Friday, November 16, 2018

I'll Be Quirky: Maryland

If you are of a certain age, you remember exactly where you were when this sadly became an impossibility.

Five players scored in double figures Wednesday night for the Flying Dutchmen, who withstood an early upset bid by North Carolina A&T and rode a big first-half run to a 92-72 win at the Arena. The Dutchmen will complete the tournament that’s not really a tournament tonight, when they visit ACC, err, Big 10 power Maryland, Here’s a look back at the win over the Aggies and a look ahead to the Terrapins. 

THE MOST RECENT GAME SUMMARIZED IN ONE PARAGRAPH
North Carolina A&T led (before me and Molly arrived) for most of the first 12 minutes before the Dutchmen mounted a 17-0 run and cruised to a win over the Aggies. That run was fueled entirely by Justin Wright-Foreman, who had a four-point play amongst his nine points, and Stafford Trueheart, who had eight points, including a jumper to open the run and a 3-pointer to end it. Wright-Foreman had a game-high 22 points and shared the team lead with seven assists while Trueheart scored a career-high 14 points, all in the first half. Eli Pemberton (19 points), Desure Buie (12 points, seven assists) and Jacquil Taylor (11 points, a team-high six rebounds) all scored in double digits for the Dutchmen while Jalen Ray finished with nine points (and missed a free throw in the final minute, oh the humanity).  

3 STARS OF THE GAME (vs. North Carolina A&T 11/14)
3: Justin Wright-Foreman
2: Stafford Trueheart
1: Eli Pemberton

SEASON STANDINGS
Justin Wright-Foreman 9
Eli Pemberton 4
Stafford Trueheart 2
Desure Buie 2
Dan Dwyer 1

COACHSPEAK: “So I just said to the team, I said I did not think this would happen. I really didn’t. This team, I was up all night watching their Wake Forest game, for example, in addition to their couple of other games. And with a minute to go at Wake Forest, with 10,000 people in the stands, they were down eight. So dangerous team. They play hard, they’re scrappy and I thought we just kind of took it to them early.”

WAS THIS A UNICORN SCORE?
Yes! Per my research, the Dutchmen have never won a game 92-72. They’ve had a couple 92-70s and a 93-70 but no 92-72. History! Reminder: The term unicorn score was coined by Mets superfan, historian and blogger Greg Prince to describe a score by which the Mets had never previously won

NOT-SO-RANDOM SELECTION FROM THE 1993-94 JUKEBOX


The whole world's gonna know about the Dutchmen by 9:15.

WE GOT THE RUNS
The Dutchmen’s 17-0 run in the first half was certainly their longest since a game-ending 15-0 run in a 96-82 win over William & Mary on Feb. 23, 2017. Per my not-yet-complete research, I believe it is also the longest run for the Dutchmen since a 17-0 run against, yup, William & Mary in a 77-60 win on Jan. 22, 2014. (Runs research is my project for this season)

The Dutchmen have had runs of at least 10-0 in each of their three games this season. Against Mount St. Mary’s last Friday, the Dutchmen mounted two 10-0 runs, one of which spanned the halves and another in the second half. The Dutchmen had a 10-0 run against Marshall on Sunday.

JWF IS A TOP TEN HIT
Justin Wright-Foreman put the Dutchmen ahead for good with a 3-pointer with 7:07 left in the first half. The bucket also vaulted Wright-Foreman into 10th place on Hofstra’s all-time scoring list. Wright-Foreman actually gained two spots with his first two baskets Wednesday, when he moved past Leroy Allen and Frank Walker, who were previously the 11th- and 10th-leading scorers in school history. If these trends continue tonight, the Dutchmen will probably win, as Wright-Foreman is 223 points away from surpassing ninth-place Norman Richardson and 364 points away from moving past David Taylor into eighth place.

8.) David Taylor 1,8118 (1979-83)
9.) Norman Richardson 1,677 (1997-2001)
10.) JUSTIN WRIGHT-FOREMAN 1,455 (2015-present)
11.) Frank Walker 1,437 (1985-89)
12.) Leroy Allen 1,435 (1983-87)

DOUBLE DIGIT JWF
By scoring a team-high 22 points Wednesday night, Justin Wright-Foreman extended his streak of double-digit scoring efforts to 56 straight games, the second-longest streak by a Hofstra player since 1989-90 (as far back as my records go, at least at home). The only player with a longer streak in the last 29 seasons is Charles Jenkins, who ended his career by scoring in double figures in his final 58 games for the Dutchmen. In addition, Wright-Foreman’s streak is the fourth-longest active streak in Division I, per Hofstra SID Stephen Gorchov.

