Tuesday, December 6, 2016

I’ll Be Quirky: St. Bonaventure


'80s beer ads FTW.

The Flying Dutchmen ran their winning streak to four games Saturday night when they beat Florida Atlantic 88-80. The Dutchmen will look to produce the third five-game winning streak of the Joe Mihalich Era tonight, when St. Bonaventure visits the Arena. Here’s a quick look back at the win over Florida Atlantic and a look ahead to St. Bonaventure. 

THE MOST RECENT GAME SUMMARIZED IN ONE PARAGRAPH
Eli Pemberton scored a team-high 22 points and added 10 rebounds as the Dutchmen outscored Florida Atlantic 19-7 over the final five minutes to win a back-and-forth game in which each team blew leads of nine points. Pemberton scored the Dutchmen’s final five points from the free throw line, but Jamall Robinson fueled the run by scoring eight of his 12 points. Deron Powers (17 points), Ty Greer (15 points) and Brian Bernardi (11 points) also scored in double figures for the Dutchmen, who received just four points but 15 rebounds from Rokas Gustys. Powers had eight assists while Hunter Sabety added seven points and seven rebounds in only 11 minutes.

3 STARS OF THE GAME (vs. Florida Atlantic 11/29)
3: Eli Pemberton
2: Deron Powers
1: Jamall Robinson

SEASON STANDINGS
Eli Pemberton 14
Brian Bernardi 11
Justin Wright-Foreman 8
Deron Powers 7
Rokas Gustys 7
Ty Greer 4
Jamall Robinson 3

BUIE’S BAD NEWS
Upon returning from Florida on Sunday, Hofstra issued a press release announcing that sophomore guard Desure Buie will miss the remainder of the season due to a torn left ACL and torn left meniscus. Buie was injured last Tuesday in the Dutchmen’s 88-86 win over Columbia. He averaged 2.8 points and 2.1 assists in eight games this season. Buie is the second Dutchmen in as many seasons to suffer a season-ending torn ACL. Senior swingman Malik Nichols missed the final 15 games of the 2015-16 campaign.

OVER THE AIR
Hofstra will provide both a video and radio feed at the Pride Productions hub

ST. BONAVENTURE AND THE ATLANTIC 10
Hofstra is 1-3 all-time against St. Bonaventure The Dutchmen earned their lone win in the most recent meeting between the schools Nov. 28, 2015, when they beat the Bonnies 89-83 in Olean. 

At KenPom.com today, Hofstra is ranked 174th while St. Bonaventure is ranked 66th.

St. Bonaventure is 5-2 this season. The Bonnies beat Buffalo, 90-84, in their most recent game Saturday. Hofstra and St. Bonaventure have two mutual foes this season. The Bonnies beat Siena, 81-74, last Wednesday and will host UNC Wilmington on Saturday. The Dutchmen will host Siena Dec. 22 and face UNC Wilmington in CAA play on Jan. 14 and Feb. 19.

Hofstra is 35-102 all-time against current Atlantic 10 schools. The A-10 includes former Hofstra conference foes George Mason (CAA), LaSalle (ECC) and VCU (CAA).

PEMBERTON HITS 100
Eli Pemberton, who was the first Hofstra freshman since Antoine Agudio (2004-05) to open his career by scoring in double digits in his first five games, is already the 19th Dutchmen freshman in the CAA era to score at least 100 points in his debut season. He is tied with Mike Radziejewski for 15th place on the CAA-era freshman scoring list and only 41 points away from moving into the top 10.

1.) Antoine Agudio, 452 (2004-05)
2.) Charles Jenkins, 436 (2007-08)
3.) Kenny Adeleke, 433 (2001-02)
4.) Loren Stokes, 374 (2003-04)
5.) Chaz Williams, 325 (2009-10)
6.) Jamall Robinson, 312 (2013-14)
7.) Halil Kanacevic, 294 (2009-10)
8.) Carlos Rivera, 226 (2003-04)
9.) Nathaniel Lester, 189 (2007-08)
10.) Shemiye McLendon, 178 (2010-11)
11.) Wendell Gibson, 153 (2001-02)
12.) Jordan Allen, 152 (2012-13)
13.) Chris Jenkins, 151 (2013-14)
14.) Rokas Gustys, 140 (2014-15)
15.) Mike Radziejewski, 138 (2001-02)
15.) ELI PEMBERTON, 138 (2016-17)
17.) Aurimas Kieza, 126 (2002-03)
18.) Woody Souffrant, 110 (2001-02)
19.) Moussa Kone, 100 (2011-12)

