Kevin Xavier

Kevin Xavier

Associate Sports Editor

Kevin is a School of Arts and Sciences junior pursuing a major in journalism and a minor in American history. Affectionately known as the Chris Weinke of sports journalism, Kevin enjoys knitting, crocheting, watching people fall on black ice, (assuming they are ok afterwards) and spinach. In addition to writing he enjoys working in front of and behind the camera. When Kevin is not busy losing sleep he enjoys curling up on the couch watching Dance Moms with a pint of Haagen Daz, or Say Yes to the Dress with the same delectable snack obvi. He looks forward to serving as Associate Sports Editor for Board 147.


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Senior guard Briyona Canty said both injuries she endured in her time on the Banks aided in her growth on and off the court.
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Injuries serve as life lessons for Rutgers senior

Briyona Canty arrived on campus as a prized recruit in the summer of 2011, poised to restore promise in Rutgers women’s basketball after the memory of the Scarlet Knights’ Final Four run in 2006 had long since faded. Fresh off capturing the New Jersey Non-Public B crown her senior year at Trenton Catholic Academy, Canty emerged the No.1 guard and No.6 overall player in the nation, according to ESPNU HoopGurlz 100, scoring 17.9 points per game. It appeared Rutgers was destined to return to prominence, with Canty serving as catalyst to a recruiting class that included 2015 WNBA Draft pick Betnijah Laney. Canty had the world at her fingertips, but the world had other plans. Three months before she had an opportunity to play a collegiate game, a preseason physical conducted by team doctors revealed an irregularity in Canty’s heartbeat, sending her family into a puzzled spin. “I just was shocked,” Canty said.

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Rutgers regroups ahead of matchup with NJIT

The perfect team at the perfect time. Coming off back-to-back losses following a 5-0 start, the Rutgers men's lacrosse team would be hard-pressed to find a more favorable matchup than welcoming NJIT to High Point Solutions Stadium Friday night. We didn’t change the plane of the ball and For head coach Brian Brecht, the timing of this particular opponent couldn’t be better. “We’ve got to lick our wounds and take a step back,” Brecht said after Monday’s loss at Princeton.

Senior midfielder Zack Sikora scored his third goal of the season in the 10-7 loss to Princeton March 14. Sikora said after the game he would rather have the win than the goal.
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Princeton pushes past No. 18 Rutgers on strength of four-goal run

Entering the matchup with Princeton, the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team’s top attacking line, consisting of senior Scott Bieda, freshman Adam Charalambides and sophomore Jules Heningburg, had tallied 47 goals through the first six games. After the final horn sounded Monday night, the Scarlet Knights three-headed offensive juggernaut had managed to muster only one. With driving rain and wind gusts up to 25 MPH, offense was limited for both teams in the first half. But early in the third quarter, Princeton pounced, scoring four goals in 3:10 to build a lead Rutgers could never surmount and the Tigers earned a 10-7 win over the Knights at Sherrerd Field within Class of 1952 Stadium. “I don’t know if it was a breakdown defensively, I thought it was a breakdown offensively,” said head coach Brian Brecht.

Senior forward Kahleah Copper had her 11th double-double of the season with 25 points and 12 boards against Ohio State.
SPORTS

No. 2 seed Ohio State ends Rutgers BIg Ten Tournament run

For 20 minutes, the Rutgers women’s basketball had complete at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis Friday night.. But then Ohio State guard Kelsey Mitchell staged a record-setting shooting exhibition, turning the Scarlet Knights (18-14, 9-11) Cinderella storyline to a pumpkin, assisted by the Knights turning the ball over a season-high, 24 times. Mitchell poured in 43 points to lift the Buckeyes (24-6, 15-5) over Rutgers 73-60 in the Big Ten Tournament’s quarterfinal round Friday night after the Knights held from the tip to midway through the third quarter. Rutgers jumped out to a 10-2 run and staved off a Buckeyes run to close the first quarter with a 14-10 lead. And then the duel began. Sophomore guard Tyler Scaife and senior wing Kahleah Copper staged a shootout for the duration of the first half and when the dust settled at the break, Mitchell had 18 points, while Scaife and Copper countered with 16 and 13 points respectively. The Knights’ tandem combined accounted for 85 percent of their team’s total in the first two frames, propelling the Rutgers to a 34-30 lead at the half. Head coach C Vivian Stringer was asked about the disparity in distribution of offensive production on her way to the locker room. “The bigs are doing what they need to do,” Stringer told BTN’s Shelley Till.

