Saturday, December 8, 2018

I'll Be Quirky: Rider

Rider Strong didn't go to Rider, but maybe Shawn Hunter did. Hey, the show took place near New Jersey.

Winless Monmouth gave the Flying Dutchmen all they could handle Wednesday night, but a banged-up Justin Wright-Foreman converted the go-ahead nostalgic 3-point play with 16 seconds left and the Dutchmen played suffocating defense (!!!) on a final unsuccessful possession for Monmouth, which missed a shot at the buzzer as the Dutchmen hung on for an ugly-but-nobody-cares-how-ugly-it-is-when-you-win 75-73 win. The Dutchmen will continue their tour of the MAAC this afternoon, when they host Rider at the Arena. Here’s a look back at the win over the Hawks and a look ahead to the Broncs.

THE MOST RECENT GAME SUMMARIZED IN ONE PARAGRAPH
Justin Wright-Foreman (30 points on 10-of-23 shooting from the floor and 6-of-10 shooting from the line) appeared to be merely mortal, especially after taking a hard foul late in the second half, but he drained the winning basket and subsequent free throw as the Dutchmen escaped against Monmouth. The two teams were never separated by more than six points in a while game that featured four lead changes in the final two minutes. Eli Pemberton had 14 points and four rebounds while Desure Buie did his best Jason Hernandez imitation by scoring nine points on three 3-pointers, including a go-ahead basket with 2:22 left, and collecting six assists. Jacquil Taylor had nine rebounds and three blocks.

3 STARS OF THE GAME (vs. Monmouth 12/5)
3: Justin Wright-Foreman
2: Desure Buie
1: Eli Pemberton

SEASON STANDINGS
Justin Wright-Foreman 27
Eli Pemberton 12
Desure Buie 4
Jalen Ray 4
Tareq Coburn 3
Stafford Trueheart 2
Jacquil Taylor 1
Dan Dwyer 1

COACHSPEAK: “That was one heckuva win. That really was. We were terrible. We were terrible. We were soft. We did so many little things wrong. We turned the ball over. I don’t know what we did well. But when we had to make a play, we did. And that’s what good teams do.”

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


On a New York night, have you heard the news?

WAS THIS A UNICORN SCORE?
No! But 75-73 scores aren’t nearly as common as you’d think. Or at least I’d think. The Dutchmen most recently earned a 75-73 win on Dec, 29, 1988, when they edged host Long Island University. This is the second time in the last three games the Dutchmen have won a game by a score they hadn't won by since a win over LIU in the late ‘80s. That’s a convoluted sentence. Let’s move on.

HOME SWEET HOME
With Wednesday’s win, the Dutchmen improved to 5-0 at home this season while extending their overall home winning streak to nine games dating back to Feb. 15. The five straight wins to open the home schedule are the most by a Dutchmen squad since the 2015-16 team won its first six home games. Per Hofstra SID Stephen Gorchov, the longest home winning streak for the Dutchmen in the CAA era (2001-present) is a 21-game streak from Jan. 22, 2005 to Mar. 16, 2006.

ALL BY HIMSELF (part one)
With his 30 points Wednesday night, Justin Wright-Foreman extended his streak of double-digit scoring efforts to 62 straight games, the most by a Hofstra player since 1989-90 (as far back as my records go, at least at home). In addition, Wright-Foreman’s streak is now the second-longest active streak in Division I, per Hofstra SID Stephen Gorchov.

Justin Wright-Foreman: 62 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 third 30-point game of the season Wednesday night and the 14th of his career. That’s the most by a Hofstra player since at least the 1989-90 season. But Wright-Foreman has played just 99 games and registered all of his 30-point games in his last 58 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 14 (99)
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)

JWF IS A TOP TEN HIT
With his 30 points Wednesday, Justin Wright-Foreman remained in 10th place on the all-time Hofstra scoring list. To be fair, he needed to score 54 more points to move up the list and pass Norman Richardson for ninth place. 

