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April 30: The funeral was small. Dave looked so sad and so grimly determined to keep it together. It was difficult to explain to the kids. Bobby’s almost 6 and Sandy almost 4 so there’s not a lot that makes sense about this, but then, is there for any of us.

June 5: Looking at a couple of transfers.

June 16: We get PF Ike Ash from OK ST but not sure how much he’ll help.

June 26: 4 scholarships. We’d like 2 bigs and 2 guards. Looking at 3 PGs, 6 PFs, 1 C to start with.

It’s been 2 months since Margie died. Dave has been quiet. As far as I know he isn’t drinking but he isn’t himself, no fire.

August 11: “I don’t know, Red. I can’t seem to get interested in anything but the team. When I’m done my work for the day I just sleep. I used ta sleep about 5 hours a day now I sleep about 10.”

“Dave, you’re depressed. It’s not surprising considering, but it’s not good. I know you won’t see a therapist, but are you running?”


“Start running again. Exercise helps. It releases some kind of chemicals. I’d do 3 miles in the morning and 3 more in the afternoon or evening.”


“I think within a few days you’ll feel a little better.”

“What the h*ll. Couldn’t hurt. And I did gain a few pounds.”

August 21: We offer to 2 PGs and 2 PFs. One of the PGs has us as one of his picks and he’s #28. From RI, of course.

September 2: “I gotta admit, Red, runnin’ ain’t solvin’ nothin’ but it’s helpin’.”

“Maybe you should get out more, too. Come with Jean or me when we take the kids to the park or wherever.”

“Yeah, I’d like that. Bobby and Sandy always cheer me up.”

September 18: Got him! #34, PG Jed Ray. Biggest catch ever! Lost a guy too but who cares!

I thought there was a slight chance of getting invited somewhere but no luck. We’re beefing up the schedule a little. Not too much because 6 of the 9 pre-conf. games are on the road, but about 3 challenges.

September 25: Wiped out. All 3 of the other guys we offered to went somewhere else. Try again next week when the new ratings come out.

October 2: Looking at a bunch of new recruits.

1st day of practice looks promising. We’re really deep in the back court but we’ll need to go small. Good bigs but not many of them. A major injury to a big would put us in a lot of trouble.

We’re picked first in conf. again this year.

October 9: We offer to 2 bigs and a PG.
It’s usually a waiting game at this point.

Geo Dock was causing trouble in practice so he’s out for 2 weeks. Dave doesn’t mess around.

October 16: Man, big guys just don’t want us. Frustrating chasing PFs and Cs.

October 26: “Hey, I met somebody last night.”


“Yeah, I went ta Capo in Providence an’ Lacy Day was there.”

“The name’s familiar.”

“Getting’ to it. Anyways, her and me hit it off right away. Oh, she was Miss Rhode Island 10 years ago, she’ 29. 2nd runner up for Miss America. She’s a singer now. Last night she wasn’t singin’ though, just hangin’ out.”

“So what’s she like?”

“Friggin’ drop dead gorgeous and a real h*ll raiser.”

Just what Dave needs- or not.

November 5: “Me an’ Lacy had a h*ll of a time last night. She was singin’ at “The Root Cellar.” Place was packed an’ they all loved her, but I’m the one she went home with- well, her place, actually. Man she is-”

“Dave! Spare me the details.”

“Ha! Old married man!” (He laughed)

At least the spring is back in his step.

November 6: Here’s the lineup, at least for now: Junior Matt Cone and soph KS ST transfer Ren Hay at PG, Cone, senior Luke Myer, and frosh Bic Robb at SG. Soph LSU transfer Geo Dock and Luke at SF. Seniors Brad Doss and Jon Cook start inside with frosh Al Mack backing them up. As I said a few weeks ago we are extremely thin up front. Mack isn’t really ready, but it’s him or an SF.

We start on the roads at Lipscomb and then Illinois ST.


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November 20: 56-49 over Lipscomb. 15, 9 for Brad Doss, 8, 11 for Jon Cook, 9, 3, 3 for Luke Myer, 9 for Al Mack from the bench.

Dave suspended Geo Dock for 2 weeks again. He let him know it was his last chance. +7 RBs, +2 TOs.

73-61 at Ill. ST. 17, 7 for Brad, 3 others in doubles, 9 for Bill Fine from the bench.

Dock is gone, kicked off the team. Now we know why LSU dumped him.

This week we’re at 0-1 Temple, one of the better teams on the schedule, then it’s 1-1 USC Upstate. After that we get 2 at home, finally.

November 25: “Red, Red, get outta bed. Hit yer wife on the head. Come an’ party with me an’ Lacy an’ Ted, at Paddy Dwyer’s Homestead!”

“Very clever, Dave.”

“Everybody here thought so. Hear ‘em laughin’?”

“It’s 1:15 a.m., Dave.”

“I know, I thought I call early enough fer you to come out.”

I hung up and went back to sleep.

