Tuesday, December 12, 2017

I’ll Be Quirky: SUNY-Stony Brook

A bunch of Hofstra fans prepare for the trek to Shelbyville, err, Stony Brook in this file photo.

The Flying Dutchmen didn’t suffer a letdown Saturday, when they followed the stunning win over Monmouth by earning an 88-82 win over another MAAC foe, Rider. The Dutchmen will look to complete a perfect three-game road trip tonight, when they travel to the hinterlands of Long Island to face SUNY-Stony Brook. Here’s a look back at the win over Rider and a look ahead to the Patriots from a state university.

THE MOST RECENT GAME SUMMARIZED IN ONE PARAGRAPH
Jalen Ray’s 3-pointer with 4:51 remaining broke a 71-71 tie and started a decisive 9-0 run as the Dutchmen outlasted Rider in a game that featured 10 lead changes. Rider pulled within 80-77 with 1:38 remaining but the Dutchmen drained their final eight free throws. Justin Wright-Foreman (a game-high 30 points) and Eli Pemberton (28 points) became the first pair of Hofstra teammates in more than six years to score at least 25 points in the same game. Ray finished with 17 points while Joel Angus (eight points, 10 rebounds) flirted with a double-double.

3 STARS OF THE GAME (vs. Rider 12/9)
3: Justin Wright-Foreman
2: Eli Pemberton
1: Jalen Ray

SEASON STANDINGS
Justin Wright-Foreman 21
Eli Pemberton 12
Rokas Gustys 11
Joel Angus 4
Jalen Ray 3
Desure Buie 2

COACHSPEAK: “That’s a big boy win, to come in here and get that. These guys don’t lose much here. Take it from me, I came here for 15 years and didn’t win very much. Tough place to play.”

CLEAN SWEEP
Hofstra players earned both individual awards handed out by the CAA last week as Justin Wright-Foreman was named the player of the week and Jalen Ray was selected the freshman of the week. Wright-Foreman scored 54 points in the wins over Monmouth and Rider while Ray racked up 31 points and hit the game-winning 3-pointer in the stunning win over Monmouth. Ray entered the week with just 24 points in his first eight games, including 14 in his previous seven contests.

The player of the week honor is the first of the season and the third in the last two seasons for Wright-Foreman, who shared player of the week honors with Elon’s Tyler Seibring for the week ending Jan. 22 and was the sole recipient for the week ending Feb. 12. Wright-Foreman is the second member of the Dutchmen to win player of the week honors this season. 

Ray is the first Hofstra player to win freshman of the week honors this season and the first since Pemberton won the final of his two weekly honors for the week ending Dec. 18, 2016.

QUEENS/CONNECTICUT CONNECTION
Justin Wright-Foreman (30 points) and Eli Pemberton (28 points) became the first Flying Dutchmen teammates to score at least 25 points in the same game since Charles Jenkins (28 points) and Mike Moore (25 points) performed the feat in an 81-78 overtime win over William & Mary on Feb. 13, 2011. It was the second time Jenkins and Moore each scored at least 25 points in a game. Jenkins scored 40 points and Moore added 28 points in an 89-85 overtime win over Binghamton on Dec. 8, 2010. 

Both Jenkins and Wright-Foreman grew up in Queens while both Moore (New Haven) and Pemberton (Middletown) grew up in Connecticut. 

PEMBERTON’S PERFECT 10
Eli Pemberton went 10-for-10 from the foul line Saturday. It was the most free throws made without a miss since Justin Wright-Foreman went 15-for-15 against UNCW on Feb. 18 and the sixth time in the NAC/America East/CAA era (1994-present) that a Dutchman has been perfect from the line in 10 or more attempts.

Eli Pemberton: 10-10 vs. Rider 12/9/17
Justin Wright-Foreman: 15-15 vs. UNCW 2/18/17
Zeke Upshaw: 12-12 vs. Towson, 2/22/14
Charles Jenkins: 10-10 vs. Delaware, 1/7/09
Carlos Rivera: 10-10 vs. Siena, 11/29/06
Danny Walker: 10-10 vs. James Madison, 2/8/02

FINE FROM THE LINE
The Dutchmen were 17-of-18 (94.4 percent) from the free throw line. It was the program’s best performance from the line (minimum 10 attempts) since a perfect 15-for-15 effort against Delaware on Feb. 26, 2011. The Dutchmen were perfect from the line in three game during the 2010-11 season (12-for-12 against Towson on Dec. 4, 2010 and 11-for-11 against George Mason on Feb. 2, 2011). In addition, Saturday’s effort marked the second time this season the Dutchmen have shot at least 90 percent form the line. They were 19-of-21 (90.5 percent) against Army on Nov. 10.

