November 28, 2012

ECAC Partners with Madison Square Garden For Holiday Festival

CENTERVILLE, Mass. – After a hiatus of five years, the Eastern College Athletic Conference will once again partner with the Madison Square Garden Men’s Basketball Holiday Festival that will take place on Saturday, December 8, 2012. 

“The Holiday Festival has for years been one of the highlights of the college basketball season and Madison Square Garden is the Mecca of college basketball,” said ECAC President Dr. Kevin T. McGinniss. “The ECAC is very excited and extremely proud to once again be partnering with Madison Square Garden and the annual Holiday Festival”.

The partnership is part of a three-year agreement with the ECAC designated as an “Official Partner” with MSG in promoting the Holiday Festival.

This year’s participants are ECAC members St. John’s University, Iona College, Fordham University and Rutgers University.  St. John’s will play Fordham at 7:00pm and Rutgers and Iona are slated to tip off in the nightcap at 9:00pm.

This renewed partnership will be commemorated prior to game one with a “ceremonial jump ball”. During halftime of the St. John’s-Fordham game, ECAC Madison Square Garden Holiday Festival Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented to Jack Kaiser (St. John’s), Frank McLaughlin (Fordham), Bob Mulcahy (Rutgers), and Rich Petriccione (Iona). Lou Carnesecca will be presented the ECAC Madison Square Garden Holiday Festival Lifetime Coaching Excellence Award.

Tickets are available at the Madison Square Garden Box Office or on line at