Saturday, January 7, 2017

I’ll Be Quirky: Charleston

The malaise from Monday’s stunning loss to William & Mary lingered into Thursday for the Flying Dutchmen, who trailed nearly wire-to-wire in a 62-54 loss to James Madison at the Arena. The Dutchmen will try to even their CAA record this afternoon, when they visit College of Charleston. Here’s a look back at Thursday’s loss and a look ahead to the Cougars.

Justin Wright-Foreman continued his emergence by scoring 25 points, but he was the only Flying Dutchmen player in double figures against James Madison. It was the first time since Jan. 2, 2014 that the Dutchmen have had just one player score at least 10 points. Wright-Foreman was 8-of-17 from the field while the rest of the Dutchmen were just 9-of-32. The Dutchmen led just once — at 2-0 — but entered halftime tied 33-33 before being outscored 29-21 in the second half. Rokas Gustys had a game-high 12 rebounds for the Dutchmen, who outscored the Dukes by six points with Wright-Foreman and fellow reserves Jamall Robinson and Hunter Sabety on the floor but were outscored by 14 the rest of the game.

3 STARS OF THE GAME (vs. James Madison 1/5)
3: Justin Wright-Foreman
2: Jamall Robinson
1: Hunter Sabety

Justin Wright-Foreman 22
Eli Pemberton 17
Deron Powers 16
Rokas Gustys 15
Brian Bernardi 12
Ty Greer 8
Jamall Robinson 5
Hunter Sabety 1

The Dutchmen, who edged Delaware 58-56 last Saturday, scored fewer than 60 points for the second time in three games. The 54 points were the fewest scored by the Dutchmen since a 59-53 loss to James Madison on Feb. 10, 2014. Joe Mihalich-coached teams are now 9-46 when scoring fewer than 60 points.

The Dutchmen scored just 21 points in the second half, their fewest in a half since an 18-point second half against James Madison in a XX-YY loss on DATE HERE.

Hofstra will provide both a video and radio feed of today’s game at the Pride Productions hub. 

The Cougars, under third-year head coach Earl Grant, are 12-4 this season but 3-0 in CAA play. Charleston, which is one of four 2-0 teams in the CAA, edged Towson, 62-57, on Thursday.

The Dutchmen and Cougars had no mutual foes during non-league play. 

The Dutchmen, who were picked sixth in the CAA preseason poll, enter today ranked 167th at The Cougars, who were picked fourth, are ranked 85th.

Per the wise guys in Vegas, for entertainment purposes only, the Cougars are 7.5-point favorites.

The Dutchmen rank third among CAA teams in scoring (78.5 ppg) but are allowing  75.6 ppg, the second-most in the league. The Cougars rank ninth in scoring (64.1 ppg) but are allowing just 59.1 ppg, the lowest total in the CAA and more than seven points fewer than second-place Delaware.

The Dutchmen rank sixth in the CAA in field goal percentage (43.9%) and second in 3-point field goal percentage (38.7%) They are allowing opposing teams to shoot 44,5 percent overall, eighth in the league, and 37.1 percent from beyond the arc, which is ninth. 

The Cougars rank last in the CAA in field goal percentage (39.1%) and eighth in 3-point field goal percentage (29%). They are second in field goal percentage defense (40.2%) and first in 3-point field goal percentage defense (26%).

Hofstra is 4-2 against Charleston in a series that began with the Cougars joining the CAA prior to the 2013-14 season. The teams split two games last season, when host Charleston earned a 72-61 win on Jan. 7 and the Dutchmen earned the no. 1 seed in the CAA Tournament by beating the Cougars 72-63 in the home finale on Feb. 27.

The Dutchmen lost a whopping 50.3 ppg from last year’s squad via the graduations of Juan’ya Green (17.8 ppg), Ameen Tanksley 15.9 ppg), Denton Koon (11.4 ppg) and Malik Nichols (5.2 ppg). But they have “found” 55 ppg this season via five players who didn’t play for the team in 2015-16, plus the emergence of sophomore Justin Wright-Foreman. 

Eli Pemberton (13.1)
Deron Powers (13.1)
Justin Wright-Foreman (11.9)***
Ty Greer (8.9)
Jamall Robinson (4.9)
Hunter Sabety (3.1)

***The Wright-Foreman average subtracts the 1.2 ppg he averaged last season to better account for the “found” points.

Sophomore guard Justin Wright-Foreman continued to thrive in the second half (and beyond) Monday, when he scored 13 of his game-high 25 points in the second half and overtime. Of his 210 points this season, 144 have been scored in the second half. 

After scoring just 44 points as a freshman, Justin Wright-Foreman has emerged as one of the Dutchmen’s top scorers this season. He was the 27th Hofstra freshman in the CAA era to score fewer than 100 points but already has more points as a sophomore than all but two of his predecessors. Wright-Foreman surpassed Gibran Washington and Greg Washington on Monday and ranks behind only Ziggy Sestokas and David Imes.

David Imes 251 points 2010-11 (25 as a freshman)
Ziggy Sestokas 219 points 2006-07 (29 as a freshman)
JUSTIN WRIGHT-FOREMAN 210 points 2016-17 (44 as a freshman)
Greg Washington 169 points 2008-09 (33 as a freshman)
Gibran Washington 158 points 2002-03 (76 as a freshman)

Junior forward Rokas Gustys pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds against William & Mary and now has 805 rebounds, good for eighth on the program’s all-time list. Gustys surpassed Dave Bell on Thursday and is five rebounds away from moving past Roberto Gittens into seventh place and seven from edging past Barry White into sixth place.

6.) Barry White, 811 (1966-69)
7.) Roberto Gittens, 809 (1997-2001)
8.) ROKAS GUSTYS, 805 (2014-present)
9.) Dave Bell, 797 (1969-72)
10.) Quinas Brower, 766 (1970-72)

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