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Rutgers tops WBB poll, St. John's 5th

UConn's Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis drives to the basket against

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Rutgers continues to roll and held onto to the top spot in the latest Metro Hoops women’s poll. Iona is up two spots to No. 2 after a 73-71 win over Marist. The Red Foxes dropped one place to third. Fordham drops one place to fourth, while Seton Hall stayed at No. 5.

St. John’s won two straight and is up one place to sixth, while St. Francis drops won spot to seventh. Stony Brook, Army and...

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Manhattan tops hoops poll, Columbia 2nd

Northport graduate Luke Petrasek plays for Columbia against

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Manhattan stays No. 1 in the poll after splitting two games last week. Columbia gets a huge surge, up four places after winning its third straight. Princeton drops one spot after a loss to Penn and Stony Brook falls one place after splitting two contests last week.

Quinnipiac moves up two places after winning three of its last four, while Seton Hall fell two spots after two consecutive losses....

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Hofstra ready for CAA challenge

Hofstra guard Zeke Upshaw dribbles upcourt against Manhattan

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With low expectations and a roster that was halfway overhauled after a difficult 2012-2013 season, Hofstra coach Joe Mihalich said one of the Pride’s goals this year was to “surprise everyone”, especially when CAA play begins.

The Pride’s non-conference schedule was nothing to fool as they battled the likes of Louisville, George Washington, Richmond and a red-hot Manhattan team.

Mihalich...

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Rutgers No. 1 in women's hoop poll

St. John's Aliyyah Handford hits the winning basket

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Rutgers starts 2014 as the top team in the women’s hoops poll. Marist held at No.2, Fordham, which leads all teams in the poll with 13 wins, moved up one place to third, Iona jumped four places to fourth, while Seton Hall drops two places to fifth. St. Francis stayed at sixth, St. John’s fell two places to seventh, Stony Brook and Army remained at eighth and ninth, while Princeton checks in at 10th.

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Manhattan tops 1st Metro Hoops of 2014

Manhattan's George Beamon looks to get inside during

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Manhattan ended 2013 as the top team in the Metro Hoops Poll and begins 2014 in the same position. The Jaspers have won eight straight games, including an 83-57 thrashing of Fairfield on Jan. 4. Princeton, which has won 10 of its last 11 games, vaults two places to second.

Stony Brook stayed at third, while Seton Hall jumped to fifth. St. John’s, after dropping two straight Big East games,...

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Rutgers and Marist top WBB poll

Marist guard Sydney Coffey, left, drives around Michigan

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Winners of six straight games, including a 61-58 win over then-No. 16 Georgia, Rutgers remains No. 1 in the latest women’s metro hoops poll. Marist is up one place to second after winning six in a row.

Seton Hall drops one spot to third, while Fordham, which has won 10 straight, stayed at fourth. St. John’s has won three in a row and moves up one place to fifth, while St. Francis fell one...

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Manhattan tops final Metro Hoops Poll of 2013

Bronx - November 21, 2012: Manhattan's George Beamon

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The final Metro Hoops poll of 2013 is in and the top five teams remained the same.

St. Francis, winners of four straight, surged up four places to sixth, while Quinnipiac fell one place to seventh after a second straight loss to Oregon State.

Fordham held at eight after splitting two games last week and Columbia fell two places to ninth after a loss to St. John's.

Rider, which...

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WBB Poll: Rutgers 1st, Stony Brook 7th

There’s a new boss in town as Rutgers takes over the No. 1 spot after knocking off No. 16 Georgia for its fifth straight win. Seton Hall falls one place to second, while Marist is up to third after beating Oklahoma for its sixth straight victory. Fordham has won eight straight, but still dropped one place to fourth.

St. Francis falls from fourth to fifth, while St. John’s maintains the sixth...

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Metro Hoops poll: Manhattan 1, Stony Brook 3rd

Stony Brook's Scott King (3) launches a three-pointer

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Nothing changed among the top four in the Metro Hoops poll as Manhattan maintained its hold on the top spot after a stunning comeback win against Buffalo. St. John’s and Stony Brook each won two in a row and stayed at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively, while Princeton split last week, but stayed at fourth.

Seton Hall is up two spots to fifth, while Quinnipiac held at No. 6. Columbia is jumped two...

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WBB Poll: Seton Hall still No.1, SJU 6th

EUGENIA MCPHERSON St. John's, North Babylon High School

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Seton Hall is still No. 1 in the women’s hoops poll this week, while a red-hot Rutgers team moved up one place to second. Fordham is off to a great start and us up one spot to third after winning two games last week. St. Francis is up three places to fourth despite being idle, while Marist made the biggest jump, vaulting four places to fifth.

St. John’s tumbled four places to sixth, Iona is...

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