8.) David Taylor 1,818 (1979-83)
9.) Norman Richardson 1,677 (1997-2001)
10.) JUSTIN WRIGHT-FOREMAN 1,624 (2015-present)
11.) Frank Walker 1,437 (1985-89)
12.) Leroy Allen 1,435 (1983-87)

JWF VS. LAUREL
A season after scoring 755 points, an average of 24.4 points per game, Justin Wright-Foreman has scored 245 points in eight games, an average of 27.2 points per game. The latter figure would be the highest average by a Hofstra player since Rich Laurel averaged a program-record 30.3 points per game during the 1976-77 season.

With that in mind, I looked up Newsday from the 1976-77 season on microfilm (GOOGLE IT CRAIN) to try and track the game-by-game progress of both Laurel and Wright-Foreman. And there were box scores from all 30 games! This made me unnaturally happy.

Anyway, here are Laurel’s totals through the first nine games of the 1976-77 season, a stretch in which he collected 265 points and averaged 29.4 points per game.

vs. C.W. Post 11/27: 25 pts
vs. Dowling 11/28: 14 pts
vs. Temple 12/2: 26 pts
vs. CCNY 12/4: 29 pts
vs. Duquesne 12/10: 29 pts
vs. Southern Illinois 12/11: 31 pts
vs. St. Francis (NY) 12/16: 43 pts
vs. Rhode Island 12/18: 37 pts
vs. Catholic 12/20: 31 pts

ELI MOVIN’ ON UP
Eli Pemberton, the newest member of the Hofstra 1,000-point club, continued his climb up the all-time scoring ranks Wednesday, when he scored 14 points. That vaulted him two spots, past John Irving and Jim Shaffer, into 35th place on the program’s scoring list. He enters tonight needing 20 points to surpass Percy Johnson for 34th place. 

33.) Darius Burton 1,060 (1993-97)
34.) Percy Johnson 1,045 (1950-53)
35.) ELI PEMBERTON 1,026 (2016-present)
36.) Jim Shaffer 1,022 (1991-95)
37.) John Irving 1,018 (1974-77)

ELI VS. LOREN
If you’re thinking of Loren Stokes while watching Eli Pemberton, you’re not alone. Through nine games during his junior season, the slashing Pemberton is averaging 16.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game. Through nine games in his junior season of 2005-06, the slashing Stokes was averaging 13.7 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. Hopefully Tony Skinn Jr. isn’t waiting to punch Pemberton in the privates in the CAA Tournament.

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 19-of-26 from the line Wednesday, which actually dropped their season-long percentage to 79.8 percent (actually 79.79 percent). Entering today, that’s good enough for fifth in the country, behind only Incarnate Word (82.2 percent), Northern Colorado (80.3 percent), Lafayette (80 percent) and Utah State (79.8 percent—actually 79.80 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.

Last year’s team 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. 

However, Wednesday’s game ended a streak of six straight games in which the Dutchmen missed four or fewer free throws. #CreativeMath That was the longest such streak since, you guessed it, 2010-11, when the Dutchmen missed four or fewer free throws in nine straight games from Jan. 8 through Feb. 2.

OVER THE AIR
Hofstra will over live video, audio and stats here.

RIDER AND THE MAAC
Rider, under seventh-year head coach Kevin Baggett, is 2-2 this season. Wait, only four games on the second weekend of December? What is this, 1993? The four games are the fewest played by any Division I team thus far this season. The Broncs haven’t played since Nov. 28, when they fell to West Virginia, 92-78.

Rider, the defending MAAC regular season champions, was the unanimous pick to finish first in the MAAC this season. The Broncs had four players selected to the preseason all-MAAC teams. Junior Stevie Jordan and sophomore Dimencio Vaughn were voted to the preseason all-MAAC first team while sophomores Frederick Scott and Jordan Allen were named to the second and third teams, respectively. The quartet combined to average 54.9 points per game last season. Vaughn leads the Broncs this year with 15.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.

Thanks to the Dutchmen’s MAAC-heavy non-conference schedule, Hofstra and Rider have four common foes this season. The Dutchmen have already beaten Monmouth and Siena and will face Manhattan Monday. Rider is scheduled to face Manhattan and Monmouth twice apiece in conference play and Siena once.

This is the second straight season Hofstra is facing four MAAC opponents. Last year marked the first time the Dutchmen faced four teams from one league in the non-conference schedule since 1993-94, when the Dutchmen, who were really known as the Dutchmen back then, played four North Atlantic Conference foes in the program’s final pre-NAC season.

