Author Gary Moore

56 entries

William & Mary at Saint John's 11/7/2011

Sometimes, I often don't decide to go to a college basketball game untilthe last minute.  I wasn't sure if I was going to the William and Mary vs.St John's game last night, wh...

LIU's Long Road

When I last saw a Long Island University game live, it was the NEC championship game at the Wellness Center in Brooklyn on March 9. 'The Blackbirds were hosting the Colonials of Robert Morris, the defending Northeast Conference champions. ' I was standing in one of the LIU student sections behind the Robert Morris...

Pride Hold Off Pesky Terriers

Hofstra started their season with a convincing win at home over LIU, the defending NEC champions. Then on Wednesday, they traveled to Corvalis, Oregon to play Oregon State. The game was close throughout. But in the end, the Beavers prevailed 82-72 over the Pride. Hofstra came back home today for a chance to...

Lightning Can Strike Twice as Florida Atlantic Beats Hofstra Again

It was a rainy Tuesday night in Hempstead, New York. I guess that was partly the reason for the sparse crowd at the Hofstra Mack Center. The other reason might have been that there were no classes for undergraduate students on Wednesday for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Thus the Lions Den student section...

Catholic School Shootout

Before last night, the last time I saw an Iona Men's Basketball game was March 30 of this year, when the Hynes Center hosted the championship game of the CIT as Santa Clara played Iona. With the ...

The Rhode Island Less Traveled

A few months ago, when I first started planning to see four basketball games in two days in Rhode Island, it was supposed to be my first ever road trip with just my older son, Matthew, and me. Matthew loves basketball, especially Hofstra basketball. So he was very excited about the prospect of seeing two Hofstra...

Pride Fall to the Rams

The last time I was in Rhode Island for a Hofstra basketball game was eight years ago when the Pride traveled to Providence to take on the Friars. How long ago was that? NBA player Ryan Gomes was still in college, playing for the home team. Meanwhile Loren Stokes and Carlos Rivera were freshmen playing their...

Hofstra Beats Cleveland State at Its Own Game

Yesterday was an absolutely gorgeous day in Rhode Island. The temperature was around sixty degrees as I left my hotel and took the short drive down to Newport. I spent part of the morning sightseeing, first around town, then I visited the Newport Shipyard. I had never seen so many large expensive boats in one...

The Paul Westhead Invitational

Yesterday was an exasperating day. I can't get into details, but I was agitated when I got home. Thankfully, salvation was only ninety minutes away, for I had this game between LIU and Iona circled on my calendar. I knew I was going to see a game that "The Guru of Go" would truly love. Westhead is the creator...

Humpty Causes Hofstra a Great Fall

Sometimes, there are long stretches where one team has another team's number. When Hofstra first joined the CAA in 2001, they lost their first three games in conference with James Madison and had lost four in a row overall to JMU. But starting in 2004, the Pride have gone on a twelve game winning streak vs....

College Hoops Again Provide a Welcome Respite

Watching live college basketball games, something I absolutely love, has been an outlet for me since I really started following Hofstra in the early 2000's. Previously, I had enjoyed college hoops for years and I attended many games at Madison Square Garden. But when I truly became a fan of college basketball,...

The Slide Continues

Two weeks ago, I was heading home from Kingston, R.I. I had just watched Hofstra beat Cleveland State 63-53 in what basically amounted to a rock fight at the Legends Classic subregional at URI. It was a gutty, winning performance by a Pride team that took the Vikings best punch in the mouth and came back with...

College Basketball in the Eyes of a Child

With the eyes of a childYou must come out and seeThat your world's spinning 'roundAnd through life you will beA small partOf a hopeOf a loveThat existsIn the eyes of a child you will see "Eyes of a Child" by the Moody BluesMy life forever changed on July 26, 2005. My first child, my older son Matthew, was born....

Colgate at Hofstra 12/22/2011

Several days after their twenty point win over Binghamton, Hofstra was looking to make it two wins in a row against Colgate. The Pride needed to get on a roll going into next week's important game against Iona, a team that many think is the best team in the local New York City area (with all apologies to Seton...

