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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
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
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)