Author Irvin Mintz

6 entries

Cornell at Saint Bonaventure 11/11/2011

Not even a four hour drive from Toronto through sleet and snow can dampen the excitement of opening night in an NCAA basketball arena. My buddy Jack and I enter the Reilly Centre, past the obligatory old and wise ticket-taker, to see the Bob Lanier court buzzing with activity just prior to tip-off.' Tonight'the...

Hartford at Penn State 11/12/2011

I'm pulling for Hartford. I don't care that my buddy Jack is decked out in full Nittany Lions' gear and that 4,500 vociferous PSU fans have gotten over Coach Paterno's dismissal long enough to join us at the Bryce Jordan Centre for a basketball game. Hartford's top assistant is my friend Drew Dawson. In 2006...

Green Bay at Duquesne 11/13/2011

Basketball has always been considered a city game. The 2011-12 Duquesne University Dukes have put an exclamation point on that statement. The team's home opener on Sunday at the A. J. Palumbo Centre would have made Pete Axthelm proud. Duquesne is located in downtown Pittsburgh and basketball fans in attendance...

Rider at Pittsburgh 11/13/2011

I've returned to the Petersen Events Centre where the nationally ranked Pitt Panthers are hosting another guarantee game. The last time I was here in January '08, the Lafayette Leopards were the designated victims and despite the mismatch were able to ride a first have shooting spree of 61% from beyond the arc...

Iona at Niagara 12/4/2011

Iona College's Michael Glover slips a screen takes a pass, drives to the tin and forces a foul seconds into his Gaels' match-up Sunday afternoon at Niagara University's Gallagher Center. The Purple Eagles seem to be taken by surprise by the intensity and speed of the game and their challengers, just as I was almost...

Fairfield at Canisius 12/4/2011

Thirty seconds into the game, a thunderous one-handed put back dunk by the Fairfield Stags' seven-footer Ryan Olander portends great things for this game Sunday at Canisius College's Koessler Athletic Centre. The 1,011 expectant fans are making an inordinate amount of noise, way in excess of what you'd predict...

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