Forty-Five Minutes in a Sea of Red

If red is your favorite color, then last night's Cornell vs. Stony Brook contest was the game for you. You had the Big Red taking on the Seawolves, whose motto on their tickets is "Get Your Red On, It's What We Do." Needless to say, the crowd was dressed in one of the preferred colors of the holiday season....

Revenge is a Dish Best Served in Hempstead

Exactly a year ago, Mo Cassara's Hofstra Pride traveled to New Rochelle, NY to take on Tim Cluess' Iona Gaels. It was the first season for both as head coaches in Division I Basketball. On that night, it was all Iona, as they dominated Hofstra, winning 87-62. It was the second-worst loss of the season (next...

Seawolves Ring in the New Year on a High Note

Last night was the second game I saw in Pritchard Gym in three days. On Wednesday, Stony Brook gave up a twenty point lead to Cornell but won in overtime 68-59. This time the defensive-minded Seawolves were hosting the Broncs of Rider. It was the last non-conference game for both teams before conference play...

VCU Passes the Eye Test

"You talk about the eye test. This one doesn't pass the laugh test." By now, everyone should know the story of the 2010-11 VCU Rams. Finished fourth in the CAA, lost in the CAA Championship to Old Dominion. One of the last teams to make it into the NCAA Tournament and a member of "The First Four." And of course,...

Sean Armand's Virtuoso Solo

Having attended many concerts at Madison Square Garden in my lifetime, there is often an opening act before the headliner. The opening act is usually not that good, but the headliner more than makes up...

Finally, Home is Where the Gaels Are

Iona spent the entire month of December on the road. The Gaels went 6-2 on their road trip. They went as far west as Denver (an overtime win over the Denver Pioneers), as far north as Burlington (a win over the Vermont Catamounts) and as far south as Williamsburg (a win over the William and Mary Tribe). And...

Saturday Mass at Rose Hill

I always love going to early afternoon games at Rose Hill Gym. When the sun shines through the windows on the one end of the court, it feels like church to me. And well it should, since Rose Hill is on the campus of Fordham University, a Jesuit catholic school. Fordham's opponent on Saturday was Xavier, another...

SUNY Supremacy

The universities in the State of New York school system used to be known with their names starting with SUNY. There was SUNY Stony Brook, SUNY Albany and SUNY Binghamton, to name a few. They are officially known as the State University of New York at Stony Brook, the State University of New York at Albany and...

A Season Is Not Determined By Luck

Over the years, I can tell you there is luck involved in college basketball. I have seen several miracle half court shots go in. Many times have I seen a buzzer beater to win a game. There are strange bounces and questionable last-second calls that have decided games. And often I have seen as much bad luck as...

Manhattan at Iona 1/12/2012

Entering last night's game with Manhattan, Iona had been on a serious roll since their loss at Hofstra at the end of December. The Gaels won three straight conference games by a combined total of 72 points. And I had seen two of the wins in person, the 95-59 dismantling of Siena at Madison Square Garden and...

In the MAAC, It's Never Over Till It's Over

A few days ago I was looking at the empty Friday the 13th on my calendar. I said to myself there has to be a Division I game that I can attend that evening. Then I looked at ESPN's e...

Barbecue and VCU in Newark

Over the years, I have been fortunate to go to many college basketball venues. Some, such as Webster Arena in Bridgeport, Conn., aren't conducive to college basketball games, especially when there are only 2,000 people in the stands. Others, such as Acierno Arena at the Bob Carpenter Center on the campus of...

Doubleheader Day in New Rochelle

The Hynes Center hosted a doubleheader on Sunday. The women's game was first at 1:00 P.M., followed by the men's game at 3:30 P.M.. Both conference games were important. The women's game between Manhattan and Iona was for third place in the conference and to stay above a .500 conference record. The men's game...

Another Seawolves Home Game, Another Seawolves Win

Often one of the key ingredients to a team's successful season is the ability to win at home. Seven times this season, Stony Brook has hosted a game in Pritchard Gym and seven times this season, Stony Brook has won that home game. The Seawolves were looking for nine wins at home in a row dating back to last...

