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
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
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.
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
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)