We finally met Lacy yesterday, or Thursday, whatever, it’s the middle of the night right now. She and Dave came over for Thanksgiving. They were both on their best behavior with the kids, but headed for a bar as soon as the kids went to bed. Lacy is definitely one fine looking woman, but the first traces of the booze are just beginning to show in her face if you look carefully. Jean told me that, I didn’t see it, but then I’m smart enough to know a married man doesn’t look that carefully at another woman if he wants to stay happily married. Jean’s a great looker and she works to stay in shape. I’m not interested in anyone else.

November 27: 59-70 at Temple. 19, 11 for Brad, 16, 3, 2, 3 for Luke, only 13 TOs, but they were quick. They got a lot of open shots and they hit them, 53.1%.

79-69 at USC Upstate. Big game for Brad, 28, 9, 5, 4. 12, 7, 3, 3 for Jon. 14 for Ren Hay, 11 for Matt Cone but both were in foul trouble all night. Bill Fine and Bic Robb did a good job subbing for them. Only 4 TOs for the team.

3-1 for the opening road trip and we’ll take it.

2-2 Army comes to town followed by 2-0 Indiana ST.

December 4: 90-61 over Army. We really put it together. I don’t remember us scoring 90 since Dave and I got here. 20 for Luke, 19 for Brad, 14, 3, 4 for Bic, 13 for jon, 11 for Bill. 4 TOs again, which is terrific.

67-62 over Indiana ST in a real battle. We were down 10 early, three times. We cut it to 4 by halftime, then quickly went up 8 in the 2nd half and never trailed again, but they had it to 1 or 2 with the ball a few times. 22 for Luke, 13, 7, 2 for brad, 9, 10, 2 for Jon. +10 RBs, but 17 TOs, 12 in the first half, which is why we started so slowly.

A one game week as we go across the country to Oregon, 3-2, and the toughest team on the schedule. This one will tell us how good we are.

5-1, RPI #47.


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December 11: 63-78 at Oregon. 18, 2, 6 for Matt, 17 for Luke, 9, 4 for Bic, but like Temple they were too quick for us to guard effectively. We went 2-3 and that helped some, but not enough. 8 TOs, but -7 on the boards, and they shot 51.9%. We were 16-33 on threes or it would have been even uglier.

“Guess we got a ways ta go, partner.”

“It’s good to play these teams, Dave. They show us what we’re aiming for. Next year with Jed Ray we’ll give these teams a real run. Hey, later this year we just might.”

“Yeah, we’re makin’ progress.”

5-2 Kent ST is in town this week. They’ll be a challenge too, but at least it’s at home.

December 18: 75-46 over Kent ST before our first full house. The noise helped. 18, 10, 2 for Jon, 13, 6 for Ren Hay, 11, 3 for Luke, 8, 5, 2 for Brad but he only played 16 min. due to fouls. Al Mack had 7, 5 spelling him. That felt good since we know how thin we are up front. 23, 7, 2 for the bench. 8 TOs, 37 RBs. And this was a good team we shellacked!

“D*mn it feels good, Red!”

It does indeed.

At UTEP, 1-7 for our last pre-conf. game. They’re a big conf. team and they’ve played a tough schedule and if our guys don’t come to play they’ll be in trouble. Dave will be all over them about that.

December 25: 77-57. A great road win against a team from a good conf. Brad was huge, 19, 13, 5, 5. 16, 3, 4 for Matt, 14, 7 for Jon, 7, 6, 5 for Luke, 10, 3, 2 for Bic from the bench, and 9, 7 for Ren. 15 TOs (-1), but 41 RBs!

7-2, RPI #35. +9.6 PPG, +4.0 RB, +4.0 TOs and only 11.3 per game, which is excellent.

We start conf. play at home with 7-2 CCSU, then it’s off to 4-5 Mount Mary. These two are usually at or near the top of the conf.

It was quite a XMas. Lacy seemed to enjoy spoiling my kids as much as Dave did. After we had opened the last present Dave made an announcement.

“Ladies and gentlemen, as of this morning, Lacy and I are engaged.”

Yikes. They met two months ago today, and it’s been a nonstop party. I’m not seeing a lot of practical here. Nor am I seeing a foundation for day to day living. After they left, Jean and I chatted.

“Train wreck waiting to happen.”

“Oh no worries, Jean, they’ll be fine until the booze runs out.”


Poor Dave, not a practical bone in his body.


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January 1, 2019: 71-59 over CCSU and another full house. 25, 10, 3, 6 for Brad, 18, 3 for Luke, 9 TOs.

A frustrating loss, 56-58, at Mount Mary. It was close all the way. No one ever led by more than 7. 22, 12, 2, 4 for Brad. 13 TOs. They had the last possession and made the shot. Stats were pretty even. We lost because we went 5-13 at the line.

“Friggin’ pathetic. Hit friggin’ 60% and we tie or win.”

7-4 FDU is here then we go to 5-6 Sam Franklin.