Hofstra is 20-17 all-time against Rider, which was a conference rival in the ECC from 1974 through 1992. This will be just the fourth game between the schools since Rider left the ECC and the second one not necessitated by the blasted Bracketbusters. Hofstra has won the last three games between the teams, including 52 weeks ago tonight when the Dutchmen earned an 88-82 win in Lawrenceville.

The Flying Dutchmen established the program’s shot clock era for fewest points allowed in a game on Jan. 18, 1989, when Hofstra beat Rider, 48-34, at the Physical Fitness Center. 

At KenPom.com this afternoon, Hofstra is ranked 136th while Rider is ranked 106th. KenPom.com predicts n 84-83 win for the Dutchmen. Per the wise guys in Vegas, for entertainment purposes only, the Dutchmen are 1.5-point favorites. The Dutchmen are 7-2 against the spread this season.

Hofstra is 97-118 all-time against current MAAC schools. This marks the 12th time in the last 13 seasons the Dutchmen have played at least two MAAC schools (the 2014-15 schedule had no MAAC teams).

THINGS YOU CAN SHOUT ON TWITTER IF CALLS GO DO NOT GO HOFSTRA’S WAY
Shawn Hunter bias! (Rider isn’t named after Rider Strong, nor did he go to Rider, but when you can make a Boy Meets World reference, you do it)
Al Downing bias! (The pitcher who served up Hank Aaron’s 715th homer went to Rider)
No football since 1951 bias! (I wonder if they have one really annoying alum who still wants the sport to return?)

You’ve gone even longer without an NCAA Tournament bid than us bias! (Rider last appeared in the NCAA Tournament in 1994, when they fell to UConn at Nassau Coliseum. I was there on zero sleep)

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

I'll Be Quirky: Monmouth

Wait, is that a I-AA football player I see?

The Flying Dutchmen took care of business on their road trip to Atlanta Saturday afternoon, when they pulled away over the final 12 minutes to cruise to a 78-52 win over Kennesaw State. The Dutchmen will look to make it three straight wins tonight, when they host Monmouth at the Arena. Here’s a look back at the win over the Owls and a look ahead to the Hawks.

THE MOST RECENT GAME SUMMARIZED IN ONE PARAGRAPH
The Dutchmen let Kennesaw State hang around for more than 30 minutes before ending the game on a 32-16 run to earn their most lopsided win of the season. Justin Wright-Foreman (20 points, five rebounds, a team-high five assists) did Justin Wright-Foreman things, while Eli Pemberton (15 points, a team-high seven rebounds) did Eli Pemberton things on an afternoon in which he joined the Hofstra 1,000-point club. Jalen Ray added 10 points while Tareq Coburn finished with nine points and five rebounds. Jacquil Taylor and Stafford Trueheart each pulled down six rebounds.

3 STARS OF THE GAME (vs. Kennesaw State 12/1)
3: Justin Wright-Foreman
2: Eli Pemberton
1: Jalen Ray

SEASON STANDINGS
Justin Wright-Foreman 24
Eli Pemberton 11
Jalen Ray 4
Tareq Coburn 3
Stafford Trueheart 2
Desure Buie 2
Jacquil Taylor 1
Dan Dwyer 1

COACHSPEAK: “It’s our first road win. We played so well at Marshall and Maryland and VCU, but this is our first road win. Tough teams, good teams, win on the road, so I’m glad we were able to do that tonight.”

WAS THIS A UNICORN SCORE?
No! The Dutchmen most recently earned a 78-52 win on Feb. 15, 1999, when they went on the road and earned the resounding victory against Northeastern. That season ended in the NIT. Harbinger? (No. We want the NCAAs damnit)

MAKE ROOM FOR ELI
Junior Eli Pemberton became the 37th player in program history to score 1,000 points when he drained a 3-pointer from the left corner with 14:02 left in the first half. The basket gave Pemberton exactly 1,000 career points. He finished the game with 1,012 points (for his career, not the game—the latter would have been a record) and enters tonight with a chance to move up at least two spots on the charts.