GUSTYS’ GOOSE EGG
The Dutchmen won Saturday even though starting center Rokas Gustys was held scoreless in 30 minutes. It was just the fourth time Gustys hasn’t scored in a game and the first time since his freshman season. The Dutchmen, surprisingly, are 3-1 in those games with wins over Jackson State (Nov. 28, 2014) and UNCW (Jan. 17, 2015) and a loss to William & Mary (Feb. 22, 2015).

GUSTYS CLIMBING THE CHARTS
Rokas Gustys did notch another career milestone Saturday, when he pulled down 10 rebounds to move past George Mason’s Kenny Sanders into seventh place on the CAA’s all-time list. Gustys (1,031 rebounds) is 25 rebounds away from surpassing UNCW’s Keith Rendleman for sixth place. He is just 85 rebounds away from second-place Vernon Butler (1,115) and 284 rebounds away from moving ahead of Hall of Famer David Robertson (1,314) atop the list.

OVER THE AIR
Tonight’s game will be carried live on ESPN3. Hofstra will carry live audio and video and offer live stats here.

SUNY-STONY BROOK AND THE AMERICA EAST
SUNY-Stony Brook is 4-6 this season after a 76-66 win over Columbia last Thursday. The Patriots have won three of their last four games, a stretch that began with a 101-58 win over NAIA Shawnee State (snicker snicker). 

At KenPom.com today, Hofstra is ranked 146th while SUNY-Stony Brook is ranked 189th. The wise guys, perhaps with Long Island’s recovering gamblers in mind, have not established a line for this game. Hofstra is 3-3 against the spread this season. 

SUNY-Stony Brook has four players averaging at least nine points per game, led by Akwasi Yeboah (13.6 points per game) and Tyrell Sturdivant (11.3 points per game).

Because Hofstra wants as little to do with SUNY-Stony Brook as possible, the two schools have no mutual opponents this season. Perhaps next year the Dutchmen and Patriots can both schedule an NAIA foe.

Hofstra is 20-5 all-time against SUNY-Stony Brook, including 2-1 since the series resumed in 2014. The Dutchmen dominated the Patriots in a 96-58 win at the Arena last Dec. 13. It was the program’s third-biggest margin of victory over a Division I foe in the CAA era (2001-present). 

Hofstra is 13-15-1 in all sports against SUNY-Stony Brook since the two schools began scheduling each other again in the spring of 2014, including 8-4-1 since the 2016-17 school year began.

Hofstra is 80-33 all-time against current America East schools. Since joining the CAA in 2001-02, the Dutchmen have faced at least one America East opponent every season except 2012-13. SUNY-Stony Brook, which was a Division III school for decades, completed its transition to Division I and joined the America East upon Hofstra’s departure.

THINGS YOU CAN SHOUT ON TWITTER IF CALLS GO DO NOT GO HOFSTRA’S WAY
We have still never lost to you in football bias! (duh)
Thanks to you the America East changed its conference tournament format bias! (SUNY-Stony Brook couldn’t win semifinal games played at semi-neutral sites so it cried and got the tourney format changed to the “playoffs”)
You wish you were in the CAA but we wouldn’t let you in bias! (it’s true)
You used to play home games at Port Jefferson bias! (it’s true, Wikipedia never lies)

Saturday, December 9, 2017

I’ll Be Quirky: Rider

The other John Carpenter made a movie about the ECC!

The Flying Dutchmen went viral for all the right reasons Wednesday night, when Jalen Ray’s 3-pointer off Justin Wright-Foreman’s intentional miss of a free throw capped a comeback from a 14-point deficit and gave the Dutchmen an 85-84 win over Monmouth in one of the wildest games in recent memory. You’ve probably seen and heard a little bit about it the past few days, but here’s a look back at the win over the Hawks as well as a look ahead to tonight, when the Dutchmen try to extend their winning streak to three by visiting Rider.

