The NEC News Wire: July 16

Here are a few noteworthy items which came across the NEC News Wire in the past few days.

– Wagner released their non-conference schedule on Tuesday becoming the second NEC team to do so. Wagner’s head coach Bashir Mason and his team has a pretty tough slate of opponents in their 11-game non-conference schedule. They will play just four home games at Spiro Sports Center with games versus Division III SUNY-Old Westbury, Penn, Monmouth and Rider. Their seven non-conference road games will be a tough slate with games at Maryland who starting life in the Big Ten, Columbia who could be outside contenders in the Ivy League, Hofstra who is a contender in the CAA, Maine, Lafayette, Vermont who are always good in America East, and Cincinnati who is one of the powers in the American Conference.

– Currently Rutgers is in the lead as most common non-conference opponent among NEC teams. Rutgers will play four NEC teams in their non-conference slate, all at home at the RAC. They will face Fairleigh Dickinson, St. Francis Brooklyn, Saint Francis (PA), and Sacred Heart.

Hofstra is currently next on the list with three games against NEC teams with games against Central Connecticut, LIU Brooklyn and Wagner.

– Sacred Heart’s 6’7” junior forward Tevin Falzon recently completed competing for Malta in the 2014 FIBA European Championship for Small Countries in Gibraltar.

Falzon in four games for Malta averaged 7.0 ppg and 3.8 rpg in 10.5 mpg. He shot 8 for 26 from the field and was 1 for 9 from three during the tournament in helping Malta to a runner-up finish.

Malta lost in the final to Andorra 66-63. Falzon has his best game in the final for Malta going 4 for 9 from the field in 12 minutes for 11 points.

– Congratulations are in order for now former Mount St. Mary’s point guard Julian Norfleet. He announced on his Twitter feed on Tuesday that he will be playing professionally overseas next season.

Norfleet has signed on to play for the Bulgarian club called Rilski Sportist who plays in Bulgaria’s National Basketball League. Norfleet becomes the third NEC 2014 graduate (as well as the third point guard) to play professionally overseas joining LIU’s Jason Brickman (Dynamo Moscow – Russia) and Bryant’s Corey Maynard (Skytrans Cairns Taipains – Australia).

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