34.) Percy Johnson 1,045 (1950-53)
35.) Jim Shaffer 1,022 (1991-95)
36.) John Irving 1,018 (1974-77)
37.) ELI PEMBERTON 1,012 (2016-present)

THE MIHALICH 1K CLUB
Eli Pemberton became the sixth player to score 1,000 points under Joe Mihalich at Hofstra — a pretty remarkable feat considering Mihalich is only in his sixth season at the helm. Here are Pemberton’s predecessors to score 1,000 points under Mihalich, with their all-time rank in parenthesis. 

Justin Wright-Foreman 1,594 (10th)
Brian Bernardi 1,186 (T23rd)
Juan’ya Green 1,186 (T23rd)
Rokas Gustys 1,184 (25th)
Ameen Tanksley 1,090 (31st)
Eli Pemberton 1,012 (37th)

THE DEFIANTLY DUTCH 1K CLUB
Eli Pemberton also became the 19th player to score 1,000 points at Hofstra since I arrived on campus in the fall of 1993. Which, if my math is correct, means there have now been more 1,000-point scorers at Hofstra in the last 25 years than there were in the program’s first 57 seasons. I will assume that is due to my presence and not rule changes such as the shot clock, the 3-point shot and the shorter shot clock as well as the longer schedules played by teams since the 1990s.

WIN ONE, LOSE ONE, WIN ONE, LOSE ONE, WIN ONE, LOSE ONE, WIN ONE, WIN ONE
The Dutchmen’s first winning streak of the season ended a seven-game stretch in which they alternated wins in odd-numbered games with losses through even-numbered games. The seven-game streak of alternating wins and losses was the longest to open a season in program history.

THE DEFENSE DOESN’T REST, PART ONE
The win over Kennesaw State marked the 19th straight time the Dutchmen have won a game in which they held the opponent under 60 points. Under Joe Mihalich, the Dutchmen are 21-1 when holding opponent to fewer than 60 points. The only loss was absorbed Feb. 10, 2014, when the Dutchmen fell to James Madison, 59-53.

In addition, the Dutchmen limited Kennesaw State to 22 points in the first half Saturday, which were the fewest points scored by an opponent in a half since Elon was held to 20 points in the second half on Feb 8, 2018.

THE DEFENSE DOESN’T REST, PART TWO
The Dutchmen didn’t allow Kennesaw State to hit a 3-pointer Saturday. Per Hofstra SID Stephen Gorchov, it was the first time the Dutchmen have held an opponent scoreless from beyond the arc since that James Madison game, a span of 138 games. More remarkably, per Gorchov, it was the first time the Dutchmen have held an opponent without a 3-point basket in a win since Feb. 11, 1991, when Army was 0-for-7 as the Dutchmen earned a 50-46 victory. That was 841 games ago!!!

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 14-of-18 from the line Saturday which actually dropped their season-long percentage to 80.8 percent. Entering today, that’s good enough or third in the country, behind only Incarnate Word (82.2 percent) and Charlotte (81.3 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.

Last year’s team 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. 

In addition, Saturday marked the sixth straight game in which the Dutchmen missed four or fewer free throws. #CreativeMath That’s the longest such streak since, you guessed it, 2010-11, when the Dutchmen missed four or fewer free throws in nine straight games from Jan. 8 through Feb. 2. However, these Dutchmen have shot almost as many free throws in the last six games (135( as the 2010-11 team did during its streak (145). This year’s Dutchmen are shooting 84.4 percent during the streak. The 2010-11 Dutchmen shot 84.8 percent during their streak.

ALL BY HIMSELF
With his 20 points Saturday afternoon, Justin Wright-Foreman extended his streak of double-digit scoring efforts to 61 straight games, the most by a Hofstra player since 1989-90 (as far back as my records go, at least at home). In addition, Wright-Foreman’s streak is now the second-longest active streak in Division I, per Hofstra SID Stephen Gorchov.

Justin Wright-Foreman: 61 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

JWF IS A TOP TEN HIT
With his 20 points Saturday, Justin Wright-Foreman remained in 10th place on the all-time Hofstra scoring list. To be fair, he needed to score 84 more points to move up the list and pass Norman Richardson for ninth place. 

