Saturday, January 5, 2019

I'll Be Quirky: Northeastern

That's OK, it's intersession, watch Hofstra-Northeastern to your heart's content, kids.

The Flying Dutchmen went all Ed Rooney/Katie Bueller Sunday afternoon, when they won for a niiiiiinth straight time by leading Drexel wire-to-wire in an 89-75 victory at the Arena. The Dutchmen will look to move into double digits and remain perfect in the CAA this afternoon when they host Northeastern in this season’s first Barone Bowl. Here’s a look back at the win over the Dragons and a look ahead to the Huskies.

Justin Wright-Foreman (34 points) racked up yet another 30-point game and five players finished in double figures for the Dutchmen, who raced out to an 11-point lead by the first media timeout and held off a second half rally by Drexel. The Dragons got to within six points with a little more than eight minutes left and had a chance to get within four or five points before the Dutchmen mounted an 11-0 run to put the game away. Desure Buie (15 points, 10 assists, four steals) had a double-double while Eli Pemberton finished with 13 points. Jacquil Taylor added 12 points and two blocks and Tareq Coburn had 11 points.

3 STARS OF THE GAME (vs. Drexel 12/30)
3: Justin Wright-Foreman
2: Desure Buie
1: Jacquil Taylor

Justin Wright-Foreman 40
Eli Pemberton 14
Desure Buie 11
Tareq Coburn 10
Jacquil Taylor 7
Jalen Ray 4
Stafford Trueheart 2
Kenny Wormley 1
Dan Dwyer 1

No! The Dutchmen most recently won a game 89-75 when they beat Wilkes in the second game of the 1970-71 season. DYK? The last-second basket by Drexel kept the Dutchmen from their second 89-73 win of the season. The Dutchmen have recorded five unicorn scores this season.

The Dutchmen won a game in which they didn’t trail for the first time this season and the first time since a 77-61 victory over James Madison on Feb. 22, 2018.

The Dutchmen won their ninth straight game Friday. It is the longest winning streak for the program since a nine-game run during the 2004-05 season and the 16th time in school history the Dutchmen have won at least nine straight games. 

With the win over Delaware, the Dutchmen improved to 9-0 at home this season while extending their overall home winning streak to 12 games dating back to Feb. 15. The nine straight wins to open the home schedule are the most by a Dutchmen squad since the 2005-06 team won its first 14 home games (13-0 regular season, 1-0 NIT). Per Hofstra SID Stephen Gorchov, those 14 wins concluded a 21-game home winning streak that lasted from Jan. 22, 2005 to Mar. 16, 2006 and is the longest home winning streak for the Dutchmen in the CAA era.

The Dutchmen are 2-0 in CAA play for the sixth time since joining the league in 2001-02. They opened 2-0 in 2004-05 and 2015-16, 4-0 in 2014-15 and 5-0 in 2006-07 and 2010-11.

The Dutchmen led 47-27 at the half Sunday. It marked the third straight game in which they led by at least 20 points at the half, which is almost surely the first time thats happened in the CAA era (2001-present), but I don’t have access to the 2001-02 boxscores at home. At the least, it is the longest streak since the start of the 2002-03 season. And the back-to-back leads of at least 20 point at the half over Delaware and Drexel mark the second time since 2002-03 the Dutchmen have led a Division I opponent by at least 20 points at the half in back-to-back games. The Dutchmen led Long Island by 20 points at the half on Dec, 28, 2014 and led Central Connecticut State by 22 points at the half three days later. 

40 (62-22) Rosemont, 12/22/18***
30 (48-18) Delaware, 12/28/18
29 (54-25) UNC Wilmington 1/27/10
27 (51-24) Towson 1/7/04
25 (53-28) Farmingdale State 11/20/09***
23 (50-27) Fairleigh Dickinson 11/10/13
22 (47-25) Central Connecticut 12/31/14
22 (48-26) Coppin State 12/10/14
21 (53-32) Jacksonville 11/14/14
21 (42-21) Elon 11/23/09
20 (47-27) Drexel 12/30/18
20 (44-24) SUNY-Stony Brook 12/13/16
20 (45-25) Long Island U. 12/28/14
20 (45-25) UNCW 2/25/12

***non-Division I foes

With his 34 points against Drexel, Justin Wright-Foreman extended his streak of double-digit scoring efforts to 68 straight games, the most ever by a Hofstra player. In addition, Wright-Foreman’s streak is now the second-longest active streak in Division I, per Hofstra SID Stephen Gorchov.

