Saturday, January 20, 2018

I’ll Be Quirky: Charleston

Brett Gardner! With hair!

The Barbasol Kids enjoyed a rare blowout win Thursday night, when the Flying Dutchmen led for the final 38-plus minutes of a 90-63 victory over Delaware that catapulted them into a tie for first place in the CAA. The Dutchmen will look to extend their winning streak to four games today, when they visit preseason favorite Charleston in what can most definitely be categorized a A Big Game. Here’s a look back at the win over the Blue Hens and a look ahead to the Cougars.

THE MOST RECENT GAME SUMMARIZED IN ONE PARAGRAPH
Desure Buie set career highs by scoring 20 points, collecting eight assists and playing 35 minutes as the Dutchmen rode a dominant second half to an easy win over Delaware. The Dutchmen outscored the Blue Hens 51-32 over the final 20 minutes, during which they led by as many as 33 points. Eli Pemberton led all scorers with 21 points while Justin Wright-Foreman added a season-low (!!) 15 points while chipping in five assists. Jalen Ray scored 10 points and Rokas Gustys (eight points, 14 rebounds) flirted with another double-double.

3 STARS OF THE GAME (vs. Delaware 1/18)
3: Desure Buie
2: Eli Pemberton
1: Justin Wright-Foreman

SEASON STANDINGS
Justin Wright-Foreman 48
Rokas Gustys 24
Eli Pemberton 20
Desure Buie 7
Jalen Ray 6
Joel Angus 4
Kenny Wormley 2
Stafford Trueheart 1
Hunter Sabety 1

NO CLOSE SHAVE
The Dutchmen won by 27 points Thursday — a lopsided margin by any measure, but especially so considering their first six CAA games were decided by a total of 31 points. The big win improved the Dutchmen’s CAA point differential from minus-1 to plus-26. The victory was the Dutchmen’s largest in a CAA game since a 91-63 win over William & Mary on Jan. 14, 2016 and the most lopsided result in a Hofstra-Delaware game in the CAA era. The previous most lopsided CAA game between the longtime rivals took place Jan. 6, 2007, when the Dutchmen earned a 75-50 win at the Arena.

RAREFIED AIR
The Dutchmen enter today with a share of first place in the CAA for the first time since Jan. 2, 2017, when they were in a six-way tie for first at 1-0.

FAST START
With the win on Saturday, the Dutchmen improved to 5-2 in CAA play. It is the sixth time in the CAA era (2001-present) they have opened 5-2 or better through seven league games. They earned a three seed or higher in the CAA tournament in four of the previous five seasons, with the 2014-15 season (fifth seed) the exception. 

2015-16: 5-2
2014-15: 5-2
2010-11: 6-1
2006-07: 6-1
2005-06: 5-2

NUMBER THREE IS NUMBER THREE (for once)
Justin Wright-Foreman was the Dutchmen’s third-leading scorer Thursday. It was the first time since Jan. 19, 2017, when he ranked third on the Dutchmen with 18 points in an 86-80 loss to Towson, that Wright-Foreman has not been Hofstra’s leading or second-leading scorer. 

DOUBLE DIGIT JWF
Junior guard Justin Wright-Foreman scored at least 10 points Saturday for the 41st straight game. It is the fifth-longest active streak in Division I, per Hofstra SID Stephen Gorchov, and moved him into a tie with Loren Stokes for the fourth-longest streak streak by a Hofstra player since 1989-90 (as far back as my records go, at least at home). Thankfully, the record-tying effort did not come with a punch to the nuts.

Charles Jenkins 58 straight games 12/12/09-3/15/11*** 
Antoine Agudio 48 straight games 3/6/06-1/17/08****
Juan’ya Green: 43 straight games 11/14/14-12/9/15 
Justin Wright-Foreman: 41 straight games 12/11/16-present
Loren Stokes 41 straight games 2/20/06-3/14/07*** 
Loren Stokes: 34 straight games 1/14/04-1/31/05

***streak ended with the end of the player’s Hofstra career
****Agudio had three DNPs during his streak

MOVIN’ ON UP
Justin Wright-Foreman and Rokas Gustys, the two newest members of the 1,000-point club at Hofstra, each moved up a spot Thursday and are likely to do so again today. With his 15 points, Wright-Foreman (1,100 points) surpassed ex-teammate Ameen Tanksley for 29th place. Wright-Foreman is just eight points away from moving past Richie Swartz. Gustys, meanwhile, scored eight points to increase his career total to 1,048 points and surge past Percy Johnson into 33rd place. He is 13 points shy of moving past Darius Burton for 32nd place.

