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Echo Live featured alumna Jessica Scannell in "Basketball has allowed talented Jessica Scannell to travel the world"

05/18/2020

Echo Live featured alumna Jessica Scannell in "Basketball has allowed talented Jessica Scannell to travel the world"

I then transferred to Pace University in New York after my senior year.

“I was lucky enough to receive another full scholarship there, and complete my masters degree. I was also lucky enough to play for one of the best coaches I’ve ever had the honor to learn from, Carrie Seymour.

“She really taught me that you can’t think when you play, you have to simply be in the moment, how to read the game, and how to teach others to read and react too.

“It really set me up for my professional career too because I played almost 40 minutes a game that year.

“So if I didn’t transfer and finish out my college career at Pace, I wouldn’t have had the stats to continue playing as a professional.

“So in some ways, my concussions were a blessing in disguise.

“That’s one thing I would say to any Irish players looking to go to the States.

“Don’t worry about playing Division 1 or Division 2 college basketball, instead make sure it’s a school where you can achieve your academic goals, where you will receive the best scholarship, and be looked after as a person and where you can really grow, learn and enjoy the game.

“As a 17-year-old, I wish I hadn’t been so focused on the prestige of a Division 1 scholarship.”

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Patch featured Setter Senior Basketball player Jackie DelliSanti in "Commack Native Reflects On College Basketball Career"

04/30/2020

Patch featured Setter Senior Basketball player Jackie DelliSanti in "Commack Native Reflects On College Basketball Career"

Jackie DelliSanti spoke about representing Commack at Pace University, what's next for her and helping the community during the coronavirus.    

 Jackie DelliSanti's collegiate basketball career recently came to an end. While she's preparing to move on to the next chapter of her life, she hopes her involvement in the sport will fill many pages to come.

The 22-year-old Commack resident had a four-year stint playing for Pace University. While the team's first-round playoff exit this year prevented its season from ending prematurely due to the new coronavirus, DelliSanti said her playing career at Pace ending was "bittersweet." Representing Commack, though, was something she continuously enjoyed — especially given the support from the community.

"That was honestly something very fun, because the last person you know for basketball from Commack was Samantha Prahalis," DelliSanti told Patch. "When you have this opportunity and doing well these four years, it was nice to still hear from faculty, coaches and teachers. I would hear from players I played with, and they're all supporting me. I know I had to do them right and keep being so successful for them. It was nice to give Commack some credit for that, as far as the student athlete they produced."

DelliSanti graduated Commack High School in 2016. In her junior and senior years, the team won back-to-back Suffolk County and Long Island championships. Those two seasons, DelliSanti, who played guard, led the team in points, rebounds and steals, and was second in assists. She finished her high school career with 1,250 points and 750 rebounds and was named Newsday's 2016 Suffolk County Player of the Year.

After joining the Pace team in fall 2016, DelliSanti had similar success, finishing her college career with 1,298 points, 724 rebounds and 248 assists in 111 games. In her junior year, DelliSanti was named team MVP. As a senior, she led the team in points and rebounds, and was second in assists.

Once she graduates in spring, DelliSanti will remain at Pace — but as a graduate student — as she's pursuing a teaching career in history and special education, as well as physical education. While her playing days at Pace are in the rear view mirror, she said she's "twiddling" with the idea of sticking with the team as a grad assistant. The coronavirus adds a cloud of uncertainty, however. She said it'd be nice to get experience so that when she gets a teaching gig, she can also take up coaching.

DelliSanti said it would be "very nice" to return to her roots and become a teacher at Commack.

"I still have so many contacts there and so much connection," she said. "Going back to where everything originated from. There's a 'no-place-like-home' feeling. I know they'd be very warm and welcoming, and that'd be a nice environment I'd like to work in."

With the coronavirus negatively impacting people across the world, DelliSanti wanted to help her community. Her trainer at the Salvation Army gym, Ralph Rosetti, owns a truck and has been delivering food donations to families and organizations in need.

"I think it's an awesome thing to do," DelliSanti said

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News12 featured Pace University’s women’s basketball team in "Lady Setters Primed for Postseason"

02/28/2020

News12 featured Pace University’s women’s basketball team in "Lady Setters Primed for Postseason"

It’s tournament time for the Pace University’s women’s basketball team. The Lady Setters begin post-season play tomorrow as they host Assumption College. Pace goes in as the 4th seed in the Northeast 10 tourney.

Watch the News12 clip at 20:25:21.

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The Examiner News featured Pace University's Tyrone Cohen Jr. in "Miraculous Shot at the Buzzer Lifts Pace to a Big Victory"

02/10/2020

The Examiner News featured Pace University's Tyrone Cohen Jr. in "Miraculous Shot at the Buzzer Lifts Pace to a Big Victory"

With the final precious seconds ticking off the clock last Wednesday evening, Pace University’s Tyrone Cohen Jr. caught a pass from teammate Bryan Powell along the left sideline, took one dribble across the midcourt line and launched a nearly 40-foot heave toward the basket that was destined to be remembered.

In an instant, Cohen Jr.’s desperation shot just before the buzzer sounded wound up banking off the backboard and right through the rim, sending the entire Setter team spilling on top of him in a wild celebration that would soon be replayed on television sets across the nation — duh-duh-duh, duh-duh-duh — as ESPN SportsCenter’s # 2 play of the day.

The 3-point fling from Cohen capped a Pace comeback from a 15-point second-half deficit and provided the Setters with a 75-72 victory over the visiting Franklin Pierce Ravens at the Goldstein Fitness Center. Trailing by five points with under 90 seconds remaining, Pace closed the contest on an 8-0 run to improve to 14-7 this season and even its record in the Northeast-10 Conference at 6-6.