THINGS YOU CAN SHOUT ON TWITTER IF CALLS GO DO NOT GO HOFSTRA’S WAY
Bob Lanier bias! (The Hall of Famer led St. Bonaventure to the Final Four in 1970)
It’s coming @VCUPav hates you bias! (Our friend Pav does not care for traveling to St. Bonaventure)
Your VBK ruined your program bias! (Jan Van Breda Kolff, the son of Hofstra legend Butch, was fired following a recruiting scandal)

Your New York sportswriters are better than ours bias! (New York Post columnist Mike Vaccaro is a St. Bonaventure grad and fan)

Saturday, December 3, 2016

I'll Be Quirky: Florida Atlantic

The Flying Dutchmen continued their early season Kardiac Kids run on Tuesday night, when they blew an 12-point lead late in the second half before recovering to edge Columbia, 88-86. The Dutchmen, who have had four of their eight games decided by four points or fewer this season, will look to continue their nail-biting ways tonight, when they visit Florida Atlantic. Here’s a quick look back at the Columbia win and a look ahead to Florida Atlantic.

THE MOST RECENT GAME SUMMARIZED IN ONE PARAGRAPH
Eli Pemberton hit what proved to be the game-winning free throws with 1:51 left and blocked a layup by C.J. Davis with five seconds left. The Dutchmen were outscored 17-7 in the final six minutes but held Columbia scoreless in its final four possessions, during which the Lions were 0-for-5 from the field. Brian Bernardi was 5-of-8 from 3-point land and scored 21 points to lead five Dutchmen in double figures. Pemberton (12 points), Ty Greer (15 points), Deron Powers (12 points) and Jamall Robinson (12 points on 4-of-7 shooting from 3-point land) helped make up for the struggles of Rokas Gustys, who had just six points and five rebounds while being limited to 13 minutes due to foul trouble. Robinson played most of his 29 minutes at the “5” in place of Gustys and Hunter Sabety, who finished with four fouls.  

3 STARS OF THE GAME (vs. Florida Atlantic 11/29)
3: Brian Bernardi
2: Jamall Robinson
1: Eli Pemberton

SEASON STANDINGS
Brian Bernardi 11
Eli Pemberton 11
Justin Wright-Foreman 8
Rokas Gustys 7
Deron Powers 5
Ty Greer 4
Jamall Robinson 2

SNATCHING VICTORY FROM THE JAWS OF DEFEAT FROM THE JAWS OF VICTORY
The Dutchmen, who led by 11 with five minutes to play but were behind by one with two minutes left, won a game in which they blew a lead of at least seven points in the final five minutes for the fourth time in the past two seasons.

vs. Northeastern 1/21/16 (up 7 with 2:03 left, won 96-92 in 2OT)
vs. Elon 1/28/16 (up 10 with five minutes left, won 66-64)
vs. Towson 2/18/16 (up 8 with 4:21 left, won 84-82)

DUTCH ROK WITHOUT GUSTYS
For the first time since the start of the 2015-16 season the Dutchmen won a game in which Rokas Gustys finished with six or fewer rebounds.

11/29/16: 5 rebs vs. Columbia (W 88-86)
12/9/15: 4 rebs vs. Siena (81-68 L)
11/23/15: 2 rebs vs. Indiana State (67-66 L)
11/22/15: 6 rebs vs. South Carolina (94-84 L)

OVER THE AIR
Florida Atlantic will carry the live video here for $6.95 while the Hofstra radio feed can be found at the Pride Productions hub

FLORIDA ATLANTIC AND CONFERENCE USA
Hofstra is 6-3 all-time against Florida Atlantic The Dutchmen won the most recent meeting between the teams last Dec. 22, when they beat the Owls, 68-54, at the Arena. This is the sixth time in the last eight seasons the two programs have played each other.

At KenPom.com today, Hofstra is ranked 179th while Florida Atlantic is ranked 229th.

Florida Atlantic is 2-4 this season, though it has only one win against a Division I foe (South Florida). The Owls lost to Tennessee-Martin, 82-81, in their most recent game Tuesday night.

Hofstra is 24-25 all-time against current Conference USA schools.

