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
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.
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.
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”)