Charles Jenkins 58 straight games 12/12/09-3/15/11*** 
Justin Wright-Foreman: 54 straight games 12/11/16-present
Antoine Agudio 48 straight games 3/6/06-1/17/08****
Juan’ya Green: 43 straight games 11/14/14-12/9/15 
Loren Stokes 41 straight games 2/20/06-3/14/07*** 
Loren Stokes: 34 straight games 1/14/04-1/31/05

***streak ended with the end of the player’s Hofstra career
****Agudio had three DNPs during his streak

THE 20/7 CLUB
Justin Wright-Foreman tied a career-high with seven assists Wednesday night. He is the first Dutchman player to collect at least 20 points and seven assists since Desure Buie had 20 points and eight assists against Delaware on Jan. 18, 2018.

A NOBLE EFFORT FOR TRUEHEART
Stafford Trueheart wasted little time in breaking his career-high for points Wednesday, when he scored all 14 of his points in the first half. It was the first double-digit scoring effort for Trueheart since he scored 10 points against Auburn on Nov. 19, 2017. Trueheart scored his first 12 points in the first 17 minutes Wednesday.

SO CLOSE TO THE JOY OF SIX
Five Dutchmen scored in double figures Wednesday and Jalen Ray just missed making it a sextet when he finished with nine points and missed a free throw in the final minute. The Dutchmen last had six players in double figures on Dec. 13, 2016, when they destroyed SUNY-Stony Brook, 96-58.

THEY’RE FREE SO YOU SHOULD MAKE THEM
The Dutchmen were 25-of-28 from the free throw line Wednesday (89.3 percent), which was their best performance in a game in which they took at least 25 free throws since Nov. 21, 2016, when the Dutchmen were also 25-of-28 against Bradley.

REPLACING THE ROK
Senior graduate transfers Dan Dwyer and Jacquil Taylor combined for 16 points and nine rebounds in 38 minutes. Through three games, they are averaging 9.0 points and 11.3 rebounds over 39.3 minutes per game. Last season, Rokas Gustys averaged 10.5 points and 12.0 rebounds while playing an average of 29.7 minutes per game. Dwyer and Taylor have also combined to hit seven of nine free throws, which is…different.

OVER THE AIR
The game will be broadcast live on Big Ten Network Plus, though the cheapest subscription option is to subscribe to Maryland games for the season at $9.99 a month. I would say do it and then cancel tonight, but I always forget to cancel after signing up and then I end up being billed forever or at least until I change credit cards. Anyway, I’ll be listening, and you should too, to the Hofstra live audio at the Pride Productions hub here. Maryland will offer live stats (presumably free) here.

MARYLAND AND THE ACC, ERR, BIG TEN
Hofstra is 0-4 all-time against Maryland, which will always be an ACC school to me. The teams last faced each other on Nov. 29, 2003, when the Terrapins earned an 87-72 win.

Maryland is 3-0 this season with wins over Delaware, Navy and North Carolina A&T, the latter of whom the Terrapins beat, 82-59, in their most recent game Monday night. The Dutchmen and Terrapins have four mutual foes — Delaware as well as North Carolina A&T, Mount St. Mary’s and Marshall, the latter three of whom are playing in this tournament that’s not really a tournament. Maryland hosts Mount St. Mary’s on Sunday and Marshall next Friday.

Maryland was picked to finish seventh in the Big 10, which of course has 14 teams, in a poll conducted by The Athletic and The Columbus Dispatch, because apparently the Big 14 does not actually conduct a preseason poll. We have it so much better.

Junior Anthony Cowan Jr. was selected to the preseason all-Big 10 team and leads the Terrapins with 17.3 points per game. Maryland has four other players averaging at least 10 points per game this season. All of them, like Cowan, were top 100 recruits coming out of high school.
At KenPom.com this morning, Hofstra is ranked 150th while Maryland is ranked 34th. KenPom.com predicts an 83-69 win for the Terrapins. Pfft what do computers know anyway. Per the wise guys in Vegas, for entertainment purposes only, the Dutchmen are 13-point underdogs. The Dutchmen are 3-0 against the spread this season.
The Dutchmen are 4-9 all-time against current Big 10 foes, though none of those wins was recorded against a team actually in the Big 10 at the time. All three of the Dutchmen’s wins against Rutgers came before Rutgers, which will always be an A-10 school to me, joined the Big Ten for some inexplicable reason in 2014. The Dutchmen beat Nebraska, which will always be a Big 8/Big 12 school to me, in the opening round of the NIT in 2006. Maryland will be the first Big 10 school the Dutchmen face since they fell to Purdue, an actual Big 10 school, 84-53 on Nov. 11, 2012.

