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Local hoops: Week in review

Hofstra got back on track, Stony Brook dropped a tough one at MSG against Rutgers, while St. John’s gutted out a six-point win over Fordham and

Everything went right for Hofstra (4-7, 0-1 CAA) in its 82-62 win over Binghamton on Saturday. Stevie Mejia (hamstring) played for the first time in four games, while Mike Moore continued his torrid shooting with 32 points against the Bearcats. Dwan McMillan had his best game of the season Nathaniel Lester was a efficient. Schedule for the week: vs. Colgate, Thursday, December 22.

It was a bit of a mixed bag for LIU (6-6, 2-0 NEC), which split two games. But the Blackbirds get a pass from Hoops Scoops for its loss at Norfolk State because it picked up a conference win against St. Peter’s. Julian Boyd had 29 points and a career-high 17 rebounds in an 82-80 win over St. Peter’s. A program like LIU, which plays in the one-bid NEC, needs to get control of conference opponents early in the season. Schedule for the week: vs. Texas State, Tuesday, Dec. 20.

St. John’s (5-5) gutted out a 56-50 win over Fordham at the Garden on Saturday. Not impressed? Considering the Red Storm is down to six legit players, four of which played 40 minutes, you have to give them some credit. Mo Harkless continues to try and lead the way. He had 13 points and 16 rebounds. D’Angelo Harrison had 15 points for the second straight game. Losing Nudireen Lindsey (transfer) couldn’t have come at a worse time. Schedule for the week: vs. Texas Pan American, Wednesday, Dec. 21.

Stony Brook (3-6) has played a tough-as-nails schedule so far. The Seawolves showed guts in a 67-58 loss to Rutgers at MSG. Dave Coley was solid with 17 points and is averaging 13.2 points over his last three games. If he can become that second double-digit scorer (Bryan Dougher is SB’s leading scorer), Stony Brook may start to find some consistency on offense. Another bright spot was Tommy Brenton, who had 11 points and 12 rebounds. If he’s back to his old self, the America East all of a sudden doesn’t look so intimidating. Schedule for the week: vs. Cornell, Wednesday, Dec. 28; vs. Rider, Friday, Dec. 30.

On the outskirts: Seton Hall (8-1) was idle, but plays at Dayton on Wednesday and will establish itself as a legit contender with a win. Iona overcame a setback at Marshall with consecutive wins at Richmond and Vermont, while Manhattan (7-4), led by Roslyn grad George Beamon, is on the rise.

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Hofstra (7-2, 1-0 CAA) avenged a tough loss at Hartford on December 7 with a 66-52 win at St Peter’s on Sunday. The Pride weren’t great from the field (37 percent) and were probably a little more sloppy (29 turnovers) than coach Krista Kilburn-Steveskey would like, but they crushed St. Peter’s on the boards and forced 23 turnovers. Reserve forward Deven Green had another solid game with 10 points and six rebounds. Schedule for the week: vs. Central Connecticut State, Wednesday, Dec. 21; vs. Auburn/Marist, Thursday, Dec. 22.

St. John’s (7-5) got back on the positive side of .500 after wins over Prairie View A&M and Memphis at their own Holiday Tournament. The good news: Da’Shena Stevens is back and had 11 points on 5-for-8 shooting and seven rebounds against Memphis. The bad news: Nadira McKenith has a sprained knee and will be out for a least a couple of weeks. It could’ve been worse, because McKenith looked to be in dire pain when she went down with 5:40 left in the Baylor game at MSG. Fortunately there was no ligament damage. On another positive note, freshman forward Amber Thompson has had games of 19, 10, 12, 10 and 8 points over her last five. Thompson and Stevens could be a great duo down the stretch. Schedule for the week: @ Harvard, Thursday, Dec. 22.

Stony Brook (1-10) just can’t get that elusive second win. Saturday’s 65-30 loss at Seton Hall was not indicative of the way the Seawolves have played most of the season. They’ve been in all but three of their games and actually held second-half leads in several of them. Although this season is being viewed as a rebuilding campaign, Beth O’Boyle’s crew won’t just lay down when conference play begins. Schedule for the week: vs. Morgan State, Wednesday, Dec. 21.

On the outskirts: Sacred Heart (9-1), LIU (9-2) and the Fordham women have been about as hot as a team could be. LIU has won four straight, while Sacred Heart has won five of six. Princeton (7-4) has cooled off after a hot start, but should be ready when it plays Hofstra.
 

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