THE MOST RECENT GAME SUMMARIZED IN ONE PARAGRAPH
The Dutchmen trailed by 14 points with 15 minutes left, took the lead fewer than 10 minutes later and trailed by five with 24 seconds left before mounting one more stunning comeback. A third-opportunity putback by Joel Angus (17 points, 11 rebounds) pulled the Dutchmen within three with 10 seconds left, after which Monmouth’s Deion Hammond missed two free throws. Justin Wright-Foreman (24 points) was fouled just beyond half court and made the first shot before purposely missing the second. Stafford Trueheart, who collected all of his career-high seven rebounds in the second half, tapped the ball out to Jalen Ray, who drained the 3-pointer. Monmouth somehow missed a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer. Wright-Foreman led all scorers and Angus recorded his first double-double for the Dutchmen while spending most of his time at center in place of foul-plagued Rokas Gustys, who had just five points and four rebounds in 15 minutes. Eli Pemberton added 17 points while Ray scored all of his career-high 14 points in the second half.

3 STARS OF THE GAME (vs. Monmouth 12/6)
3: Joel Angus
2: Jalen Ray
1: Justin Wright-Foreman

SEASON STANDINGS
Justin Wright-Foreman 18
Rokas Gustys 11
Eli Pemberton 10
Joel Angus 4
Jalen Ray 2
Desure Buie 2

DOUBLE-DIGIT DUTCH COMEBACK
The Flying Dutchmen came back from a deficit of at least 10 points for the first tie this season and the 13th time in five seasons under Joe Mihalich. The 14-point comeback was tied for the fourth-biggest comeback the Dutchmen have mounted under Mihalich.

vs. Monmouth 12/6/17 (trailed by 14 in 2H, won 85-84)
vs. Drexel 2/4/17 (trailed by 13 in 2H, won 79-77)
vs. Delaware 2/2/17 (trailed by 14 in 1H, won 73-65)
vs. Coppin State 11/11/16 (trailed by 11 in 1H, won 74-72)
vs. UNCW 2/25/16 ( trailed by 18 in 1H, won 70-69)
vs. Drexel 1/30/16 (trailed by 12 in 2H, won 70-64)
vs. Sacred Heart 12/28/15 (trailed by 11 in 2H, won 80-73)
vs. St. Bonaventure 11/28/15 ( trailed by 10 in 1H, won 89-83)
vs. Canisius 11/13/15 (trailed by 18 in 1H, won 96-85)
vs. Towson 2/18/15 (trailed by 14 in 1H, won 87-82)
vs. UNCW 1/3/15 (trailed by 13 in 1H, won 68-56)
vs. UNCW 2/8/14 (trailed by 15 in 2H, won 61-52)
vs. Charleston 1/11/14 (trailed by 14 in 1H, won 75-71)

FIFTY-POINT HALVES
The 55-point second half by the Dutchmen was their biggest half against a Division I opponent this season and tied for the fourth-biggest output in a half during the Joe Mihalich era. The Dutchmen have scored at least 50 points in a half 19 times under Mihalich and are 15-3 in games in which they produce at least one 50-point half (they scored at least 50 points in both halves against Molloy on Nov 30).

59 (2H vs. Molloy 11/16/15, 96-64 W)
57 (2H vs. Coppin State 12/10/14, 105-64 W)
56 (2H vs. Molloy, 11/30/17, 107-72 W)
55 (2H vs. Monmouth, 12/6/17, 85-84 W)
55 (2H vs. W&M 2/23/17, 96-82 W)
53 (2H vs. W&M 1/24/16, 91-63 W)
52 (2H vs. SBU, 12/13/16, 96-58 W)
52 (2H vs. Appalachian State 12/6/15, 86-80 W)
52 (2H vs. St. Bonaventure 11/28/15, 89-83 W)
52 (1H vs. Jacksonville 11/14/14, 94-61 W)
51 (1H vs. Molloy, 11/30/17, 107-72 W)
51 (2H vs. FAU, 12/3/16, 88-80 W)
51 (2H vs. Canisius 11/13/15, 96-85 W)
51 (2H vs. Vermont 3/18/15, 85-81 L CBI)
50 (1H vs. Auburn 11/19/17, 89-78 L)
50 (1H vs. W&M 1/2/17, 95-93 L OT)
50 (2H vs. Delaware 2/13/16, 77-66 W)
50 (2H vs. Towson 2/18/15, 87-82 W)
50 (1H vs. Fairleigh Dickinson 11/10/13, 80-58 W)

