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No. 6 Wagner Heads To No. 3 Robert Morris In First Round Of NEC Tournament
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Moon Township, PA -
After dropping their regular season finale to Robert Morris last Saturday, the Wagner Seahawks will look to enact a measure of revenge against the Colonials in the quarterfinal round of the NEC Tournament on Thursday, March 3 at 7:00 pm at the Sewall Center. RMU won its final six games en route to garnering the No. 3 seed in the upcoming conference tourney with a 16-13 record (12-6 NEC) while Green & White finished up with a 13-16 record (9-9 NEC).

MURRAY NAMED FIRST TEAM ALL-NEC
Junior Tyler Murray, who was voted to the All-NEC First Team, became the first Wagner player to earn All-League accolades since Mark Porter and Durell Vinson each did so during the 2007-2008 season. The Canadian native has ranked near the top of the NEC leaderboard in scoring all season, and enters the playoffs third in the conference with 16.9 ppg. He is also fifth on the circuit in three-point accuracy (.404), seventh in free throw percentage (.823) and 13th in made three-pointers (1.9/game). Murray, who has scored at least 20 points on nine separate occasions, has compiled nine games of 20+ points on the year.

RIVERS NAMED TO ALL-NEC ROOKIE TEAM
Freshman Latif Rivers was honored by the league’s coaches following an outstanding freshman season. The Elizabeth, NJ native was the first Seahawk selected to the All-NEC Rookie Team since Jamal Smith following the 2005-2006 season. One of the key elements to Wagner’s turnaround this season, he posted six games of 20+ points, including 28 points against Hofstra and a career-best 30 points in a win over Quinnipiac. Rivers claimed Choice Hotels NEC Rookie of the Week accolades a school-record six occasions, which ties him for fourth on the league’s all-time list. There were few players this season who delivered more in the clutch than the Elizabeth, NJ native whether it be from long range or at the line, where he ranks second in the NEC in free throw percentage (.882). Rivers is also second among all NEC freshman and 14th overall on the circuit with 13.9 ppg and has drained a team-best 56 shots from three-point territory and ranks 12th in the league with 1.9 treys per game.

NEC TOURNAMENT HISTORY
This is the 24th time in the 30-year history of the NEC that Wagner has qualified for the conference tournament. The Seahawks, who return to the tournament following a one-year absence, hold an all-time record of 15-22 and have won the NEC Championship once before in 2003. The Green & White are 3-5 in the postseason since the winning their only league crown.

ON THE ROAD
Wagner is 4-11 on the road during NEC-Tournament with one of those wins coming against Robert Morris by a 69-65 count in the quarterfinal round in 2004-2005.

AS THE NO. 6 SEED
This will be the eighth time that Wagner has been the No. 6 in the NEC Tournament, with the Seahawks going 5-7 during the previous seven times. The eight appearances and the five wins as the sixth seed represent the most appearances and wins out of any one seed in school history.

LAST TIME AS THE NO. 6 SEED CAME ...
During the 2004-2005 season when No. 6 Wagner upset No. 3 Robert Morris by a 69-65 count before toppling top-seeded Monmouth 63-60. The clock struck midnight for the cinderella Seahawks in the Championship Game when the Green & White feel to No. 2 FDU 58-52 in Teaneck, NJ. All-told, the Seahawks have been the sixth seed seven times, going 5-7 during those instances.

THE ONLY TIME ...

That the No. 6 seed has won the NEC Tournament was during the 1998-1999 season when Mount St. Mary’s upset Robert Morris, St. Francis (NY) and Central Connecticut State en route to the championship.

IRONICALLY ENOUGH

The last time these two teams met in the playoffs was exactly six years to the date of this year’s match-up as the Seahawks defeated the Colonials 69-65 on March 3, 2005. That was also the last time the teams met three times in one season as RMU had previously won the first two meetings before Wagner claimed the third match-up in the playoffs.

ROAD WARRIORS
Thanks to having to make the trip to Western PA for the second-straight week, Wagner will now have traveled an estimated 1,546 miles in just 10 days. The Seahawks played last Thursday at Saint Francis, PA in Loretto before heading to Robert Morris. Wagner returned home early Sunday morning and will now fly to Pittsburgh before busing home following the game.

