First weekend of action across the NEC brought some big time performances, some bizarre stats and one major upset.
Overall, the NEC went 4-7 over the first three days of the 2013-14 season. Fairleigh Dickinson, Robert Morris, LIU Brooklyn all got home wins in the season opening games.
Yet, the team that got the biggest win of the weekend was St. Francis Brooklyn who went down to Miami on Friday and got a 66-62 win over the University of Miami (FL). The Terriers got a big time game from freshman Wayne Martin in his first collegiate game with 17 points and 8 rebounds in 28 minutes off the bench. Junior Jalen Cannon delivered down the stretch and in overtime and finished with his double-double of the season, 14 points and 10 rebounds.
There were several big-time performances brought out over opening weekend by some of NEC elite. First, LIU Brooklyn’s Jason Brickman got right back on where he left off last season. Against Saint Peter’s Brickman finished with 13 points, 14 assists and even added 6 rebounds for extra measure. Next, Central Connecticut’s Kyle Vinales also continued where he left off last season. Against Yale at the Connecticut 6 Classic, Vinales played all 40 minutes as he has been well accustomed to from last season and scored 30 points on 23 shots. But not even Vinales could match the scoring output of Bryant’s Dyami Starks. Although Bryant took it on the chin from Gonzaga on the road, Starks had himself a monster game. He finished with 35 points in 34 minutes on 22 shot attempts.
Along with these giant individual performances, there were some odd statistical findings in the box scores over the weekend, all of them dealing with assist numbers. First, Sacred Heart’s Phil Gaetano, who was second in the nation in assists after LIU’s Jason Brickman, started off the season the opposite of Brickman. Gaetano had just one assist in 25 minutes vs Fairfield on Saturday. Speaking of Brickman, we know he had 14 assists on Saturday. Well, those 14 assists were more than 8 NEC teams assists total for the game. One of those teams included Bryant who had a grand total of 5 assists in their game vs Gonzaga on 27 made shots. The Bryant starting five had 2 of those 5 assists and they both come from forward Alex Francis. Bryant’s starting point guard Corey Maynard who had zero assists.