WINNING WITHOUT THE ROK
Rokas Gustys had perhaps his worst game since his freshman year Wednesday when he scored just five points and pulled down four rebounds while playing only 15 minutes due to foul trouble. Gustys collected two fouls in the first half and went back to the bench after picking up his third and fourth fouls (the latter a technical) fewer than two minutes into the second. He returned with 4:05 to play but didn’t score or record a rebound before fouling out with 1:42 remaining. The 15 minutes played marked the first time Gustys played fewer than 15 minutes since he logged just 13 minutes against Columbia on Nov. 29, 2016. In addition, Wednesday was the first time he failed to record more than five points or five rebounds since he had four points and four rebounds against Siena on Dec. 9, 2015.

GUSTYS CLIMBING THE CHARTS
Thanks to his quiet performance against Monmouth, Rokas Gustys remained in eighth place on the CAA’s all-time rebounding list with 1,021. Gustys needs six rebounds tonight to surpass George Mason’s Kenny Sanders (1986-89) for seventh place. He is fewer than 100 rebounds away from second-place Vernon Butler (1,115) and 294 rebounds away from moving ahead of Hall of Famer David Robertson (1,314) atop the list.

MARATHON MAN
Junior guard Justin Wright-Foreman enters today averaging 37.2 minutes per game, which ranks him 13th in the country. Two of the players ahead of him are conference foes — Drexel’s Kurt Lee, who leads the nation with 38.9 minutes per game, and Drexel’s Sammy Mojica, who is tied for sixth at 37.9 minutes per game. Wright-Foreman has played 298 total minutes this season, nearly three times as many as he played in his entire freshman season (110).

RIDER AND THE MAAC
Rider is 5-4 this season but has lost three straight, including a 78-75 defeat at the hands of Robert Morris in its most recent game Wednesday night. The Broncs’ other losses came to a pair of Big East teams (Xavier earned a 101-75 win on Nov. 13 while Providence notched an 88-84 win on Nov. 29) as well as CAA foe Drexel, which beat Rider 89-77 on Dec. 2. Rider was picked seventh in the MAAC’s preseason poll.

At KenPom.com today, Hofstra is ranked 150th while Monmouth is ranked 178th. Per the wise guys, for entertainment purposes only, the Dutchmen are 2.5-point underdogs. Hofstra is 2-3 against the spread this season.

Rider has five players averaging at least 10 points per game, led by Jordan Allen (17.6 points per game). Not that Jordan Allen, we checked.

Hofstra and Rider have four mutual foes thanks to the Dutchmen’s MAAC-heavy non-conference schedule. In addition to beating Monmouth on Wednesday, the Dutchmen lost to Siena, 86-75, on Nov. 25, will “host” Manhattan at Adelphi on Dec. 20 and will face Drexel twice during the CAA season. Rider faces Monmouth and Manhattan twice apiece and Siena once during MAAC play. 

Hofstra has not faced four opponents from one league since the 1993-94 season, when the Dutchmen played four North Atlantic Conference foes in the program’s final pre-NAC season.

Hofstra is 19-17 all-time against Rider, which was a conference rival in the ECC from 1974 through 1992. This will be just the third game between the schools since Rider left the ECC and the first one not necessitated by the blasted Bracketbusters. Hofstra won the previous two — a 92-89 overtime win at the Arena in a Bracketbuster Feb. 20, 2010 and a 58-48 win in the return game at Rider on Nov. 29, 2010.

The Flying Dutchmen established the program’s shot clock era for fewest points allowed in a game on Jan. 18, 1989, when Hofstra beat Rider, 48-34, at the Physical Fitness Center. 

Hofstra is 94-117 all-time against current MAAC schools. This marks the 11th time in the last 12 seasons the Dutchmen have played at least two MAAC schools (the 2014-15 schedule had no MAAC teams).

OVER THE AIR
Rider will offer live video here and live stats here. Hofstra will carry live audio here.

