Hawks Season Opens on the Road
The 2019-20 College Basketball season tips-off on Tuesday, November 5th with Monmouth to begin the season at Lehigh (7pm). It’s the first of seven straight games away from home for the Hawks and they can all be heard on the Shore Sports Network’s 1160/1310AM as well as shoresportsnetwork.com and the free Shore Sports Network mobile app. The November schedule includes games at Kansas, Kansas State and Pittsburgh and all 18 of their games away from the OceanFirst Bank Center this season will be broadcast live with Eddy Occhipinti and Steve Bazaz calling the action.
Coming off a 14-21 season (10-8 in conference) Monmouth has been picked fourth in the MAAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll behind Iona, Rider and Quinnipiac. Last season the Hawks came within a win of earning a spot in the NCAA Tournament as they fell to Iona in the championship game.
The Hawks return their two leading scorers in guards Ray Salnave (redshirt junior) and Deion Hammond (junior) and both were named to the Preseason All-MAAC Second Team. King Rice returns for his ninth season as head coach of the Hawks and is a two-time conference coach of the year.