27.) Mike Moore 1,128 (2010-12)
28.) Richie Swartz 1,107 (1959-62)
29.) JUSTIN WRIGHT-FOREMAN 1,100 (2015-present)
30.) Ameen Tanksley 1,090 (2014-16)
31.) Derrick Flowers 1,069 (1987-91)
32.) Darius Burton 1,060 (1993-97)
33.) ROKAS GUSTYS 1,048 (2014-present)
34.) Percy Johnson 1,045 (1950-53)
35.) Jim Shaffer 1,022 (1991-95)
36.) John Irving 1,018 (1974-77)

FAST START IN THE ECC
The Dutchmen completed a sweep of the first leg of ECC play Thursday and hold a commanding lead in the season within a season, the one Litos won’t acknowledge. 

HOFSTRA 3-0
Towson 1-1
Delaware 1-1
Drexel 0-3

OVER THE AIR
Today’s game will be streamed live by College Sports Live. Hofstra will provide a radio feed as well as live stats at the Pride Productions hub.

SCOUTING COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON
The Cougars, under fourth-year head coach Earl Grant, are 13-6 this season and 4-3 in CAA play. Charleston edged UNC Wilmington, 80-76, on Thursday and has alternated wins with losses in each of its last four games.

The Dutchmen and Cougars had one common foe during non-league play. Charleston beat Siena, 68-60, on Nov. 10 while Hofstra fell to the Saints, 85-76, on Nov. 25. Both the Dutchmen and Cougars have beaten Delaware and Northeastern and lost to Elon in CAA play. The Dutchmen beat Towson, which split with Charleston, and Drexel, which defeated Charleston.

The Dutchmen, who were picked fourth in the CAA preseason poll, were ranked 156th at KenPom.com as of early this morning. The Cougars, who were picked first, were ranked 138th at KenPom.com as of early this morning.

According to the efficiency rankings at KenPom.com the Dutchmen rank third in the CAA in conference-only offensive efficiency (115.0) and sixth in conference-only defensive efficiency (109.8). The Cougars rank fifth in the CAA in conference-only offensive efficiency (113.4) and fifth in conference-only defensive efficiency (108.0).

KenPom.com predicts a 75-71 win by Charleston. Per the wise guys in Vegas, for entertainment purposes only, the Dutchmen are 5.5-point underdogs as of early this morning. Hofstra is 7-8 against the spread this season.

ALL-TIME VS. COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON
Hofstra is 4-4 against Charleston in a series that began with the Cougars joining the CAA prior to the 2013-14 season. Charleston completed its first sweep of the Dutchmen last season, when the Cougars earned a 77-71 win in South Carolina on Jan. 7 and a 76-72 victory in Hempstead on Feb. 16.

THINGS YOU CAN SHOUT ON TWITTER IF CALLS GO DO NOT GO HOFSTRA’S WAY
We’re here so often this season we may as well forward our mail here bias! (The CAA Tournament is scheduled to be played in Charleston at the “neutral site” TD Arena, the same place the Dutchmen played in the Charleston Classic in November)
John Kreese bias! (The legendary coach led Charleston to an NAIA championship in 1983 and four NCAA Tournament berths upon the program’s move to Division I)
Brett Gardner bias! (The Yankees’ leadoff hitter played at Charleston)

Alison Munn bias! (The actress, who has been on many CW shows, graduated from Charleston)

Thursday, January 18, 2018

I’ll Be Quirky: Delaware

Like the view of Hofstra-UDee from there, Chris?

The Flying Dutchmen successfully navigated the trap game scenario last Saturday, when Rokas Gustys overcame an early benching to rack up 20 points and 16 rebounds in a 91-86 win over Drexel. The Dutchmen will look to make it three straight wins tonight, when they host Delaware in the biggest game between the rivals in a generation. You think I’m kidding. Here’s a look back at the win over the Dragons and a look ahead to the Fightin’ Blue Hens.