PEMBERTON HITS 100
Eli Pemberton, who was the first Hofstra freshman since Antoine Agudio (2004-05) to open his career by scoring in double digits in his first five games, is already the 19th Dutchmen freshman in the CAA era to score at least 100 points in his debut season. He is 11 points away from surpassing Aurimas Kieza for 16th place on the CAA-era freshman scoring list.

1.) Antoine Agudio, 452 (2004-05)
2.) Charles Jenkins, 436 (2007-08)
3.) Kenny Adeleke, 433 (2001-02)
4.) Loren Stokes, 374 (2003-04)
5.) Chaz Williams, 325 (2009-10)
6.) Jamall Robinson, 312 (2013-14)
7.) Halil Kanacevic, 294 (2009-10)
8.) Carlos Rivera, 226 (2003-04)
9.) Nathaniel Lester, 189 (2007-08)
10.) Shemiye McLendon, 178 (2010-11)
11.) Wendell Gibson, 153 (2001-02)
12.) Jordan Allen, 152 (2012-13)
13.) Chris Jenkins, 151 (2013-14)
14.) Rokas Gustys, 140 (2014-15)
15.) Mike Radziejewski, 138 (2001-02)
16.) Aurimas Kieza, 126 (2002-03)
17.) ELI PEMBERTON, 116 (2016-17)
18.) Woody Souffrant, 110 (2001-02)
19.) Moussa Kone, 100 (2011-12)

BERNARDI SECOND FOR THREES
Senior Brian Bernardi hit five 3-pointers Tuesday and now has 202 in his two-plus seasons at Hofstra. He surged past Carlos Rivera on Tuesday and ranks behind only Antoine Agudio on the school’s all-time list.

1.) Antoine Agudio, 357
2.) BRIAN BERNARDI, 202
3.) Carlos Rivera, 201

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

I’ll Be Quirky: Columbia


Hey whippersnappers, this is a real World Series Game 7 for the ages.

The Flying Dutchmen concluded a reasonably successful Gulf Coast Showcase on Friday, when they cruised to an 89-56 win over Division III Medaille College in what amounted to an opening round game (don’t ask) at the Arena. The Dutchmen will see if their new defense is A Real Thing tonight, when they board a bus and head to upper Manhattan to face Columbia (reminder: previous foe Manhattan College is actually located in the Bronx). Here’s a look back a the win over Medaille and a look ahead to Columbia.

THE MOST RECENT GAME SUMMARIZED IN ONE PARAGRAPH
The Dutchmen gave up fewer than 60 points for the second straight game and only the fifth time in the last two seasons. Medaille shot just 32 percent, the lowest percentage by a Hofstra opponent since Charleston shot 23.1 percent in the Dutchmen’s 73-40 win on Feb. 25, 2015. Justin Wright-Foreman scored 18 points, including 13 in the second half, to pace the Dutchmen, to lead four players in double figures. Brian Bernardi had 17 points while Ty Greer added 13 points and eight rebounds and Deron Powers chipped in with 11 points. Freshman Eli Pemberton had eight points but a team-high six assists and Rokas Gustys pulled down 14 rebounds while adding eight points. Hunter Sabety had seven points, six rebounds and five blocks in just 12 minutes.

3 STARS OF THE GAME (vs. Medaille 11/25)
3: Justin Wright-Foreman
2: Ty Greer
1: Brian Bernardi

SEASON STANDINGS
Eli Pemberton 10
Justin Wright-Foreman 8
Brian Bernardi 8
Rokas Gustys 7
Deron Powers 5
Ty Greer 4

PRESEASON TOURNAMENTS
The Dutchmen finished 3-1 in the Gulf Coast Showcase, their best record in a preseason tournament since going 3-1 during one of the “You Are Playing In This Because You Hosted A CBI Game” tournaments “run” in 2012-13 by Gazelle Group. Hofstra is now 22-25 in preseason tournament play in the CAA era.

GETTING IN THE BOXSCORE
Junior Andre Walker and freshmen Connor Klementowicz and Tommy Ros each played for the first time this season on Friday. Walker had three blocks and two rebounds in four minutes while Klementowicz drained his only field goal attempt, a 3-pointer with 44 seconds left that served as the Dutchmen’s final points. Ros missed his lone shot.

