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THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 2016
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BERKELEY COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM MAGNIFIES RECORD TO 11 CONSECUTIVE WINS
Senior Keenan Langston named HVIAC Player of the Week and Al Senavitis Tournament MVP
Photo Caption A: The Berkeley College Men’s Basketball team has inflated its winning streak to 11 games after defeating competitors at the New Hampshire Technical Institute Holiday Inn New Year’s Classic. The team is pictured here, back in the locker room, after winning DeSales University’s Al Senavitis Tournament. Standing, L to R (back row) Assistant Coach Kenneth Ray; Assistant Coach Jonathan Pena; Malik Brown of Brooklyn; Teyvon Bussey of Brooklyn; Johnnie Green of Brooklyn; and Head Coach Chris Christiansen. Middle Row: Assistant Coach Anton Dickerson; Mandrell Jeffries of Brooklyn; Massiah Merritt of Brooklyn; Jeffrey Mejia of Manhattan; Dondre Simmons of Manhattan; Leonardo Salcedo of the Bronx; Tasheen Carrow of Manhattan; and Team Manager Elvis Garcia. Front Row: Alessandro DeAngelis of Brooklyn; Stephon Jennings of Manhattan; and Keenan Langston of Brooklyn.
The Berkeley College Men’s Basketball team has magnified its record after picking up two more victories during the New Hampshire Technical Institute (NHTI) Holiday Inn New Year’s Classic. Following the tournament, the Berkeley College Knights now have won 11 consecutive games, bringing their total wins to 22 of their last 23 games, dating back to last season.
In the first game of the tournament against the University of Maine at Augusta, six Berkeley College players scored points in the double digits: Stephon Jennings of Manhattan, Johnnie Green of Brooklyn, Massiah Merritt of Brooklyn, Keenan Langston of Brooklyn, Jeffrey Mejia of Manhattan, and Dondre Simmons of Manhattan. The team went on to defeat their opposition by 39 points, for a final score of 112-73. In the second game, against NHTI, the Knights held a steady lead, eventually winning the game 81-55.
“The incredible thing about this team, besides the fact that it is so well balanced, is the fact that every single one of these student-athletes is focused on one primary goal – and that is winning,” Head Coach Chris Christiansen said. “We have so many different players who contribute to our success. Watching them continuing to succeed and build character is very gratifying for me.”
Berkeley College standout Keenan Langston has been named the Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week for the third time this season. Mr. Langston, a senior, was also named the Most Valuable Player of the DeSales University Al Senavitis Tournament. Winning the tournament in early January 2016 gave the Knights their first-ever victory in an invitational tournament sponsored by a National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III institution.
“Keenan Langston continues to show how gifted he is every time he steps on the court,” said Coach Christiansen. “He has grown into the consummate player for us, leading by example through his play and leadership ability.”
A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls approximately 8,300 students – including more than 700 international students – in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree and Certificate programs. Students can study in more than 20 career fields. Berkeley College is comprised of the Larry L. Luing School of Business, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies, and the School of Liberal Arts. The School of Graduate Studies offers a Master of Business Administration degree in Management online and in Woodland Park, NJ.
Berkeley College has three New York locations – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. In New Jersey there are six locations – Clifton, Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. In January 2016, U.S. News & World Report named Berkeley College one of the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Degrees for the third consecutive year. The website address iswww.BerkeleyCollege.edu.
Photo Caption B: Berkeley College forward Keenan Langston of Brooklyn (right) is shown in action during a game against Central Penn College in late 2015. Mr. Langston recently won HVIAC Player of the Week for the third time this season, and was chosen as the DeSales University Al Senavitis Tournament MVP.