THE MOST RECENT GAME SUMMARIZED IN ONE PARAGRAPH
Rokas Gustys recorded yet another double-double and Justin Wright-Foreman was nearly perfect in a “quiet” game for the Dutchmen, who held off a late rally by Drexel to hang on for the ECC win. The Dutchmen led by 14 with fewer than four minutes left before Drexel ended the game on an 18-9 run. Drexel got as close as two points and had a shot to close within one in the final 30 seconds, when Sammy Mojica missed a 3-pointer. Wright-Foreman had a merely human 20 points but was a decidedly efficient 8-of-9 from the field and 3-for-3 from the free throw line. Eli Pemberton (19 points) and Jalen Ray (12 points) also scored in double digits for the Dutchmen while Hunter Sabety scored eight points on 4-of-4 shooting, including six points in six first-half minutes in place of Gustys.

3 STARS OF THE GAME (vs. Drexel 1/13)
3: Rokas Gustys
2: Justin Wright-Foreman
1: Eli Pemberton

SEASON STANDINGS
Justin Wright-Foreman 47
Rokas Gustys 24
Eli Pemberton 18
Jalen Ray 6
Desure Buie 4
Joel Angus 4
Kenny Wormley 2
Stafford Trueheart 1
Hunter Sabety 1

PERFECT ROAD TRIP
The win over Drexel capped a 2-0 road trip for the Dutchmen, who edged Towson 76-73 at the buzzer last Thursday night. It was the third perfect CAA road trip in the Joe Mihalich era (2013-present). The Dutchmen beat Drexel (81-57) and Towson (87-82) Feb. 15-18, 2015 and handled William & Mary (96-82) and James Madison (71-66) Feb. 23-25, 2017. 

FAST START
With the win on Saturday, the Dutchmen improved to 4-2 in CAA play. It is the sixth time in the CAA era (2001-present) they have opened 4-2 or better through six league games. They earned a three seed or higher in the CAA tournament in four of the previous five seasons, with the 2014-15 season (fifth seed) the exception. 

2015-16: 4-2
2014-15: 4-2
2010-11: 5-1
2006-07: 5-1
2005-06: 4-2

ROK OF AGES
Rokas Gustys recorded his 42nd double-double Saturday. Only two active players have more double-doubles: Seton Hall’s Angel Delgado (64) and Eastern Michigan’s James Thompson IV (51). In addition, Gustys’ 42 double-doubles are the most by a CAA player since 2010-11 (the first year for which College Basketball Reference has individual player game finder data). He broke a tie Saturday with Towson’s Jerrelle Benimon, who had 41 double-doubles in just two seasons from 2012-14.

NUMBER THREE IS NUMBER THREE
Justin Wright-Foreman entered Wednesday third in the nation in scoring with 25.6 ppg. He ranks behind only Oklahoma’s Trae Young (29.5 ppg through Tuesday) and Oakland’s Kendrick Nunn (25.8 ppg). No Hofstra player has averaged 25 points per game since 1976-77, when Rich Laurel averaged 30.3 ppg.

DOUBLE DIGIT JWF
Junior guard Justin Wright-Foreman scored at least 10 points Saturday for the 40th straight game. It is the fifth-longest active streak in Division I, per Hofstra SID Stephen Gorchov, as well as the fifth-longest streak by a Hofstra player since 1989-90 (as far back as my records go, at least at home), a stretch in which a Hofstra player has scored in double digits in at least 30 straight games only six times. Wright-Foreman can tie Loren Stokes’ career-high 40-game streak tonight. Hopefully that doesn’t come with a punch to the nuts.

Charles Jenkins 58 straight games 12/12/09-3/15/11*** 
Antoine Agudio 48 straight games 3/6/06-1/17/08****
Juan’ya Green: 43 straight games 11/14/14-12/9/15 
Loren Stokes 41 straight games 2/20/06-3/14/07*** 
Justin Wright-Foreman: 40 straight games 12/11/16-present
Loren Stokes: 34 straight games 1/14/04-1/31/05

***streak ended with the end of the player’s Hofstra career
****Agudio had three DNPs during his streak

MOVIN’ ON UP
Justin Wright-Foreman and Rokas Gustys, the two newest members of the 1,000-point club at Hofstra, each moved up the list Saturday and are likely to do so again today. With his 20 points, Wright-Foreman (1,085 points) surpassed Derrick Flowers into 30th place on the program’s all-time list. Next up for Wright-Foreman is ex-teammate Ameen Tanksley. Gustys, meanwhile, scored 20 points to increase his career total to 1,040 points and surge past Jim Shaffer into 34th place. He is just six points shy of moving past Percy Johnson for 33rd place.

