew Nicholas (#10 vs. Canisius) were all highlighted.
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