Speaking of Purdue, graduate senior Jacquil Taylor played for the Boilermakers the previous three seasons but never faced Maryland.

Hofstra will actually face Big 10 foes in three sports tonight. The wrestling team is hosting Rutgers while the women's soccer team is facing Wisconsin in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

THINGS YOU CAN SHOUT ON TWITTER IF CALLS GO DO NOT GO HOFSTRA’S WAY
Len Bias bias! (The late Maryland great is one of sports’ saddest what-if tales)
Boomer bias! (Long Island native Boomer Esiason played quarterback at Maryland)
Jordan Williams bias! (The former Maryland player grew up in my hometown in Connecticut)
You should still be in the ACC bias! (duh)
Patrick Stevens coverage bias! (Our good friend is a walking encyclopedia of Maryland information)

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

I'll Be Quirky: North Carolina A&T


Hey look at that, I'm giving publicity to a I-AA football program!

For the 83rd time in as many seasons, the Flying Dutchmen will not be perfect. The Dutchmen came back from a nine-point second half deficit to carry a lead into the final media timeout before falling to defending Conference USA champion Marshall, 76-72. The Dutchmen will look to bounce back tonight, when they host North Carolina A&T at the Arena. Here’s a look back at  the loss to the Thundering Herd (still a great nickname) and a look ahead to the Aggies.

THE MOST RECENT GAME SUMMARIZED IN ONE PARAGRAPH
A 7-0 run following the final media timeout was the difference Sunday as the Flying Dutchmen narrowly fell to Marshall. Justin Wright-Foreman (34 points) did Justin Wright-Foreman things and Eli Pemberton (19 points, 12 rebounds) had a double-double for the Dutchmen, who were done in by a 15-0 half-spanning run by Marshall that began with a brutally bad foul call on Wright-Foreman just before the first half buzzer. The Dutchmen were also robbed of two points when the officials in West by God determined Pemberton was whistled for a technical foul before a Wright-Foreman layup (he wasn't) Dan Dwyer led the Dutchmen in both rebounds (eight) and assists (two), which probably hasn’t happened too often. 

3 STARS OF THE GAME (vs. Marshall 11/11)
3: Justin Wright-Foreman
2: Eli Pemberton
1: Dan Dwyer

SEASON STANDINGS
Justin Wright-Foreman 6
Eli Pemberton 3
Desure Buie 2
Dan Dwyer 1

COACHSPEAK: “There was a point right there in that game we could have buckled. We had a bad little flurry at the end of the first half. We were up six with the ball, we commit a bad foul and they get fouled at the end, So instead of being up maybe eight, it’s a three-point game and then they begin the second half—we could have buckled and we didn’t.”

NOT-SO-RANDOM SELECTION FROM THE 1993-94 JUKEBOX


"One, two, three, four, five against one." Also this happened my first week at Hofstra.

ONE AND DONE
The Dutchmen, who opened the season 3-0 last year, have not opened a season with at least four straight sins since the 2004-05 team started out 9-0. In addition, the Dutchmen were the 190th Division I team to fall from the unbeaten ranks, beating SMU by mere minutes. This is the good content.

IT’S A GAME OF RUNS
The Dutchmen scored at least 10 unanswered points, and absorbed a run of at least 10 straight points, for the second straight game. Remarkably, the runs were consecutive. After Marshall went on a 15-0 run spanning the halves to take a 54-45 lead, the Dutchmen went on a 10-0 run to retake the lead.

Against Mount St. Mary’s last Friday, the Dutchmen fell behind 12-0 before mounting a pair of 10-0 runs, one which spanned the halves and another later in the second half.

TWELVE TIMES THIRTY
Justin Wright-Foreman scored a game-high 34 points Sunday. It was the first 30-point effort of the season for Wright-Foreman and the 12th of his career, which ties him with Demetrius Dudley and Charles Jenkins for the most by a Hofstra played since 1989-90. But Wright-Foreman has played just 92 games and registered all of his 30-point games in his last 52 games dating back to Jan. 2, 2017. Here is the list of all players with multiple 30-point games since 1989-90 (career games in parenthesis).