THE DEFENSE DOES NOT REST
The Dutchmen improved to 17-1 under Joe Mihalich when allowing fewer than 60 points in a game. The 56 points allowed are tied for the fifth-fewest surrendered by a Mihalich-coached team at Hofstra. 

vs. Charleston 2/25/15: 73-40 W
vs. Appalachian State 12/7/14: 68-51 W
vs. UNCW 2/8/14: 61-52 W
vs. Florida Atlantic 12/22/15: 68-54 W
vs. Jackson State 11/28/14: 86-56 W
vs. Central Connecticut State 12/31/14: 84-56 W
vs. UNCW 1/3/15: 68-56 W
vs. Medaille 11/25/16: 89-56 W

TWICE AS NICE
The Dutchmen allowed 60 points or fewer for the second straight game — only the third time they have achieved that during the Mihalich era. The Dutchmen have surrendered 60 or fewer points in three consecutive games just once under Mihalich.

vs. UNCW 2/8/14: 61-52 W
vs. James Madison 2/10/14: 59-53 L

vs. Central Connecticut State 12/31/14: 84-56 W
vs. UNCW 1/3/15: 68-56 W
vs. Delaware 1/5/15: 71-58 W

vs. South Dakota 11/23/16: 65-57 W
vs. Medaille 11/25/16: 89-56 W

AN INTERESTING QUOTE THAT PROVIDES A SEGUE TO TONIGHT
“I know it was a Division III team. Still second game in a row where we held a team in the 50s. I don’t know if we can do that all the time. We can be better defensively, So we’ll see what we can do Tuesday.”—Joe Mihalich

OVER THE AIR
The Ivy League Digital Network will carry the live video from Columbia while the Hofstra radio feed can be found at the Pride Productions hub. 

PLEADING FOR A FIFTH
Hofstra is looking to start 5-3 for the first time since 2010-11 and the fourth time in the CAA era.

Joe Mihalich-coached teams have opened 5-3 three times (2004-05, 2007-08, 2009-10)

COLUMBIA AND THE IVY LEAGUE
Hofstra is 10-2 all-time against Columbia. The Lions won the most recent meeting between the teams on Dec. 20, 2014, when they edged the Dutchmen 82-77 at Levien Gymnasium.

At KenPom.com today, Hofstra is ranked 178th while Columbia is ranked 206th.

Columbia, which won the College Insider Tournament last season under former coach Kyle Smith, is 3-2 this season under Jim Engles, who spent the previous eight seasons building the program at New Jersey Tech. The Lions and Dutchmen have one mutual foe, Stony Brook. Columbia beat the Seawolves, 73-66, in the season opener for both schools on Nov. 11. 

Hofstra is 28-17 all-time against Ivy League schools. Columbia is the only Ivy League school Hofstra has faced in the last six seasons.

WRIGHT-FOREMAN AS THE CLOSER
Sophomore Justin Wright-Foreman continued thriving in the second half on Friday, when he scored 13 of his team-high 18 points in the final 20 minutes. Wright-Foreman has scored 80 points this season, including 59 in the second half.

PEMBERTON HITS 100
Eli Pemberton scored fewer than 10 points for the second straight game Friday, when he finished with eight points in the win over Medaille. But Pemberton, who was the first Hofstra freshman since Antoine Agudio (2004-05) to open his career by scoring in double digits in his first five games, is already the 19th Dutchmen freshman in the CAA era to score at least 100 points in his debut season. He  is five points away from surpassing Woody Souffrant for 17th place on the CAA-era freshman scoring list.

1.) Antoine Agudio, 452 (2004-05)
2.) Charles Jenkins, 436 (2007-08)
3.) Kenny Adeleke, 433 (2001-02)
4.) Loren Stokes, 374 (2003-04)
5.) Chaz Williams, 325 (2009-10)
6.) Jamall Robinson, 312 (2013-14)
7.) Halil Kanacevic, 294 (2009-10)
8.) Carlos Rivera, 226 (2003-04)
9.) Nathaniel Lester, 189 (2007-08)
10.) Shemiye McLendon, 178 (2010-11)
11.) Wendell Gibson, 153 (2001-02)
12.) Jordan Allen, 152 (2012-13)
13.) Chris Jenkins, 151 (2013-14)
14.) Rokas Gustys, 140 (2014-15)
15.) Mike Radziejewski, 138 (2001-02)
16.) Aurimas Kieza, 126 (2002-03)
17.) Woody Souffrant, 110 (2001-02)
18.) ELI PEMBERTON, 104 (2016-17)
19.) Moussa Kone, 100 (2011-12)

GUSTYS IS LUCKY 13
With his 14 rebounds on Tuesday, junior Rokas Gustys moved past Gerald King into 13th place on Hofstra’s all-time list. He is just the third Dutchmen in the CAA era to record at least 700 rebounds.