COACH DAN HURLEY
Head coach Dan Hurley is 13-16 (9-9 NEC) and will be squaring off against Robert Morris head coach Andrew Toole, who is 16-13 (12-6 NEC) in this his first year in Moon Township.

COACH HURLEY PACES ALL 54 FIRST-YEAR COACHES

Wagner head coach Dan Hurley has led a remarkable turnaround in his first year on Grymes Hill, guiding the Seahawks to 13 victories after the Green & White posted just five a year ago. The plus-eight win improvement is the highest among all 54 first-year Division I head coaches. Additionally, Wagner has posted a positive 9.0 differential according to the NCAA, ranking in a tie for sixth among all Division I teams.

DID YOU KNOW?
Head coach Dan Hurley and assistant coach Bobby Hurley each went 5-3 in conference tournaments during each of their playing days. Dan helped Seton Hall to the BIG EAST Championship in 1992-1993 and one win each during 1991-1992 and 1995-1996 BIG EAST Tournaments while Bobby was a part of Duke’s 1991-1992 ACC Championship team and a helped the Blue Devils win quarterfinal games in 1989-1990 and 1990-1991 ACC Tournaments.

LOOKING TO BREAK THROUGH
Wagner has lost eight-of-10 in Moon Township since the Seahawks’ NEC Championship season of 2002-2003 including six-straight since defeating Robert Morris 69-65 in the first round of the conference tournament back on March 3, 2005. Additionally, since that win the Green & White have lost six-straight games on the road to the Colonials by an average of 17.2 ppg while allowing RMU to average 80.5 ppg during that time.

STRUGGLING
Wagner, which is second in the NEC in three-point shooting at 36.6 percent, is converting just 28.9 percent (48-166) from beyond the arc over the last nine games while failing to make good on at least 40.0 percent in each of those games. Additionally, the Seahawks have been outshot from beyond the arc in each of its last six games. Wagner, which led the NEC for most of the season in three-point shooting, is ranked second with a 36.6 percent conversion rate.

THREE-POINT RANKING
After ranking 12th in the national rankings at 40.2 percent in three-point shooting back on January 27, Wagner has fallen to No. 73 in NCAA ranks at 36.6 percent.

FOUR IN A ROW
Wagner’s was dealt its fourth-straight loss by Robert Morris, marking just the second time this year the Seahawks have dropped four in a row. The only other time that happened this year, the Green & White blasted Albany 80-65 in the ensuing game.

THE MATCH-UP
Robert Morris, which is gunning for a NEC-record third-straight conference championship, has won six-straight NEC Tournament games and six-straight heading into Thursday night’s game. However, RMU will have to play without the services of leading scorer and 2010 NCAA Tournament hero Karon Abraham (13. 9 ppg, 42.1 % 3 pt), who is out for the year.

ALL-TIME SERIES
Robert Morris leads the all-time series by a 34-23 count.

LAST MEETING WITH RMU
Robert Morris ripped off a game-changing 25-8 run over 13 minutes of the first half en route to 34-23 halftime lead. Wagner drew to within eight in the second half but could get no closer before falling 66-49 to the Colonials in the regular season finale for both teams. Junior Tyler Murray hit for a team-best 19 points with seven rebounds and four assists. Sophomore Danny Mundweiler chipped in with 10 points as the Seahawks hit on just 21.4 percent (3-14) from beyond the arc.

FIRST MEETING THIS YEAR WITH RMU
Wagner defeated Robert Morris 83-78 in OT at the Spiro Sports Center. Freshman Latif Rivers scored eight of his 22 points in OT and was 2-for-2 from the floor and 4-for-4 from the line. Junior Tyler Murray added a team-best 26 points with four assists over 44 minutes of action. The guard duo of Rivers and Murray notched a season-best 48 combined points while going 14-of-33 (42.4 %) from the floor, including 6-of-14 (42.7 %) from beyond the arc, and 14-of-16 (87.5 %) from the line.

