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MEN'S BASKETBALL NOTES AT FORDHAM; DEC. 31; 4:00 P.M.

Updated: December 30, 2012 - 1:36 p.m. (ET)
Monmouth Sports Information
Game 13 - Monday, December 31, 2012
Monmouth (5-7) at Fordham (3-10)
Location: Rose Hill Gym - Bronx, N.Y.
Tip: 4:00 p.m.

On the air:
Shore Sports Network / www.shoresportsnetwork.com
WOBM-AM 1160 & 1310
Eddy Occhipinti (play-by-play) and Steve Bazaz (analysis)

On the air:
88.9 FM WMCX / www.wmcx.com
Gary Kowal (play-by-play)

Follow on Twitter - @MUHawks / @MonmouthBBall

Series History:
All-Time Series: Fordham leads 2-1
Last Meeting: Monmouth, 80-65 (12/10/11)


BLUE & WHITE BITS:
Monmouth head coach King Rice, who guided the Hawks to the NEC Tournament in his first year, returns to the sidelines on Monday, when he guides the Hawks against Fordham on New Year's Eve in the Bronx.

Rice, whose team faced its fifth nationally-ranked team since he took over the Monmouth program when the Hawks faced Syracuse, is now 17-27 overall with the Hawks.

Syracuse was Monmouth's highest-ranked opponent in the regular season in Monmouth's Division I history.

With its victory over Binghamton on December 3, Monmouth posted its 400th Division I win in program history. In the win over the Bearcats, senior Ed Waite posted a career-high 23 points on a near perfect evening for the forward. He connected on 9-of-10 from the floor, and 5-for-5 from the free throw line, with nine rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal.

For his career-high effort in the season-opener against Hofstra, sophomore Andrew Nicholas was tabbed the Choice Hotels/NEC Player of the Week on Monday, November 12.

The Hawks opened the season with a 29-point victory over Hofstra, where Monmouth had 25 assists and 17 steals and forced 23 turnovers.

MU has forced 20+ turnovers in eight of its first 12 games and is averaging 21.3 forced turnovers a contest, which has turned into 242 points for the Hawks.

The Blue and White opened the year with a win for the first time since 2009, and posted the most points in a non-conference game since that win over FIU (99 points).

Monmouth, which tied for fifth place in the league standings in 2011-12 and claimed the No. 6 seed in the conference postseason, finished last year 7-5 at home.

The Hawks won nine of their last 12 games last season to finish 12-20 overall and 10-8 in the NEC. Monmouth posted its first NEC regular season winning record since its championship season in 2005-06.

Last season, Monmouth University earned its 250th all-time Northeast Conference win, joining three other current league institutions to do so (FDU, RMU and LIU).

Monmouth faced three nationally ranked opponents last year, including No. 25 Harvard at home. The Hawks also traveled to No. 22/18 Vanderbilt in November and No. 6 North Carolina on New Year's Day.

Three members of Monmouth's current squad have been named to the Northeast Conference All-Rookie Team, upping Monmouth's program total to 17 players who have earned that distinction from the league. The three members include seniors Ed Waite, Marcus Ware and Dion Nesmith.

Monmouth went 2-11 in straight road games in 2010-11, and after going 2-0 on a neutral court, ended the year 4-11 overall away from home. Monmouth opened this year with eight straight road losses, and is now 4-14 away from home, after three straight NEC road wins for the first time in six years.

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