27.) Mike Moore 1,128 (2010-12)
28.) Richie Swartz 1,107 (1959-62)
29.) Ameen Tanksley 1,090 (2014-16)
30.) JUSTIN WRIGHT-FOREMAN 1,085 (2015-present)
31.) Derrick Flowers 1,069 (1987-91)
32.) Darius Burton 1,060 (1993-97)
33.) Percy Johnson 1,045 (1950-53)
34.) ROKAS GUSTYS 1,040 (2014-present)
35.) Jim Shaffer 1,022 (1991-95)
36.) John Irving 1,018 (1974-77)

NEXT UP: IRVING
With 16 rebounds Saturday, Rokas Gustys (1,140 rebounds) inched closer to John Irving for second place on Hofstra’s all-time list. Gustys is 47 rebounds away from surpassing Irving, whose 1,186 rebounds are the most by a Hofstra player during the school’s Division I era.

NEXT UP: THE ADMIRAL
Rokas Gustys ranks second behind only Hall of Famer David Robinson (1,314 rebounds for Navy from 1983-87) on the CAA’s all-time list. At his current season average of 11.5 rebounds per game, Gustys would need to play 16 more games this season to surpass Robinson. The Dutchmen are guaranteed to play at least 13 more games (12 regular season CAA games and at least one tournament game).

HUNTER ON TARGET
Hunter Sabety was a perfect 4-for-4 from the field Saturday. It marked the ninth time this season and the 17th time in 50 career games he’s missed one field goal or fewer (minimum three attempts).

RAY OF LIGHT
Freshman Jalen Ray scored 12 points Saturday to move past Woody Souffrant into 18th place on the Hofstra freshman scoring list during the CAA era (2001-present). Ray is the second freshman to reach 100 points in as many seasons. Eli Pemberton scored 397 points last year.

Antoine Agudio, 452 (2004-05)
Charles Jenkins, 436 (2007-08)
Kenny Adeleke, 433 (2001-02)
Eli Pemberton, 397 (2016-17)
Loren Stokes, 374 (2003-04)
Chaz Williams, 325 (2009-10)
Jamall Robinson, 312 (2013-14)
Halil Kanacevic, 294 (2009-10)
Carlos Rivera, 226 (2003-04)
Nathaniel Lester, 189 (2007-08)
Shemiye McLendon, 178 (2010-11)
Wendell Gibson, 153 (2001-02)
Jordan Allen, 152 (2012-13)
Chris Jenkins, 151 (2013-14)
Rokas Gustys, 140 (2014-15)
Mike Radziejewski, 138 (2001-02)
Aurimas Kieza, 126 (2002-03)
JALEN RAY, 112 (2017-18)
Woody Souffrant, 110 (2001-02)
Moussa Kone, 100 (2011-12)

TEAM BARBASOL
The five-point win over Drexel Saturday marked the 11th time in 18 games this season a Hofstra game has been determined by six points or fewer or in overtime, the most in the CAA. The Dutchmen are 9-2 in their “close shaves.” Four of the five CAA games played Saturday were close shaves — as was the case last Thursday night.

HOFSTRA 11 (9-2)
Drexel 10 (5-5)
Elon 9 (7-2)
James Madison 9 (2-7)
Towson 7 (3-4)
UNC Wilmington 7 (2-5)
Delaware 6 (4-2)
College of Charleston 6 (2-4)
Northeastern 5 (3-2)
William & Mary 3 (3-0)

While recency bias makes these nail-biters seem new and unusual, “Team Barbasol” is a well-earned moniker for the Dutchmen. Of the 84 games the Dutchmen have played since the start of the 2015-16 season, a whopping 47 have been decided by six points or fewer or in overtime. They are 29-18 in the “close shaves.”

ECC PLAY CONTINUES
The Dutchmen will look to complete a round-robin sweep of the first leg of ECC tonight, when they play their third straight game in the season within a season, the one Litos won’t acknowledge. 

