News and Notes Around the NEC: Final Preseason Edition 11/2

We are now exactly one week to the start of another college basketball season. For some of us including myself, it really can’t come soon enough. I personally, have spent this week trying to cope with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy that ravished most of my current home state of New Jersey as well as part of my former homes of Brooklyn and Manhattan. With still no power or heat at my house after four plus days and then going to work and not being able to get online through my job’s wifi, it has made blogging and getting anything done online virtually impossible. This weekend, I’m staying near one of my old stomping grounds in upper Manhattan with my in-laws so I’m hoping to get some preliminary work done in preparation of next week’s season opener between LIU Brooklyn and Morehead State.

– Tomorrow, the Blackbirds play their second and final scrimmage against Boston University up in Boston. The Blackbirds have not been immune to the injury bug this preseason. CBSsports.com listed a couple of Blackbirds are dealing with some early season injuries. Senior reserve forward Kenny Onyechi who apparently has a broken foot and senior reserve forward Booker Hucks who is dealing with a shoulder injury. I’ve also learned that senior starter Julian Boyd is currently dealing with a minor strain. Onyechi and Hucks are both apparently have indefinite return dates but sources have told me that Onyechi could be back from his injury in approximately a month or so and Hucks could be back in time for the season opener next Friday. Boyd should be ready to go for the opener next week.

– A couple of other NEC teams have played exhibition games this week. Yesterday, Robert Morris cruised to an easy 81-67 victory in their exhibition game versus Division III St. Vincent. Coron Williams lead RMU with 17 points on 6 of 9 shooting including 5 of 6 from three. Senior Velton Jones only played 10 minutes due to an injury he got in the game and was understandably kept out for precautionary reasons. RMU shot 13 of 19 from three in the game. It looked like a tale of two halves for the Colonials as the first half they shot 61% from the field including an amazing 11 of 13 from three but in the second half they were cold as ice shooting just 27%. RMU start their season on Friday on the road at Rider.

– Bryant defeated Salve Regina 87-45 tonight. The Bulldogs were led by sophomore guard Dyami Starks who scored 20 points in 19 minutes. Alex Francis scored 19 for Bryant.

– Monmouth’s exhibition game versus LeMoyne was postponed. No make up date has been set but with a week to their season opener, it won’t be a surprise if the game gets officially canceled.

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