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NEC Basketball News & Notes






Northeast Conference Basketball


December 9th, 2002


NEC Media Relation: Men's Basketball Press Release:

NEC Player of the Week
Kareem Washington, UMBC
Jr., G, 6-3, 200 lbs., White Plains, NY/White Plains
Washington tied his career high with 23 points, and added five rebounds and two steals in 22 minutes of play as UMBC remained undefeated with a 68-53 win over Mount St. Mary’s in its home and NEC opener on Thursday.  Washington played only two minutes in the first half, picking up two points and two fouls, but came out of the locker room on a mission.  He scored UMBC's first six points of the second half, as the Retrievers extended a 25-18 halftime lead to 31-20.  After Mount St. Mary’s trimmed the deficit to 33-26, Washington sparked a 17-4 surge with six more points, and then hit a pair of three-pointers to thwart a Mount comeback down the stretch.  He has led UMBC in scoring in all three games this season and is shooting .545 from the floor, including a 10-16 performance against the Mountaineers.  The White Plains, NY product ranks fourth in the NEC in scoring with 21.0 points per game.

NEC Rookie of the Week
Landy Thompson, Mount St. Mary’s
Fr., G, 6-1, 178 lbs., Germantown, MD/Archbishop Spalding
In just six career games, Thompson has already established himself as one of the Mount’s top offensive weapons.  Last week, he led Mount St. Mary’s to a 2-1 week that included a 77-63 upset at Duquesne on Saturday.  Thompson averaged 15.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.0 steals and hit 9-17 (.529) shots from three-point range.  He opened the week with 19 points and four assists in a 70-68 win over New Hampshire in the Mount’s home opener.  After contributing ten points and five boards in a 68-53 setback at UMBC, the Germantown, MD native totaled 18 points and four steals in the win against Duquesne.  With Duquesne rallying, his three-pointer with the shot clock expiring and 1:33 remaining on the game clock gave the Mountaineers a nine-point cushion.  On the season, Thompson - the brother of George Washington starting guard T.J. Thompson - ranks second among all NEC freshman and 11th overall with 16.0 ppg.  He is also seventh in three-point percentage (.517; 15-29) and eighth in three-pointers made (2.5/game).

Around The NEC

CCSU, Mount St. Mary’s Score Impressive Wins
The NEC is off to a solid start in non-league play with a near .500 record (23-26), including two noteworthy victories last week as league teams combined to post a 10-8 record.  Central Connecticut State rallied from 15 down in the second half to upend UMass, 46-45, in a neutral site game played at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT.  Five days later, Mount St. Mary’s stunned Duquesne, 77-63, in Pittsburgh to give the program its first win over an Atlantic 10 team since a 92-88 triumph over La Salle to open the 1998-99 season.

Trailing 34-19 with 18:00 minutes to play in the second half, CCSU held the Minutemen to just 12 points for the remainder of the contest.  “This is a great win for the Central Connecticut basketball program,” said head coach Howie Dickenman following the game.  Junior swingman Ricardo Scott (Hyde Park, MA/Cushing Academy) scored 14 of his game-high 18 points in the second half to spark the CCSU comeback.    A 27-13 burst to begin the second half gave the Mount a 61-50 cushion over the Dukes with 6:41 to play.  “That's the best we've played in a couple of years," said Mount head coach Jim Phelan, who earned his 822nd career win. “We played hard throughout the game and had good shooting from the perimeter.”  Mount St. Mary’s, which has already matched its win total from last season (three), was led by junior guard Jamion Christian’s (Quinton, VA/New Kent) 20 points, including 3-5 from three-point range.

NEC Steps Up In Non-League Play
The NEC’s 23-26 start against non-league foes (through games of December 8) is the league’s best since the 1995-96 season when the then ten-team circuit combined to post a 21-18 non-conference mark over the same time span.  The 1995-96 campaign saw the NEC finish a best-ever 19th in the final conference RPI ratings and post a 36-46 record vs. non-league competition.