KEY DEFENSIVE MATCH-UP
Limit the Robert Morris three-pointer shooters and defend the glass. In two games against Wagner, the Colonials are converting a blistering 51.9 percent (14-of-27) from beyond the arc while limiting their counterparts to just 30.6 percent (11-of-36) from long range. Additionally, RMU has won the battle of the boards by an average of 8.5 in the two games.

KEY OFFENSIVE MATCH-UP
Wagner guards vs. the RMU defenders. The Seahawk backcourt accounted for 60 points in the first meeting but just 31 in the rematch in Moon Township. Additionally, junior Tyler Murray and freshman Latif Rivers combined for 48 points in the first match-up but just 21 in the last meeting.

ODDS & ENDS
In the team’s first meeting, Wagner scored just 26 points, on 6-of-22 shooting, in the second half before notching 20 points, on 5-of-7 shooting, in overtime. Both teams had 16 turnovers in the first meeting and nine in the second meeting. Both head coaches hail from Garden State with Andrew Toole attending CBA high school and Dan Hurley matriculating at St. Anthony’s. In the last meeting, the Seahawks recorded season-lows in points (49), field goals (17) and assists (7).

STOP KARON CORON
Karon Abraham scored a game-high 32 points, on 9-of-20 shooting in the first meeting with Wagner before being sidelined for the second match-up due to an injury. Freshman guard Coron Williams, filled in for his namesake with a game-high 26 points, on 9-of-10 shooting and will be a major target for the Seahawk defense.

MURRAY STEPS UP
Over his last four games against Robert Morris, junior Tyler Murray is averaging 18.5 ppg on 50.0 percent (25-50) shooting from the floor, including 54.5 percent (12-22) from beyond the arc.

THIS YEAR ...
Junior Tyler Murray is averaging 22.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg and 4.0 apg over two games with Robert Morris.

FRONTCOURT FRENZY

Over the last five games, the Wagner frontcourt contingent of Orlando Parker, Naofall Folahan, Josh Thompson, Cliff Spiller and Clayfell Harris are averaging 26.5 ppg while converting on 64.7 percent (55-85) from the line. Parker is leading the charge, averaging 9.6 ppg on 58.3 percent shooting (21-36).

ANNUAL KEYSTONE STATE TRIP
This past week’s games against St. Francis (PA) and Robert Morris marked the 26th time in the history of the league that Wagner has faced each team in back-to-back games. Just twice (2002-2003 & 1992-1993) have the Seahawks swept the annual trip. The Seahawks have split nine times and been swept the other 15 times - including this year. All-time in the history of NEC-play, Wagner has gone 8-20 in Loretto and 7-22 in Moon Township. Additionally, since the Seahawks’ 2002-2003 NEC Championship season in which they swept the trip , Wagner is just 3-12 on the road against the two schools.

RIVERS LOOKING TO REBOUND

Over the last three games, freshman Latif Rivers is averaging just 8.0 ppg while shooting 20.0 percent (5-25) from the floor, 16.7 percent (2-12) from beyond the arc and 62.5 percent (10-16) from the line.

THOMPSON TAKES FLIGHT
Over the last three games, sophomore Josh Thompson is averaging 7.7 ppg while converting 78.6 percent (11-14) from the floor - fueled by five highlight reel dunks. On the year, he is averaging 7.2 ppg and 4.0 rpg on 43.1 percent shooting.

WITH A WIN
Wagner would reach double-figures in NEC wins for the 10th time in the 30 year history of the league ... Additionally, head coach Dan Hurley would collect his 14th overall and 10th NEC win of the year, matching Bill Keegan (1934-1935) and Chester Sellitto’s (1965-1966) for the most overall wins by a first-year Seahawk coach and Mike Deane (2003-2004) for the most NEC-victories by a first-year Wagner mentor.

IN THE LAST FIVE MINUTES OF WAGNER’S NINE NEC WINS

Freshman Latif Rivers is averaging a team-best 5.2 ppg while shooting 57.9 percent (11-19) from the floor and 91.7 percent (22-24) from the line while turning the ball over just three times.