Drexel + Hofstra = Rockfight

There are few certainties in life: death, taxes and a Drexel-Hofstra rockfight. I really don't know how to describe this rivalry otherwise. The games are tough, physical and almost always closely fought. The rivalry has its roots in the America East where the teams battled it out from 1994 until 2001. In the...

It's Late Night With Scott Machado

A couple of days ago, when I went on Iona's web site and saw the game time for last night's home game was 10:00 P.M., I did a double take. But when you are dealing with the wonderful people in Bristol, Con...

This Isn't Your Father's NEC

The Northeast Conference, otherwise known as the NEC, started as the ECAC - Metro conference in 1981. As the NEC website notes, originally the conference's goal was "to create a compet...

Only Brownies and Ice Cream Can Ease This Pain

Coming into last night's game, in six of their eight conference losses, Hofstra has lost by a total of twenty five points. It's never been a question of heart. The Pride have played hard all season, and with very few exceptions, they have been very competitive in their games this season. Hofstra even has three...

Turnovers, Blown Whistles and Bill Murray

When Towson defeated UNCW last Saturday, the Tigers ended their NCAA record 41-game losing streak. With the win, Towson entered a tie for eleventh place in the CAA with Hofstra. The Pride had just lost earlier in the day at Northeastern. Both teams entered last night's game with a 1-10 conference record. One...

Six Degrees of Hofstra Separation - Part I

I wanted to do something crazy for the 800 Games Project. An opportunity arose a few weeks ago to be able to see three games in one day: Charlotte vs. Fordham, Georgia State vs. Hofstra and Iona vs. Manhattan. The time schedules were perfect; 1:00 PM, 4:00 PM, 7:00 PM. With a little luck and a lead foot, I thought...

Six Degrees of Hofstra Separation - Part 2

When the CAA Tournament is over and I look back on this Hofstra season, I will remember all the incredibly close games that ended in losses; the last second losses to Florida Atlantic, James Madison, Delaware, Northeastern, Drexel and George Mason. There were the large second half leads that evaporated vs. Boston...

Six Degrees of Hofstra Separation - Part 3

After watching Hofstra suffer another tough loss at the hands of Georgia State, Matthew and I bid adieu to Tieff, who couldn't make our last part of the Hofstra influenced tripleheader. My six year old color analyst and I raced up north to the Bronx. Our destination was Manhattan College, who were hosting Iona...

Wolfie Celebrates His Birthday With a Win

Seventeen years ago, Wolfie made his debut as the mascot of the Stony Brook Seawolves. Seventeen years ago, Stony Brook wasn't even a Division I basketball team. The Seawolves weren't Division I until 1999 and didn't join the America East until 2001. But here we were on a Thursday night, seventeen years later,...

Cheesesteaks, Bungee Jumpers and Basketball

Life is like a group of weather forecasters. You never know what you're going to get and apparently neither do they. Based on the forecasts that I heard on Friday, travel to Philadelphia for yesterday's Hofstra- Drexel game was going to be hazardous with snow and rain. I even warned my son Matthew that he was...

Love and Basketball

When you think of Valentine's Day, you don't think about spending it at a basketball game. But when your six year old son would be despondent if he couldn't go to a Hofstra game, you adjust your plans accordingly. Thus for the first time since the 2001-02 season, my wife, Michelle went to a Hofstra game along...

BracketBuster Win Gives Hope for Hofstra

Over the past several years, I have been a supporter of the BracketBuster series. Yes, it's been mostly a marketing tool for the World Wide Leader to say that they give the mid-major teams a needed spotlight during the season. But some spotlight is better than no spotlight at all, which was the case for mid-major...

Horns, Hoops and First Place on the Line

Last night was the second day of my four day weekend of hoops. Thursday night, I was at St Joseph's in Patchogue where unfortunately the number one seeded Eagles were shot down by the Purchase Panthers in a Division-III Skyline Conference Tournament game. Then yesterday, my older son Matthew and I made the familiar...

A Senior Day to Remember at Hofstra

Senior starters Mike Moore, Nathaniel Lester and Dwan McMillan were all given a special ceremony by Hofstra University before their last home game as members of the Pride. All three have been significant contributors this season. Moore, the leading scorer in the CAA, and Lester, the eighth leading scorer in...