8.) David Taylor 1,818 (1979-83)
9.) Norman Richardson 1,677 (1997-2001)
10.) JUSTIN WRIGHT-FOREMAN 1,594 (2015-present)
11.) Frank Walker 1,437 (1985-89)
12.) Leroy Allen 1,435 (1983-87)

JWF VS. LAUREL
A season after scoring 755 points, an average of 24.4 points per game, Justin Wright-Foreman has scored 215 points in eight games, an average of 26.9 points per game. The latter figure would be the highest average by a Hofstra player since Rich Laurel averaged a program-record 30.3 points per game during the 1976-77 season.

With that in mind, I looked up Newsday from the 1976-77 season on microfilm (GOOGLE IT CRAIN) to try and track the game-by-game progress of both Laurel and Wright-Foreman. And there were box scores from all 30 games! This made me unnaturally happy.

Anyway, here are Laurel’s totals through the first eight games of the 1976-77 season, a stretch in which he collected 234 points and averaged 29.3 points per game.

vs. C.W. Post 11/27: 25 pts
vs. Dowling 11/28: 14 pts
vs. Temple 12/2: 26 pts
vs. CCNY 12/4: 29 pts
vs. Duquesne 12/10: 29 pts
vs. Southern Illinois 12/11: 31 pts
vs. St. Francis (NY) 12/16: 43 pts
vs. Rhode Island 12/18: 37 pts

ELI VS. LOREN
If you’re thinking of Loren Stokes while watching Eli Pemberton, you’re not alone. Through eight games during his junior season, the slashing Pemberton is averaging 17.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. Through eight games in his junior season of 2005-06, the slashing Stokes was averaging 14.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. Hopefully Tony Skinn Jr. isn’t waiting to punch Pemberton in the privates in the CAA Tournament.

OVER THE AIR
Hofstra will over live video, audio and stats here.

MONMOUTH AND THE MAAC
Monmouth, under eighth-year head coach King Rice, is 0-9 this season following a 63-45 loss to Bucknell on Saturday night. Only one of those losses was by single digits. Per our friend Patrick Stevens, the Hawks are one of just five winless teams in Division I. Monmouth’s schedule thus far has included just two home games and contests against Kentucky, West Virginia, St. Joseph’s and Valparaiso. 

The Hawks were picked to finish fifth in the MAAC.

With Micah Seaborn having departed for pro ball following his junior season last year, the Hawks are led by sophomore Deion Hammond, who was selected to the preseason all-MAAC third team and is averaging 10.9 points per game.

Thanks to the Dutchmen’s MAAC-heavy non-conference schedule, Hofstra and Monmouth have four common foes this season. Monmouth fell to Cal State-Fullerton, 83-67, on Nov. 18, three days before the Dutchmen beat the Titans, 80-71. The Dutchmen also beat Siena last Wednesday, 94-86, and tonight begin a three-game stretch in which they play a trio of MAAC schools, including Rider on Saturday and Manhattan on Monday. Monmouth plays Siena, Manhattan and Rider twice apiece in conference play.

This is the second straight season Hofstra is facing four MAAC opponents. Last year marked the first time the Dutchmen faced four teams from one league in the non-conference schedule since 1993-94, when the Dutchmen, who were really known as the Dutchmen back then, played four North Atlantic Conference foes in the program’s final pre-NAC season.

Hofstra is 2-6 all-time against Monmouth. The Dutchmen snapped a six-game losing streak against the Hawks 52 weeks ago tonight, when they authored the first of their several SportsCenter moments by coming back from a 14-point deficit to earn an 85-84 win on Jalen Ray’s last-second 3-pointer off an intentionally missed free throw by Justin Wright-Foreman. 

At KenPom.com this morning, Hofstra is ranked 127th while Monmouth is ranked 287th. KenPom.com predicts a 78-65 win for the Dutchmen. Per the wise guys in Vegas, for entertainment purposes only, the Dutchmen are 14-point favorites. The Dutchmen are 7-1 against the spread this season.

Hofstra is 96-118 all-time against current MAAC schools. This marks the 12th time in the last 13 seasons the Dutchmen have played at least two MAAC schools (the 2014-15 schedule had no MAAC teams).