11.) Jim Boatwright, 751
12.) Ed Moor, 746
13.) ROKAS GUSTYS, 702

BERNARDI THIRD FOR THREES
Senior Brian Bernardi hit three 3-pointers Friday and now has 197 in his two-plus seasons at Hofstra. He is just fur behind Carlos Rivera for second on the school’s all-time list.

1.) Antoine Agudio, 357
2.) Carlos Rivera, 201
3.) BRIAN BERNARDI, 197

THINGS YOU CAN SHOUT ON TWITTER IF CALLS GO DO NOT GO HOFSTRA’S WAY
Hamilton bias! (The subject of Donald Trump’s favorite play founded Columbia)
Obama bias! (The current President graduated from Columbia)
Gene Larkin bias! (The infielder who delivered the World Series-winning hit for the Minnesota Twins in 1991 graduated from Columbia)
You can’t end Gilmore Girls like that bias! (Lauren Graham, i.e. Lorelai Gilmore, graduated from Columbia)

Friday, November 25, 2016

I’ll Be Quirky: Medaille


The Flying Dutchmen saved their best game of the season for their last day in Florida on Wednesday, when Rokas Gustys pulled down a whopping 26 rebounds in a 65-57 win over South Dakota in the third-place game of the Gulf Coast Showcase. The Dutchmen will finish the Gulf Coast Showcase with an opening round game today (don’t ask) against Division III Medaille at 4 PM at the Arena. Here’s a look back at the South Dakota win and a look ahead at Medaille.

THE MOST RECENT GAME SUMMARIZED IN ONE PARAGRAPH
The Dutchmen, who gave up at least 80 points in each of their previous four games, allowed fewer than 60 points for just the third time in the last two seasons and led throughout the second half.  They led by more than a possession for the final 16:59. Gustys snapped out of his mini-slump — he had “only” 31 rebounds in the previous three games — by recording the most rebounds by a Division I player this season and the most by a Hofstra player since the 1975-76 season. He added 10 points while Deron Powers had 18 points and Brian Bernardi added 15 points, including the 1,000th of his career, during a milestone-filled day.

3 STARS OF THE GAME (vs. South Dakota 11/23)
3: Rokas Gustys
2: Brian Bernardi
1: Deron Powers

SEASON STANDINGS
Eli Pemberton 10
Rokas Gustys 7
Brian Bernardi 7
Justin Wright-Foreman 5
Deron Powers 5
Ty Greer 2

THE DEFENSE DOES NOT REST
The Dutchmen improved to 12-1 under Joe Mihalich when allowing fewer than 60 points in a game. The 57 points allowed are tied for the eighth-fewest surrendered by a Mihalich-coached team at Hofstra. 

vs. Charleston 2/25/15: 73-40 W
vs. Appalachian State 12/7/14: 68-51 W
vs. UNCW 2/8/14: 61-52 W
vs. Florida Atlantic 12/22/15: 68-54 W
vs. Jackson State 11/28/14: 86-56 W
vs. Central Connecticut State 12/31/14: 84-56 W
vs. UNCW 1/3/15: 68-56 W
vs. Drexel 2/15/15: 81-57 W
vs. James Madison 3/7/15: 74-57 W
vs. South Dakota 11/23/16: 65-57 W

ROK NATION
Rokas Gustys broke his own record for the most rebounds in a Division I game this season by finishing with 26, a total which also broke the Gulf Coast Showcase single-game record of 16. With one game left to play in the tournament, Gustys already has a Showcase-record 48 rebounds.

The 26 rebounds were tied for the sixth-highest single-game figure in program history and the most since John Irving had 27- and 28-rebound games during the 1975-76 season.