HURLEY ON ESPN
Head coach Dan Hurley and his Wagner Seahawks were profiled on Saturday, February 26 by ESPN College Gameday. Now the brothers will appear on CBS College Sports before the Duke/UNC tilt in the pregame show on Saturday, March 5.



NEED FOR 3 ... LITERALLY
Wagner hit just three triples in its loss to Robert Morris, falling to 0-6 when failing to hit at least three three pointers.

PLAYING WELL OVER THE LAST FIVE
Is junior Tyler Murray. The Canadian native is averaging 16.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg and 4.6 apg while shooting 47.6 percent (30-63) from the floor and 81.0 percent (17-21) from the line over the last five games.

OP COMING ON STRONG

Over the last six games, freshman Orlando Parker is averaging 10.3 ppg while shooting 57.8 percent (26-45) from the floor. He has now notched double-figures in scoring in 11 of his last 16 games after doing so just twice in his first 13 games. On the year, Parker is averaging 7.2 ppg and 4.9 rpg while ranking third in the league in field goal percentage (.524).

FRESHMEN BY NAME ONLY
For the second time this year each member of the freshmen trio of Naofall Folahan, Orlando Parker and Latif Rivers notched double-figures in scoring against LIU. The threesome combined for 45 points on 18-of-34 shooting, including 22 of Wagner’s 28 first-half points. Previously, the first three Dan Hurley recruits had all scored in double-digits at CCSU.

SEAHAWKS HITTING ON ALL CYLINDERS
Against NEC-leading LIU, the Wagner offense recorded a season-best 32 field goals and 25 assists while almost upsetting the Blackbirds. Additionally all five starters hit for double-figures in scoring, led by freshman Latif Rivers’ 18 points.

BAILEY HONORED
Wagner all-time leading scorer Terrance Bailey was honored at the third media timeout of the first half vs. SFNY for his inclusion to the inaugural NEC Hall of Fame class. Bailey scored 2,591 points from 1983-1987 and was one of five 1,000 point scorers at the game. Jamie Ciampaglio (1,814 points) (1976-1981) was also in attendance as his son, Andrew was honored for his four years of service as the team manager. Joining the pair were Russ Selger (1965-1968) (1,534 points), Dedrick Dye (1,349 points) (1999-2003) and Arnold Obey (1,081 points) (1965-1968).

THE LAST 11
While Wagner ranks 13th in the nation and second among all NEC teams in free throw shooting (76.5 %), the Seahawks have had 10 of their last 11 opponents hit on at least 70 percent from the line. Remarkably, just two of those 10 teams (CCSU/SFPA) are shooting above 70.0 percent for the year. During that time, Wagner is converting 75.2 percent (158-210) while the opposition is making good on 75.6 percent (263-348). Over the first seven NEC Games, the Seahawks made 76.9 percent (133-173) while their opponents converted 65.7 percent (151-230).

PICK 6
Against LIU, junior Tyler Murray and freshman Latif Rivers each recorded six rebounds and six assists. Junior Chris Martin also grabbed six rebounds while sophomore Josh Thompson handed out a career-best six assists.

TYLER CONSISTENTLY CONSISTENT

Junior Tyler Murray has upped his scoring average by 8.0 ppg from last year thanks to hitting double-figures in 28 of the 29 Wagner games en route to ranking third in the circuit in scoring at 16.8 ppg.

SCOUTING ROBERT MORRIS

The loss of Abraham makes the Colonials a very thin team as the defending NEC Champions have just nine scholarship players and will most likely go eight-deep. Sophomore guard Velton Jones is now the team’s top scorer at 11.2 ppg, including 12.6 ppg during league play, with classmate forward Russell Johnson next at 10.9 ppg with a team-best 6.9 rpg.