“I’m just really proud of our guys for staying the course,” said Setters head coach Matt Healing shortly after his team had completed its huge comeback. “That was a tough game against a really good team. They’ve been playing really well, coming off a big win. They beat Adelphi by 30 points last game. So we knew we had our work cut out for us.”

Cohen Jr. had been just two for seven from the field before his game-winning basket. The Setters went scoreless for the first five minutes of the second half, missing all four of their shots and turning the ball over three times, and soon found themselves facing a 53-38 hurdle with 14 minutes remaining. But a 22-7 Pace run that began and ended with buckets from Austin Gilbertson eventually tied the game and set the stage for the heroics to come.

“We could’ve folded, and we didn’t,” said Healing. “It’s easy in a game like that, against a good team, down by 15. We did the things we needed to do to win the game. Obviously people will talk about that last shot for a long time. But we put ourselves in that position with good defense, with great teamwork, staying tough. I just think about big deflections, big jump balls that kept us in the game. Just the small things that added up to get us in position to win the game.”

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ESPN featured Setters basketball Senior Tyrone Cohen, Jr.'s half-court buzzer-beater in “The Setters have Locked it Up With a Victory!”

01/30/2020

ESPN featured Setters basketball Senior Tyrone Cohen, Jr.'s half-court buzzer-beater in “The Setters have Locked it Up With a Victory!”

Tyrone Cohen banks home a half-court shot at the buzzer to take down Franklin Pierce!

Senior Tyrone Cohen, Jr.'s (Woodside, N.Y./Christ the King / Holy Cross University / Broward College) half-court buzzer beater capped off a thrilling victory for the Pace University men's basketball team over Franklin Pierce on Wednesday night. The 75-72 win moves the Setters' record to 14-7 this season, including a mark of 6-6 in the NE10.

Tied at 72-72, the Setters put together a defensive stop prior to freshman Bryan Powell (Middletown, N.Y./Canterbury School) finding Cohen, Jr. on the left wing for a final look that ended up banking in to the hoop as the buzzer sounded.

The dramatic finish was the result of a gritty comeback for the Blue and Gold on Wednesday night. The Setters trailed for almost the entirety of the game, while rallying back from a 15-point second-half deficit. Franklin Pierce led by a score of 53-38 at the 14:06 mark of the second half.

A Setters' 22-7 run ultimately tied the game at 60-60 with about seven minutes on the clock before a back and forth finish to the contest.

Senior Peyton Wejnert (Point Pleasant, N.J./Southern Regional) led Pace's attack, narrowly missing out on posting his fifth straight double-double. The New Jersey native finished the night with 19 points and nine rebounds.

Wejnert's output came with a milestone as well as he became just the ninth player in program history to eclipse 1,500 career points. He currently leads the NE10 in scoring the season, averaging more than 23 points per contest.

Brandon Jacobs (Cambria Heights, N.Y./Long Island Lutheran) was equally as impressive on Wednesday as he barely missed a triple-double. The junior put together a stat line of 17 points, eight assists and eight rebounds.

Classmate Austin Gilbertson (Etters, Pa./Trinity) served as Pace's final double-figure scorer with 11 points. He also nabbed a team-high three steals.

Cohen Jr. and Powell rounded out the Setters' offense with a combined 17 points, in addition to each grabbing six rebounds.

Collectively, the Blue and Gold had great success on the boards against Franklin Pierce. Pace rattled off a 38-27 advantage on the glass, including a 15-5 edge on the offensive side.

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"Hudson Valley" featured Pace University Men’s Basketball program in "Pace University Men's Basketball Fifth Annual Tip-Off Dinner featuring Keynote Speaker Coach Seth Greenberg"

10/29/2019

"Hudson Valley" featured Pace University Men’s Basketball program in "Pace University Men's Basketball Fifth Annual Tip-Off Dinner featuring Keynote Speaker Coach Seth Greenberg"

On Friday, November 1, the Pace University Men’s Basketball program invites you to attend the Fifth Annual Tip-Off Dinner to celebrate the start of the 2019-20 season. The event gives families, alumni, and supporters an opportunity to meet the team and coaches in advance of another exciting year of Pace Basketball. The dinner will be held at Tesoro D'Italia Ristorante in Pleasantville, New York at 7:00 p.m., just a few minutes from campus. Head Coach Matt Healing is thrilled to announce that this year’s keynote speaker will be former Division I Head Coach (Virginia Tech, South Florida, Long Beach State) and current ESPN College Basketball Analyst, Seth Greenberg.

Coach Greenberg joined ESPN in 2012 after 35 years of college coaching experience. At ESPN, he appears regularly on SportsCenter and College GameDay, while also co-hosting a weekly podcast on ESPN.com. Greenberg posted a record of 383-293 in his 22 years as a head coach including four wins against nationally ranked No. 1 teams. He has road wins at Allen Fieldhouse, Dean Dome and Cameron Indoor Stadium, and has secured 11 postseason appearances. He led the Virginia Tech Hokies for nine seasons (2003-12), where he was a two-time ACC Coach of the Year and reached the post-season six times. He is second on the school’s all-time wins list with a 170-123 record.

Tickets are $120 for adults and $60 for children (ages 12 & under) and includes dinner, drinks (beer/wine), silent auction and other giveaways. All proceeds from the night will directly benefit the Pace University Men’s Basketball program. Please register here.

Pace Men’s Basketball Team is coming off a successful 2018-19 year that saw achievements like a return to the Northeast-10 Conference Playoffs, their first post-season victory since 2007 and four weeks ranked in the D2SIDA East Regional Poll. Thank you for your continued support! Go Setters!

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