Demetrius Dudley 12 (55)
Charles Jenkins 12 (128)
Justin Wright-Foreman 11 (92)
Antoine Agudio 10 (122)
Speedy Claxton 8 (119)
Loren Stokes 7 (124)
Zeke Upshaw 3 (33)
Mike Moore 3 (65)
Ameen Tanksley 2 (68)
Rick Apodaca 2 (108)
John Mavroukas 2 (90)

DOUBLE DIGIT JWF
By scoring a team-high 21 points Friday night, Justin Wright-Foreman extended his streak of double-digit scoring efforts to 55 straight games, the second-longest streak by a Hofstra player since 1989-90 (as far back as my records go, at least at home). The only player with a longer streak in the last 29 seasons is Charles Jenkins, who ended his career by scoring in double figures in his final 58 games for the Dutchmen. In addition, Wright-Foreman’s streak is the fourth-longest active streak in Division I, per Hofstra SID Stephen Gorchov.

Charles Jenkins 58 straight games 12/12/09-3/15/11*** 
Justin Wright-Foreman: 55 straight games 12/11/16-present
Antoine Agudio 48 straight games 3/6/06-1/17/08****
Juan’ya Green: 43 straight games 11/14/14-12/9/15 
Loren Stokes 41 straight games 2/20/06-3/14/07*** 
Loren Stokes: 34 straight games 1/14/04-1/31/05

***streak ended with the end of the player’s Hofstra career
****Agudio had three DNPs during his streak

HEADED FOR THE TOP TEN
With his 34 points Sunday afternoon, Justin Wright-Foreman moved past Rick Apodaca into 12th place on the all-time Hofstra scoring list. Wright-Foreman is now like a fast-surging song on the Hot 100 (GOOGLE IT CRAIN) and could be in the top 10 by the first media timeout tonight. Wright-Foreman needs just three points to surpass Leroy Allen for 11th place and five points to supplant Frank Walker in 10th place. 

10.) Frank Walker 1,437 (1985-89)
11.) Leroy Allen 1,435 (1983-87)
12.) JUSTIN WRIGHT-FOREMAN 1,433 (2015-present)
13.) Rick Apodaca 1,422 (1999-2003)
14.) Ken Rood 1,368 (1973-77)

A PRETTY GOOD GAME IN A HALF
Justin Wright-Foreman scored 25 points in the first half Sunday. It was the third time he’s scored at least 25 points in a half. He had 27 points in the second half against Elon on Jan. 7, 2018, when he finished with a career-high 39 points and 25 points in the second half against William & Mary on Feb, 23, 2017, when he finished with 35 points.

ELI’S ANNUAL DOUBLE-DOUBLE?
Eli Pemberton, who had one double-double in each of his first two seasons, wasted little time adding to his collection by scoring 19 points and pulling down a career-high 12 rebounds. Pemberton also posted double-doubles on Dec. 3, 2016, when he had 22 points and 10 rebounds against Florida Atlantic, and Feb. 17, 2018, when he had 16 points and 10 rebounds against Drexel.

OVER THE AIR
Hofstra will carry a live stream and offer live stats of the game here.

NORTH CAROLINA A&T AND THE MEAC
This will be Hofstra’s first game against North Carolina A&T in any sport. This marks the first time the Dutchmen have faced a men’s basketball opponent for the first time in any sport since last season’s game against Kennesaw State.

North Carolina A&T is 0-3 this season with losses to UNC-Greensboro, Wake Forest and Maryland, the latter of whom beat the Aggies 82-59 on Monday night. Thanks to this tournament that’s not really a tournament, the Aggies and Dutchmen have three common foes. The Dutchmen will visit Maryland Friday night, when North Carolina A&T visits Marshall. The Aggies will then travel to Mount St. Mary’s next Wednesday.

The Aggies were picked to finish fifth in the MEAC this season. Sophomore guard Kameron Langley was selected to the all-MEAC preseason third team. Senior Terry Harris, a Long Island native and the brother of NBA player Tobias Harris, is averaging a team-high 11.0 ppg. 

At KenPom.com this morning, Hofstra is ranked 152nd while North Carolina A&T is ranked 340th. KenPom.com predicts an 84-67 for the Dutchmen. Per the wise guys in Vegas, for entertainment purposes only, the Dutchmen are 16.5-point favorites. The Dutchmen are 2-0 against the spread this season.

Hofstra is 10-6 all-time against current MEAC schools. The Dutchmen last played a MEAC school on Nov. 11, 2016, when they beat Coppin State, 74-72, in the season opener.