Wagner’s Dye Joins 1,000-Point Club
Wagner senior guard Dedrick Dye (Clinton, TN/Clinton) became the 102nd player in NEC history to reach the 1,000-point plateau last week and has now amassed 1,040 points in three plus seasons with the Seahawks.  Dye reached the millennium mark in Tuesday’s 87-81 loss at Iona when he canned a three-pointer from the top of the key with 8:43 to play in the first half.  He joins teammate Jermaine Hall (Dublin, GA/Dublin) and Long Island senior guard Antawn Dobie (Corona, NY/Msgr. McClancy) as the only three active players in the conference with 1,000 points under their belts.  Hall entered the 2002-03 season as the NEC’s leading active scorer and currently stands 15th all-time with 1,707 points.  Dobie became the 100th player in NEC history to reach the benchmark and has amassed 1,222 points in three plus seasons.  Long Island’s JaJa Bey (Corona, NY/Cheshire Academy (CT)) (871 points) and Monmouth’s Kevin Owens (Haddonfield, NJ/Haddonfield Catholic) (789) are also on target to reach the milestone in 2002-03.

Hall Jumps To 15th Place All-Time On NEC Scoring List
Wagner senior forward Jermaine Hall (Dublin, GA/Dublin), a two-time first team all-NEC performer, continues his climb up the NEC career scoring chart.  After averaging 21.0 points in two games last week, Hall jumped up five spots into 15th place on the NEC’s all-time list.  Hall, who has tallied 1,707 points in his star-studded career, passed David Gately (Loyola, 1,706 points), Damari Riddick (FDU, 1,701), Mike Morrison (Loyola,1,697), Charles Smith (Rider, 1,693) and Jamie Latney (FDU, 1,666) last week.  Next up on his hit list is Central Connecticut State’s Corsley Edwards, who graduated last season with 1,731 points.  Hall is attempting to become just the fourth player in league history to reach the 2,000 point mark.

NEC Career Scoring List
9. Charles Jones Long Island 1,772 1996-98
10. Gregory Harris Mount St. Mary’s 1,760 1997-00
11. Alex Blackwell Monmouth 1,749 1989-92
 John Giraldo Monmouth 1,749 1992-96
13. Kevin Booth Mount St. Mary’s 1,742 1989-93
14. Corsley Edwards CCSU  1,731 1998-02
15. Jermaine Hall Wagner  1,707 1999-02

Battles Dismissed From CCSU
Central Connecticut State senior guard Damian Battles (Brockton, MA/Avon) was dismissed from the team last week by head coach Howie Dickenman for violating team rules.  Battles, the 2002 NEC Tournament Most Valuable Player and a second team all-league pick last season, averaged 9.0 points and 4.0 assists in CCSU’s first two games.

Searching For A Home
St. Francis (NY) will play its first 14 games at road or neutral venues due to the construction of an auxiliary gymnasium just above the Pope Center.  The Terriers are practicing at nearby Bishop Ford High School in Brooklyn.

Mount St. Mary’s, St. Francis (PA) Perfect At Charity Stripe
Mount St. Mary’s hit 24 consecutive free throws as a team over a three-game stretch last week against New Hampshire, UMBC and Duquesne.  The Mount was also a perfect 10-10 at the line against UMBC.  It marked the fourth time in school history that the Mountaineers hit all of their free throws (ten or more attempts) and was the best performance since going 12-12 at Manhattan on Nov. 21, 2000.  St. Francis (PA) also excelled from the line, sinking all 21 of its free throw attempts to set a school record in a 70-56 win over Youngstown State.

Unique Stats
Mount St. Mary’s streak of consecutive games with 20 field goals ended at Duquesne on Saturday.  The Mount finished the contest 22-49 from the field.  In each of the first five games, the Mount had recorded exactly 20 field goals made...The 34 points allowed in Quinnipiac’s 58-34 win over Manhattanville was the fourth-lowest total in program history and the lowest in 45 years. Quinnipiac allowed just 30 points in an 87-30 win over Curry College on Dec. 1, 1957.  In the program’s first season, Quinnipiac allowed just 26 points in a 71-26 win over Y.M.C.A. College and 18 in a 61-18 win over the Waterbury State Guard.  The lowest Division I total was 38 points in a 49-38 win over Columbia on Nov. 29, 1999.