HOFSTRA 2-0
Delaware 1-0
Towson 0-1
Drexel 0-2

OVER THE AIR
Hofstra will provide a video and radio feed of tonight’s game, as well as live stats, at the Pride Productions hub.

SCOUTING DELAWARE
The Blue Hens, under second-year head coach Martin Ingelsby, are 11-8 this season and 4-2 in CAA play. Delaware won its third straight game Saturday, when it edged James Madison, 61-60.

The Dutchmen and Blue Hens had no common foes during non-league play. Both the Dutchmen and Dragons have beaten Drexel and James Madison and lost to William & Mary in CAA play.

The Dutchmen, who were picked fourth in the CAA preseason poll, were ranked 167th at KenPom.com as of early this morning. The Blue Hens, who were picked seventh, were ranked 241st at KenPom.com as of early this morning.

According to the efficiency rankings at KenPom.com the Dutchmen rank fourth in the CAA in conference-only offensive efficiency (112.5) and ninth in conference-only defensive efficiency (112.7). The Blue Hens rank ninth in the CAA in conference-only offensive efficiency (105.0) and fourth in conference-only defensive efficiency (107.7).

KenPom.com predicts a 78-70 win by Hofstra. Per the wise guys in Vegas, for entertainment purposes only, the Dutchmen are 8.5-point favorites as of early this morning. Hofstra is 6-8 against the spread this season.

FINALLY A BIG GAME
Hofstra-Delaware games were annually a big deal in the America East, where the two teams combined to win four straight titles from 1998 through 2001. But tonight will mark only the second time since the schools joined the CAA in 2001-02 that both will enter a game against each other with a winning league record. The first time barely qualifies: The Dutchmen and Blue Hens were each 1-0 prior to their meeting on Jan. 9, 2013. (Alas, tonight I'm in Florida.)

ALL-TIME VS. DELAWARE
Hofstra is 54-32 against Delaware in a series that began during the 1954-55 season. The only other school Hofstra has faced as often is Drexel, whom it has also played 86 times. Hofstra and Delaware were rivals in the East Coast Conference and the North Atlantic Conference/America East before heading to the CAA, along with Drexel and Towson, for the 2001-02 season.

The Dutchmen swept the regular season series last year before falling to Delaware in the opening round of the CAA Tournament. That win by the Blue Hens snapped the Dutchmen’s six-game winning streak against Delaware.

THINGS YOU CAN SHOUT ON TWITTER IF CALLS GO DO NOT GO HOFSTRA’S WAY
Wilmington Blue Rocks bias! (The longtime Single-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals plays in Delaware)
Ajmal Basit bias! (Basit was the last great villain of the America East era)
Chris Christie bias! (The former New Jersey governor and famed frontrunner went to Delaware, though you’d never know it by his Notre Dame garb)
Rich Gannon bias! (The former NFL MVP graduated from Delaware, huh, that’s nice publicity)

Saturday, January 13, 2018

I’ll Be Quirky: Drexel

Next you're gonna tell me you don't know who Samme Givens is, or Frantz Massenat!

Team Barbasol continued its unbelievable roller coaster season Thursday night, when Jalen Ray’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer capped a 10-point comeback and lifted the Flying Dutchmen to a stunning 76-73 win over Towson. Justin Wright-Foreman scored 35 points — the second straight game he’s scored 35 or more — before setting up Ray’s shot with a perfect pass near midcourt. The Dutchmen will look to land on ESPN yet again this afternoon, when they visit ECC rival Drexel. Here’s a look back at the wild win over the Tigers and a look ahead to the Dragons.

THE MOST RECENT GAME SUMMARIZED IN ONE PARAGRAPH
Justin Wright-Foreman became the first Hofstra player since the guy who recruited him to score at least 35 points in consecutive games, but he set up the shot of the year (so far) by dishing to Jalen Ray for the winning basket at the buzzer as the Dutchmen beat Towson. The Dutchmen trailed by 10 with 5:22 left before going on a 10-0 run and tying the game on Stafford Trueheart’s 3-pointer with 1:53 left. Wright-Foreman gave the Dutchmen their first lead in of the second half by converting a nostalgic 3-point play with 1:19 remaining. The Tigers scored the next four points before Wright-Foreman drained a 3-pointer to tie the score with 20 seconds left. Towson’s Brian Starr missed a 3-pointer on the next trip down the floor and Hunter Sabety, who had four fouls, wrestled the ball away from Justin Gorham and passed to Wright-Foreman, whose pass hit Ray in stride. Ray lofted the winning shot just before the buzzer for his second SportsCenter highlight of the season. Eli Pemberton (12 points) and Rokas Gustys (10 points) each scored in double digits while Trueheart scored nine points, pulled down seven rebounds and collected two steals in his first collegiate start. Ray finished with six points. The win by the Dutchmen snapped Towson’s home winning streak at 14 games, which was the 10th-longest streak in the nation. 

