It was a mixed bag for the Long Island-area teams this weekend. Hofstra got a big win to start its season, while Stony Brook split its first two. St. John’s is 3-0 and LIU went 0-1.
Hofstra started off on the right foot, knocking off a game LIU squad, 89-71, in it season-opener at the Mack Sports Complex. The biggest thing to take from that game was senior wing man Nathaniel Lester scoring a career-high 33 points. A healthy and aggressive Lester could get 18-plus a night. Schedule for the week: @Oregon State, Wed. Nov. 16; vs. St. Francis (NY), Sat. Nov. 19.
The scoreboard looked lopsided in the end, but LIU put forth a strong effort in its lost to Hofstra. The Blackbirds shot the three well (8-21; .381 pct) and moved the ball well (24 assists). Offensively, they didn’t get enough from star forward Julian Boyd, but sophomore point guard Jason Brickman (11 points, 5 assists, 3 steals) and Jamal Olasewere (13 points, 6 rebounds) were effective. The turnovers (20) were a problem, though. Schedule for the week: @ Old Dominion, Mon, Nov. 14; @ Penn State, Wed, Nov. 16; @ Radford Sat, Nov. 19.
Stony Brook came up well short in its bid to get one of the biggest wins in program history at Indiana, 96-66. The Seawolves recovered on Sunday with a 93-39 drubbing of Mount Ida. Tommy Brenton had a double-double (11 points, 13 rebounds, 8 assists).
Schedule for the week: @ Sacred Heart, Tues, Nov. 15.
St. John’s improved to 3-0 with an easy 82-59 win over UMBC. It wasn’t the easiest 3-0, however, as the Red Storm struggled early in wins over William & Mary and Lehigh. The early-season struggles notwithstanding, the potential is there. Five players scored in double figures in the Red Storm’s win over UMBC. Mo Harkless led the way with 18 points, while Nurideen Lindsey had 15 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. Schedule for the week: vs. No.16 Arizona, Thurs., Nov. 17.