St. Francis (PA)’s Good Luck(ey) Charm
St. Francis (PA) guard Darshan Luckey (Baltimore, MD/Baltimore Southern) is currently the leading scorer in the conference, averaging 23.2 ppg.  In the NEC’s 21-year basketball history, a freshman has never led the league in scoring average.

Quotes Of The Week

Wagner head coach Dereck Whittenburg after his team’s strong showing in a 97-85 loss at #11 UConn:

“They had no reason to get up for us,” said Whittenburg. “They have a great team, they’ve played other teams in our league.  I hope that they would respect us now.  I would love to get a Big East team to come to Wagner and play, and let’s see. Everybody who looked at the schedule said ‘Coach, you’re crazy. Why are you playing Connecticut?’  Well, I really believe we had a chance. And that’s why everybody who sat in the stands were very quiet, and they thought ‘Well, this is another Saturday night blowout for the Connecticut people.’ But our kids don’t think that...and I’m really proud of them, because we had a chance tonight. We just played against an opponent that’s bigger and stronger and are probably going to be in the Final Four later on in the year.  But I would love to invite any Big East team – you guys can write that – to come to Wagner and play us any time, any day.”

Colgate head coach Emmett Davis on Long Island’s Antawn Dobie:

“The guy's got NBA quickness.  He is an unbelievably quick basketball player, very difficult to guard.  We had no answer for him. We tried to put a lot of different guys on him, but we couldn't stop that kid.”

Hall’s Well At Wagner
Wagner’s Jermaine Hall has picked up a well-deserved reputation as a player who thrives against top-flight competition.  His numbers bear this out.  The two-time first team all-NEC selection has averaged 20.9 points, 6.4 rebounds and shot .535 (77-144) from the floor in nine career games against such notable opposition as Fresno State, Seton Hall, Michigan, Penn State, Virginia, Rutgers, Richmond and UConn.  Hall recently recorded a double-double against #11 UConn with 20 points and ten rebounds in the Seahawks’ 97-85 setback.  In maybe his finest game, Hall drained 15-18 shots from the floor and scored 34 points against Penn State on December 18, 2000.  Four days later he netted 24 points against then #11 ranked Seton Hall.  Throw in a 23-point outing (11-13 FG) against Fresno State in his sophomore year and 19-point, 11-rebound performance against Richmond in the NIT last season, and Hall’s resume of top-performances suddenly reads like a who’s-who in major college hoops.

NEC Team-By-Team Notes

Central Connecticut State (2-1, 0-0 NEC)
Last Week’s Results: CCSU 46, UMass 45
This Week’s Schedule: CCSU vs. Hartford (Wednesday at Phoenix Classic); CCSU vs. Yale/Holy Cross (Thursday at Phoenix Classic)

• CCSU scored a big victory on Monday, rallying to defeat UMass, 46-45, at the Mohegan Sun Arena.
• Junior swingman Ricardo Scott (Boston, MA/Cushing Academy) scored a game-high 18 points against UMass, including 14 in the second half, to spark a 15-point second half comeback by the Blue Devils.  His three-point basket with 1:30 to play gave CCSU its first lead of the game.  He paces the team with 17.3 ppg.
• Senior guard John Alexander (Quantico, VA/Polk CC) saw his first action of the season vs. UMass, finishing with four points and three steals in 37 minutes.  Alexander had been battling a sore neck and had been diagnosed with low blood sugar.
• Senior shooting guard Damian Battles (Brockton, MA/Avon) was dismissed from the team for violating team rules.
• Howie Dickenman is one victory shy of 100 for his career.
• Central limited UMass to 17 points in the second half, the lowest point total in a half by a Blue Devil opponent since Yale scored 16 in the first half of a 59-45 CCSU win on Dec. 2, 1999.
• The 46 points in the win over UMass was the lowest point total in a victory under Dickenman and the lowest point total in a win since CCSU defeated Southern Connecticut, 31-28, during the 1983-84 season.  The 46 points is also the fewest scored in a game since a 59-44 loss to UMBC to end the 2000-01 season.
• The Blue Devils face Hartford in the first round of the Phoenix Classic on Wednesday night at the Hartford Civic Center.  CCSU has won three straight games vs. Hartford, all in the Phoenix Classic.  The Blue Devils have a 6-4 all-time record in the Classic, and are winners of six of their last seven games in the tournament, including tournament titles in 2000 and 2002.