3 STARS OF THE GAME (vs. Towson 1/11)
3: Justin Wright-Foreman
2: Jalen Ray
1: Stafford Trueheart

SEASON STANDINGS
Justin Wright-Foreman 45
Rokas Gustys 21
Eli Pemberton 17
Jalen Ray 6
Desure Buie 4
Joel Angus 4
Kenny Wormley 2
Stafford Trueheart 1
Hunter Sabety 1

COACHSPEAK: “We’ve had some clunkers this year. But you don’t even think about them right now. The resiliency this team has, the refuse to lose attitude, the belief in themselves, the toughness down the stretch, the no quit that you’ve got—these are all championship qualities. We haven’t played like champions all year long, every game. Like I said, we’ve had some clunkers. But there’s something special about this team when we put all those things together.”

DOUBLE-DIGIT DUTCH COMEBACK
The Flying Dutchmen came back from a deficit of at least 10 points for the third time this season and the 15th time in five seasons under Joe Mihalich.

vs. Towson 1/11/18 (trailed by 10 in 2H, won 76-73)
vs. Northeastern 1/2/18 (trailed by 12 in 1H, won 71-70)
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)

GOOD COMPANY, PART ONE
Jalen Ray’s game-winning 3-pointer gave the Dutchmen their first win at the buzzer since Charles Jenkins (remember him?) drained a 3-pointer with no time left in overtime to beat William & Mary, 81-78, on Feb. 15, 2011. Deron Powers came closest to draining a buzzer-beating shot in the interim when he hit a layup with 0.5 seconds left to beat Bradley, 92-90, on Nov. 21, 2016.

GOOD COMPANY, PART TWO
Justin Wright-Foreman, who scored 39 points in Sunday’s 89-76 loss to Elon, became the first Dutchman to score at least 35 points in back-to-back games since current assistant coach Speedy Claxton had consecutive 40-point games against Hartford and Maine on Jan. 16-21, 2000. For Claxton, those outbursts capped a streak of three straight 30-point efforts, which brings us to…

THRICE AS NICE?
Justin Wright-Foreman will look to match Speedy Claxton again today as he tries to score 30 points in a third straight game. Claxton, who opened his streak with a 30-point game against Vermont on Jan. 14, 2000, is one of only two Hofstra players to collect 30 points in three straight games since 1989-90 (as far back as my records go, at least at home). Demetrius Dudley scored 33 points against Navy, 32 points against Lehigh and 30 points against Manhattan from Nov. 23-Nov. 30, 1991. Here is the entire list of Hofstra players to score 30 points in back-to-back games since 1989:

Justin Wright-Foreman 1/7/18-1/11/18 (39 vs. Elon, 35 vs. Towson)
Justin Wright-Foreman 12/9-12/12/17 (30 vs. Rider, 33 vs. SUNY-Stony Brook)
Justin Wright-Foreman 1/21-1/26/17 (30 vs. Northeastern, 30 vs. Drexel)
Charles Jenkins 12/8-12/11/10 (40 vs. Binghamton 32 vs. Florida Atlantic)
Charles Jenkins 2/16-2/20/10 (30 vs. Delaware, 31 vs. Rider)
Antoine Agudio 12/1-12/5/07 (34 vs. UNCW, 36 vs. Fordham)
Loren Stokes 1/21-1/26/06 (32 vs. Northeastern, 31 vs. Towson)
Speedy Claxton 12/18/99-12/22/99 (39 vs. Iona, 31 vs. St. John’s)
Speedy Claxton 1/14/00-1/21/00 (30 vs. Vermont, 40 vs. Hartford, 40 vs. Maine)
John Mavroukas 1/6/95-1/8/95 (35 vs. New Hampshire, 33 vs. Vermont)
Demetrius Dudley 11/23/91-11/30/91 (33 vs. Navy, 32 vs. Lehigh, 30 vs. Manhattan)
Demetrius Dudley 2/6/92-2/8/92 (37 vs. Towson State, 33 vs. Buffalo)