THINGS YOU CAN SHOUT ON TWITTER IF CALLS GO DO NOT GO HOFSTRA’S WAY
You’ve made the NCAA Tournament a lot bias! (Under the late Don Corbett, the Aggies won seven straight MEAC titles and the accompanying bids to the NCAA Tournament from 1982-88. Only Kentucky (SEC, 1944-50) won as many consecutive tournament championships)
Al Attles bias! (The former Golden State Warriors coach graduated from North Carolina A&T)
Tarik Cohen bias! (The do-everything Bears running back graduated from North Carolina A&T)
You still play Division I-AA football bias! (duh)

Sunday, November 11, 2018

I'll Be Quirky: Marshall

Twenty-three years ago this month, hot off the presses.

The hopes of an unbeaten season remained alive after a rough start Friday night, when the Flying Dutchmen spotted Mount St. Mary’s the game’s first 12 points before coming back to earn a 79-61 victory at the Arena. The Dutchmen will face a tall task this afternoon, when they visit defending Conference USA champion Marshall. Here’s a look back at the win over the Mountaineers and a look ahead to the Thundering Herd (great nickname).

THE MOST RECENT GAME SUMMARIZED IN ONE PARAGRAPH
The Dutchmen trailed by as many as 15 before storming back to cruise past Mount St. Mary’s. The Dutchmen ended the game on a 78-45 run. Can you figure out the score at the Dutchmen’s biggest deficit? Show all your work. Justin Wright-Foreman (20 points, seven rebounds and five assists) overcame a slow start to lead the Dutchmen in scoring while Eli Pemberton and Desure Buie had 18 points apiece. Stafford Trueheart (seven points, seven rebounds) had one of his patented glue games while graduate senior big men Jacquil Taylor and Dan Dwyer combined for nine points, 16 rebounds and three blocks. 

3 STARS OF THE GAME (vs. Mount St. Mary’s 11/9)
3: Justin Wright-Foreman
2: Desure Buie
1: Eli Pemberton

SEASON STANDINGS (duh)
Justin Wright-Foreman 3
Desure Buie 2
Eli Pemberton 1

COACHSPEAK: “Obviously, a rough start, to say the least. I don’t know if we’ve ever had a rougher start than that. It was 12-0, it was 16-1. When you wait eight months to play, then you’ve got 30 practices and them the night comes and it takes forever to get down the floor. I guess that was the reason. Anyway, I thought that the story was that we kept our poise. We knew we still believed in ourselves, we knew that we could overcome that, we knew that we could just, possession by possession, win the battle and swim back. And we did.”

WAS THIS A UNICORN SCORE?
No. The Dutchmen have won at least one other game 79-61. They beat Elon by that score on Jan. 10, 2015. What’s a unicorn score? It’s a term coined by Mets superfan and blogger Greg Prince to describe a score by which the Mets had never previously won. 

NOT-SO-RANDOM SELECTION FROM THE 1993-94 JUKEBOX


“Play to the power, play to the crowd with your big hit sound.”

FOR STARTERS
The Dutchmen won their fifth straight season opener and improved to 48-35 all-time in season openers. The season opener winning streak is the longest for Hofstra in the Division I era and the school’s longest since a five-game winning streak from 1959-63, when the Dutchmen were directed by Butch van Breda Kolff and Paul Lynner. Joe Mihalich improved to 13-8 in season openers (5-1 at Hofstra, 8-7 at Niagara).

SPUTTERING START
The 12-0 deficit for the Dutchmen was the biggest game-opening run by an opponent in the Joe Mihalich era (2013-present). Prior to Friday, the biggest game-opening run allowed by the Dutchmen under Mihalich was produced Jan 27, 2014, when Towson raced out to a 10-0 lead and went on to a 76-58 win. The 12-0 run for Mount St. Mary’s was the largest by an opponent since, and I suspected this in real time, IUPUI took a 13-0 lead in that gawdawful CBI game that served as Tom Pecora’s finale on Mar. 17, 2010. That was a long time ago. Let us never speak of the CBI ever again, except to make fun of it. 