THINGS YOU CAN SHOUT ON TWITTER IF CALLS GO DO NOT GO HOFSTRA’S WAY
Your ex-coach become the commissioner of the ECC bias! (Rider coach John Carpenter was the final commissioner of the ECC)
Bannon bias! (Before he ruined his career by being abad guy at Rutgers, Kevin Bannon coached Rider to consecutive NCAA Tournaments in 1993-94)
You played your most recent NCAA Tournament game at Nassau Coliseum bias! (And I was there for it)
Clair Bee bias! (The legendary coach began his career at Rider)

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

I'll Be Quirky: Monmouth

Epic flat-top. If Jaromir Jagr can bring back the mullet, King, you can bring this back.

The Flying Dutchmen snapped a three-game losing streak last Thursday night, when they did what they should do and didn’t get hurt in the process (barely) by routing Division II Molloy, 107-72, at the Arena. The Dutchmen will step up in competition tonight, when they visit MAAC power Monmouth, Here’s a look back at the win over Molloy and a look ahead to Monmouth.

THE MOST RECENT GAME SUMMARIZED IN ONE PARAGRAPH
Justin Wright-Foreman led all scorers with 23 points and Rokas Gustys (14 points, 15 rebounds) registered a notable double-double over just 23 minutes as the Dutchmen scored the program’s most points in more than 40 years in a wire-to-wire win over Molloy. Eli Pemberton (19 points on 7-of-8 shooting) dodged an injury scare in the second half, when he collided with a Molloy player, while freshman Matija Radovic (16 points) and senior Hunter Sabety (11 points) each reached career highs for the Dutchmen, who . Every player who saw the court for the Dutchmen scored, including walk-on Connor Klementowicz, who drained a 3-pointer with 1:14 left.

3 STARS OF THE GAME (vs. Molloy 11/30)
3: Justin Wright-Foreman
2: Rokas Gustys
1: Eli Pemberton

SEASON STANDINGS
Justin Wright-Foreman 17
Rokas Gustys 11
Eli Pemberton 10
Desure Buie 2
Joel Angus 1

THEY’RE GONNA SCORE TONIGHT
The 107 points by the Dutchmen were the most in the shot clock era (1985-present) and the most since the Dutchmen scored a program-record 118 points in a 118-88 win over over Wagner on Jan. 28, 1972 (so long ago, I wasn’t even conceived yet). It was also the seventh-highest scoring effort in program history.

1/28/72: 118-88 over Wagner
1954-55: 115-68 over Delaware
1963-64: 110-59 over USMMA
1967-68: 109-76 over Susquehanna
1966-67: 109-89 over USMMA
1963-64: 109-78 over Western Maryland

FIVE ALIVE
The Dutchmen had five players in double figures (Justin Wright-Foreman, Eli Pemberton, Matija Radovic, Rokas Gustys and Hunter Sabety) for the second time this season. Pemberton, Wright-Foreman, Gustys, Stafford Trueheart and Kenny Wormley all got into double figures against Auburn on Nov. 19.

EXHALE
The win over Molloy marked the Dutchmen’s 18th straight against a non-Division I foe. The Dutchmen haven’t lost to a non-Division I opponent since a 70-54 loss to Division II Florida Southern during the 1988-89 season.

NOW LET US NEVER SPEAK OF HIM AGAIN
Rokas Gustys’ double-double last Thursday was the 38th of his career, the second-most by an active player (Seton Hall’s Angel Delgado has 55) and the 11th most by a Division I player since the start of the 2013-14 season. Gustys entered Thursday tied with Alec Peters (Valparaiso) and, we kid you not, Jimmy Hall (you know where he ended up) for 12th on the list. Last Thursday was also the fifth anniversary of the news that ensured Hall and the other three whom we never name would finish their collegiate careers somewhere else. This is a reminder that the universe is always mocking us. Let’s move on.

GUSTYS CLIMBING THE CHARTS
With his 15 rebounds against Molloy, Rokas Gustys surged past former UNCW star Brian Rowsom for eighth place on the CAA’s all-time rebounding list with 1,017. Gustys is 10 rebounds away from surpassing George Mason’s Kenny Sanders (1986-89) for seventh place. He is fewer than 100 rebounds away from second-place Vernon Butler (1,115) and 308 rebounds away from Hall of Famer David Robertson (1,314).

