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Release: January 02, 2013
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Game 14  Monmouth (5-8) at Wagner (6-5)
Thursday, January 3, 2013  7:00 p.m.
Staten Island, N.Y.  Spiro Sports Center

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Monmouth-Wagner Series History
• Monmouth leads the all-time series 32-22, in a series that dates back to 1985.
• Wagner won the series opener 68-66 on January 7, 1985.
• Wagner has won the last three meetings in the series, and six out of the last seven encounters between the two institutions.
• The Hawks last win at the Spiro Sports Center came on February 8, 2007 (70-63), behind Marques Alston's team-high 16 points and Jhamar Youngblood's double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds.
• Wagner defeated the Hawks in the last men's basketball game ever played in Boylan Gymnasium in March, 2009.

Monmouth vs. the Northeast Conference
• Monmouth is 256-220 all-time against the Northeast Conference.
• Under King Rice, Monmouth is 10-8 against the NEC. 

• Monmouth head coach King Rice, who guided the Hawks to the NEC Tournament in his first year, returns to the sidelines on Thursday, when the Hawks open Northeast Conference action at Wagner.
• Rice, whose team faced its fifth nationally-ranked team since he took over the Monmouth program when the Hawks faced Syracuse, is now 17-28 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 13 games and is averaging 21.2 forced turnovers a contest, which has turned into 262 points for the Hawks. The Blue and White have forced at least 15 miscues by its opposition in all 13 contests.
• 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).
• 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.

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