‘The New York Times’ Chronicles Berkeley College Men’s Basketball Team’s Journey to Glory and Success

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The New York Times published a story on February 28, 2017, about the ongoing success of the Berkeley College Knights Men’s Basketball team. The feature not only highlights the team’s record-breaking season, including its 50th straight victory and third consecutive Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association Championship, but also how the team has helped its student-athletes thrive both on and off the court.

While being shadowed by The New York Times to and from their homes, classes and games, both current and former Berkeley Knights players emphasized the role Head Coach Chris Christiansen has had on helping them determine their own success. Coach Christiansen’s mentorship goes beyond basketball. He constantly reminds them that they are students first and athletes second, pushing his team to maintain a minimum grade-point average of 2.5, half a point above the United States Collegiate Athletic Association’s (USCAA) requirement.

“I’m just so hungry to better myself and get in a better situation,” said Johnnie Green of Brooklyn, NY, co-captain of the Berkeley College Men’s Basketball team. “Without Coach and everybody else … I don’t know where I’d be.”

Photo Caption (Top): The Berkeley College Knights Men’s Basketball team won its third consecutive Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship, defeating the No. 2-seeded Blue Angels of the College of New Rochelle by a score of 98-75, on Sunday, February 19, 2017.  It was a record-breaking 50th straight victory for the Knights, automatically advancing them to play in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association National Men’s Basketball Tournament.

The Berkeley Knights have been competing nationally in the USCAA since 2011. The team has been crowned the USCAA Division II National champions for the past two seasons, and enter the USCAA’s 2016-2017 Division II Tournament as the No. 1 overall seed.

The 2016-2017 USCAA Division II National Men’s Basketball Tournament begins on March 1, 2017, and will take place in Uniontown, PA. The Knights will play on March 2, 2017, at 5:30 p.m., against the winner of a match-up between No. 8-seeded Villa Maria College in Buffalo, NY, and No. 9-seeded Andrews University in Berrien Spring, MI. The tournament can be streamed live online here.

For the latest schedule and information about the Berkeley Knights’ quest for another USCAA Championship­, visit BerkeleyCollegeKnights.com and/or TheUSCAA.com.


 Photo Caption (Above): The Berkeley College Men’s Basketball team rally during a game against Alfred State. To see The New York Times’ story about the team, click here. (Photo Credit: Benjamin Norman of The New York Times.)

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