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Wagner ready to make statement

Wagner guard Chris Martin dribbles against UConn defenders.

Wagner guard Chris Martin dribbles against UConn defenders. Monday, November 14, 2011. Credit: Stephen Slade / Wagner College

You are what your record is. At least that’s what some people think. In the world of college basketball records can be inflated with weak schedules.

That isn’t the case for Wagner. The Staten Island school improved to 7-2 with a 58-43 win over Hofstra on Tuesday night. Don’t think that the Seahawks can’t be considered legit because they play in the NEC. Danny Hurley’s crew forced 19 turnovers in a 78-66 loss to Connecticut.

Wagner lost by just five points at LIU and scored 90 in a win over St. Francis on Saturday. There are also wins over Penn, Princeton, Lafayette and Delaware State, teams that the Seahawks are supposed to beat.

When you beat the teams you are supposed to and squads that you aren’t, it means a special season could be in the works.

Hofstra, despite being a few players short, is one of those teams Wagner wasn’t supposed to beat. The Seahawks put forth a masterful defensive effort in that game.

Wagner is off to its best start since beginning 7-2 in the 2005-2006 season.

With three solid scoring threats –Jonathon Williams, Tyler Murray, Latif Rivers– and a host of others who can shoot, including Chris Martin and Josh Thompson, Wagner figures to challenge LIU for the regular season NEC title.

Hurley also has a solid recruiting class for next season led by 6-4 shooting guard Dwan Anderson, a Michigan State transfer who will be eligible after the 2012-2013 fall semester. Anderson, named Mr. Basketball as a high school senior, could be a primetime player in the NEC.

There is also 6-8 Mike Aaman and 6-5 Eric Fanning coming to the program next fall.  

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