MONMOUTH AND THE MAAC
Monmouth is 3-5 this season following an 84-81 overtime loss to UConn on Saturday. It was the latest big test for Monmouth, which earlier fell to power conferences foes Seton Hall (75-65) and Virginia (73-53) and will face Kentucky on Saturday. Monmouth has a strength of schedule ranked 12th in the nation entering Wednesday. The Hawks, who won the MAAC’s regular season title each of the last two seasons, were picked third in the MAAC’s preseason poll. 

At KenPom.com today, Hofstra is ranked 149th while Monmouth is ranked 145th. Per the wise guys, for entertainment purposes only, the Dutchmen are 4.5-point underdogs. Hofstra is 1-3 against the spread this season.

Monmouth’s attack is lead by Micah Seaborn is averaging 15.7 points per game. Seaborn returned Saturday after missing the previous two games due to injury. Three other players for the Hawks are averaging at least nine points per game.

Hofstra and Monmouth have three mutual foes thanks to the Dutchmen’s MAAC-heavy non-conference schedule. The Dutchmen already lost to Siena, 86-75 on Nov. 25 and will face visit on Saturday before “hosting” Manhattan at Adelphi on Dec. 20. Monmouth faces Siena, Manhattan and Rider twice apiece.

Hofstra has not faced four opponents from one league since the 1993-94 season, when the Dutchmen played four North Atlantic Conference foes in the program’s final pre-NAC season.

Hofstra is 1-6 all-time against Monmouth. This is the first game between the schools since Nov. 8, 2013, when Monmouth edged the Flying Dutchmen, 88-84, in Joe Mihalich’s first game as Hofstra head coach. The Dutchmen’s only win in the series came in the inaugural game during the 1983-84 season.

Hofstra is 93-117 all-time against current MAAC schools. This marks the 11th time in the last 12 seasons the Dutchmen have played at least two MAAC schools (the 2014-15 schedule had no MAAC teams).

OVER THE AIR
The game will be carried live on ESPN3. Hofstra will carry live audio and video and offer live stats here.

THINGS YOU CAN SHOUT ON TWITTER IF CALLS GO DO NOT GO HOFSTRA’S WAY
This game should have taken place in the first round of the NIT two years ago bias! (And it would have, if the NCAA wasn’t so corrupt)
King Rice had the best flat top ever bias! (Duh to anyone on the planet in the late ‘80s/early ‘90s)
King Rice doesn’t like student media bias! (Read here)
You have derived publicity from I-AA football bias! (The Hawks made the playoffs this year and alum Chris Hogan plays for the Patriots)

Thursday, November 30, 2017

I’ll Be Quirky: Molloy

Once again proving @VCULitos wrong for declaring I made up the ECC.

Any encouragement derived from the Charleston Classic evaporated last Saturday, when the Flying Dutchmen never led in an 85-76 loss to previously winless Siena. The Dutchmen will attempt to stop a three-game losing streak and avoid falling under .500 tonight, when they host Division II Molloy at the Arena. Talk about a no-win game. Anyway, here’s a look back at the Siena game and a look ahead to Molloy.

THE MOST RECENT GAME SUMMARIZED IN ONE PARAGRAPH
Rokas Gustys (18 points, 15 rebounds) collected another double-double and reached 1,000 career rebounds, but it wasn’t enough as the Dutchmen trailed wire-to-wire in a loss to Siena. The dominant victory provided some redemption for Siena, which trailed for the final 36:25 of the Dutchmen’s 84-64 win at Hofstra last season. Justin Wright-Foreman led all scorers with 25 points while Eli Pemberton added 11 points and a team-high five assists. The Dutchmen allowed Siena to shoot a scorching 58.8 percent both overall and from 3-point land. Five Siena players reached double figures and a sixth finished with nine points.

3 STARS OF THE GAME (vs. Siena 11/25)
3: Rokas Gustys
2: Justin Wright-Foreman
1: Eli Pemberton

SEASON STANDINGS
Justin Wright-Foreman 14
Rokas Gustys 9
Eli Pemberton 9
Desure Buie 2
Joel Angus 1

COACHSPEAK: “Got to give credit to Siena. They came to play more than we did. I don’t know why. When I figure that out, I’m going to bottle it and sell it. Probably make a lot of money.”