THINGS YOU CAN SHOUT ON TWITTER IF CALLS GO DO NOT GO HOFSTRA’S WAY
The Selection Committee screwed you not once but twice bias! (Monmouth should have made the NCAA Tournament as an at-large team in both 2016 and 2017)
This game should have taken place in the first round of the NIT three years ago bias! (I used this last year but it’s still relevant) 
Dean Smith protege bias! (King Rice played under Dean Smith when I loved UNC hoops with the power of a thousand suns)
Miles Austin bias! (The former NFL wide receiver played collegiately at Monmouth, weird, they got publicity from I-AA football?)

Saturday, December 1, 2018

I'll Be Quirky: Kennesaw State

Al Skinner prepares a postgame feast of steamed hams for Joe Mihalich and the Dutchmen.

The Flying Dutchmen continued the win one-lose one pattern Wednesday night, when they raced out to a 20-point lead against Siena before hanging on for a 94-86 win, The Dutchmen will look to mount their first winning streak of the season this afternoon, when they visit Kennesaw State. Here’s a look back at the win over the Indians, err, Saints and a look ahead to the Owls.

THE MOST RECENT GAME SUMMARIZED IN ONE PARAGRAPH
Can you casually score 28 points? Asking for Justin Wright-Foreman, who nearly authored another 30-point effort in seamless fashion as the Dutchmen held off a late rally by Siena. Wright-Foreman was 12-of-19 from the field, including 2-of-5 from 3-point land, and hit both his free throws. His penultimate basket extended the Dutchmen’s lead to 20 at 77-57 with 8:10 to go before Siena went on an 18-4 run to pull within *does the math* 81-75 with 3:11 left. The Saints had a chance to cut the gap to three points, but Seymour Sloan missed an open 3-pointer with 2:33 left. Sloan’s 3-pointer with 1:15 left pulled the Saints within five, but the Dutchmen hit their next nine free throws to put the game away. Eli Pemberton had 19 points, including seven of the Dutchmen’s first nine in the first half and 10 points in the first eight minutes of the second half. Tareq Coburn (12 points, 14 rebounds) produced his first Hofstra double-double in just 20 minutes while Desure Buie added 13 points. Dan Dwyer had nine points and seven rebounds in 28 minutes.

3 STARS OF THE GAME (vs. Siena 11/28)
3: Justin Wright-Foreman
2: Eli Pemberton
1: Tareq Coburn

SEASON STANDINGS
Justin Wright-Foreman 21
Eli Pemberton 9
Tareq Coburn 3
Stafford Trueheart 2
Desure Buie 2
Jalen Ray 3
Jacquil Taylor 1
Dan Dwyer 1

COACHSPEAK: “We had some good stretches, obviously enough good stretches to win. There’s 40 minutes in the game. I think we were up 20 with eight minutes to go and then we just found a way to make it interesting, which is something we’ve got to work on and study. And we’ll do that. We let them feel good, making some shots. But we had enough good stretches to win the game.”

WAS THIS A UNICORN SCORE?
No! But the most recent one happened almost 40 years ago. This was Hofstra’s first 94-86 win since the Flying Dutchmen who were really known as the Flying Dutchmen back then, beat Long Island University at the PFC on Feb. 10, 1979. I definitely didn’t know what a Hofstra was back then.

WIN ONE, LOSE ONE, WIN ONE, LOSE ONE, WIN ONE, LOSE ONE, WIN ONE
The Dutchmen have alternated wins in odd-numbered games with losses through even-numbered games through seven games for the first time in program history. The Dutchmen alternated wins with losses in the first six games of the 1979-80 and 1999-2000 seasons, but they lost the odd-numbered games and won the even-numbered games in both of those campaigns. This is the good content, kids! (Also good: The Dutchmen made the NCAA Tournament in 1999-2000) 

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 enter today ranked second in the country in free throw percentage at 81.2 percent. They rank behind only Incarnate Word, which is hitting free throws at a 82.1 percent clip. 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.

Last year’s team 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. 

