2016–17 Monmouth Hawks men's basketball team

The 2016–17 Monmouth Hawks men's basketball team represented Monmouth University during the 2016–17 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Hawks, led by sixth year head coach King Rice, played their home games at OceanFirst Bank Center as members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). They finished the season 27–7, 18–2 in MAAC play to win the regular season championship, their second consecutive conference title.[1] As the No. 1 seed in the MAAC Tournament, they defeated Niagara before losing to Siena in the semifinals. As a regular season conference champions who did not win their conference tournament, Monmouth received an automatic bid the National Invitation Tournament. As a No. 4 seed, they lost to Ole Miss in the First Round.

2016–17 Monmouth Hawks men's basketball
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MAAC regular season champions
NIT, First Round
ConferenceMetro Atlantic Athletic Conference
2016–17 record27–7 (18–2 MAAC)
Head coachKing Rice (6th season)
Assistant coachRick Callahan
Assistant coachSam Ferry
Assistant coachDuane Woodward
Home arenaOceanFirst Bank Center
Seasons
2016–17 MAAC men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Monmouth 18 2   .900     27 7   .794
Saint Peter's 14 6   .700     23 13   .639
Iona 12 8   .600     22 13   .629
Siena 12 8   .600     17 17   .500
Fairfield 11 9   .550     16 15   .516
Rider 10 10   .500     18 15   .545
Canisius 10 10   .500     18 16   .529
Quinnipiac 7 13   .350     10 21   .323
Niagara 6 14   .300     10 23   .303
Marist 5 15   .250     8 24   .250
Manhattan 5 15   .250     10 22   .313
2017 MAAC Tournament winner

Contents

Previous seasonEdit

The Hawks finished the 2016–17 season 28–8, 17–3 in MAAC play to win the MAAC regular season championship. They defeated Rider and Fairfield to advance to the championship game of the MAAC Tournament where they lost to Iona. As a regular season conference champion who failed to win their conference tournament, they received an automatic bid to the National Invitation Tournament. As one of the last four teams left out of the NCAA Tournament, they received a No. 1 seed in the NIT where they defeated Bucknell in the first round before losing to George Washington in the second round.

RosterEdit

2016–17 Monmouth Hawks men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
G 0 Josh James (C) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Sr Greenburgh, NY
F 1 Pierre Sarr 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 195 lb (88 kg) So Dakar, Senegal
F 4 Greg Noack 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Sr Bethlehem, PA
G 5 Ray Salnave 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Fr Elmont, NY
G 10 Micah Seaborn 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 190 lb (86 kg) RS So Fort Worth, TX
G 11 Je'lon Hornbeak (C) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) RS Sr Arlington, TX
G 12 Justin Robinson (C) 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Sr Lake Katrine, NY
F 14 Mustapha Traore 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Jr Philadelphia, PA
G 15 Daniel Pillari 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 170 lb (77 kg) So Oceanport, NJ
G 23 Austin Tilghman 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Jr Wilmington, DE
G 24 Louie Pillari 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) So Tinton Falls, NJ
G 30 Collin Stewart 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 200 lb (91 kg) RS Sr Glenville, NY
F 32 Diago Quinn 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 255 lb (116 kg) So New York, NY
C 33 Zac Tillman 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 285 lb (129 kg) Sr Yeadon, PA
C 43 Chris Brady 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Sr Greenlawn, NY
F 44 Sam Ibiezugbe 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Fr Simsbury, CT
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster

Schedule and resultsEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Regular season
11/11/2016*
7:00 PM
Drexel W 78–65  1–0
OceanFirst Bank Center (3,738)
West Long Branch, NJ
11/15/2016*
6:30 PM
at South Carolina
Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational
L 69–70 OT 1–1
Colonial Life Arena (9,779)
Columbia, SC
11/18/2016*
7:00 PM, ACCN Extra
at No. 18 Syracuse
Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational
L 50–71  1–2
Carrier Dome (22,636)
Syracuse, NY
11/22/2016*
7:00 PM
Cornell W 76–61  2–2
OceanFirst Bank Center (2,215)
West Long Branch, NJ
11/26/2016*
1:05 PM
vs. South Carolina State
Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational
W 86–62  3–2
Hart Center (530)
Worcester, MA
11/27/2016*
12:05 PM
at Holy Cross
Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational
W 80–77  4–2
Hart Center (1,565)
Worcester, MA
12/01/2016
7:00 PM
at Quinnipiac W 91–72  5–2
(1–0)
TD Bank Sports Center (1,654)
Hamden, CT
12/04/2016
2:00 PM
Canisius W 94–88  6–2
(2–0)
OceanFirst Bank Center (2,175)
West Long Branch, NJ
12/06/2016*
7:00 PM
at Wagner W 81–71  7–2
Spiro Sports Center (1,302)
Staten Island, NY
12/10/2016*
7:00 PM
Army W 81–71  8–2
OceanFirst Bank Center (3,465)
West Long Branch, NJ
12/13/2016*
9:00 PM, ESPN3
at Memphis W 82–79  9–2
FedEx Forum (7,831)
Memphis, TN
12/20/2016*
7:00 PM, ESPN3
Princeton W 96–90  10–2
OceanFirst Bank Center (3,530)
West Long Branch, NJ
12/29/2016*
7:00 PM, ESPNU
at No. 9 North Carolina L 74–102  10–3
Dean Smith Center (20,064)
Chapel Hill, NC
12/31/2016
1:00 PM, ESPN3
Rider L 90–93 OT 10–4
(2–1)
OceanFirst Bank Center (3,128)
West Long Branch, NJ
01/02/2017
7:00 PM
at Saint Peter's L 61–71  10–5
(2–2)
Yanitelli Center (525)
Jersey City, NJ
01/06/2017
7:00 PM, ESPNU
Iona W 92–74  11–5
(3–2)
OceanFirst Bank Center (3,105)
West Long Branch, NJ
01/08/2017
2:00 PM, ESPN3
Marist W 71–64  12–5
(4–2)
OceanFirst Bank Center (2,428)
West Long Branch, NJ
01/14/2017
7:00 PM
at Niagara W 90–83  13–5
(5–2)
Gallagher Center (893)
Lewiston, NY
01/16/2017
7:00 PM, ESPN3
at Canisius W 76–72  14–5
(6–2)
Koessler Athletic Center (1,684)
Buffalo, NY
01/20/2017
7:00 PM, ESPN3
Manhattan W 82–71  15–5
(7–2)
OceanFirst Bank Center (3,495)
West Long Branch, NJ
01/22/2017
7:00 PM, ESPN3
Fairfield W 91–49  16–5
(8–2)
OceanFirst Bank Center (2,793)
West Long Branch, NJ
01/27/2017
7:00 PM, ESPNU
Quinnipiac W 95–76  17–5
(9–2)
OceanFirst Bank Center (2,982)
West Long Branch, NJ
01/30/2017
7:00 PM
at Marist W 83–71  18–5
(10–2)
McCann Field House (1,308)
Poughkeepsie, NY
02/03/2017
7:00 PM, ESPN3
Saint Peter's W 71–70 OT 19–5
(11–2)
OceanFirst Bank Center (3,878)
West Long Branch, NJ
02/06/2017
7:00 PM
at Rider W 74–69  20–5
(12–2)
Alumni Gymnasium (1,650)
Lawrenceville, NJ
02/10/2017
9:00 PM, ESPNU
at Manhattan W 62–58  21–5
(13–2)
Draddy Gymnasium (987)
Riverdale, NY
02/13/2017
7:00 PM, ESPN2
at Siena W 102–82  22–5
(14–2)
Times Union Center (5,716)
Albany, NY
02/16/2017
8:00 PM, ESPN3
Niagara W 93–75  23–5
(15–2)
OceanFirst Bank Center (2,934)
West Long Branch, NJ
02/21/2017
7:00 PM, ESPN3
at Fairfield W 82–62  24–5
(16–2)
Webster Bank Arena (1,816)
Bridgeport, CT
02/24/2017
7:00 PM, ESPN2
Siena W 77–73  25–5
(17–2)
OceanFirst Bank Center (4,172)
West Long Branch, NJ
02/26/2017
4:00 PM, ESPN3
at Iona W 79–73  26–5
(18–2)
Hynes Athletic Center (2,611)
New Rochelle, NY
MAAC Tournament
03/03/2017
7:00 PM, ESPN3
(1) vs. (9) Niagara
Quarterfinals
W 84–59  27–5
Times Union Center (2,298)
Albany, NY
03/05/2017
4:30 PM, ESPN3
(1) vs. (4) Siena
Semifinals
L 85–89  27–6
Times Union Center 
Albany, NY
NIT
03/14/2017*
7:00 PM, ESPN2
(4) (5) Ole Miss
First Round – Syracuse Bracket
L 83–91  27–7
OceanFirst Bank Center (1,672)
West Long Branch, NJ
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time Source[2][3].

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Final 
AP RV RV RV RV RV RV Not released 
Coaches RV

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Niagara vs. Monmouth - Game Recap - February 16, 2017 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2017-02-17.
  2. ^ http://www.monmouthhawks.com/SportSelect.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=14300&SPID=6806&SPSID=62256
  3. ^ http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/team/schedule/_/id/2405