History repeated itself for the Flying Dutchmen on Monday afternoon, when Daniel ****ing Dixon drained a 30-foot 3-pointer as time expired in overtime to lift William & Mary to a 95-93 win at the Arena. I cursed a lot. The Dutchmen will attempt to get back in the win column tonight, when they host CAA co-leader James Madison. Here’s a look back at Monday’s agony and a look ahead to the Dukes.
THE MOST RECENT GAME SUMMARIZED IN ONE PARAGRAPH
Fifteen ties and 19 lead changes beget Dixon’s game-winning shot in another instant classic between the Dutchmen and Tribe. You can relive it in something approximating real time here. Justin Wright-Foreman set career highs with 30 points and eight rebounds, though he missed two free throws in the waning seconds of overtime that could have given the Dutchmen a three-point lead. Deron Powers had 17 points and seven assists while Brian Bernardi added 18 points and Rokas Gustys collected another double-double with 10 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Wright-Foreman and Powers combined to score 31 of the Dutchmen’s final 32 points.
3 STARS OF THE GAME (vs. William & Mary 1/2)
3: Justin Wright-Foreman
2: Deron Powers
1: Brian Bernardi
Justin Wright-Foreman 19
Eli Pemberton 17
Deron Powers 16
Rokas Gustys 15
Brian Bernardi 12
Ty Greer 8
Jamall Robinson 3
The Dutchmen played their first overtime game of the season and fell to 1-6 in overtime games under Joe Mihalich and 17-12 in overtime games during the CAA era (2001-present).
HITTING 90 IN A LOSS
The Dutchmen fell to 9-3 when scoring at least 90 points in a game. Mihalich-coached teams are 52-12 when scoring at least 90 points. Remarkably, nine of those losses, including all three at Hofstra and each of Mihalich’s last eight, have come in overtime games.
1/2/17: William & Mary 95-93 (OT)
2/7/16: James Madison 98-95 (OT)
3/8/15: William & Mary 92-91 (2 OT)
1/12/07: Loyola (MD) 96-95 (OT)
2/25/06: Siena 98-92 (2 OT)
2/26/05: Rider 113-106 (OT)
12/11/04: Buffalo 95-92 (2 OT)
1/18/04: Rider 93-90 (OT)
11/22/02: Marshall 92-90
12/28/00: Iona 100-90
1/30/99: St. Peter’s 106-103 (2 OT)
11/21/98: Maryland-Eastern Shore 96-90
TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT
The Dutchmen, who beat Delaware 58-56 on Saturday, have played consecutive games decided by two points or fewer for the first time since January 2009, when they edged James Madison 69-68 on Jan. 24 and nipped UNC Wilmington 80-79 on Jan. 28. The Dutchmen have not played three straight games decided by two points or fewer in the CAA era.
BERNARDI JOINS THE 1,000-POINT CLUB
Senior guard Brian Bernardi’s final basket Monday afternoon, a jumper with 15:10 left in the second half, gave him 1,001 points at Hofstra. He is the 34th player in school history to score at least 1,000 points and the fifth to achieve the feat after transferring from another school. Here is that list, with the player’s overall school rank listed to the left and his previous school in parentheses.
20.) Demetrius Dudley 1,220 1991-93 (St. Peter’s)
22.) Juan’ya Green 1,186 2014-16 (Niagara)
26.) Mike Moore 1,128 2010-12 (Fordham)
28.) Ameen Tanksley 1,090 2014-16 (Niagara)
34.) BRIAN BERNARDI 1,001 2014-present (SMU)
OVER THE AIR
Hofstra will provide both a video and radio feed of today’s game at the Pride Productions hub.
SCOUTING JAMES MADISON
The Dukes, under rookie head coach Louis Rowe, are 4-11 this season but 2-0 in CAA play. James Madison, which is one of four 2-0 teams in the CAA, beat Towson, 64-44, on Monday after opening league play with a 78-67 win over Drexel on Saturday.
Just one of the Dukes’ non-conference wins came against a Division I opponent (Longwood). The Dutchmen and Dukes had no mutual foes during non-league play.
The Dutchmen, who were picked sixth in the CAA preseason poll, enter today ranked 148th at KenPom.com. The Dukes, who were picked fifth, are ranked 235th.
Per the wise guys in Vegas, for entertainment purposes only, the Dutchmen are 7.5-point favorites.
The Dutchmen rank third among CAA teams in scoring (80.1 ppg) but are allowing 76.5 ppg, the most in the league. The Dukes rank eighth in scoring (66.4 ppg) and are allowing 69.9 ppg, the fourth-lowest total in the CAA.
The Dutchmen rank fifth in the CAA in field goal percentage (44.4%) and first in 3-point field goal percentage (39.7%) They are allowing opposing teams to shoot 44.2 percent overall, eighth in the league, and 36.8 percent from beyond the arc, which is ninth.
The Dukes rank sixth in the CAA in field goal percentage (44%) and seventh in 3-point field goal percentage (31.5%). They are fourth in field goal percentage defense (42.7%) and seventh in 3-point field goal percentage defense (33.8%).
ALL-TIME VS. JAMES MADISON
Hofstra is 15-11 against William & Mary. The Dutchmen were swept last season by the Dukes, who won a pair of overtime games by earning am 86-82 victory at Hofstra on Jan. 16 and a 98-95 win in Harrisonburg on Feb. 7. The Dukes have won five of the last six regular season games between the clubs, though the Dutchmen beat James Madison, 74-57, in the quarterfinals of the CAA tournament in 2015.
REPLACING THE MISSING SCORING—AND THEN SOME
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” 55.9 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 (13.6)
Deron Powers (13.5)
Justin Wright-Foreman (11.1)***
Ty Greer (9.4)
Jamall Robinson (5.2)
Hunter Sabety (3.1)
***The Wright-Foreman average subtracts the 1.2 ppg he averaged last season to better account for the “found” points.
WRIGHT-FOREMAN IS THE FINISHER
Sophomore guard Justin Wright-Foreman continued to thrive in the second half (and beyond) Monday, when he scored 18 of his game-high 30 points in the second half and overtime. Of his 185 points this season, 131 have been scored in the second half.
PEMBERTON HITS 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 Nathaniel Lester into ninth place on the CAA-era freshman scoring list on Saturday.
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.) ELI PEMBERTON, 204 (2016-17)
10.) Nathaniel Lester, 189 (2007-08)
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 Sestokos 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 185 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)
GUSTYS CLOSES IN ON 800
Junior forward Rokas Gustys pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds against William & Mary and now has 793 rebounds, good for ninth on the program’s all-time list. He is five rebounds away from surpassing Dave Bell for eighth place and 17 away from moving past Roberto Gittens into seventh place.
6.) Barry White, 811 (1966-69)
7.) Roberto Gittens, 809 (1997-2001)
8.) Dave Bell, 797 (1969-72)
9.) ROKAS GUSTYS, 793 (2014-present)
10.) Quinas Brower, 766 (1970-72)
THINGS YOU CAN SHOUT ON TWITTER IF CALLS GO DO NOT GO HOFSTRA’S WAY
Fourth president bias! (C’mon people, know your history)
You have found publicity in I-AA football bias! (The Dukes’ football teams plays for the I-AA national championship Friday night)
Gary Clark bias! (The former All-Pro wide receiver played at James Madison)
Humpty Hitchens bias! (The best name in #CAAHoops history played at James Madison)