DOUBLE-DIGIT DUTCH COMEBACK
The Flying Dutchmen came back from a deficit of at least 10 points for the first time this season (duh) and the 17th time in six seasons under Joe Mihalich.

vs. Mount St. Mary’s 11/9/18 (trailed by 15 in 1H, won 79-61)
vs. Delaware 1/27/18 (trailed by 11 in 2H, won 64-59)
vs. Towson 1/11/18 (trailed by 10 in 2H, won 76-73)
vs. Northeastern 1/2/18 (trailed by 12 in 1H, won 71-70)
vs. Monmouth 12/6/17 (trailed by 14 in 2H, won 85-84)
vs. Drexel 2/4/17 (trailed by 13 in 2H, won 79-77)
vs. Delaware 2/2/17 (trailed by 14 in 1H, won 73-65)
vs. Coppin State 11/11/16 (trailed by 11 in 1H, won 74-72)
vs. UNCW 2/25/16 ( trailed by 18 in 1H, won 70-69)
vs. Drexel 1/30/16 (trailed by 12 in 2H, won 70-64)
vs. Sacred Heart 12/28/15 (trailed by 11 in 2H, won 80-73)
vs. St. Bonaventure 11/28/15 (trailed by 10 in 1H, won 89-83)
vs. Canisius 11/13/15 (trailed by 18 in 1H, won 96-85)
vs. Towson 2/18/15 (trailed by 14 in 1H, won 87-82)
vs. UNCW 1/3/15 (trailed by 13 in 1H, won 68-56)
vs. UNCW 2/8/14 (trailed by 15 in 2H, won 61-52)
vs. Charleston 1/11/14 (trailed by 14 in 1H, won 75-71)

COME BACK AND STAY (AHEAD) FOR GOOD THIS TIME
The 15-point deficit for the Dutchmen was the largest overcome in a victory since Feb. 25, 2016, when they came back from an 18-point deficit to edge UNC Wilmington, 70-69. In addition, Friday night marks the first time the Dutchmen have trailed by double digits and come back to win by at least 10 points since the 2015-16 season opener, when Canisius raced out to an 18-point lead before the Dutchmen earned a 96-85 win,

FRESHMAN STREAK ENDS
Redshirt freshman Kevin Schutte was the only freshman to make his Dutchmen debut Friday night, when he was scoreless while playing the final minute. This marks the first time since 2008, when the Dutchmen had no freshmen on the team, that a freshman did not score on opening night. Here are some notable debuts by Hofstra freshmen in the CAA era (2001-present):

2017: Jalen Ray: 10 pts/2 assists vs. Army-West Point
2017: Matija Radovic: 5 pts/5 rebs vs. Army-West Point
2016: Eli Pemberton: 20 pts/4 rebs/1 steal vs. Coppin State
2015: Justin Wright-Foreman: 0 pts/1 reb vs. Canisius
2015: Desure Buie: 2 pts/2 assists/1 steal vs. Canisius
2014: Rokas Gustys: 4 pts/10 rebs vs. Jacksonville
2014: Andre Walker: 4 pts/11 rebs/6 blks vs. Jacksonville
2013: Chris Jenkins: 17 pts/2 rebs/1 blk/1 steal vs. Monmouth
2013: Jamall Robinson: 8 pts/4 rebs/2 assists vs. Monmouth
2012: Jordan Allen: 2 pts/1 reb vs. Monmouth
2011: Moussa Kone: 6 pts/2 rebs/1 steal vs. Long Island U.
2010: Shemiye McLendon: 16 pts/4 rbs/2 assists vs. Farmingdale State
2010: Stephen Nwaukoni: 8 rebs vs. Farmingdale State
2010: Roland Brown: 4 pts/5 rebs/1 steal/1 blk  vs. Farmingdale State
2009: Chaz Williams: 7 pts/6 assists/5 rebs/37 mins vs. Kansas
2009: Halil Kanacevic: 12 pts/12 rebs/3 blks 31 mins vs. Kansas
2007: Charles Jenkins: 5 pts/9 rebs/1 assist/1 steal vs. Holy Cross
2007: Nathaniel Lester: 2 rebs vs. Holy Cross
2007: Greg Washington: 2 rebs/2 blks/1 assist/1 steal vs. Holy Cross
2005: Arminas Urbutis: 6 pts vs. Florida International
2005: Greg Johnson: 12 pts vs. Florida International
2004: Antoine Agudio: 20 pts vs. Florida International 
2003: Loren Stokes: 2 pts vs. Marist
2003: Carlos Rivera: 10 pts vs. Marist
2001: Kenny Adeleke: 10 pts vs. Florida Atlantic