Fairleigh Dickinson (3-1, 0-0 NEC)
Last Week’s Results: FDU 61, Loyola (MD) 56; Delaware State 83, FDU 75
This Week’s Schedule: St. Peter’s at FDU (Wednesday); FDU at Minnesota (Saturday)

• After improving to 3-0 with a 61-56 win at Loyola (MD) on Monday, FDU suffered its first setback of the season on Saturday, falling at Delaware State, 83-75.
• Senior forward Matt Hammond (Burlington, NJ/Burlington) has returned from arthroscopic knee surgery to help the Knights to their best start since 1998-99.  For the week he hit 14-22 (.636) from the field and averaged 16.0 ppg and 4.0 rpg.  In his first start of the season at Delaware State, Hammond netted a season-high 18 points and grabbed six boards. He is averaging 12.8 ppg and 5.0 rpg for the year, while shooting 55.9 % from the field.
• Senior forward Lionel Bomayako (Paris, France/La Coloniere) leads the squad in scoring at 14.0 ppg after recording a season-high 21 at Delaware State.  He sank 8-10 from the floor in that contest, including 5-6 from long range.  Bomayako, who is 11-24 (.458) from three-point range this season, drilled his 100th career shot from downtown in the win over Loyola.
• Junior Brandon Edwards (Southfield, MI/Southfield Lathrup) is once again providing a spark off the bench, averaging 8.5 ppg and 4.0 rpg, while shooting .636 (14-22) from the floor.  He tied a career-high with 16 points against Delaware State.
• The Knights have done a solid job of taking care of the ball this year, averaging just 12.5 turnovers per game, while forcing 16.8 per contest.
• Head Coach Tom Green has signed a pair of recruits.  Jordan Ingram (Philadelphia, PA/Archbishop Carroll), a 6-7, 210-pound forward, and Matt Ross (Huntington Station, NY/Walt Whitman) a 6-7 1/2, 240-pound forward, will join the Knights in the fall of 2003..

Long Island (1-4, 0-0 NEC)
Last Week’s Results: LIU 78, Colgate 70
This Week’s Schedule: LIU at Albany (Wednesday); St. Francis (NY) at LIU (Sunday - MSG Network)

• Long Island picked up its first win of the season with a 78-70 victory at Colgate on Sunday.  The victory was the first in non-conference play for the Blackbirds since defeating Army, 72-56, on Dec. 30, 1999, a span of 18 games.
• Playing without an ill Maurice Yearwood (Brooklyn, NY/Brooklyn Tech), LIU won its first game of the Jim Ferry era.
• Graduate guard Antawn Dobie (Corona, NY/Msgr. McClancy) was unstoppable the entire day, tallying a season-high 27 points, as well as five rebounds and five assists.  Dobie had walked out of practice on crutches Friday after spraining his ankle and his status was in doubt going into the weekend.
• Sophomore forward Derek Bell (Brooklyn, NY/Milford (CT) Academy) posted his second double-double and had his fourth straight game with at least ten rebounds.  Bell, who totaled 10 points and 13 caroms on the afternoon, leads the NEC in rebounding with 10.4 per contest.
• Junior center Raymond Edwards (Bronx, NY/JFK) registered a career-high 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
• As was the case against Delaware last weekend, the Blackbirds jumped out to a fast start and led 22-9 with 13:16 left in the first half.  LIU fell behind by seven points (60-53) with 11:49 left, but Dobie keyed a decisive 21-5 surge with nine points to take a 74-65 advantage with 2:04 to go.  The Blackbirds held Colgate without a point for nearly seven minutes during the run.
• The Blackbirds were thoroughly outrebounded through five games last year (-91) and this year through five they are +4.
• Dobie is 28 points shy of moving past Fred Gibson (1,249) into 14th on the school's all-time scoring list.
• Senior forward JaJa Bey (Corona, NY/Cheshire Academy (CT)) is 129 points shy of becoming the 25th player to reach 1,000.

