Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, Manhattan College ventured to North Carolina to take on Elon University. And after overcoming a slow start, the Jaspers rallied to post a 69-64 victory over The Phoenix, improving Manhattan’s record to 3-1 on the season.
Manhattan trailed 25-8 early and were down 31-21 at halftime before the Jaspers used a pivotal 27-10 surge in the second half to climb back into the game and eventually overtake Elon.
Senior Tyler Reynolds led the Jaspers with 14 points while Samir Stewart had 11 points. Tykei Greene added 10 points and seven rebounds.
Manhattan set season-highs in three-point shooting percentage (44 percent), three-pointers made (11) and bench scoring (35 points) in the win. It also was the 150th career victory for ninth-year head coach Steve Masiello, moving him into fourth place on Manhattan’s all-time list.
The Jaspers opened the week dropping a 70-57 game at Samford University for their first loss of the season. Greene led Manhattan with 13 points with Christian Hinckson chipping in with 12.
The Jaspers were scheduled to take on Rhode Island on the road Wednesday, Nov. 27 at 4 p.m., before traveling to Stony Brook for a 7 p.m., game on Monday, Dec. 2.
The good news for the Manhattan College women’s basketball team was the outing by freshman Emily LaPointe, who scored 18 points in her first collegiate start.
The bad news was it couldn’t help the Jaspers take down Villanova in a 63-51 loss last Thursday.
Senior Julie Hoier added 11 points and Pamela Miceus pulled down a career-best 11 rebounds for Manhattan (1-3).
The Jaspers were scheduled to take on Lafayette on the road on Nov. 26 before returning home to host Dartmouth on Dec. 1 at 2 p.m.