Justin Wright-Foreman: 68 straight games 12/11/16-present
Charles Jenkins 58 straight games 12/12/09-3/15/11*** 
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

ALL BY HIMSELF (part two)
Justin Wright-Foreman recorded his fourth 30-point game of the season Wednesday night and the 15th of his career. That’s the most by a Hofstra player since at least the 1989-90 season. But Wright-Foreman has played just 105 games and registered all of his 30-point games in his last 64 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).

Justin Wright-Foreman 15 (105)
Demetrius Dudley 12 (55)
Charles Jenkins 12 (128)
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)

THE 30/30/30/30 (AT LEAST) CLUB
The four 30-point games this season by Justin Wright-Foreman mark the 10th time since 1989-90 that a Hofstra player has recorded at least four 30-point performances. Wright-Foreman, not surprisingly, has done it three times. 

Justin Wright-Foreman 7 (2017-18)
Demetrius Dudley 7 (1991-92)
Antoine Agudio 6 (2007-08)
Speedy Claxton 6 (1999-2000)
Demetrius Dudley 5 (1992-93)
Justin Wright-Foreman 4 (2018-19)
Justin Wright-Foreman 4 (2016-17)
Charles Jenkins 4 (2010-11)
Charles Jenkins 4 (2009-10)
Charles Jenkins 4 (2008-09)

Justin Wright-Foreman added five rebounds and five assists Sunday to go along with his 34 points. It is the fifth time in his career he’s had at least 30 points, five rebounds and five assists. Only Charles Jenkins (two) has more than one such game for Hofstra dating back to the start of the 2010-11 season, the farthest back the player game finder goes at College Basketball Reference In addition, only six Division I players have at least five 30/5/5 games since 2010-11.

Justin Wright-Foreman remained in ninth place on the all-time Hofstra scoring list Sunday. He is 55 points away from eighth-place David Taylor, so Wright-Foreman will probably spend multiple games in ninth place. Probably.

8.) David Taylor 1,818 (1979-83)
9.) JUSTIN WRIGHT-FOREMAN 1,764 (2015-present)
10.) Norman Richardson 1,677 (1997-2001)
11.) Frank Walker 1,437 (1985-89)
12.) Leroy Allen 1,435 (1983-87)

Eli Pemberton, the newest member of the Hofstra 1,000-point club, scored 13 points Sunday to move past Derrick Flowers into 32nd place on the all-time scoring list. He enters today 16 points away from moving past Ameen Tanksley into 31st place (25 points).

31.) Ameen Tanksley 1,090 (2014-16)
32.) ELI PEMBERTON 1,075 (2016-present)
33.) Derrick Flowers 1,069 (1987-91)
34.) Darius Burton 1,060 (1993-97)
35.) Percy Johnson 1,045 (1950-53)
36.) Jim Shaffer 1,022 (1991-95)
37.) John Irving 1,018 (1974-77)

Desure Buie recorded his second double-double in three games Sunday, when he finished with 15 points and a career high-tying 10 assists. Buie is the first Hofstra player with multiple points-assists double-doubles since Juan’ya Green had 15 from 2014-16. 

Buie also had four steals while committing two turnovers Sunday, Per College Basketball Reference, he is just the second player this season to record at least 10 points, 10 assists and four steals while committing tow turnovers or fewer against a Division I foe. Radford’s Carlik Jones had 24 points, 10 assists, four steals and two turnovers against Illinois-Chicago on Nov. 9.

THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE (which unfortunately was released in 1992)
It’s early, but you’re not wrong if you’re thinking you’ve never seen a Dutchmen team shoot free throws this well. The Dutchmen were 11-of-16 from the line against Delaware, which dropped their season-long percentage to 78.8 percent (actually 78.79 percent). That is, and I can’t believe I’m typing these words, still good enough for the third-best percentage in the country entering today’s games. The Dutchmen rank just behind Incarnate Word (79.9 percent) and North Dakota State (79.6 percent). They are percentage points ahead of La Salle (78.75 percent ) as well as Toledo (78.4 percent). At this rate, the Dutchmen would shatter the program record for free throw percentage set by the 2010-11 team, which drained 76.1 percent of its free throws.