UMBC (3-0, 1-0 NEC)
Last Week’s Results: UMBC 68, Mt. St. Mary’s 53
This Week’s Schedule: UMBC at Loyola (MD) (Tuesday); UMBC at Villanova (Friday)

• UMBC opened the season at 3-0 for the third straight year by
virtue of Thursday's 68-53 win over Mt. St. Mary's.  The two teams
played their league opener despite the eight inches of snow that fell in the region that day.  UMBC has won four in a row in the series.
• A solid student-based crowd of 1,722 saw a dynamic second half by junior guard Kareem Washington (White Plains, NY/White Plains) (21 second half points) and UMBC (59.3% FG).
• Washington, the NEC Player of the Week, was not alone in his contributions as senior guard Justin Wilson (Brooklyn, NY/Archbishop Molloy) (15 points, 11 in the first half), sophomore guard Rob Gogerty (Cedar Grove, NJ/Cedar Grove) (seven assists), junior forward Eugene Young (Wilmington, DE/St. Mark’s) (five blocked shots), sophomore center Andrew Feeley (Scotch Plains, NY/Scotch Plains) (12 rebounds, three blocked shots) and freshman forward P.J. Hatcher (Carrollton, TX/Lewisville) (nine points, three assists) all played key roles.
• The Retrievers hit 27-50 shots for the game (.540) and are now above 50% (80-159, .503) from the field for the season.
• The Retrievers held the Mountaineers to .303 shooting from the floor to improve their FG% defense to a league leading .331.
• UMBC is now 5-0 in conference openers since joining the NEC.
• Injuries could play a major factor in upcoming games.  Freshman forward John Zito (Windsor, CT/St. Thomas More) (foot sprain) is likely out at least a month, while Young (shoulder) and senior Andre Williams (Queens, NY/St. Mary’s) (knee) are both questionable for Tuesday's game at Loyola (MD).
• After Loyola, UMBC enters a rigorous stretch, taking on Villanova (12/13), Santa Clara (at home, 12/20), defending national champion Maryland (12/23), and Great Alaska Shootout Champion College of Charleston (12/29) in the next four games.

Monmouth (1-3, 0-0 NEC)
Last Week’s Results: Princeton 60, Monmouth 57; Monmouth 70, Hofstra 57
This Week’s Schedule: Monmouth at Seton Hall (Thursday);  St. Peter’s at Monmouth (Saturday)

• The Hawks lost a heartbreaker at home to Princeton on Tuesday, 60-57, but bounced back to pick up their first victory of the season on Saturday with a 70-57 final at Hofstra.
• With the score tied at 57-57 against Princeton, the Tigers’ Ed Persia banked in an 80-foot shot at the buzzer for the win.
• Junior forward Jason Krayl (Point Pleasant Beach, NJ/CBA) averaged 16.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg and shot .667 (12-18) from the floor last week.  He tallied a team-high 18 points against Hofstra.
• The Hawks are shooting just .267 from three-point range. Freshman Chris Kenny (Spring Lake, NJ/CBA) is 4-11 (.364) from long range, but the remainder of the squad has hit at a 25.0% clip (16-64).
• Monmouth’s point guard tandem of sophomore Brandon Owens (Los Angeles, CA/St. Thomas More) and freshman Tyler Azzarelli (Tampa, FL/H.B. Plant) have combined for 18 assists and just six turnovers.
• The Hawks have committed just 60 fouls in four games,  compared to 86 for its foes. As a result, Monmouth has visited the charity stripe on 96 occasions while its opponents have attempted just 53 free throws.
• Azzarelli made the first two starts of his career at point guard last week and averaged 10.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 4.0 steals.  He had 13 points (4-5 FG), five rebounds and five steals in the win over Hofstra.
• Senior center Kevin Owens (Haddonfield, NJ/Camden Catholic) record needs just 13 more rebounds to become the seventh player in Monmouth’s Division I history to log over 500 career caroms.

