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Archbishop Stepinac Grad Helps Monmouth Reach Conference Title Game

Josh James, a resident of Greenburgh and a former star at Archbishop Stepinac, will try to help Monmouth University's men's basketball team reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2006 when it plays Iona in the MAAC Championship Monday.
Josh James, a resident of Greenburgh and a former star at Archbishop Stepinac, will try to help Monmouth University's men's basketball team reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2006 when it plays Iona in the MAAC Championship Monday. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Monmouth University

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Ten years after its last appearance in the NCAA Tournament, the Monmouth Hawks and its captain from Greenburgh are one victory away from advancing to the dance.

Josh James, a graduate of Archbishop Stepinac in White Plains, will lead the Hawks into Monday’s Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship game against Iona. Tipoff time is 7 p.m. in Albany and will be televised on ESPN.

Monmouth (27-6) is the No. 1 tournament seed. Iona (21-10) is the No. 2 seed, and defeated the Hawks on Feb. 19, 83-67, in West Long Branch, N.J.

James has started 21 games for Monmouth, and averages more than 24 minutes a game. He averages 3.4 points per game.

James was a three-year starter at Stepinac, where he was named the Westchester/Putnam Player of the Year in 2013. He is one of Monmouth’s captains this season.

Monmouth last played in the NCAA Tournament in 2006, where it lost to Villanova. The Hawks are 0-4 in the tournament.

Iona is seeking its 11th tournament appearance. The Gaels’ last NCAA appearance came in 2013, where they lost their first game to Ohio State.

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