Seawolves Get a #1 Seed in America East

Day Four of our four day weekend of hoops concluded on Sunday with a tripleheader. First, it was Maine vs. Stony Brook, then a St. Peter's - Iona double feature; the women's game followed by the men's game. And it was Senior Day for all three home teams. I picked up my older son Matthew from baseball camp, then...

Gaston Runs Amok on the Explorers

As Day Three of our Four Day Weekend of Hoops started, my older son Matthew and I took the familiar trip over the Whitestone Bridge to the Hutch to Pelham Parkway to head to the campus of Fordham. Unlike the night before, there were no crazy drivers on the Whitestone looking to start a NASCAR wreck. So, it was...

Iona Drubs St. Peter's Twice

After we watched Stony Brook win the America East Regular Season Championship, my older son Matthew and I exited Pritchard Gym while the players were still hoisting the America East Regular Seaso...

CAA Tournament - Panthers Make a Statement

I always love this time of year. March Madness has been embedded in my soul for easily over 25 years. My favorite part of March Madness is going to a conference tournament. In my younger college days and mid twenties, I went to a Power Six New York City based tournament that can not be named on the Mid-Majority...

When You Know the End is Near

When you have been driving for five and half hours since 2:00 AM, and you only had a few hours of sleep before that, you wonder how you will stay awake for basically eight plus hours of basketball. The amazing thing is that if you get a small nap and really put your mind to it, you can make that happen. Plus...

Missed Free Throws and Heartbreak in Richmond

In the last game of the first round on Friday night, Georgia State absolutely hammered Hofstra in the largest margin of victory ever in the CAA Tournament. Having witnessed the carnage in person, I honestly thought the Panthers were just at the beginning of making a serious statement in the CAA Tournament....

As Usual, Havoc Prevails

Coach Bill Coen had a huge task before him on Saturday evening. His Northeastern team was playing VCU in the Richmond Coliseum in a "neutral" site game. But as most people who follow the CAA know, that's about as neutral as Rush Limbaugh being a moderator in a Planned Parenthood debate. Still, the man whose...

Effort and Heart Are Not Enough for Towson

In the second game of the afternoon session of the CAA Tournament, Delaware took on Towson. The game seemed like a foregone conclusion as the Tigers had one win all season. But they had played the Blue Hens close in both of their games. When Defiantly Dutch and I came back from the UNCW - James Madison post...

Ugly, but Effective Win for the Huskies

In the First Round of the CAA Tournament, often you get games that are not aesthically pleasing and are often downright rockfights. Such was the case in the first game of the Friday evening session between 10 seeded William and Mary and 7 seeded Northeastern. In the first five minutes, the Huskies went out to...

Drexel - Rock Fight U

If you follow the CAA, what's the one thing that comes to mind when you think of Drexel? Well you might consider "physical," considering the type of style the Dragons play. You might also consider "intense," because that's how head coach Bruiser Flint coaches. Well, when I think of Drexel, I think of the CAA's...

Giant Bazemore

In November 2010, I wrote an article for my College Hardwood web site on Old Dominion called "The Ground and Pound of College Basketball". In that article, I talked about how Coach Blaine Taylor has a "philosophy of inside play, suffocating defense and depth that grinds opponents down". The Monarchs are a team...

Drexel Dominates ODU

When Drexel stepped on the Richmond Coliseum court to face Old Dominion right before tipoff of the first CAA Semifinal, the Drexel Band played the theme from "Rocky". Though they were the 1 seed in the CAA Tournament, Drexel was truly David. Outside of their DACPack faithful, several fans behind their bench...

George Mason vs. Virginia Commonwealth 3/4/2012

The George Mason-VCU semifinal was the 56th Division I game I had covered live this season. It perhaps might be the most memorable one from start to finish. I can probably say beyond a shadow of a doubt that no one expected the first nine minutes of the game. But given the first nine minutes of the game, I can...

UMass Falls Short at "Home"

Last week I was at the DAC to see UMass face Drexel in the NIT Quarterfinals. With about 16 minutes left in the game and the Dragons up 17, it seemed pretty certain there would be a little bit of Philly flavor at Madison Square Garden for the NIT Semifinals. But the Minutemen went into a half court trap, shot...

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