1.) Bill Thieben, 43 rebounds vs. Springfield, 1954-55
2.) Bill Thieben, 38 rebounds vs. Ohio Wesleyan, 1953-54
3.) Bill Thieben, 33 rebounds vs. Wilkes, 1955-56
4.) John Irving, 28 rebounds vs. Long Island University, 1975-76
5.) John Irving, 27 rebounds vs. Bucknell, 1975-76
6.) Quinas Brower, 26 rebounds vs. West Chester, 1971-72
6.) ROKAS GUSTYS, 26 rebounds vs. South Dakota, 2016-17

BERNARDI’S BIG DAY
Brian Bernardi reached a pair of milestones by scoring 15 points and draining 3-of-7 3-pointers against South Dakota. His second 3-pointer of the game was Bernardi’s 193rd at Hofstra, which moved him past Norman Richardson into third place on the school’s all-time list. He is now just seven behind Carlos Rivera for second place.

1.) Antoine Agudio, 357
2.) Carlos Rivera, 201
3.) BRIAN BERNARDI 194

In addition. Bernardi’s 3-pointer with 4:27 left gave him 1,000 career points in his collegiate career dating back to his freshman season at SMU (2012-13). Bernardi is now at 1,004 career points and has scored 894 points at Hofstra, where he is aiming to become the 34th player in school history to reach the 1,000 point mark.

OVER THE AIR
Hofstra will air both a video and radio feed at the Pride Productions hub

BEST-OF-SEVEN?
Hofstra is looking to start 4-3 for the first time since 2010-11 and the fourth time in the CAA era.

Joe Mihalich-coached teams have opened 4-3 four times (1998-99, 2000-01, 2007-08, 2009-10)

MEDAILLE COLLEGE AND HOFSTRA VS. NON-DIVISION I FOES
Medaille College is a Division III school located in Buffalo. The Mavericks play in the Alleghany Mountain Collegiate Conference and were picked to finish fourth in the league this season. Medaille is 1-2 this season with a win over Utica College and losses to SUNY-Geneseo and Baruch College. 

The Flying Dutchmen have won their last 16 games against non-Division I foes dating back to a 70-54 loss to Florida Southern during the 1988-89 season. The Dutchmen last faced a non-Division I opponent last season, when they beat Division II Molloy, 96-64

PRESEASON TOURNAMENTS
Hofstra is 21-25 in preseason tournament play in the CAA era. The Dutchmen have won two games in a preseason tournament for the first time since they went 3-1 during one of the “You Are Playing In This Because You Hosted A CBI Game” tournaments “run” in 2012-13 by Gazelle Group.

PEMBERTON’S STREAK ENDS
Eli Pemberton scored seven points in Tuesday’s 65-57 win over South Dakota as his career-opening streak of double-digit games came to an end at five. Antoine Agudio is the only Hofstra freshman in the CAA era to open his career by scoring at least 10 points in each of his first six games. Agudio scored 20 points against Florida International, 13 points against LaSalle, 22 points against Binghamton, 14 points against James Madison and 16 points against Longwood and 19 points against St. John’s.

Pemberton has 96 points in six games and needs just four points today to become the 19th Hofstra freshman in the CAA era to score at least 100 points. 

GUSTYS CLOSING IN ON LUCKY 13
With his 26 rebounds on Tuesday, junior Rokas Gustys moved past Mike Pollock into 14th place on Hofstra’s all-time list. He is just three rebounds away from moving past Gerald King into 13th place. 

13.) Gerarld King, 690
14.) ROKAS GUSTYS, 688

THINGS YOU CAN SHOUT ON TWITTER IF CALLS GO DO NOT GO HOFSTRA’S WAY
Goo Goo Dolls bias! (The Goo Goo Dolls are from Buffalo)
Bills bias! (Buffalo, duh)
We should not be having this much trouble bias! (Division III you guys)

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

I’ll Be Quirky: South Dakota


Not the Badlands you expected, was it?

The good vibes generated by Monday’s last-second win over Bradley disappeared Tuesday afternoon, when the Flying Dutchmen were routed by former North Atlantic Conference/America East foe Vermont, 87-73, in the semifinals of the Gulf Coast Showcase. The loss drops the Dutchmen into the third-place game this afternoon against South Dakota, which lost to Houston 85-58 later Tuesday, at 5 PM. Here’s a quick look back at the Vermont loss and a look ahead to today’s game.

