NEC Hoops Highlights: Best of the Best from Non-conference Play

There have been exactly 220 basketball games involving NEC teams this season prior to Christmas.

There has been plenty to remember.

There have been wins by the Fairleigh Dickinson men over AAC (Rutgers) and Big East (Seton Hall) members.

Jason Brickman, who eventually became the conference’s all-time career assist leader, and LIU Brooklyn took Indiana to the brink. Glenn Braica’s St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers topped 2013 ACC champion Miami (FL) and nearly had an upset for the ages over Syracuse.

On the women’s side, John Thurston’s Terriers have continued the program’s turnaround. SFBK is off to its best start (8-2) in four decades and their only two losses have come to members of major conferences.

Meanwhile, Robert Morris’ Artemis Spanou extended her streak of consecutive double-double performances to 33 in a row, accounting for the second-longest span in NCAA Division I history.

The notable accomplishments have been plentiful as have the superb plays.

NEC Front Row has put together a collection of the season’s top plays to date.

The piece divides the top plays from the 2013 non-conference season into four categories – Dominant Dunks, Attentive Assists, Terrific Threes and Buzzer Beaters.

Some of What You’ll See

Dominant Dunks

EJ Reed’s multiple flushes in Indiana’s Assembly Hall.

Attentive Assists

A dish-and-dunk from Wagner’s Kenny Ortiz to Mario Moody in a win over America East preseason favorite Vermont. … A nice fast-break feed from Saint Francis U freshman guard Samiah Bethel to Alli Williams.

Terrific Threes

The night Dyami Starks did like John used to do in The Garden. … St. Francis Brooklyn’s Eilidh Simpson’s sweet stroke.

Buzzer Beaters

Gerrell Martin’s last-second trifecta that lifted LIU Brook over Lamar (Guess who had the assist.).

Feel free to comment on your favorite play in the section below.

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