I have no idea what this song is. Vermont needs more hair metal.
The Flying Dutchmen got back to .500 in entertaining, only-the-Dutchmen-could-pull-this-off type of fashion Monday with a dramatic 92-90 win over Bradley in the opening round of the Gulf Coast Showcase. The Dutchmen advance to the semifinals today against Vermont at 5 PM. Here’s a quick look back at the Bradley victory and a look ahead to the clash with a long-ago conference foe.
THE MOST RECENT GAME SUMMARIZED IN ONE PARAGRAPH
Deron Powers channeled his inner Danny Ainge by driving the length of the court and hitting a layup with less than a second left to give the Dutchmen the win. Powers also channeled his inner Juan’ya Green by scoring 11 of the Dutchmen’s final 13 points and finishing with a team-high 19 points overall. Six Dutchmen scored in double figures, including Ty Greer (17 points) and Brian Bernardi (15 points, including 11 in the second half). The Dutchmen won despite allowing Bradley to shoot a whopping 60 percent from the field and surrendering baskets on each of the Braves’ final five trips down the floor.
3 STARS OF THE GAME (vs. Bradley 11/21)
3: Deron Powers
2: Ty Greer
1: Brian Bernardi
Eli Pemberton 7
Brian Bernardi 5
Deron Powers 4
Justin Wright-Foreman 3
Rokas Gustys 3
Ty Greer 2
SIX IN DOUBLE FIGURES
The Dutchmen had six players in double figures on Monday for the first time this season, the third time under Joe Mihalich and the fourth time in the CAA era.
vs. Bradley 11/21/16 (Powers, Greer, Bernardi, Wright-Foreman, Gustys, Pemberton)
vs. LaSalle 12/2/15 (Bernardi, Koon, Tanksley, Buie, Green, Gustys)
vs. Canisius 11/13/15 (Bernardi, Green, Koon, Gustys, Nichols, Tanksley)
vs. District of Columbia 11/17/12 (Nwaukoni, Buie, Imes, Mejia, two who shall not be named)
OVER THE AIR
The Gulf Coast Showcase will air the game on its YouTube account. Hofstra will also air the WRHU feed here.
Hofstra is looking to start 3-2 for the third straight season and the fifth time in the CAA era.
Joe Mihalich-coached teams have opened 2-2 six times (1998-99, 2000-01, 2007-08, 2009-10, 2014-15, 2015-16).
VERMONT AND THE AMERICA EAST
Hofstra is 10-10 all-time against Vermont. The Dutchmen lost the most recent game between the teams on March 18, 2015, when the Catamounts led wire-to-wire in an 85-81 victory at Hofstra Arena in the That Which We Shall Not Name Tournament. Sixteen of the games between the teams came during Hofstra’s seven seasons in the North Atlantic Conference/America East from 1994-95 through 2000-01. Each team won eight games in that span.
Vermont is 4-1 this season and advanced to the Gulf Coast Showcase with a 60-59 win over Wofford on Monday afternoon. The Catamounts and Dutchmen have three common opponents this season: Northeastern (whom Vermont plays on Dec. 10), Siena (whom Vermont plays on Dec. 29) and Stony Brook (whom Vermont plays on Jan. 28 and Feb. 25).
Hofstra is 79-32 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.
Hofstra is 19-25 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 10 points in Monday’s 92-90 win over Manhattan. He is just the second Hofstra freshman in the CAA era to score at least 10 points in each of his first four games. In 2004-05, Antoine Agudio opened his career by scoring 20 points against Florida International, 13 points against LaSalle, 22 points against Binghamton and 14 points against James Madison. Agudio also reached double digits in his fifth game, when he scored 16 points against Longwood.
GUSTYS HITS THE TOP 20
Junior Rokas Gustys pulled down 12 rebounds Monday afternoon to move up two more spots on Hofstra’s all-time list. Gustys surged past Percy Johnson and Rich Laurel into 17th place and is now just seven rebounds away from sole possession of 15th place.
14.) Mike Pollock, 673
15.) Myles McPartland, 658
16.) Loren Stokes, 657
17.) ROKAS GUSTYS, 651
BERNARDI CLOSING IN ON FOURTH FOR THREES
Senior Brian Bernardi hit three 3-pointers Monday afternoon and now has 189 in his two-plus seasons at Hofstra. He is just one behind Rick Apodaca for fourth place all-time and three behind Norman Richardson for third place.
3.) Norman Richardson, 192
4.) Rick Apodaca, 190
5.) BRIAN BERNARDI, 189
Vermont senior Darren Payen played his first two seasons at Hofstra, during which he averaged 2.3 points and 1.8 rebounds over 53 games. This marks the second straight season the Dutchmen have faced a former teammate. Jordan Allen, who transferred to Sacred Heart following his sophomore season at Hofstra, played agains the Dutchmen last year.
THINGS YOU CAN SHOUT ON TWITTER IF CALLS GO DO NOT GO HOFSTRA’S WAY
Phish bias! (The band formed while members were students at Vermont)
Ben and Jerry’s bias! (The ice cream company was founded in Vermont)
Eddie Benton bias! (He was the best player on Vermont’s teams during the Hofstra A-East era)
Bernie Sanders bias! (C’mon, it’s 2016, no need to explain that, right?)