ROK 1K
Senior center Rokas Gustys became just the second active Division I player, third Hofstra player ever and the ninth player in CAA history to reach 1,000 career rebounds by pulling down a board with 13:01 left in the second half. The only active Division I player with more rebounds than Gustys is Seton Hall’s Angel Delgado (1,109). He is now 185 rebounds away from surpassing John Irving, Hofstra’s leading rebounder in the Division I era, for second place on the program’s all-time list. In addition, Gustys moved past George Mason’s Will Thomas (aww, too bad) on the CAA all-time list last Saturday is 11 rebounds shy of moving past UNCW’s Brian Rowsom (1984-87) for eighth place in league history.

DOUBLE DOUBLE THE FUN
Rokas Gustys recorded his 37th career double-double Saturday, the third-most among active Division I players. Only Seton Hall’s Angel Delgado (54) and Eastern Michigan’s James Thompson IV (45) have more. In addition, Gustys’ 37 double-doubles since the start of the 2014-15 season tie him for 10th most in that span with, no kidding, one of the He Who Shall Not Be Named (he will not be named, but he’s the only one who did anything at Division I after getting the boot from Hofstra).

THE DEFENSE RESTS
The Dutchmen allowed an opponent to shoot better than 50 percent from the field for the second straight game. In the Joe Mihalich era, the Dutchmen are 6-29 when allowing opponents to shoot more than 50 percent.

MOLLOY COLLEGE AND HOFSTRA VS. NON-DIVISION I FOES
Molloy College is a Division II school located in Rockville Centre. The Lions play in the East Coast Conference (*satisfied smirk and nod towards Litos*) and are 1-5 this season with a win over Caldwell University. Hofstra is the second Division I opponent for Molloy, which fell to St. John’s, 71-43, on Nov. 20. Molloy was picked to finish sixth in the ECC.

There is no line on this game, because even degenerate gamblers do not bet on Division I vs. non-Division I games. Hofstra is 1-3 against the spread this season.

Hofstra won the lone previous meeting between the two schools on Nov. 16, 2015, when the Dutchmen earned a 96-64 victory.

The Flying Dutchmen have won their last 17 games against non-Division I foes dating back to a 70-54 loss to Florida Southern during the 1988-89 seasons. The Dutchmen last faced a non-Division I foe last season, when they beat Division III Medaille, 89-56, on Nov. 25.

OVER THE AIR
Hofstra will carry live audio and video and offer live stats here.

THINGS YOU CAN SHOUT ON TWITTER IF CALLS GO DO NOT GO HOFSTRA’S WAY
ECC bias! (Duh)
Get your own mascot bias! (We too have lions)
Dan Savarino bias! (The Hofstra alum broadcasts Molloy games)
This shouldn’t be this difficult bias! (Duh)

Saturday, November 25, 2017

I’ll Be Quirky: Siena


This is just sad. Not as sad as going 0-3 in the CBI, of course.

The Flying Dutchmen return from the Thanksgiving break this afternoon, when they’ll take a two-game losing streak upstate for a game with regular non-conference rival Siena. Here’s a look back at Sunday’s loss to Auburn and a look ahead to the court-storming Saints.

THE MOST RECENT GAME SUMMARIZED IN ONE PARAGRAPH
The Dutchmen carried a one-point lead into halftime against Auburn but allowed the Tigers to score the first 18 points of the second half and never got closer than seven the rest of the way in an 89-78 loss in the third-place game of the Charleston Classic. Eli Pemberton scored a game-high 23 points but was limited to four points in the second half, when he played through an ankle injury, Justin Wright-Foreman scored 16 points for the Dutchmen, who put five players in double figures for the first time this season. Rokas Gustys (11 points, nine rebounds) flirted with a double-double while Kenny Wormley and Stafford Trueheart each had 10 points apiece in their first double-digit efforts at Hofstra. Desure Buie added six assists. 

3 STARS OF THE GAME (vs. Auburn 11/19)
3: Eli Pemberton
2: Justin Wright-Foreman
1: Rokas Gustys

SEASON STANDINGS
Justin Wright-Foreman 12
Eli Pemberton 8
Rokas Gustys 6
Desure Buie 2
Joel Angus 1

COACHSPEAK: “Like to have those eight minutes back to start the second half. I think that’s obvious. I just told the team the same thing: Take those eight minutes out, I feel like we outplayed them. Played really well for 32 minutes. So I’m going to try to build on that.”

