It was #NECOpeningNight on the hardwood for the league’s 12 men’s basketball teams, and it was an action-packed Opening Night to say the least. Don’t believe us? Take a look at the Tweet-cap below.
Headline of the Night
Overtime! Blog’s Three Stars – #NECOpeningNight
Star No. 3 – Jason Brickman, LIU Brooklyn
OK, so the shorthanded Blackbirds came up short in their NEC opener on Sacred Heart, but Brickman’s performance is just too good to ignore. The junior point guard logged nine assists and NOT A SINGLE TURNOVER. He’s currently No. 5 on the national leader board for assists, but look for this Blackbird to make a serious run at the individual NCAA statistical championship.
Star No. 2 – Earl Brown, Saint Francis (PA)
When Rob Krimmel’s grandchildren ask him about his first career victory as a Division I head coach, he will likely utter the name Earl Brown. Saint Francis’ power forward put forth a 16-point, 25-rebound performance that propelled the Flash to a 67-60 win over Central Connecticut in the NEC lid-lifter. Brown, who was 8-of-11 shooting, pulled down more rebounds than any Division I player since 2009.
Star No. 1 – Dyami Starks, Bryant
If his 17-point second half at Boston College wasn’t enough to convince you that Dyami is dynamic, then take a look at his performance at Robert Morris last night. Going up against a team that has appeared in each of the last four NEC Championship Games (and won two of them), Starks shot the Sewall Center’s lights out. The sophomore guard, who is in his first season of competition for Bryant after transferring from Ivy League member Columbia, sunk 7 of 12 three-point attempts on the way to scoring a game-high 29. His final two three’s of the night could not have come at a better time. After Karvel Anderson hit a trifecta to bring RMU within two points with 4:06 remaining in regulation, Starks hit back-to-back threes to bump Bryant’s advantage up to 68-60.
– Jan. 4, 2013 –