November 15, 2010 at 3:35 pm #2685
Game Notes are out (finally)!
http://www.wagnerathletics.com/document … df?id=1254
Wagner By The Numbers
2010-11 Record: 1-0
2009-10 Overall Record: 5-26
2009-10 NEC Record/Finish: 3-15/11th
NEC Tournament Finish: Did Not Qualify
Starters Returning/Lost: 3/2
Letter-winners Returning/Lost: 7/5
2009-10 Final RPI: 331
Games Decided By 5 Points or Less: 3-8
This will be Wagner’s second game of the year and the first of a seven in a row on the road. Picked to finish 11th in the NEC, they rewarded their new coach, Dan Hurley, with a win at home against Lafayette on Friday (link below for detail). Tonight’s game will be their second of three against PL foes this year, ending the series out in Lewisburg on Nov. 29th.
http://www.silive.com/colleges/index.ss … _seas.html
After watching the LU/Penn State game on tape and reading reports of the Wagner/Lafayette contest, you come away thinking Lehigh and Wagner are mirror images of one another. If so, tonight’s game should be fun to watch if you’re into guard play and anxious to see what the newcomers on each side of the ball have to offer. A trio of Seahawk guards (Murray, Martin and Rivers – the latter being a freshman) poured in 52 of Wagner’s’ 63 points in Friday night’s’ win over Lafayette. Rivers, at 6’1", had earned All-State honors at Elizabeth (NJ) High School in 2008-09. You have to wonder if he and Anthony D’Orazio ever met up on the court. So, while we may have D’Orazio and McKnight – who together knocked down 11 of 21 for 30 points against Penn State on Friday night – Wagner has Rivers who did it all for Wagner in its win over Lafayette, scoring 18 and pulling down a team-high 6 rebounds. The front lines of each team struggled, however, on Friday. Lehigh’s forwards and centers sank only 3 of 14 (.214) shots while their Seahawk counterparts went 2 for 12 (.167).
It’s hard to imagine someone upstaging CJ McCollum, but Anthony D’Orazio and Mackey McKnight did just that on opening night. Our point guard from Houston looked like a three-year starter while D’Orazio at the 2 spot drained 4 of 7 from deep and 6 of 9 overall without breaking a sweat. Rob Keefer must be seeing his future playing time flash before his eyes. All this in a game that Michael Ojo missed due to injury! Coach Reed’s biggest problem – a nice one to have, no doubt – may be finding time for everyone in the backcourt. McCollum, Keefer, Ojo and Small are talents to be reckoned with for sure.
Not all is well, however, entering Game 2. There’s work to be done and it’s clearly in the front court. In Game One, we appeared powerless to stop the Penn State assault under and around the basket by their "bigs" of Brooks, Jackson and Jones. They muscled their way into position time and time again, pulling down 23 of the team’s 45 boards while netting 28 points. In all, we were out-rebounded 45 to 27, including 18 to 6 on the offensive glass. We’re not going to win many games with Knutson, Greiner, Mineri, Hamilton, and Safstrom going 1 for 11. Adams was, however, on his game. He played under control (nice to see) and with a purpose, hitting two long-range threes and bringing down five off of the board.
Expect Coach Reed to do what he does best tonight and throughout the season leading up to Patriot League play. That is: experiment. You can all but count on 9 players seeing double-digit minutes and a few turn-around performances. Now, if only we can muster a good opening night crowd to welcome home our Patriot League champs.
Finally, If you get confused when you hear the name, "Hurley," what follows may help. Apparently, the "Hurley Watch" is underway. That is, will Bob Sr. make an appearance at Stabler tonight? And, why not? He was at the Seahawk gym on Friday to witness his sons’ season-opening win over Lafayette.
Robert Matthew "Bob" Hurley, Sr.
Proud Father and head basketball coach at St. Anthony High School in Jersey City. He has amassed more than 900 wins in 35 years as a coach. Five of his teams have gone undefeated, including his 2007-08 squad. Next game: Delbarton High School. December 3rd.
Wagner Head Coach
Alma Mater: Seton Hall, 1996
Experience: First Year
Dan built St. Benedict’s Prep of Newark, NJ into one of the nation’s top high school programs is in his first year as the head coach at Wagner College. He is a 1991 graduate of St. Anthony High School in Jersey City, NJ, where he played for his father Bob Hurley, a legendary coach who was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this past summer. At St. Anthony, Hurley was a member of a National Championship team in 1989 and a member of a team ranked No. 2 in the nation in 1991.
Wagner Assistant Basketball Coach
Alma Mater: Duke, 1993
Experience: First Year
Bobby is a former Duke University All-American and NBA player. He enters his first season as an assistant coach at Wagner College and now serves under his brother, Dan.
Arguably one of the finest point guards in college basketball history, his 1,076 assists rank him as the all-time assist leader in NCAA history. From 1989-1993, Hurley, Jr. was a point guard for Duke. He was named first-team All-American in 1993, went to the Final Four three times, and led the Blue Devils to consecutive national championships in 1991 and 1992, earning Final Four MVP honors in 1992. His Duke jersey number 11 was retired in 1993. In 2002, Hurley was named to the 50th Anniversary men’s basketball team as one of the 50 greatest players in Atlantic Coast Conference history.
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