THE MOST RECENT GAME SUMMARIZED IN ONE PARAGRAPH
The Dutchmen trailed for the final 37-plus minutes in falling to Vermont. Any suspense was removed when Rokas Gustys picked up his second foul with 9:01 remaining in the first half. With Gustys sidelined, Vermont ended the half on a 30-13 run. The Dutchmen trailed by as many as 24 in the second half and got as close as 12 with 8:19 left before the Catamounts went on a 12-2 run to end any hopes of the miracle comeback. Eli Pemberton led the Dutchmen with 21 point while Justin Wright-Foreman added 16 points, including 14 in the second half. Deron Powers had 10 points while Gustys finished with eight points and 11 rebounds.

3 STARS OF THE GAME (vs. Vermont 11/22)
3: Eli Pemberton
2: Justin Wright-Foreman
1: Rokas Gustys

SEASON STANDINGS
Eli Pemberton 10
Justin Wright-Foreman 5
Brian Bernardi 5
Rokas Gustys 4
Deron Powers 4
Ty Greer 2

THE DEFENSE RESTS
The Dutchmen have given up at least 80 points in each of their last four games. during which they are 1-3. The last time the Dutchmen allowed at least 80 points in four straight games was last season, when they went 3-1 against St. Bonaventure (89-83 win), LaSalle (84-80 win), Appalachian State (86-80 win) and Siena (81-68 loss).

OVER THE AIR
The Gulf Coast Showcase will air the game on its YouTube account. Hofstra will also air the WRHU feed here.

BACK TO .500?
Hofstra is looking to start 3-3 for the first time since 2012-13 and the seventh time in the CAA era.

Joe Mihalich-coached teams have opened 3-3 three times (2000-01, 2001-02, 2011-12).

SOUTH DAKOTA AND THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
This is the first time Hofstra has faced South Dakota in any sport. South Dakota plays in the Summit League, whose membership includes Fort Wayne, which stunned no. 3 Indiana, 71-68, on Tuesday night. 

South Dakota is 5-1 this season though just 3-1 against Division I foes. The Coyotes beat Kent State, 80-77, in the Gulf Coast Showcase opener on Monday (hooray!).

Hofstra is 1-5 against current Summit League schools. The Dutchmen beat South Dakota State, 66-63, on Nov. 16, 2012 during one of the “You Are Playing In This Because You Hosted A CBI Game” tournaments “run” by Gazelle Group. The previous meeting against a Summit League school came in the actual CBI on Mar. 17, 2010, when IUPUI led wire-to-wire in a 74-60 win in Tom Pecora’s final game at Hofstra.

PRESEASON TOURNAMENTS
Hofstra is 20-25 in preseason tournament play in the CAA era. The Dutchmen are looking to win multiple games in a preseason tournament for the first time since 2012-13, when they went 3-1 in one of the “You Are Playing In This Because You Hosted A CBI Game” tournaments “run” by Gazelle Group. 

DOUBLE VISION
Eli Pemberton scored a team-high 21 points in Tuesday’s 87-73 loss to Vermont. He is just the second Hofstra freshman in the CAA era to score at least 10 points in each of his first five games. In 2004-05, Antoine Agudio opened his career by scoring 20 points against Florida International, 13 points against LaSalle, 22 points against Binghamton, 14 points against James Madison and 16 points against Longwood. Agudio also reached double digits in his sixth game, when he scored 19 points against St. John’s.

GUSTYS HITS THE TOP 15
Junior Rokas Gustys pulled down 11 rebounds Tuesday afternoon to move up two more spots on Hofstra’s all-time list. Gustys surged past Loren Stokes and Myles McPartland into 15th place and is now just 12 rebounds away from sole possession of 14th place.

14.) Mike Pollock, 673
15.) ROKAS GUSTYS, 662

BERNARDI CLOSING IN ON THIRD FOR THREES
Senior Brian Bernardi hit two 3-pointers Monday afternoon to move past Rick Apodaca for fourth place on Hofstra’s all-time list. He is just one behind Norman Richardson for third place.

3.) Norman Richardson, 192
4.) BRIAN BERNARDI, 191

THINGS YOU CAN SHOUT ON TWITTER IF CALLS GO DO NOT GO HOFSTRA’S WAY
Mount Rushmore bias! (The monument honoring Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt was built in 1925)
Badlands bias! (The Badlands Natural Park is located in South Dakota)
You don’t pronounce the letter E bias! (“Coyotes” is pronounced “Ki-yots”)