PEMBERTON PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sophomore guard Eli Pemberton earned CAA player of the week honors last week after averaging 19 points and 3.8 rebounds in four games. It is the first player of the week honor for Pemberton and the first time a Hofstra player has been named CAA player of the week since Justin Wright-Foreman took home the honors for the week ending Feb. 13. Pemberton earned three rookie of the week honors last season. 

PRESEASON TOURNAMENTS
Hofstra fell to 22-24 in preseason tournament play in the CAA era. The Dutchmen participated in the Gulf Coast Showcase last season, when they beat Bradley (92-90) and South Dakota (65-57) while falling to Vermont (87-73) in Florida before beating Division III Medaille 89-56 at Hofstra (don’t ask).

WHOA OH WE WERE HALFWAY THERE…
The Dutchmen led Auburn 51-50 at halftime. It was just the third time in the last 10 seasons the Dutchmen have led a power conference foe at halftime.

11/19/17: Hofstra 51, Auburn 50
11/17/17: Clemson 42-32
12/11/16: Kentucky 48-33
11/22/15: South Carolina 46-39
11/20/15: Hofstra 41, Florida State 35
11/17/14: North Carolina State 45-39
11/12/13: Louisville 46-31
11/11/12: Purdue 42-17
11/16/11: Hofstra 41, Oregon State 39
11/21/10: Nebraska 32-21
11/18/10: North Carolina 58-33
11/17/09: UConn 30-23
11/13/09: Kansas 48-27
11/14/08: Clemson 39-24

ROK 1K
Senior center Rokas Gustys has a chance to reach some rarefied air this afternoon. He enters today’s game with 987 rebounds, the third-highest total in school history and the 10th-highest total in CAA history. He is seven rebounds shy of moving past George Mason’s Will Thomas (aww too bad) for ninth place all-time in the CAA and 13 rebounds away from becoming the ninth player in conference history and only the third player in Hofstra history to reach 1,000 rebounds. In addition, Gustys is exactly 200 rebounds away from surpassing John Irving for second place all-time at Hofstra. Irving’s 1,186 rebounds are the most in Hofstra’s Division I history.

SIENA AND THE MAAC
Siena is 0-4 this season following a 115-92 loss to Bucknell on Monday night. The Saints are one of just 20 winless teams in Division I entering Saturday. Siena was picked sixth in the MAAC’s preseason poll.

At KenPom.com today, Hofstra is ranked 128th while Siena is ranked 278th. Per the wise guys, for entertainment purposes only, the Dutchmen are 4.5-point favorites. It is the first time this year the Dutchmen have been favored. Hofstra is 1-2 against the spread this season.

Hofstra and Siena have three mutual foes thanks to the Dutchmen’s MAAC-heavy non-conference schedule. In December, the Dutchmen are scheduled to visit Monmouth and Rider before “hosting” Manhattan at Adelphi. Siena faces Monmouth and Manhattan twice apiece and Rider once.

Hofstra has not faced four opponents from one league since the 1993-94 season, when the Dutchmen played four North Atlantic Conference foes in the program’s final pre-NAC season.

Hofstra is 5-2 all-time against Siena. Six of those meetings have taken place since the 2005-06 season. This is the third game of a four-year series. The Dutchmen won the most recent game between the teams last season by earning an 84-64 victory in Hempstead.

Siena is the most frequent opponent for Joe Mihalich, who is 19-19 against the Saints dating back to his days as Niagara’s head coach. The Dutchmen are 2-1 against Siena under Mihalich. The four games against Siena will be the most Hofstra has played against a non-conference foe under Mihalich until the Dutchmen trek out east to play SUNY-Stony Brook Dec. 12.

Hofstra is 93-116 all-time against current MAAC schools. This marks the 11th time in the last 12 seasons the Dutchmen have played at least two MAAC schools (the 2014-15 schedule had no MAAC teams).

OVER THE AIR
Hofstra will carry live audio and video and offer live stats here.

THINGS YOU CAN SHOUT ON TWITTER IF CALLS GO DO NOT GO HOFSTRA’S WAY
You storm the court for winning the CBI bias! (That really happened in 2014, see above)
At least you win in the CBI bias! (Duh)
Matt Brady bias! (The former James Madison head coach played for Siena under Mike Deane)

@gheorghetheblog bias! (Our good Twitter friend and William & Mary frenemy grew up in the Loudonville area)