GOOD COMPANY, PART THREE
In addition to his 35 points, Justin Wright-Foreman added six assists and five rebounds. It was the second straight game in which he had at least 35 points, six assists and five rebounds. According to research conducted Thursday night by Patrick Stevens, only three other Division I players have produced just one 35/6/5 line this season: Oakland’s Kendrick Nunn (36 points, six assists, six rebounds on Nov. 10), Bucknell’s Zach Thomas (38 points, seven assists, 11 rebounds on Nov. 26) and Morgan State’s Tiwian Kendley (35 points, six assists, six rebounds on Jan. 6).

NUMBER THREE IS NUMBER TWO
Justin Wright-Foreman enters today second in the nation in scoring with 25.9 ppg. He ranks behind only Oklahoma’s Trae Young, who is averaging 29.2 ppg through Friday. No Hofstra player has averaged 25 points per game since 1976-77, when Rich Laurel averaged 30.3 ppg.

DOUBLE DIGIT JWF
Junior guard Justin Wright-Foreman scored at least 10 points Thursday for the 39th straight game. It is the fifth-longest active streak in Division I, per Hofstra SID Stephen Gorchov, as well as the fifth-longest streak by a Hofstra player since 1989-90 (as far back as my records go, at least at home), a stretch in which a Hofstra player has scored in double digits in at least 30 straight games only six times.

Charles Jenkins 58 straight games 12/12/09-3/15/11*** 
Antoine Agudio 48 straight games 3/6/06-1/17/08****
Juan’ya Green: 43 straight games 11/14/14-12/9/15 
Loren Stokes 41 straight games 2/20/06-3/14/07*** 
Justin Wright-Foreman: 39 straight games 12/11/16-present
Loren Stokes: 34 straight games 1/14/04-1/31/05

***streak ended with the end of the player’s Hofstra career
****Agudio had three DNPs during his streak

MOVIN’ ON UP
Justin Wright-Foreman and Rokas Gustys, the two newest members of the 1,000-point club at Hofstra, each moved up the list Thursday and are likely to do so again today. With his 35 points, Wright-Foreman (1,065 points) leapfrogged Percy Johnson and Darius Burton into 31st place on the program’s all-time list. He could move past as many as two (or three?) players today. Gustys, meanwhile, scored 10 points to move past John Irving into 35th place on the list and is three points away from moving past Jim Shaffer into 34th place.

28.) Richie Swartz 1,107 (1959-62)
29.) Ameen Tanksley 1,090 (2014-16)
30.) Derrick Flowers 1,069 (1987-91)
31.) JUSTIN WRIGHT-FOREMAN 1,065 (2015-present)
32.) Darius Burton 1060 (1993-97)
33.) Percy Johnson 1,045 (1950-53)
34.) Jim Shaffer 1,022 (1991-95)
35.) ROKAS GUSTYS 1,020 (2014-present)
36.) John Irving 1,018 (1974-77)

NEXT UP: IRVING
With five rebounds Thursday, Rokas Gustys (1,124 rebounds) inched closer to John Irving for second place on Hofstra’s all-time list. Gustys is 63 rebounds away from surpassing Irving, whose 1,186 rebounds are the most by a Hofstra player during the school’s Division I era.

NEXT UP: THE ADMIRAL
Rokas Gustys ranks second behind only Hall of Famer David Robinson (1,314 rebounds for Navy from 1983-87) on the CAA’s all-time list. At his current season average of 11.2 rebounds per game, Gustys would need to play 17 more games this season to surpass Robinson. The Dutchmen are guaranteed to play at least 14 more games (13 regular season CAA games and at least one tournament game).

RAY OF LIGHT
Freshman Jalen Ray didn’t just win the game with his buzzer-beating 3-pointer Thursday. The dramatic shot gave Ray exactly 100 points this season, making him the 20th Hofstra freshman in the CAA era (2001-present) to reach triple digits as a rookie and the second to do so in as many seasons. Eli Pemberton scored 397 points last year.