COMPLETING THE TRANSFER
Three transfers made their Dutchmen debuts Friday night, when Jacquil Taylor started and collected six points, 10 rebounds and one block in 21 minutes while Dan Dwyer (three points, six rebounds, two blocks) and Tareq Coburn (two points, two rebounds) each chipped in off the bench. Taylor is the first newcomer to pull down 10 rebounds in his Hofstra debut since He Whom We Shall Not Name (But He Made The NCAA Tournament For Someone Else) had 12 rebounds against Monmouth on Nov. 9, 2012. Taylor is the first transfer to open his Hofstra career with at least 10 rebounds since Miklos Szabo had 11 rebounds against East Tennessee State on Nov. 16, 2018. Here are some notable debuts by transfers since 1991:

2017: Joel Angus III: 13 pts/6 rebs vs. Army-West Point
2017: Kenny Wormley: 3 pts/2 rebs/4 assists vs. Kennesaw State
2016: Deron Powers: 12 pts/5 assists/4 rebs vs. Coppin State
2016: Hunter Sabety: 2 pts/5 rebs/1 blk vs. Coppin State
2015: Denton Koon: 14 pts/5 rebs/1 steal/1 blk vs. Canisius
2014: Juan’ya Green: 14 pts/9 assists/5 rebs vs. Jacksonville
2014: Ameen Tanksley: 16 pts/3 assists/2 assists/1 blk vs. Jacksonville
2014: Brian Bernardi: 22 pts/3 assists/2 rebs/1 steal vs. Jacksonville (6-8 3PT)
2014: Malik Nichols: 15 pts/3 assists/2 rbs/1 blk vs. Jacksonville**
2013: Zeke Upshaw: 22 pts/3 assists/3 rebs vs. Monmouth (2-8 3PT)
2013: Dion Nesmith: 10 pts/5 assists/2 rebs vs. Monmouth
2012: Taran Buie: 14 pts/2 assists/2 rbs vs. South Dakota State
2012: [name redacted]: 12 pts vs. Monmouth
2012: Daquan Brown: 2 pts/1 assist vs. Tulane
2011: Stevie Mejia: 7 pts/1 rb/4 assists/1 steal vs. Long Island
2011: Bryant Crowder: 13 pts/6 rbs/1 steal vs. Rhode Island**
2010: Mike Moore: 13 pts/4 rbs/4 assists vs. Farmingdale State
2010: Dwan McMillan: 15 pts/2 rbs/6 assists1 steal vs. Farmingdale State**
2010: Brad Kelleher: 2 pts vs. Florida Atlantic**
2008: Tony Dennison: 5 pts/4 rbs/1 assist vs. Clemson**
2008: Cornelius Vines: 12 pts/3 rbs/3 steals vs. Clemson**
2008: Miklos Szabo: 4 pts/11 rbs/2 assists/1 steal vs. E. Tennessee State**
2007: Darren Townes: 5 pts/5 rbs/1 steal/1 blocked shot vs. Holy Cross**
2007: Dane Johnson: 3 pts/1 rb/3 blocked shots vs. Holy Cross**
2004: Kenny Harris: 3 pts/1 rb/1 assist/2 steals vs. Florida International**
2004: Adrian Uter: 0 pts/2 rbs/1 block vs. Florida International**
2000: Osei Miller: 2 pts/2 rbs vs. Northern Illinois
1999: Greg Springfield: 7 pts/5 rbs/10 blocked shots vs. New Mexico State***
1998: Jason Hernandez: 7 pts/ 2 rbs/1 assist/2 steals vs. Maryland
1998: Abdul Sylla 0 pts/3 rbs vs. Youngstown State
1997: Mike Renfro 6 pts/3 rbs/1 assist/1 steal vs. Bucknell**
1996: Lance Dunkley 2 pts/3 rbs/1 assist vs. Stony Brook**
1996: Duane Posey 8 pts/4 rbs/1 assist/2 blks vs. Stony Brook
1995: Seth Meyers 14 pts/5 rbs vs. Stony Brook
1995: Lawrence Thomas 20 pts/4 rbs/2 assists vs. Villanova
1994: Jamil Greene 1 pt/2 rbs/1 assist vs. New Hampshire**
1993: Chris Johnke 0 pts/5 rbs vs. Iona**
1991: Demetrius Dudley 33 pts/7 rbs vs. Navy

**--junior college transfer
***--10 blocked shots are a school record

DOUBLE DIGIT JWF
By scoring a team-high 21 points Friday night, Justin Wright-Foreman extended his streak of double-digit scoring efforts to 54 straight games, the second-longest streak by a Hofstra player since 1989-90 (as far back as my records go, at least at home). The only player with a longer streak in the last 29 seasons is Charles Jenkins, who ended his career by scoring in double figures in his final 58 games for the Dutchmen. In addition, Wright-Foreman’s streak is the fourth-longest active streak in Division I, per Hofstra SID Stephen Gorchov.

