Home » Columns » Currently Reading:

FDU edges St. Francis Brooklyn: Three points of emphasis

January 25, 2014 Columns No Comments
author_floriani

TEANECK, N.J. – On one of those eventful nights, so typical with Northeast Conference meetings, Fairleigh Dickinson edged St. Francis Brooklyn at the Rothman Center. The Knights pulled out an 86-85 victory in a game featuring nine ties and as many lesd changes.

Three points of emphasis:

1. Going small. After Scooter Gillette and Mathias Seilund fouled out, FDU coach Greg Herenda decided to go small. “We used that down the stretch at Rutgers early in the year (an FDU victory). We thought it could help us tonight.” It did as the smaller lineup caused problems for St. Francis causing a few critical turnovers in the waning moments.

2. The foul line. St. Francis was shooting near 90% from the line (26 of 30 at the time) when Sheldon Hagigal stepped to the line with seconds remaining and his team ahead by one. Hagigal missed both shots. FDU rebounded and Malachi Nix was fouled with three seconds left. The freshmasn guard calmly hit both. On the final play St. Francis could not complete a long inbounds pass to get a shot off.

For the game, St. Francis shot 81 percent from the line and Hagigal had a solid 18-point, seven-rebound night. The final seconds, though, seemed to stand out as a blemish on what was overall a commendable effort for the freshman guard.

3. Jalen Cannon of St. Francis scored his 1000th career point and led all scorers (23 points) and rebounders (11). A major impact, though, came from the play of FDU’s Sidney Sanders, Jr. The senior guard shot just 4-20 but led the Knights with 20 points while handing out nine assists.

fdu_scoreboard

The scoreboard at the Rothman Center tells it all at the end of the night. (Ray Floriani photo)

FDU is now 3-2, the same record as St. Francis, in NEC action. “Getting this was big,” Herenda said. “One of our goals is to host a first round NEC playoff game. By doing so we have to stay in the upper division of the conference as long as possible so this was big.”

There was no hangover from the lopsided loss to Bryant the past Saturday. “That game was behind us,” FDU senior guard Sidney Sanders, Jr. said. “We moved on and right from the next time out had a good series of practices. We were ready tonight.”

Sanders Jr. added four steals to his offensive numbers. “His attitude is contagious,” said Herenda of Sanders Jr. “He can also go right by people and penetrate. That is very big on this level.”

Herenda noted Sanders’ Jr.’s guidance is already rubbing off on Nix. “He (Nix) hadn’t a field goal made in NEC play,” Herenda said. “But at halftime he wanted the toughest defensive assignment (St. Francis Senior guard Ben Mockford). When he got to the line late both free throws did not hit the rim, nice clean shots.”

The result: a thrilling conference victory.

Comment on this Article:







Subscribe to Hoopville

Enter your email address to subscribe to Hoopville

Advertisement


Your Phil of Hoops

Gbinije’s long journey may still have the ending many expected at one time

May 31, 2016 by

author_kasiecki

Michael Gbinije seemingly fulfilled the potential many thought he had, though he traveled a circuitous route to get there. Will it end up in the NBA Draft, or will he have to fight harder to make a roster?

The wait is over for Stony Brook

March 12, 2016 by

stonybrook

Stony Brook is finally going to the NCAA Tournament, and the story of tragic endings – and all that goes with it – is a thing of the past.

Saturday Notes – February 27, 2016

February 28, 2016 by

author_kasiecki

The last Saturday of exclusively regular season play seemed to follow the script of many others. We look at notes from many of the day’s games of consequence.

Hoopville Archives

Everybody Needs a Head Coach

Former college basketball coach Mike Jarvis has a new book out, Everybody Needs a Head Coach.

"As you read this book, I hope that Coach Jarvis' experiences inspire you to find your purpose in life."
-Patrick Ewing, NBA Hall of Fame center

"Mike Jarvis' is one of my special friends. I am so pleased that he has taken the time to write this fabulous book."
-Mike Krzyzewski, Five-time NCAA championship head coach, Duke Blue Devils

"In reading this book, I can see that Mike hasn't lost his edge or his purpose. Readers should take a look at what he has to say."
-Jim Calhoun, Three-time NCAA champion, UConn Men's basketball

Review on Hoopville coming soon!

Coaching Changes and NBA Draft Early Entrants

The coaching carousel is moving. Keep track of the latest coaching changes right here on Hoopville.

Also, keep track of players who have declared early for the NBA Draft.

College Basketball Tonight

We hope you enjoyed COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT during the 2016 NCAA Tournament. COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT is a comprehensive look at the NCAA Tournament hosted by veteran college basketball broadcaster Ted Sarandis, along with co-hosts Mike Jarvis and Terry O'Connor, both former Division I coaches. It also included many great guests, including Hoopville's own Phil Kasiecki.

Here are links to the shows:

March 13, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

March 20, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

March 27, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

April 3, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

Phil Kasiecki on Twitter

Recruiting Coverage

2016 Boston Back to School Showcase notes

September 12, 2016 by

hoopguy-cyan

We look back at the 2016 Boston Back to School Showcase, where a couple of Boston City League teams were among the most impressive on the day.

2016 Hoopville Spring Finale championship recap

June 28, 2016 by

hoopguy-yellow

We look back at the championship games of the 2016 Hoopville Spring Finale, which had a big local flavor as one might have expected.

2016 Hoopville Spring Finale preview

June 24, 2016 by

hoopguy-cyan

We look ahead to the 2016 Hoopville Spring Finale, held at a familiar location in Boston.

At the 2016 Boston Shootout, host BABC has a big day

June 8, 2016 by

hoopguy-cyan

Sunday was a big day for the host program at the 44th Boston Shootout

2015 Boston Back to School Showcase recap

September 18, 2015 by

hoopguy-cyan

The Boston Back to School Showcase gave high school teams from three states and north of the border a chance for a couple of early games. We take a look back at the day and a few who stood out.