Road Teams Control NEC Saturday

Road teams ruled the day on Saturday in the NEC as five of the six games went to the guys on the road. There were also a number of big upsets and an ugly day for New York City.

Robert Morris 60, LIU Brooklyn 57 - The game of the day on ESPNU didn’t disappoint. RMU got Velton Jones back and needed every single one of his 26 minutes and nine points. Jones’ basket with 12 seconds remaining gave the Colonials their final lead of the game. Jamal Olasewere finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds. In a rare change of roles Jason Brickman looked for his shot more often and finished with 19 points and four assists. While RMU was just 20-54 from the field, they finished 10-24 from three. This was a slow, defensive battle. The Colonials made a definitive effort to slow the game down offensively and it worked at just 62 total possessions. C.J. Garner scored his 1,000th career point in the loss.

Mount St. Mary’s 91, Sacred Heart 82 - Hot first half shooting gave MSM a 50-27 lead at halftime. The Mount shot 8-14 from three and 17-27 overall during the first half. SHU scored 55 points in the second half, but committed 11 turnovers and couldn’t find enough points to pull out the win on the road. Rashad Whack scored 35 points on 10-16 (7-10 from three) shooting. Louis Montes had another big game for SHU with 21 points and freshman De’Aires Tate scored 14 points and grabbed eight boards. The loss dropped Sacred Heart into a three-way tie for third behind Bryant and Robert Morris. You can read Ryan’s full recap of the game here.

Quinnipiac 74, Wagner 69 - Another team in that three-way tie for third is Wagner, which couldn’t overcome a 31-19 first half deficit. Quinnipiac shot 44 free throws and shooting 82 percent from the line helped the Bobcats score an extremely unusual 1.10 points per possession. Ike Azotam was one of five Bobcats who scored more than 10 points. He had 15, Ousmane Drame had 13, Zaid Heart 12, Evan Conti 11 and Shaq Shannon 10. Drame also had 10 rebounds. Wagner got big games from Latif Rivers (29 points), Kenny Ortiz (19 and 9 rebounds) and Jonathon Williams (11 points), but no other Seahawk scored more than four points. Rivers scored the 1,000th point of his career in the loss.

St. Francis (PA) 64, St. Francis Brooklyn 61 - After beating RMU on Thursday, the Terriers followed it up with a frustrating loss to the Red Flash on Saturday evening. Jalen Cannon had 20 points and 11 boards for SFC, but the rest of the offense struggled. Playing at home the Terriers scored 0.92 points per possession. The SFU got a big game from Earl Brown, who had a double-double of his own with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Ollie Jackson also had a strong game with 14 points, six assists and four rebounds. The loss dropped SFC to 5-5 in conference and was just the second win in conference play for the Red Flash.

Central Connecticut 80, Fairleigh Dickinson 71 - CCSU scored the first seven points of the game and led by more than 20 points before FDU closed the gap. Kyle Vinales only played 20 minutes and scored seven points. Adonis Burbage played 38 minutes and led the Blue Devils with 24 points. Yves Jules scored 34 points in 24 minutes, but no other Knight scored more than eight points. At 6-4 Howie Dickenmann’s team is now part of the logjam in third place.

Bryant 77, Monmouth 62 - Jesse Steele scored 27 points, but the rest of the Hawks shot 12-43 in a 15-point home loss to first place Bulldogs. Frankie Dobbs dropped his job as facilitator for a night and scored 27 points (on 6-9 shooting and 11-13 from the line). Alex Francis had 15 points and 11 boards and the rest of the Bryant rotation contributed. Until the final minute the Bulldogs only played seven guys. (I guess there is a long break coming up.)

NEC Standings:

1. Bryant (8-2)
2. Robert Morris (7-3)
3. Wagner (6-4)
3. LIU Brooklyn (6-4)
3. Central Connecticut (6-4)
3. Sacred Heart (6-4)
7. St. Francis Brooklyn (5-5)
7. Quinnipiac (5-5)
9. Mount St. Mary’s (4-6)
10. Monmouth (3-7)
11. Fairleigh Dickinson (2-8)
12. St. Francis (PA) (2-8)

7 Responses to Road Teams Control NEC Saturday

  1. Dan From Staten Island February 2, 2013 at 11:12 pm #

    For SFC fans, it takes an extraordinary effort not to pull your hair out over the inconsistent season the Terriers have put together so far. Which team will they resemble the next game — the ultra-aggressive group that put both Wagner and RMU away or the uncharacteristically flat team that couldn’t defeat either Monmouth or St. Francis (PA)?

    • jtemplon February 2, 2013 at 11:16 pm #

      After the RMU game I joked with some people that SFC would come out and lose this game. Unfortunately it turned out to be true. The offense just disappears during the worst possible moments for this team. It’s really tough to fathom how it happens.

      • Dan From Staten Island February 3, 2013 at 10:42 am #

        Appears that, in the close games the Terriers have lost to teams that they had a good chance of beating, the defense plays solid for the first 20 seconds or so of the shot clock, then breaks down and gives up a layup. The defensive intensity is there; it’s just not a sustained effort. Also, the fact that they don’t have a shot-blocker underneath to cover those defensive mistakes seems to be a big factor. (Amdy Fall — where are you?) The combination of giving up those easy buckets at crucial times and missing foul shots both early and late in games has gotten the Terriers in the tough position they now find themselves.

  2. tapdance February 3, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

    I watched the RMU vs LIU game, in the final seconds you will see Jamal O was clearly on the line out of bounds, replay the last final seconds and you will see.

    • Bob Larson February 4, 2013 at 10:33 am #

      I said the same thing. Olasawere was out-of-bounds. The announcers missed it and so did the referees. The announcers didn’t get much right. Velton Jones didn’t start and they didn’t say why., then when he entered the game they didn’t say anything about his shoulder being injured in the previous game. Then about 20 minutes later they mentioned it. Also they couldn’t under why RMU was slowing down the tempo. do your homework. RMU likes to keep the game in the 60′s, while LIU likes it in the 80′s.

  3. tapdance February 4, 2013 at 11:59 am #

    The only reason I mentioned this is, what if he had of made that shot, it was lots of things the ref’s missed yes i agree, expecially the 5 seconds in the paint on LIU, the hard fould on Lucky Jones on the head, the push offs, thoes are the same ref’s that ref the SFC game, RMU should of never lost that game, they called a foul on Russell, and he was no were near the play on hand, they retracted it but, wow, that why it’s important for teams to keep a five point lead at all times playing away from home…

    • Bob Larson February 4, 2013 at 1:06 pm #

      Olasawere is a beast, but he draws the contact on the majority of his drives and he gets the majority of the calls. The fouls he was getting against RMU were phantom calls or touch fouls. I thought they should have been no calls.