Picture if you will, a basketball world where you can commit as many fouls as you would like, without fear of disqualification. Basketball is virtually the only sport where that’s the case, after all. Sure, other sports have penalties and violent conduct is sure to see you removed from participation in just about any athletic endeavor.
But a specified number of common fouls having a direct link to a player’s removal for the rest of the contest? Only our beloved hoops.
Now picture Iona senior Jordan Washington in that blissful no-foul out utopia. Washington has been borderline unstoppable for the last two seasons, a matchup quandary (especially for mid-major opponents) at 6’8”, especially when surrounded with the shooters that the Gaels seem to breed. He led the nation in usage last season (involved in 38.5% of Iona possessions), and is fifth this season. Washington also checks in second nationally in points per minute (behind the nation’s leading scorer, Central Michigan’s Marcus Keene at 30.8 ppg) and he is also sixth in number of minutes played … on his own team (20.7 minutes per game)? Continue reading →
NEWARK, N.J. – Having now been married into the Atlantic Sun family for seven months, it was time for the first of the new cousins to visit NJIT Saturday afternoon. As you’d expect, the Highlanders made their home look as nice as possible. There’s obviously only so much you can do to the Fleisher Center (which is why the new one is slated to open in time for the 2017-18 campaign), but there was a brand new video/media room with comfy chairs and, of course, new banners to recognize NJIT’s semifinal run in the CIT last season as well one for each of its current kin.
Even with the students still on winter break, NJIT brought out a nice crowd Saturday afternoon and even got Atlantic Sun commissioner Ted Gumbart, who played a big part in arranging the shotgun wedding, to come to the house to make sure everything went smoothly.
St. Francis Brooklyn’s calling card used to be its defense, but when that fell apart against NJIT the Terriers tried to shoot themselves out of a jam. Unfortunately they came up just short, 92-86, in overtime on Thursday in Brooklyn. Continue reading →