Yesterday, the Manhattan Jaspers and Seton Hall Pirates were both eliminated from the NCAA tournament. Manhattan's Cinderella story was ended by Wake Forest and Seton Hall was bounced out of the tournament by Duke. The Jaspers were done in by Chris Paul, Wake's phenomenal freshman, who scored 29 points in the game, while the Pirates were done in by J.J. Redick. Both teams were presented with great challenges, and Manhattan almost overcame their's.
Manhattan's foundation was laid in Washington Heights, where coach Bobby Gonzalez first recruited Luis Flores. Now Flores, and teammates Dave Holmes and Jason Benton have ended their careers at Manhattan. The question is, will coach Bobby Gonzalez be next to move on? With their run in the tournament, Manhattan captured the hearts of a nation including the staff here at Gothamist.