ELI MOVES IN ON THE 1K CLUB
With his 19 points Wednesday night, Eli Pemberton moved on to the doorstep of joining the Hofstra 1,000-point club. Pemberton has 995 points and needs *does the math* five points this afternoon to reach 1,000. He is aiming to become the 37th player at Hofstra to score at least 1,000 points.

ALL BY HIMSELF
With his 28 points Wednesday night, Justin Wright-Foreman extended his streak of double-digit scoring efforts to 60 straight games, the most by a Hofstra player since 1989-90 (as far back as my records go, at least at home). In addition, Wright-Foreman’s streak is now the second-longest active streak in Division I, per Hofstra SID Stephen Gorchov.

Justin Wright-Foreman: 60 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

JWF IS A TOP TEN HIT
With his 28 points Saturday, Justin Wright-Foreman remained in 10th place on the all-time Hofstra scoring list. To be fair, he needed to score 104 more points to move up the list and pass Norman Richardson for ninth place. 

8.) David Taylor 1,818 (1979-83)
9.) Norman Richardson 1,677 (1997-2001)
10.) JUSTIN WRIGHT-FOREMAN 1,574 (2015-present)
11.) Frank Walker 1,437 (1985-89)
12.) Leroy Allen 1,435 (1983-87)

COBURN JOINS THE DOUBLE-DOUBLE CLUB
Sophomore Tareq Coburn set career highs Wednesday night by scoring 12 points and pulling down 14 rebounds. It was his first double-double, including his freshman season at St. Bonaventure, and the second points/rebounds double-double of the season for the Dutchmen. Eli Pemberton had 19 points and 12 rebounds against Marshall on Nov. 11.

REPLACING THE ROK
Graduate transfers Dan Dwyer and Jacquil Taylor continued to provide a double team approach to replacing the production of the graduated Rokas Gustys. Led by Dwyer (nine points and seven rebounds in 28 minutes) the two combined for 11 points and 12 rebounds in 40 minutes Wednesday night. Dwyer and Taylor are now averaging 7.8 points and 12.3 rebounds over 40.3 minutes per game. Gustys averaged 10.5 points and 12.0 rebounds per game last season. Dwyer and Taylor are also a combined 14-of-17 from the free throw line.

OVER THE AIR
This afternoon’s game will be aired live on ESPN+. Hofstra will offer live audio here and Kennesaw State will offer live stats here.
KENNESAW STATE AND THE ATLANTIC SUN
Kennesaw State, under fourth-year head coach Al Skinner, is 1-7 this season following its seventh straight loss, an 84-51 defeat at the hands of Georgia on Tuesday. The Owls were picked to finish seventh in the nine-team Atlantic Sun in both the coaches and writers preseason polls.
Junior guard Tyler Hooker (18.5 ppg) is the lone Owls player averaging in double figures. Hooker is also pulling down 4.1 rebounds per game and leads the Owls with 1.9 assists per game.

The Dutchmen and Owls have one mutual foe this season. Kennesaw State visits Elon on Dec. 18.

Skinner is 1-2 against Hofstra in a head coaching career that dates back to 1988. His Rhode Island teams split two meetings with the Dutchmen during the 1992-93 and 1993-94 seasons.

The Dutchmen’s 75-57 (palindrome!) win over Kennesaw State last Nov. 13 marked the first time Hofstra faced Kennesaw State in any sport. 

At KenPom.com this morning, Hofstra is ranked 137th while Kennesaw State is ranked 331st. KenPom.com predicts a 76-66 win for the Dutchmen. Per the wise guys in Vegas, for entertainment purposes only, the Dutchmen are 9.5-point favorites. The Dutchmen are 6-1 against the spread this season (rats, so close).

Hofstra is 4-4 against current Atlantic Sun schools.

THINGS YOU CAN SHOUT ON TWITTER IF CALLS GO DO NOT GO HOFSTRA’S WAY
You still have I-AA football bias! (The Owls are getting some publicity by hosting a I-AA playoff game against Wofford at the same time as the basketball game)
Steamed hams bias! (It’s a Simpsons reference and you should get it)
Willie Harris bias! (The former utilityman, who spent a season with the Mets, played at Kennesaw State)

Larry Nelson bias! (The three-time winner of a PGA Tour major went to Kennesaw State)