Mount St. Mary's (3-3, 0-1 NEC)
Last Week’s Results: Mt. St. Mary’s 70, New Hampshire 68; UMBC 68, Mt. St. Mary’s 53; Mt. St. Mary’s 77, Duquesne 63
This Week’s Schedule: Mount St. Mary’s at Loyola (MD) (Sunday)

• Mount St. Mary’s pulled off an impressive upset of Duquesne on Saturday (77-63), following an earlier victory over New Hampshire (70-68).  The wins were sandwiched around a 68-53 setback to UMBC in both teams’ NEC opener.
• The win over Duquesne was the Mount’s first over an Atlantic 10 foe since a 92-88 triumph over La Salle to open the 1998-99 season.
• The win over New Hampshire marked the first time the Mount has won consecutive games since wins over UMBC and Sacred Heart on Feb. 15 & 17, 2000.
• The Mount has not been 3-3 after the first six games of the season since opening the 1996-97 campaign with a 3-3 mark.
• Head coach Phelan now has 822 career wins, just six behind Clarence “Big House” Gaines for the #3 spot on the all-time college coaching victory list.
• Freshman guard Landy Thompson (Germantown, MD/Archbishop Spalding) averaged 15.7 points and hit 9-17 (.529) from three-point range last week.  The NEC Rookie of the Week had 18 points and four steals vs. Duquesne.
• Freshman forward Charles Cook (Upper Marlboro, MD/Bishop McNamara) had a career-high 12 points in the win over Duquesne.  He entered the game with just nine points this season.
• Mount freshmen (Landy Thompson, Chris Sumner, Kiel Butler, Charles Cook) have accounted for 47.7 percent of the team’s scoring this season.
• The Mountaineers hit 24 consecutive free throws over a three-game stretch last week.
• Junior forward Pat Atangana (Douala, Cameroon/Riverdale Baptist) drilled two free throws with 4.1 seconds left to give the Mountaineers the win over New Hampshire.

Quinnipiac (3-1, 0-0 NEC)
Last Week’s Results: Quinnipiac 58, Manhattanville 34
This Week’s Schedule: Drexel at Quinnipiac (Sunday)

• The Bobcats played just once last week, defeating Division III Manhattanville, 58-34, on Saturday.  The win was the third in a row for Quinnipiac following a 91-72 loss to UConn in its season opener.
• Quinnipiac has now won nine of 12 games dating back to last season.
• The 34 points allowed was the fourth-lowest total in program history and the lowest in 45 years. Quinnipiac allowed just 30 points in an 87-30 win over Curry College on Dec. 1, 1957.  In the program’s first season, Quinnipiac allowed just 26 points in a 71-26 win over Y.M.C.A. College and 18 in a 61-18 win over the Waterbury State Guard.  The lowest Division I total was 38 points in a 49-38 win over Columbia on Nov. 29, 1999.
• Senior forward Jeremy Bishop (Cohoes, NY/Shaker (Champlain JC)) and sophomore forward/center C.J. Vick (Springfield, VA/Robert E. Lee (Notre Dame (MA) Academy)) each had ten points to lead the Bobcats in the win over the Valiants.  Vick also snared a game-high nine rebounds.
• Quinnipiac utilized a 21-0 run in the first half to pull away from Manhattanville.  The Bobcats held the Valiants without a field goal for nearly 12 minutes and turned a 10-8 game into a 31-8 runaway.
• Junior guard Kason Mims (Astoria, NY/Milford Academy) leads the NEC in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.89:1 (26 assists, nine turnvoers).
• Quinnipiac returns to action on Sunday afternoon for a home game against Drexel. The game will be televised live on WCTX at noon.

Robert Morris (2-1, 0-0 NEC)
Last Week’s Results: Robert Morris 68, Carnegie Mellon 55
This Week’s Schedule: Robert Morris at St. Francis (PA) (Saturday - Fox-Pittsburgh)

