Checking in on the… NECPosted by rtmsf on December 29th, 2008
Ray Floriani of College Chalktalk is the RTC correspondent for the NEC and MAAC Conferences.
NEWARK, NJ – The Northeast Conference Co-Players of the Week were James Feldeine and Jeremy Chappell. Feldiene, a junior guard for Quinnipiac, averaged 27.5 ppg, 8 boards and 5 assists in a spectacularly well rounded week. Quinnipiac went 1-1 during that stretch. Chappell, a senior guard for Robert Morris and one of the NEC’s elite, averaged 22 points, 7 rebounds over a three game stretch that saw the Colonials take road games against Lafayette and Central Michigan. The latter was played at the Detroit Pistons home at the Palace at Auburn Hills.
Rookie of the Week was Central Connecticut freshman Bobby Ptacek. The 6-3 guard had career highs of 20 points 6 rebounds in the Blue Devils’ win over Princeton.
IN PERSON: Caught FDU’s loss at St.Peter’s two days before Christmas. The Knights dropped a 69-61 decision and were guilty of 20 turnovers on the evening. FDU head coach Tom Green, concerned yet in normal humorous spirit noted, “They say it’s better to give than to receive and tonight we played the role of a generous Santa.” Green pointed out that the 15 turnovers resulted in fifteen more field goal attempts (59 to 44) by the Peacocks. A huge figure in a three possession game. Cameron Tyler (17 points) and Sean Baptiste (game high 25 points) continued their torrid scoring. Green is hoping to get the likes of Alvin Mofunaya (6 points, 8 rebounds, 9 blocks) more involved offensively. The 6-8 junior was only 3 of 6 from the floor. And that 9 block figure is not a typo. FDU rejected 14 shots on the evening. On the NEC race: “I said it the last few years, it’s fairly wide open. I believe Mt.St.Mary’s is the favorite though they have been snake bit in some close games. Still, I think the other spots are fairly well up for grabs and hey, we’re 1-1 in the conference.” After a murderous non-conference schedule that NEC record gives FDU, 1-10 after last night’s loss at Seton Hall, something of a ‘second season’ to build on.
NEC lists eight teams with duos averaging a collective 25 ppg. The breakdown…
- QU James Feldiene 18.8 Justin Rutty 16 34.8
- CCSU Ken Horton 20.6 Robby Ptacek 10.2 30.8
- MSM Jeremy Goode 16.6 Jean Cajou 12.9 29.5
- LIU Kyle Johnson 16.1 J. Wisseh 11.7 27.8
- RMU Jeremy Chappell 16.9 J. Langhurst 10.6 27.5
- SFNY Kayode Ayeni 14.8 S. Perunicic 12.7 27.5
- WC Joey Mundweiler 13.9 Jamal Smith 13.3 27.2
- SHU Joey Henley 13.4 Ryon Howard 13.4 26.8
- SFPA Devin Sweetney 14.4 Mislav Jukic 11.4 25.8
ANOTHER STAT OF NOTE: In losses to Virginia Tech, Penn State and Georgetown, Mount St. Mary’s shot 40% from the floor compared to their opponents’ combined 36%. The difference in the three close losses was the foul line. The Mount was 20-37 (54%) while their BCS opposition was 73-97 (75%).
IN PERSON 102 – Following Wagner’s 68-58 win over NJIT on Sunday, Seahawks coach Mike Deane was asked his assessment of the upcoming NEC race. “I really don’t give it (NEC race) much thought other than we are 0-1 after losing a tough one against Quinnipiac,” Deane said. “Tomorrow we leave for Kansas State and that is my concern. I really take it a game at a time. I did see St.Francis (NY) and St,Francis (PA) on television but that was more casual watching than analytical.” Deane did make a significant point about NEC scheduling. “We are on a Thursday-Saturday format for most of our conference games,” he said. “That might be good if you travel (like the St.Francis (PA)-Robert Morris swing) but I really think a Wednesday-Saturday format is better for preparation. That gives you two days to prepare rather than the one when you play on Thursday.” In the NJIT game leading scorer Joey Mundweiler had 10 points but was only 3 of 9 from the floor. “Joey is a shooter,” Deane said. “We had a few days over break where we lifted and/or stretched and didn’t get in the gym as much. Joey has to be in the gym. I guarantee when we get home, he’ll go to the gym and take at least 100 jump shots.”
To all… best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year.