Week Two of the NEC season has come and gone. In just four games, we are just left with one undefeated team (Bryant) and every team is on the board with at least one win. Let’s take a quick look back at this week and see how we got to where we are.
Sacred Heart 78 Central Connecticut State 84: Sacred Heart drop their first NEC game of the season. The Pioneers got 22 points each from Shane Gibson and Steve Glowiak but it wasn’t enough to best CCSU. The Blue Devils shot 32 free throws to the Pioneers’ seven. Matt Hunter scored 21 and freshman Brandon Peel had a double-double with 17 points and 17 rebounds for CCSU. Neither shot the ball particularly well as neither one cracked 43% from the floor.
Wagner 86 LIU Brooklyn 75: Wagner snapped LIU Brooklyn’s 31-game WRAC winning streak and moved to 3-0 in the NEC. LIU fell to 0-3. Here is my game recap.
St. Francis (PA) 60 Monmouth 65: Monmouth got their first win of the season. The Hawks got a good game from struggling point guard Jesse Steele (17 points, 5 rebounds) in the win. Andrew Nicholas also scored 15 points for the Hawks. Stephon Wyhatt scored 13 points for the Red Flash while Earl Brown got another double-double with 11 points & 11 rebounds. Both teams shot the ball poorly as Monmouth shot 41% while St. Francis (PA) shot 31%.
Mount St. Mary’s 56 St. Francis Brooklyn 70: St. Francis Brooklyn had four players score in double figures as they shot an outstanding 51% from the field and 46% from three. The Terriers got 19 points from Ben Mockford on 5 of 6 shooting from three. Akeem Johnson and Brent Jones each scored 12 points and Travis Nichols scored 10. The Mount got 17 points from Rashad Whack and 11 from Sam Prescott.
Quinnipiac 95 Bryant 103: Bryant scored an amazing 1.38 points per possession while shooting 61% from the field and remarkable 63% from the three. The Bulldogs got 24 points from Frankie Dobbs, 20 from Dyami Starks, 16 from Alex Francis, 14 from Corey Maynard and 13 from Vlad Kondratyev. All five shot over 50% from the field. Quinnipiac were led by Ike Azotam’s 21 points. Jamee Jackson scored 15, Kendrick Ray scored 12 and Ousame Drame scored 1o. The Bobcats shot just 25% from three and 58% from the foul line.
Robert Morris 88 Fairleigh Dickinson 54: Robert Morris breaks a two-game NEC skid with a convincing win on the road vs FDU. Coron Williams finished with 27 points as five Colonials finished in double figures. RMU shot 56% from the floor and 54% from three. Russell Johnson had a double-double 10 points, 10 rebounds. FDU got 17 points from Melquan Bolding and 13 points from Kinu Rochford in the loss.
Mount St. Mary’s 72 LIU Brooklyn 86: LIU Brooklyn got their first NEC win of the season as well as their first-ever win at the Barclays Center. Here is my game recap.
Sacred Heart 80 Quinnipiac 74: Sacred Heart got 31 points from Shane Gibson on 18 shot attempts to beat the Bobcats on the road. Sophomore Steve Glowski also scored 21 for the Pioneers to go to 3-1 in the NEC. Quinnpiac got 17 points from Dave Johnson and well as double-doubles from Ike Azotam and Jamee Jackson (10 points, 10 rebounds). The Bobcats shot only 14 of 27 from the free throw line. Quinnipiac shot under 40% from the field. Both teams did crack 1.0 points per possession.
Bryant 69 Central Connecticut State 62: Bryant is now 4-0 after winning their third road game of the NEC season. Alex Francis had a huge double-double with 26 points and 18 rebounds. The Bulldogs were able to keep CCSU to 29% field goal shooting. CCSU got 22 points from Kyle Vinales and 20 points from Adonis Burbage in the loss as they combined to take 35 of the team’s 63 shots. Matt Hunter grabbed 13 rebounds for CCSU as they fall to 2-2 in the NEC.
St. Francis Brooklyn 71 Wagner 52: In a mild upset, SFC beat Wagner on the road convincingly. Wagner played without Jonathon Williams and Marcus Burton for the second straight game due to their injuries. Travis Nichols exploded once again from off the bench to led SFC with 20 points. Jalen Cannon had 15 points for the Terriers. Mario Moody who has been playing very well of late led the Seahawks with 15 points. A game after shooting 59% including an NEC-record 9 of 10 (90%) from three against LIU, Wagner were only able to shoot 38% from the field including just 2 for 11 from three against SFC. Both teams are now 3-1.
St. Francis (PA) 69 Fairleigh Dickinson 79 (OT): FDU matched their NEC win total of all of last season with this overtime win at home. Kinu Rochford got his NEC-leading eighth double-double of the season with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Lonnie Robinson led the Knights with 17 points. Stephon Mosley paced the Red Flash with 19 points. Earl Brown got his fifth straight double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds playing 44 minutes. SFU shot a horrible 3 for 17 from three. FDU was pretty bad themselves at the free throw line shooting 56%. FDU is now 2-2, SFU has lost three straight after upsetting CCSU on the road in the NEC opener.
Robert Morris 74 Monmouth 55: In a game that debuted the NEC-TV package, RMU used their second straight good defensive game to get the win. Velton Jones left the game early in the first half after getting hit with an Jalen Palm elbow in the temple. RMU had a strong game from Lucky Jones who didn’t play at all in the win at FDU on Thursday. Jones scored 18 points. Coron Williams scored 14 and Mike McFadden scored 12. Russell Johnson grabbed 10 rebounds for RMU who have now rebounded to .500 at 2-2. The Hawks got a second-straight strong game from Jesse Steele as he led them with 17 points on 6 of 11 shooting. Monmouth with another ugly shooting game going 37% from the floor and just 4 of 22 from three.
Here is the updated NEC standings after Week 2 of NEC action courtesy of ESPN.com
Looking ahead to next week, here are the best games of Week Three: Thursday – Wagner @ Central Connecticut State & Sacred Heart @ Robert Morris. Saturday – Wagner @ Bryant, Quinnipiac @ Robert Morris