The Flying Dutchmen did not knock off Goliath on Sunday, but they covered the spread in a 96-73 loss to Kentucky at Barclays Center. The Dutchmen will look to enter finals on a winning note tonight, when they take on local rival SUNY-Stony Brook at the Arena. Here’s a quick look back at the Kentucky game and a look ahead to SUNY-Stony Brook.
THE MOST RECENT GAME SUMMARIZED IN ONE PARAGRAPH
The Dutchmen never led Sunday but trailed just 36-33 at the under-4 timeout in the first half before Kentucky pulled a Kentucky and ended the half on a 12-0 run before beginning the second half on a 19-6 spurt. The Wildcats led by 31 with 2:52 to play before the Dutchmen scored 10 of the game’s final 12 points to keep Kentucky below 100 points and set off a wild celebration in the Vegas sports books. Deron Powers continued his recent impressive play by leading the Dutchmen with 18 points, five assists and 38 minutes played while committing just two turnovers. Rokas Gustys had 13 points and eight rebounds while Justin Wright-Foreman scored all 14 of his points in the second half.
3 STARS OF THE GAME (vs. Kentucky 12/11)
3: Deron Powers
2: Rokas Gustys
1: Justin Wright-Foreman
Eli Pemberton 16
Rokas Gustys 12
Deron Powers 11
Brian Bernardi 11
Justin Wright-Foreman 9
Ty Greer 4
Jamall Robinson 3
KEEPING IT CLOSE(-ish) AGAINST KENTUCKY
The Dutchmen didn’t fare too poorly in losing by 23 points to Kentucky. It was tied for the second-smallest margin of defeat for a Wildcats foe this season. Stephen F. Austin (which lost 87-64 on Nov. 11) also lost by 23, while only Michigan State (which lost 69-48 on Nov. 15) stayed closer to Kentucky in a loss. Kentucky did, of course, lose to UCLA, 97-92, on Dec. 3.
Michigan State L 69-48 (Nov. 15)
Hofstra L 96-73 (Dec. 11)
Stephen F. Austin L 87-64 (Nov. 11)
Canisius L 93-69 (Nov. 13)
Valparaiso L 87-63 (Dec. 7)
Cleveland State L 101-70 (Nov. 23)
Duquesne L 93-59 (Nov. 20)
Tennessee-Martin L 111-76 (Nov. 25)
Arizona State L 115-69 (Nov. 28)
THE DUTCHMEN IN BROOKLYN
Hofstra fell to 1-2 all-time at Barclays Center. The Dutchmen lost to Tulane, 83-62, on Dec. 22, 2012 and beat Long Island University, 88-62, on Dec. 28, 2014.
OVER THE AIR
Hofstra will provide both a video and radio feed of tonight’s game at the Pride Productions hub.
SUNY-STONY BROOK AND THE AMERICA EAST
Hofstra is 19-5 all-time against SUNY-Stony Brook, including 1-1 since the series resumed in 2014. The Patriots won 71-68 at SUNY-Stony Brook on Dec. 20, 2015 while Dion Nesmith’s basket with 1.6 seconds remaining lifted the Dutchmen to a 66-65 win on Nov. 21, 2014.
Hofstra enters today ranked 171st at KenPom.com while SUNY-Stony Brook is ranked 231st.
SUNY-Stony Brook enters tonight 3-6. The Patriots fell to Rutgers and former head coach Steve Pikiell on Saturday, when the Scarlet Knights came back from a 10-point second half deficit to post a 71-66 win.
The Dutchmen and Patriots have a whopping five common foes this season. Hofstra edged Columbia, 88-86, on Nov. 29 while SUNY-Stony Brook fell to the Lions 73-66, on Nov. 11. Vermont, which will face Stony Brook twice during the America East season, beat the Dutchmen 87-73 on Nov. 22. The Patriots faced a pair of Hofstra’s CAA rivals in losing to Towson, 88-63, on Nov. 25 and beating Northeastern, 77-75, on Dec. 3.
Hofstra is 8-11 in all sports against SUNY-Stony Brook since the two schools began scheduling each other again in the spring of 2014.
Hofstra is 79-33 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 joined the America East upon Hofstra’s departure.
PEMBERTON CLOSES IN ON THE TOP 10
Eli Pemberton, who was the first Hofstra freshman since Antoine Agudio (2004-05) to open his career by scoring in double digits in his first five games, is already the 19th Dutchmen freshman in the CAA era to score at least 100 points in his debut season. He moved past Wendell Gibson into 11th place on the CAA-era freshman scoring list on Sunday and is only 19 points away from moving into the top 10.
1.) Antoine Agudio, 452 (2004-05)
2.) Charles Jenkins, 436 (2007-08)
3.) Kenny Adeleke, 433 (2001-02)
4.) Loren Stokes, 374 (2003-04)
5.) Chaz Williams, 325 (2009-10)
6.) Jamall Robinson, 312 (2013-14)
7.) Halil Kanacevic, 294 (2009-10)
8.) Carlos Rivera, 226 (2003-04)
9.) Nathaniel Lester, 189 (2007-08)
10.) Shemiye McLendon, 178 (2010-11)
11.) ELI PEMBERTON, 158 (2016-17)
12.) Wendell Gibson, 153 (2001-02)
13.) Jordan Allen, 152 (2012-13)
14.) Chris Jenkins, 151 (2013-14)
15.) Rokas Gustys, 140 (2014-15)
16.) Mike Radziejewski, 138 (2001-02)
17.) Aurimas Kieza, 126 (2002-03)
18.) Woody Souffrant, 110 (2001-02)
19.) Moussa Kone, 100 (2011-12)
WRIGHT-FOREMAN AS THE CLOSER
Sophomore Justin Wright-Foreman continued thriving in the second half on Sunday, when he scored all 14 points in the final 20 minutes. Wright-Foreman has scored 102 points this season, including 76 in the second half.
THINGS YOU CAN SHOUT ON TWITTER IF CALLS GO DO NOT GO HOFSTRA’S WAY
Suffolk County bias! (Duh)
It took you five tries to win what we won on the first try! (SUNY-Stony Brook was 0-4 in America East title games before finally winning it all last year)
You lost to Kentucky by more than us bias! (SUNY-Stony Brook’s reward for winning the America East was a 28-point loss to Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament)
Parker Executive Search bias! (Jay Young should have gotten the head coaching gig at SUNY-Stony Brook after Steve Pikiell went to Rutgers but ADs do executive search firms favors)