Antoine Agudio, 452 (2004-05)
Charles Jenkins, 436 (2007-08)
Kenny Adeleke, 433 (2001-02)
Eli Pemberton, 397 (2016-17)
Loren Stokes, 374 (2003-04)
Chaz Williams, 325 (2009-10)
Jamall Robinson, 312 (2013-14)
Halil Kanacevic, 294 (2009-10)
Carlos Rivera, 226 (2003-04)
Nathaniel Lester, 189 (2007-08)
Shemiye McLendon, 178 (2010-11)
Wendell Gibson, 153 (2001-02)
Jordan Allen, 152 (2012-13)
Chris Jenkins, 151 (2013-14)
Rokas Gustys, 140 (2014-15)
Mike Radziejewski, 138 (2001-02)
Aurimas Kieza, 126 (2002-03)
Woody Souffrant, 110 (2001-02)
JALEN RAY, 100 (2017-18)
Moussa Kone, 100 (2011-12)

TEAM BARBASOL
The Dutchmen got back to normal Thursday with the nail-biting win over Towson. It was the 10th Hofstra game this season determined by six points or fewer or in overtime, the most in the CAA. The Dutchmen are 8-2 in their “close shaves.” Four of the five CAA games played Thursday were close shaves. 

HOFSTRA 10 (8-2)
Drexel 9 (5-4)
Elon 8 (6-2)
James Madison 8 (2-6)
Towson 7 (3-4)
College of Charleston 5 (2-3)
UNC Wilmington 6 (2-4)
Delaware 5 (3-2)
Northeastern 4 (2-2)
William & Mary 3 (3-0)

While recency bias makes these nail-biters seem new and unusual, “Team Barbasol” is a well-earned moniker for the Dutchmen. Of the 83 games the Dutchmen have played since the start of the 2015-16 season, a whopping 46 have been decided by six points or fewer or in overtime. They are 28-18 in the “close shaves.”

ECC PLAY CONTINUES
The Dutchmen will look to move to 2-0 in the ECC when they face Drexel today. Drexel fell to Delaware, 72-66, in the other ECC opener Thursday night as the season within a season, the one Litos won’t acknowledge, kicked off.

HOFSTRA 1-0
Delaware 1-0
Drexel 0-1
Towson 0-1

OVER THE AIR
Hofstra will provide a video and radio feed of tonight’s game, as well as live stats, at the Pride Productions hub.

SCOUTING DREXEL
The Dragons, under second-year head coach Zach Spiker, are 7-11 this season and 1-4 in CAA play. Drexel suffered its second straight loss Thursday, when it fell to Delaware, 72-66.

The Dutchmen and Dragons had one common foe during non-league play. The Dutchmen beat Rider, 88-82, on Dec. 9 while the Dragons beat the Broncs, 89-77, on Dec. 2. Both the Dutchmen and Dragons have lost to Elon and William & Mary in CAA play.

The Dutchmen, who were picked fourth in the CAA preseason poll, enter today ranked 162nd at KenPom.com. The Dragons, who were picked ninth, enter today ranked 262nd at KenPom.com.

According to the efficiency rankings at KenPom.com the Dutchmen rank sixth in the CAA in conference-only offensive efficiency (108.7) and sixth in conference-only defensive efficiency (110.4). The Dragons rank ninth in the CAA in conference-only offensive efficiency (103.9) and 10th in conference-only defensive efficiency (119.9).

KenPom.com predicts a 77-74 win by Hofstra. Per the wise guys in Vegas, for entertainment purposes only, the Dutchmen are 3-point favorites. Hofstra is 5-8 against the spread this season.

ALL-TIME VS. DREXEL
Hofstra is 39-46 against Drexel in a series that began during the 1958-59 season. The Dutchmen and Dragons earned a hard-fought split of the series last season, when Drexel eked out an 81-80 overtime win in Philadelphia on Jan. 26 and Hofstra mounted a 10-point comeback in the final minute to notch a stunning 79-77 victory in Hempstead on Feb. 4. The Dutchmen have won six of the last seven meetings between the teams dating back to the 2014-15 season.

The Dutchmen and Dragons have opposed one another as members of the East Coast Conference, the North Atlantic Conference/America East and the CAA. The only opponent Hofstra has faced more than Drexel is Delaware, whom the Dutchmen have played 86 times.

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