NEC Ball Screen: 11/29/21
Let's start in Smithfield, shall we?
That's the win probability chart, per Kenpom, and it'd be glorious if it weren't for the fact that Bryant ended up on the wrong side of this one.
After Charles Pride pushed the lead to 49-46 with 9 seconds left in regulation, Dartmouth ran a sideline inbounding play to perfection, tossing the ball to Cam Krystkowiak in the opposite corner, who then passed it back to Brendan Barry, who made a three-pointer as time expired.
In the extra frame, with the score tied at 61, Peter Kiss got a defensive rebound but turned it over in the backcourt, which led to Ryan Cornish finding Aaryn Rai for a layup with under 1 second remaining. A Kiss half-court heave fell short, and Dartmouth escaped with a 63-61 win.
For Bryant, the defense continues to play well; they've allowed fewer than 0.89ppp in three games in a row. However, offensively they've been inconsistent, and on Sunday they were just 8 for 32 from downtown (41.2% eFG%), and turned it over 20 times (28.1%). What they did well was crash the offensive boards, grabbing 21 on the game (7 for Hall Elisias, 5 for Pride).
Pride led the way with 23 points and 14 boards, while Kiss had 19 points and 5 rebounds but turned it over 8 times. Hall Elisias had 4 points, 9 boards and 4 blocks. However, non-Pride Bulldogs made just 3 of 21 from downtown, and as a team they had just 11 assists.
In New Britain, Central Connecticut got a buzzer-beating offensive rebound and put-back from Jayden Brown to force overtime, then a 30-foot, buzzer-beating three-pointer from Ian Krishnan to push the game into double OT, before the Blue Devils eventually fell to Fordham 89-83.
Krishnan led CCSU with 17 points on 16 field goal attempts (4 for 6 from inside the arc) in 37 minutes. Freshman walk-on Joe Ostrowsky provided a spark off the bench, scoring a career-high 12 points in 21 minutes, (4 for 6 from the field), and Zach Newkirk added 13. Freshman forward Andre Snoddy put up 8 points and 7 boards, and currently sits 2nd in the NEC with a 29% DR%. Jayden Brown added 10 points and 7 rebounds in a career-high 27 minutes.
St. Francis (PA) went on the road and knocked off Lehigh 79-68, in a game that wasn't even that close. The story pre-game was the return of Ramiir Dixon-Conover, who missed the previous game, and he picked up right where he left off; scoring 16 points. However, the story during the game was SFU big man Josh Cohen; the 6'10" redshirt sophomore had his 2nd big game in a row, putting up an 18 point (7 of 9 from the field), 10 board line in a season-high 25 minutes.
SFU had its best all-around offensive performance on Sunday, as they shot the ball efficiently (6 of 11 from three, 55.7% eFG%), and got nice performances from Ronell Giles, Jr. (16 points on 15 shots) and Myles Thompson (17 points, including 3 of 3 from deep).
In New Jersey, Fairleigh Dickinson battled on the road against a good Princeton team, eventually losing 89-79. Brandon Rush broke out in a big way; 27 points on 19 field goal attempts. However, Princeton was too much for the Knights; the Tigers were able to convert 21 of 33 inside the arc, putting up 1.27ppp. John Square, Jr. had 8 points and 6 boards for FDU, while rookies Ibrahim Watara and Sebastien Lamaute each had 9. Devin Dunn struggled shooting the ball (3 of 11), but did have 12 points and 4 assists.
And finally, Merrimack went on the road and blew a 4-point lead with 46 seconds left, falling to a short-handed Boston University team 61-60. After a Jordan Minor layup pushed the lead to 4, BU's Sukhmail Mathon knocked down two free throws after being fouled following an offensive board. The Terriers then fouled Malik Edmead, who missed the front-end of a 1-and-1, and Javonte McCoy hit a three with 2 seconds left for the win.
Minor led the way for Merrimack with 16 points and 7 boards, including 8 of 9 from the charity stripe. Mikey Watkins had 11 points, 6 assists, and 4 steals, while Mykel Derring stayed hot, knocking down 2 of 3 from downtown.
This game, which featured just 56 possessions, was marred by fouls; 23 on Merrimack, 17 on Boston U. Ultimately, BU was 18 of 23 from the free throw line, though Merrimack shot it at a higher clip (15 of 18).
I apologize for those of you who followed my lead and took the under 122.5. Ya'll sweated it out, but came out with a W.
Nothing today, and a rather light week overall with just 19 scheduled games.