• RMU won its only game last week, a 68-55 decision over Division III Carnegie Mellon.  With the victory, the Colonials moved to 23-4 all-time in home openers.
• The Colonials struggled most of the game against the Tartans before finally pulling in away in the game's final ten minutes.  RMU shot just .355 (11-31) from the field in the first half and entered the break nursing a 30-29 lead, but rebounded to post a .500 (13-26) shooting percentage in second stanza to help seal the win.
• Freshman guard Kris Kuhn (Omaha, NE/Central) gave the Colonials a spark off the bench with 11 points and two rebounds in 20 minutes.  He hit 3-4 shots from downtown.
• Junior forward Aaron Thomas (Middlebury, IN/Northridge) led the way with 13 points and eight boards, while junior forward Chaz McCrommon (Pittsburgh, PA/Schenley) chipped in with 12 points and four rebounds.
• Coming off a school record 42-point performance against Eastern Michigan, sophomore guard Maurice Carter (Richmond, VA/Eleanor Roosevelt (MD)), finished just 3-15 from the floor and was held to eight points. He did dish out a game high five assists.
• Carter (21.3 ppg) and Thomas (19.0 ppg) rank third and sixth, respectively, in the NEC in scoring.
• Senior guard DaMarcus Ellis (Dallas, TX/ Los Angeles Valley CC) made his first start of the season and finished with nine points and three assists.
• Dating back to the 2001-02 campaign, Robert Morris has drained at least five three-pointers in eight straight games.
• Sophomore forward Pierre Darden (Cincinnati, OH/Withrow) and freshman forward Mekele Cooper (Saginaw,

Sacred Heart (0-5, 0-0 NEC)
Last Week’s Results: #11 UConn 116, Sacred Heart 78; Yale 88, Sacred Heart 69
This Week’s Schedule: Idle

• The Pioneers remain winless following losses at #11 UConn, 116-78, and at home against Yale, 88-69.
• Sacred Heart’s 0-5 start is the second worst in school history.  The 2000-01 squad began the season 0-10.
• With the score tied 54-54 with 12:16 to play against Yale, the Bulldogs used a 13-2 run over the next 4:30 to take control of the game.
• Sacred Heart had five players score in double figures against UConn, including junior guard Chris Assel (Eagan, MN/Eagan), who came off the bench to hit for 15 points and pull down seven boards, both team-highs.
• Sophomore center Kibwe Trim (San Juan, Trinidad/St. Mary’s), who missed the first four games of the season nursing a back ailment, made his first appearance against Yale.  In a reserve role, Trim scored six points and had three rebounds in 15 minutes of play.
• Sophomore forward Mike Queenan (West Chester, PA/The Hun School) may be the Pioneers’ most consistent player thus far.  Queenan, who averaged 13.0 ppg and 6.0 rpg last week, ranks second on the squad in scoring (10.0 ppg) and first in rebounding (5.2 rpg) and field goal percentage (.579).
• Junior point guard Omar Wellington (Pennsauken, NJ/Bishop Eustace Prep) is currently fifth in the conference with 5.2 assists per game.
• The Pioneers are now off until December 20, when they head to the San Juan Shootout.  Sacred Heart’s first round opponent will be Duquesne.  Other teams slated to appear are Auburn, Denver, James Madison, Northeastern, Puerto Rico-Mayaquez and Troy State.

St. Francis (NY) (2-2, 0-0 NEC)
Last Week’s Results: Seton Hall 84, St. Francis (NY) 76; St. Francis (NY) 88, Howard 67
This Week’s Schedule: St. Francis (NY) at St. John’s (Wednesday); St. Francis (NY) at LIU (Sunday - MSG Network)

• The Terriers hung tough at Seton Hall on Monday before dropping an 84-76 decision, but rebounded with an 88-67 win at Howard on Saturday.
• Trailing by seven at the half against Seton Hall, St. Francis fell behind by 52-39 with 16:25 to play.  The Terriers managed to shave the lead to five on two occasions, but could draw no closer.
• Senior guard Bronski Dockery (New York, NY/Rice) averaged 21.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.0 steals last week.  He currently ranks first in the NEC in steals with 4.0 per game and fifth in scoring at 20.5 points per outing.
• Sophomore point guard Tory Cavalieri (Atlantic City, NJ/Atlantic City) has been a solid addition to the St. Francis lineup since transferring from Maine.  He posted a season high 20 points (5-7 FG, 3-4 3PFG) and contributed four rebounds, five assists and two steals in the Terriers’ win over Howard.  Overall he is averaging 12.0 points, 6.5 assists (second in the conference) and is shooting .548 from the field, .667 (8/12) from three-point range and .857 from the line (12-14).
• Freshman guard Christian Brown (New York, NY/Rice) had his best game of the season on Saturday vs. Howard.  He contributed 11 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals.
• Senior forward Clifford Strong (Brooklyn, NY/Bishop Loughlin) had 21 points and six boards against Seton Hall.  He needs two rebounds to reach the 500 mark for his career.  Strong also lifted his career scoring total to 911 points.
• St. Francis has hit a three-point field goal in 314 consecutive games, including all 310 since Ron Ganulin took over as head coach in 1991.