In addition, as reader Evan Jones notes, the Dutchmen are a little behind the pace set last season by William & Mary, which set the single-season CAA record by shooting .810 from the free throw line. Technically, the Tribe were at 81.049 percent (479-for-591).

Last year’s Dutchmen shot 68.2 percent from the free throw line. But subtracting Rokas Gustys’ performance (45-of-120, 37.5 percent), the Dutchmen would have shot 74.7 percent, which would have been the third-best single-season mark in program history. 

Joe Mihalich won his 100th game as the head coach of the Flying Dutchmen Sunday afternoon. He is the eighth coach to win at least 100 games at Hofstra.

Butch van Breda Kolff 215
Tom Pecora 155
Paul Lynner 152
Frank Reilly 146
Jay Wright 122
Dick Berg 102
Jack McDonald 100
Joe Mihalich 100

In addition, as Hofstra SID Stephen Gorchov notes, Mihalich reached 100 wins in 179 games, which is tied with Tom Pecora for the fifth-fastest ascent to 100 wins by a Hofstra coach. Pecora and Mihalich reached 100 wins one game faster than Jay Wright. Neat, huh?

Hofstra will carry live audio of today’s game and offer live stats here. The game is being televised live by College Sports Live.

The Huskies, under 13th-year head coach Bill Coen, are 7-7 this season and 1-1 in CAA play following an 82-80, double-overtime loss to Delaware on Sunday.

The Dutchmen and Huskies had no common foes during non-league play, but both opened their CAA season last weekend with games against Drexel and Delaware. Northeastern beat Drexel, 93-83.

The Dutchmen, who were picked third in the CAA preseason poll, were ranked 80th at this morning. The Huskies Dragons, who were picked first, were ranked 116th at as of early this morning.

According to, the Dutchmen rank first in the CAA in offensive efficiency (111.8) and second in defensive efficiency (103.2). The Huskies rank second in the CAA in offensive efficiency (110.5) and third in defensive efficiency (105.4).

Senior guard Vasa Pusica, who missed six games due to injury, leads the Huskies with 15.9 points and 4.6 assists per game. Juniors Jordan Roland (15.6 ppg) and Donnell Gresham Jr. (11.1 ppg) are also averaging in double figures. Junior guard Shawn Occeus, the reigning CAA defensive player of the year, has been limited to just four games due to injury as well as a brief leave for a personal matter. predicts a 78-72 win by Hofstra. Per the wise guys in Vegas, for entertainment purposes only, the Dutchmen are 6.5-point favorites. Hofstra is 11-3 against the spread this season.

Hofstra is 22-21 against Northeastern in a series that began during the 1949-50 season. All but three of the meetings have come in conference play since the 1994-95 season, when Hofstra joined the North Atlantic Conference. Northeastern’s 81-67 win in Hempstead on Jan. 25 snapped the Dutchmen’s five-game winning streak in the series. That came immediately after Northeastern recorded seven straight wins prior to the 2015-16 season.

The Barone Bowl was established by me and Northeastern graduate Mike Brodsky during the 2009-10 season, after Northeastern and Hofstra dropped football within two weeks of one another (Hofstra’s decision, of course, was reached after a multi-year study, wink wink nudge nudge). The Barone Bowl pays homage to the episode of Everybody Loves Raymond in which a Hofstra kicker boots a 68-yard field goal against Northeastern but Frank Barone catches the ball and refuses to give it up. Apparently that wasn’t the type of publicity either school liked. Anyway.

Northeastern leads the Barone Bowl series, 11-8, though Hofstra has retained Barone Bowl for three straight seasons. A team can retain the trophy with a split of the season series. This, unfortunately, is a purely symbolic trophy, one which you will not find displayed by either school. But you can find me and Brodsky talking about it on Twitter!

You’re just making these calls to make up for screwing Northeastern out of the CAA title last year bias! (The Huskies were Southern Biased something fierce)
Brock Holt bias! (The Red Sox’ utilityman hit for the first postseason cycle ever in October)
Ron Everhart took everything that wasn’t locked down bias! (Inside joke)
Hole Hearted bias! (Because you can never make enough Extreme references)

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