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A look back: FDU’s win over Princeton and its significance

by - Published December 11, 2014 in Columns

TEANECK, N.J. – You could call it a classic. That might be debatable. You would not have any argument, though, labeling the finish a classic. Fairleigh Dickinson defeated Princeton last Wednesday 89-85 in a contest that featured several momentum swings as both teams took turns enjoying eleven-point leads.

Princeton built their lead by early second half. FDU slowly chipped away. The formula was simple: attack the basket. “Good things happen when you go inside,” FDU coach Greg Herenda said. The Knights went on a scoring outburst the second half. They got to the line attempting free throws the final twenty minutes. Herenda could only study the stat sheet, commenting,“ We scored 64 second half points against Princeton. Think we entered the game scoring about 60 for the entire game.” … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Tuesday, November 18, 2014

by - Published November 18, 2014 in The Morning Dish

For all the things ESPN has messed up in recent years (and there are a lot of them), its 24-hour college hoops marathon shows where the network continues to shine.

The hoops marathon is pure, old-school ESPN at its best. Games around the clock at funky hours, similar to how the Ohio Valley Conference used to buy time on the network to play games at midnight Eastern time when one Jim Delany was its commissioner. Intriguing matchups featuring good teams regardless of conference affiliation, as opposed to force-feeding us more games involving football conference bottom feeders or powerhouses hosting guarantee games that shouldn’t see the light of day on national TV (see: Elon at Duke, Dec. 15; apologies Phoenix fans).

It’s an event that truly builds up buzz on the campuses where it takes place. When schools like Monmouth, Rider and Florida Gulf Coast get a chance to be the featured game on ESPN, it’s a big deal. Even if it is at 6 a.m. in the morning.

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2013-14 Northeast Conference Post-Mortem

by - Published June 30, 2014 in Columns, Conference Notes

The Northeast Conference has had a good run in recent years, from one of its best seasons in 2011-12 to seeing a new member become a contender as they become eligible for the conference tournament. The conference always has some good basketball with its top teams, and this year was no exception. Part of that was once again evident in the conference tournament, as the regular season champion once again didn’t take home the title.

Robert Morris has been a mainstay for several years now. You could argue that the Colonials are the signature program in the conference, as they have won at least 12 conference games each of the past seven seasons. The past two seasons, they have won the regular season title by two games. Yet a conference championship remains elusive, as they captured two straight in 2009 and 2010 but have yet to do it again.

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Xavier triumphs and Robert Morris survives: Notes, numbers and quotes

by - Published February 28, 2014 in Columns

TEANECK, N.J. – Early in the week Xavier ventured into Madison Square Garden and posted a 65-53 victory over St. John’s. It was a huge win for the Musketeers coming off a thorough defeat at Georgetown a few days earlier. For the home standing Red Storm, meanwhile, it was a second straight loss with the clock ticking on NCAA possibilities.

The possession numbers:

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FDU edges St. Francis Brooklyn: Three points of emphasis

by - Published January 25, 2014 in Columns

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:

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Red hot Bryant rolls over FDU

by - Published January 19, 2014 in Columns

TEANECK, N.J. – Maintaining momentum is a fleeting proposition, especially in college basketball. Going on the road and shooting the lights out is the same. On Saturday at the Rothman Center, both forces were a factor as Bryant romped 95-68 over FDU in a Northeast Conference matchup.

The Bulldogs improved to 3-1 in the NEC while FDU is 2-2.

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Herenda providing new attitude, new direction at FDU

by - Published January 13, 2014 in Columns

TEANECK, N.J. – Moments after FDU defeated Seton Hall earlier this season, Greg Herenda repeated a story he shared at Northeast Conference media day. It was last Spring, the newly appointed FDU coach had a great press conference, and when it was all over stopped and thought about it.

“I was a little scared,” Herenda confessed. “We had seven players in the program and no assistant coaches.” So Herenda did what he does best. He got to work.

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FDU 66, St. Peter’s 61: Numbers and the coach’s concerns

by - Published December 1, 2012 in Columns

JERSEY CITY, N.J. – Fairleigh Dickinson made a late run to post a come from behind 66-61 win over St. Peter’s at Yanitelli Center. In a Wednesday night matchup, the visiting Knights earned their third straight victory to even their season record at 3-3.

Our look at the numbers begins with the possessions:

FDU 67
St. Peter’s 69

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Fairleigh Dickinson edges St. Francis (NY) in season finale

by - Published February 25, 2012 in Columns

TEANECK, N.J. – How would you feel holding a team to under 70 efficiency and losing? In a game where both teams were under 70, FDU surprised St. Francis (NY) 45-44 at the Rothman Center. The win was FDU’s second of the Northeast Conference campaign. The Knights failed to qualify for the NEC tournament. St. Francis, meanwhile, needed the win for a third seed in the NEC tournament. The loss dropped them to fourth.

A look at the numbers for this game:

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A Tempo Free Look: FDU Stops Bryant in NEC Opener

by - Published December 5, 2010 in Columns

TEANECK, N.J. – On Thursday, Fairleigh Dickinson defeated Bryant 78-68 in the Northeast Conference opener for both clubs at the Rothman Center. We take a look at a tempo free breakdown of the game.

The efficiency:

Possessions, Offensive Efficiency
Bryant 67, 102
FDU 68, 115

The Four Factors:

Effective FG Percentage Free Throw Rate Offensive Rebound Percentage Turnover Rate
Bryant 52 14 28 19
FDU 56 44 41 22


  • About the only negative in FDU’s Four Factors was the 22 percent turnover rate. The inside game was so dominant, though, it didn’t matter as much. The Knight owned the lane with an incredible 46-18 points in the paint edge. The Knights were 25 of 42, good for 61 percent on two-point shooting. Granted not every two point field goal attempt is in the paint. But tonight virtually everyone for the Knights was.
  • FDU’s inside prowess was reflected in offensive rebound percentage and free throw rate as well, as the Knights shot 31 free throws to Bryant’s 12. As the Knights pounded it inside, Bryant settled for threes. They did shoot 12 of 27 (44%) from beyond the arc and were able to trim two double digit-deficits to a two possession game.
  • Bryant’s turnover rate was a step in the right direction. Under 20% is the target and the Bulldogs met it. Nice improvement for a club that entered with a (too high) 23 percent rate.
  • FDU coach Greg Vetrone was very pleased with the play of Kamil Svrdlik. The 6-8 junior was dominant on the blocks with a career-high 24 points to go along with rebounds. A native of the Czech Republic, Svrdlik is providing a much needed low post game with Alvin Mofunanya graduated.
  • Keeping a shot chart the last 12 minutes, you can see FDU’s inside prowess. The Knights had eight field goals, all in the paint (four in transition). Bryant had seven field goals. Among them five were three-pointers, one on the three-point line and one in the paint.
  • Cecil Gresham, Bryant’s senior forward, had a “breakout game” per coach Tim O’Shea, leading all scorers with 28 points. O’shea would like more contributions from sophomore center Vlad Kondratyev, who played very well last year but has not been contributing as well to date.
  • FDU improves to 2-3, Bryant falls to 1-6.

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