The Bearcats faced off against the Lehman Lightning in the Battle of 17 Lexington Avenue on Feb. 6, 2014, with a final winning score of 76-63. Photo by Denis Gostev (’13).

For Baruch’s basketball fans, the coming of November—when the men’s and women’s teams begin their respective seasons—is greatly anticipated.

This year, the Bearcat men and women each seek to win the CUNY Athletic Conference championship title and coveted automatic berth to the prestigious NCAA Division III National Tournament. And the early signs are favorable.

The women’s team has built a dynasty, winning the last seven CUNYAC championships. “We are very excited for this upcoming season,” says Coach KellyAnn Barrett. “We return a lot of deep talent from last year’s team. Our goal is to work hard this season to continue our quest for another CUNY championship.”

The men have won two regional Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) champion-ships and are building the program to become a consistent national title contender. The team features plenty of local talent and is coached by alumnus John Alesi (’03). Alesi brings high-level experience to the program after assistant coaching stints at Division I Hofstra, Manhattan, and Pittsburgh. Says Alesi, “Our goal is to put together a team that represents the College to the best of its abilities, while achieving success on and off the court.”

—John Neves

The Bearcat Says: Baruch basketball is a wonderful family outing, especially for youngsters, and admission is free. The Bearcats play home games in Baruch’s ARC Arena in the Newman Vertical Campus at 55 Lexington Avenue on the corner of 24th Street. Schedules and directions are available at