BUCKING THE ODDS
While Johnson was held to just seven points and two rebounds and Thompson scoreless, it was Coron Williams, who led RMU in its 66-49 victory. The freshman guard went off for 26 points, on 9-of-10 shooting, including 5-of-6 from beyond the arc. Over the last three games, he is averaging 16.7 ppg on 66.7 percent (18-27) shooting, including 73.3 percent (11-15) from beyond the arc. On the year, Williams is now averaging 6.3 ppg while shooting a NEC-best 45.2 percent (42-93) from long range

DEFENSIVE MINDED

Robert Morris a very physical team that thrives on defense, as the Colonials have the league’s top-ranked scoring defense (64.6 ppg) while limiting teams to just 41.5 percent shooting (1st NEC). In the team’s last meeting, RMU held Wagner to a season-low 49 points, on just 36.2 percent (17-47) shooting, including 21.4 percent (3-14) from beyond the arc.

HURLEY BROTHERS FEATURED ON MSG’S THE GAME 365
Head coach Dan Hurley and assistant Bobby Hurley were recently featured on MSG’s The Game 365, hosted by Fran Healy.

KILLING IT FROM THE LINE
As a team, Wagner ranks 13th nationally and second in the league in free throw percentage at 76.5 percent, after making just 61.1 percent a year ago. Additionally, the Seahawks have drained at least 80.0 percent from the line nine times during NEC play, going 6-3 during that time.

CLOSE GAMES = THE HURLEY WAY

Wagner’s stout free throw shooting and clutch play has helped the Seahawks to 10-6 record in games decided by five points or less, including 7-4 during NEC play. In a 61-57 win over FDU, the Seahawks came out on top against the Knights thanks to an 11-3 game-ending run. Robert Morris, meanwhile, is 7-6 in games decided by five points or less (6-2 NEC).

HEAVY LIFTING
The Wagner guard trio of Tyler Murray (37.0 mpg) (2nd), Latif Rivers (32.7 mpg) (11th) and Chris Martin (29.0 mpg) (22nd) all rank among the top-22 in the NEC in minutes played.

MAGIC NUMBER 14

After going 11-1 (7-1 NEC) when handing out at least 14 assists to start the year, Wagner has lost three-straight games when hitting that number. On the year, the Seahawks are averaging 14.1 assists per game, ranking fourth in the league. During league games, the assist average jumps to a NEC-best 14.8 apg.

EXTRA TIME = SEAHAWK SUCCESS
Despite the four-point OT loss to LIU, Wagner is 3-1 in overtime games this season. All three wins have come against NEC opponents (@ Bryant, RMU, @ SHU) and by exactly five points. In the four OT games, the Seahawks have outscored the opposition 54-43 while shooting 58.3 percent (14-24) from the floor and 76.7 percent (23-30) from the line. Freshman Latif Rivers has led the way, notching 20 points (5.0 ppg) during extra time while going 4-of-4 from the floor and 11-of-12 from the line. Wagner is now 9-3 in OT games since the 2007-2008 season.

TAKING IT DOWN A NOTCH
Wagner has committed fewer fouls than the opposition just twice this season. The Seahawks had 20 fouls, compared to just 21 at Mount St. Mary’s after committing 17 infractions against 23 fouls for Bryant.

RIVERS = KEY TO SUCCESS
Freshman Latif Rivers scored a team-best 27 points in the 63-60 win over Monmouth as Wagner improved to 5-1 when the first-year dynamo hit for at least 20 points. His six 20-point games are also the most by a NEC rookie this year and the most by a first-year Seahawk since Jermaine Hall notched eight and Dedrick Dye six during the 1999-2000 season. Rivers followed his performance against the Hawks with a team-best 16 points at Mount St. Mary’s. The Green & White are 5-3 when the rookie guard paces the team in scoring and 11-9 when he goes for double-digits.

SOME ASSORTED ODD STATS

The second half of Wagner’s 63-60 win over Monmouth featured more free throw attempts (48) then field goal attempts (45). The Seahawks also managed to win despite converting just 2 of their final 16 shots, including misfiring on all 10 attempts.

DID YOU KNOW???
Wagner led for just 6:45 - including just the final 33 seconds of the second half - in the four-point come-from-behind win over FDU.

COMEBACK KIDS
In four of Wagner’s nine NEC wins, the Seahawks trailed by at least four points with under four minutes on the clock.