Senior center Rachel Hollivay needs to stay out of foul trouble in order for Rutgers to have a chance against Purdue.
SPORTS

Rutgers aims to keep NCAA Tournament hopes alive in West Lafayette

With two games to go on the regular season schedule, the Scarlet Knights (16-12, 7-9) will likely need to win out and win at least a game in the Big Ten Conference Tournament, which will tip-off next week, to insure a date to The Big Dance. The final pair of games begins with Purdue (17-10, 8-8) in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Senior wing Kahleah Copper scored 17 points in Rutgers’ win against Illinois. The win is the Knights' third straight, second away from the Rutgers Athletic Center.
SPORTS

Rutgers wins third straight in Champaign against Illinois

Two seniors posted double-doubles to help the Rutgers women's basketball team beat Illinois (8-17, 1-13) in Champaign 63-56, stretching the Scarlet Knights (16-10, 7-7) winning streak to three. Senior wing Kahleah Copper scored a team-high 17 points, and added 10 rebounds to notch her ninth double-double of the season, propelling Rutgers one-step further in its quest for an NCAA Tournament berth at the conclusion of the conference tournament. Senior center Rachel Hollivay scored 13 points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds for her second consecutive double-digit effort. Hollivay expanded her Big Ten Conference lead with four blocked shots, giving the school’s all-time blocks leader 90 swats in 2015-2016. Copper scored 7 of her team's first 9 points, helping the Knights to mount a 16-10 lead after the first quarter.  Rutgers doubled the Illini's offensive production in the second quarter, building a 16-point lead as the teams headed to the locker room for halftime. Illinois outscored the Knights in both the third and fourth quarters, but Rutgers held on to get back to .500 in conference play, a point of emphasis for the NCAA Tournament's selection committee. It certainly wasn't the most polished performance put on display by Rutgers this season, but the visitors did enough to win. The Illini out-rebounded the Knights 43-38 and Rutgers turned the ball over 11 times, but Illinois was unable to capitalize on their advantages until it was too late. Junior guard Tyler Scaife dropped 16 points despite an off-night in shooting. Scaife went 5-for-15 from the floor after entering the game with an average field goal percentage of 49.4 percent.  Copper was only slightly more efficient, shooting 42.8 percent (6-of-14), but her ability to scrap for rebounds and score when the Knights needed it was what allowed Rutgers to walk away with the win. Illinois center Chatrice White did all she could to keep her team in the game. White scored a game-high 26 points and matched Hollivay with 11 rebounds in defeat. The Illini's next highest scorer, Kyley Simmons, had 10 points and eight assists,  proving their failure to really get anyone other than White going offensively. The circumstances appear to be ideal for Knights' head coach C.

Senior center Rachel Hollivay added to both her program record and Big Ten lead in blocks after swatting six shots Wednesday.
NEWS

Rutgers pursues second straight road win against Illinois

On the heels of the most emotional win of the season, the Rutgers women's basketball team will hit the road to take on Illinois (8-16, 1-12) Sunday afternoon with an opportunity to inch closer to NCAA Tournament contention. The Scarlet Knights' (15-10, 5-7) bested Northwestern 61-59 Wednesday night on a last second lay-in from junior guard Tyler Scaife, moving Rutgers up four spots in the latest NCAA RPI rankings to No. 39. Now Rutgers will have a chance to further improve its resume in Champaign against an Illini team the Knights dominated in the first meeting of the season between the schools, 67-54, at Rutgers Athletic Center Jan.

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Leonte Carroo exits the Piscataway Municipal Court, walking hand in hand with his mother,left, and girlfrriend, right, after all assault charges against him were dismissed Oct. 6.
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Leonte Carroo exits the Piscataway Municipal Court, walking hand in hand with his mother,left, and girlfrriend, right, after all assault charges against him were dismissed Oct. 6.

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