Charles Jenkins 58 straight games 12/12/09-3/15/11*** 
Justin Wright-Foreman: 54 straight games 12/11/16-present
Antoine Agudio 48 straight games 3/6/06-1/17/08****
Juan’ya Green: 43 straight games 11/14/14-12/9/15 
Loren Stokes 41 straight games 2/20/06-3/14/07*** 
Loren Stokes: 34 straight games 1/14/04-1/31/05

***streak ended with the end of the player’s Hofstra career
****Agudio had three DNPs during his streak

LUCKY THIRTEEN
With his 20 points Friday night, Justin Wright-Foreman remained in 13th place on the all-time Hofstra scoring list. He enters today 24 points away from surpassing Rick Apodaca for 12th place. 

11.) Leroy Allen 1,435 (1983-87)
12.) Rick Apodaca 1,422 (1999-2003)
13.) JUSTIN WRIGHT-FOREMAN 1,399 (2015-present)
14.) Ken Rood 1,368 (1973-77)

MIHALICH MOVES UP
Joe Mihalich recorded his 354th win as a Division I head coach Friday night, which moved him into a tie for 180th place all-time with James Snyder. Mihalich is one win behind Long Beach State head coach Dan Monson, who holds sole possession of 179th place.

SECOND HELPINGS
The Dutchmen are looking to go 2-0 for the second straight season but only the fourth time in the CAA era (also 2001-02 and 2015-16) and the 28th time in program history. 

Joe Mihalich-coached teams have opened 2-0 seven times (1999-2000, 2000-01, 2003-04, 2005-06, 2007-08, 2015-16, 2017-18).

OVER THE AIR
This afternoon’s game will be aired on ESPN+. Hofstra will also offer live audio at the Pride Productions hub. Marshall’s live stats program can be found here

MARSHALL AND CONFERENCE USA
Hofstra is 2-0 all-time against Marshall. The Dutchmen won the most recent meeting between the teams Nov. 18, 2012, when three dudes whose names we will never utter again combined to score 47 points in a 103-100 double overtime victory at the Arena that gave the Dutchmen the title in one of those silly tournaments they had to participate in as punishment for accepting a CBI bid. As it turned out, the win would quite literally be the last good thing to happen to the Dutchmen all season. Let us never speak of it again.

Marshall opened its season Wednesday with a 105-77 win over Eastern Kentucky. The Thundering Herd (once again, great nickname) was picked to finish second in C-USA this season. The Herd returns the top three leading scorers — including Jon Elmore, who is one of the three players in the country with a longer streak of consecutive double-digit scoring efforts (65 straight games) than Justin Wright-Foreman — from a team that went 25-11 last season, won the Conference USA Tournament, reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 31 years and then beat Wichita State in the first round for the first NCAA win in school history.

After today, the Thundering Herd’s next four opponents are all teams that are also on the Dutchmen’s schedule. Marshall hosts Mount St. Mary’s Wednesday and North Carolina A&T next Monday before visiting Maryland on Nov. 23 to complete this tournament that’s not really a tournament. The Herd then greet William & Mary on Nov. 28.

At KenPom.com this morning, Hofstra is ranked 151st while Marshall is ranked 83rd. KenPom.com predicts a 90-81 win for the Thundering Herd. Per the wise guys in Vegas, for entertainment purposes only, the Dutchmen are 7.5-point underdogs. The Dutchmen are 1-0 against the spread this season.

Hofstra is 25-25 all-time against current Conference USA schools. The Dutchmen last played a C-USA school on Dec. 3, 2016, when they beat Florida Atlantic, 88-80.

THINGS YOU CAN SHOUT ON TWITTER IF CALLS GO DO NOT GO HOFSTRA’S WAY
Chad Pennington bias! (Long before he became a star-crossed Jets quarterback, Pennington was a freshman quarterback leading Marshall to a 30-28 win over the previously unbeaten Flying Dutchmen in the 1995 regular season finale. I was there. It was cool.)
Randy Moss bias! (Two years later, Moss toyed with the Mid-American Conference by racking up 1,820 yards and 26 touchdowns in his lone season of college football)
Rick Reed bias! (The criminally underrated former Mets pitcher played at Marshall)
Jeff Montgomery bias! (The former Royals closer also played at Marshall)