St. Francis (PA) (2-3, 0-0 NEC)
Last Week’s Results: St. Francis (PA) 76, Youngstown State 59; Bucknell 57, St. Francis (PA) 54
This Week’s Schedule: Robert Morris at St. Francis (PA) (Saturday - Fox-Pittsburgh)

• The Red Flash split two non-league games last week, downing Youngstown State, 76-59, before dropping a 57-54 decision at Bucknell three days later.
• Freshman guard Darshan Luckey (Baltimore, MD/Baltimore Southern) averaged 26.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 3.0 steals last week.  He exploded for a career-best 29 points in the win over Youngstown State, hitting 10-16 shots from the floor.  He dropped 23 points on Bucknell, including 14 in the second half to rally the Red Flash from a 13-point deficit before falling just short.
• Luckey is the NEC’s leading scorer with 23.2 ppg.  In the NEC’s 21-year basketball history, a freshman has never led the league in scoring average.
• St. Francis (PA) set a school record by hitting all 21 of its free throw attempts vs. Youngstown State.
• Junior point guard Erick Wills (Laurel, MD/Newport Prep) has bolstered the Red Flash in all phases of the game.  Wills leads the Red Flash in rebounding (5.4 rpg), assists (2.6 apg), steals (2.6 spg), three-pointers (15) and three-point shooting percentage (.429; 15-35).  He also ranks second in scoring with 13.0 ppg.
• Newcomers Luckey and Wills are combining for 36.2 ppg or 60.5 % of the Red Flash’s scoring output.  St. Francis guards have provided 71.6 percent of the team’s points.
• The Red Flash return to action on Saturday, hosting Robert Morris in both team’s NEC opener.  The game will be televised on Fox Sports-Pittsburgh.

Wagner (2-3, 0-0 NEC)
Last Week’s Results: Iona 87, Wagner 81; #11 UConn 97, Wagner 85
This Week’s Schedule: Wagner at Delaware State (Saturday)

• Wagner fell to 2-3 on the young season after suffering losses at Iona, 87-81, and at #11 UConn, 97-85, last week.
• In a close game, Wagner outscored UConn in the second half, 47-44, and shot .486 from the floor, compared to .429 for the Huskies.
• Senior guard Dedrick Dye (Clinton, TN/Clinton) scored his 1,000th career point on Tuesday against Iona.  He averaged 21.0 points and shot 13-23 (.609) from the floor and 11-20 from three-point range last week.  He helped keep Wagner stay within striking distance against UConn, hitting 6-8 three-point shots as part of a 20-point effort.  Dye leads the NEC with 20 3PFG (4.0/game).
• Senior forward Jermaine Hall (Dublin, GA/Dublin)  averaged 21.0 ppg and 5.0 rpg last week.  He has recorded 20 or more points in each contest this season.  Despite foul trouble at Iona, Hall contributed 22 points (7-9 FG) in 28 minutes.  At UConn, Hall struggled in the first half (3-13 from field), but turned it around in the second stanza and finished with his sixth career double-double.  He totaled 20 points (9-25 FG), ten rebounds and a career-high five assists, but also turned the ball over eight times.
• Hall currently ranks second in the conference with 23.0 ppg and is second on the Seahawks with 7.0 rpg.  He moved from 20th to 15th on the NEC career scoring list last week with 1,707 points.
• Freshman guard DeEarnest McLemore (Dayton, OH/Cary (NC)) earned his first career start vs. UConn and finished the game with two points, four assists and no turnovers.  He has dished for 13 assists and turned the ball over just twice this season.
• Doug Viegas (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Costa Manso (Lakeland CC) hit career-highs with 14 points and three treys vs. Iona.
• Junior center Nigel Wyatte (Staten Island, NY/Curtis) pitched in a career-high 17 points vs. UConn to go along with nine rebounds.  He leads Wagner and is second in the NEC with 9.2 rpg.

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