NEC ON THE UP AND UP

The NEC is currently the 18th ranked conference according to the RPI rankings which is the league’s highest ranking since the 1995-1996 season when the conference checked in at 18. That year Monmouth secured a No. 13 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Wagner is currently ranked 169th and Robert Morris 117th.

HURLEY’S PLAYERS IN THE RANKINGS

It should come as no surprise that freshman# Latif Rivers ranks 25th in the nation in free throw percentage (.882) (112-127) as head coach Dan Hurley# also coached the sixth-ranked free throw shooter in the nation, Nova’s Corey Stokes (.905) (77-85).

ALSO IN THE RANKINGS
Junior Tyler Murray is third in the NEC and 102th nationally in scoring (16.9 ppg).

CLOSE GAMES
20 of the Seahawks’ 29 games have been decided by 10 points or less with the Green & White going 11-9 in those match-ups.  Wagner fell to 2-7 in games decided by 10 points or more in its 17-point loss at Robert Morris.

FOUL TROUBLE

Wagner, which is averaging a NCAA-worst 25.1 fouls per game, was whistled for a season-high 34 fouls in loss at St. Francis (NY), leading to 49 Terrier free throws. The 34 infractions were the most since being called for 35 in an overtime loss at Indiana State on December 21, 2006. The Seahawks have not been whistled for that many fouls in a regulation game since before the 1996-1997 season.

DOUBLE-DIGITS X5

Wagner placed five players in double-digits for the third time this year against LIU after previously not doing so since an 82-70 win over Quinnipiac back on February 11, 2008.

IN ELITE COMPANY

Latif Rivers earned a school-record of six NEC Rookie of the Week citations, breaking the previous record of four accrued by Art Redmond (1981-1982), Terrance Bailey (1983-1984), Miladin Mutavdzic (1991-1992) and Ryan Reed (1995-1996).

TYLER TEARING UP THE NEC

Junior Tyler Murray is third in the NEC in scoring (16.9 ppg), fifth in three-point percentage (.404) (55-136), seventh in free throw percentage (.823) (130-158), 13th in three pointers (1.9 3’s/game), 11th in steals (1.3 spg), 14th in assists (3.5 apg) and second in minutes (37.0 mpg).

LATIF NO SLOUCH

Freshman Latif Rivers might not be the main headliner on the Wagner Seahawks but he is drawing the attention of the league, ranking second among a strong freshman class in scoring (13.9 ppg) (14th NEC) while ranking second in the league and 25th nationally in free throw percentage (.882) (112-127). He is also among the league leaders in three’s per game (1.9 3’s/game) (12th NEC) and minutes played (32.7 mpg) (11th NEC).

EVEN BETTER
Wagner’s NEC-leading free throw percentage is also 77.2 percent in the last five minutes of games as the Seahawks are connecting on 142-of-184. Freshman Latif Rivers is 39-for-45 (86.7 %) while junior Tyler Murray is 41-for-48 (85.4 %).

RAISING THE BAR

In games decided by 10 points or less, the Green & White is converting a remarkable 78.3 percent (317-405) from the free throw line.

HURLEY SIGNS TWO FOR NEXT SEASON

Wagner head coach Dan Hurley announced the signing of Marcus Burton (Matthews, NC / David W. Butler) and Mario Moody (Orange, NJ / East Orange Campus).

A 6’0” point guard from North Carolina, Burton averaged 13.7 points and 4.5 assists per game at David W. Butler High School last season under the direction of Kurt Wessler while earning inclusion on the Southwestern 4A All-Conference team. A powerful point guard, Burton has outstanding ball handling skills and can shoot with consistency from beyond the arc. Burton, who hit a game-winning 40-foot shot against Providence Day High School in a playoff game, led Butler to the school’s fourth-straight Southwestern 4A Conference title a year ago.

A 6’7” forward from New Jersey, Moody averaged 11.5 points, 12.0 rebounds and 4.5 blocks per game for East Orange Campus under the guidance of Daron Hoges. Last year as a junior, he helped the Jaguars to a 15-10 record and showcased his outstanding athleticism in a playoff game against Paterson East Side, blocking 12 shots.
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