January 8: 83-50 over FDU. 16, 11, 2 for Jon, 16, 7, 3 for Luke, 15, 5 for Brad, 14, 4 for Bic. 9 TOs, 34 RBs.

71-85 at Sam Franklin. 18 for Ren, 12 for Matt, 11 each for Brad and Bill. -12 RBs. We let them shoot 65.8%, 62.5% on threes.

“Friggin’ road problems again. D*MN! Friggin’ Sam Franklin always gives us fits. We played like zero D!”

4-9, 0-4 Robert Morris is here, and then we go to 4-9, 1-3 Long Island.

The wedding is set for Feb. 6, 100 days from the first time they met. Crazy.

January 15: 75-51 over Rob’t Morris. 27, 8, 3, 3 for Brad, 15 for Luke. 7 TOs.

56-48 at LIU. We were down 9 at the half but we made some adjustments. Here’s Dave at halftime.

“Okay, just a couple things. First, when 31 comes in get ON him. He’s the reason they’re winnin’, an’ you guys are leavin’ him open. He gets an open look somebody sits. The rest a the D ain’t bad. On O Brad’s seen the ball like three times. Work it in to him. Do the in, out, in thing to either him or Jon, back out, then quick in to Brad an’ BOOM. 8 TOs in the first half. Take care a the ball. The goal is no more than 5 in the 2nd. You’re the better team, play like it.”

And we did. 23, 9, 2 for Brad, only got those 5 TOs in the 2nd half, and we were +6 on the boards in the 2nd.

7-8, 4-2 Stan Francis here, then 1st place Silly Hat, 11-4, 5-1 there. That would be a big win. We’re one back of them with three other teams.

January 22: 63-69 to Stan Francis. 29 fouls on us, 12 on them. 18 for Luke, 13, 7 for Jon, but all 5 starters were in foul trouble all night. We played 4 guards for almost half the game. Dave got 2 T’s and the boot. He was not careful at the postgame press conference.

“D*mn refs killed us. They take 25 more free throws an’ we’re in zone half the night. Worst I’ve ever seen.”

That will cost him some money.

70-51 at Silly Hat. 15, 4 for Luke, 12, 5, 4, 1, 2 for Brad, 11, 4, 5, 6 for Matt, 13, 4, 3 for Ren, 9, 5, 2, 2 for Bic. +10 RBs. 18 TOs but they had 20.

8-9, 5-3 Wagner is here, then it’s on the road with 11-6, 4-4 CCSU, who we beat by 12 here.

Dave was fined $5,000 for his postgame outburst. He doesn't make all that much money so that had to hurt.

January 29: 86-68 over Wagner. 20, 12, 4, 5 for Brad, 15, 5 for Bic. 7 TOs, 34 RBs.

53-81 at CCSU. 18, 10, 3 for Brad, 13, 5, 3, 2 for Luke, and not6 much for anyone else. 10 TOs, 33 RBs, but not much outside D. They hit 18-34 on threes.

“I can’t believe they shellacked us that bad. I’m disgusted!”

We’re tied for 3rd, with 2 other teams, 1 back of the lead. 11-8, 7-3 Mount Mary, tied for 1st, is in, then we go to 10-9, 4-6 FDU.

Dave’s not in the greatest of moods but he says he’s fine with Lacy and they “raise all kinds a h*ll” and laugh a lot when they’re together.


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February 5: 74-78 to Mount Mary. +13 TOs, -16 RBs. Their bench won it. Ours has been solid all season but it wasn’t there tonight.

65-62 in OT at FDU. Back and forth all night. Luke Myer took 9 threes and made one- the winner. 12 TOs, 40 RBs.

We’re in a logjam at the top of the standings, 5 teams within a single game., We’re 1 back of the 3 at the top.

Our nemesis, Sam Franklin, 11-10, 7-5, tied with us, is here. Then we’re at 7-14, 3-9 Robert Morris.

“We gotta win 2 this week.”

February 6: It was a nice wedding. Neither the bride nor the groom got drunk until at least halfway through the reception.

February 12: 70-45 over Sam Franklin. 22, 5 for Luke, 18, 4, 3 for Matt. 10 TOs.

55-67 at Rob’t Morris. This loss probably sank our hopes for a first place finish. Brad and Jon both fouled out and we aren’t deep enough to survive that.

3 teams ahead of us, 2 back of first place Mount Mary.

LIU, 7-16, 4-10, is here. We have a tough road game at 2nd place Stan Francis, 12-11, 9-5.

February 19: 62-55 vs. LIU. 18, 9, 4 for Brad. 9 TOs.

44-54 at Stan Francis. 16 TOs, -7 RBs.

“44 friggin’ points. 29.4%. 5-27 on threes.”

Silly Hat is in. It’s a battle for 4th place with a hope of 3rd. We wind up the regular season at 8-17, 5-11 Wagner.

February 26: 76-51 over Silly Hat. 27, 8 for Luke, 21, 9, 3, 2 for Brad, 14, 5, 2, 2 for Bic. 11 TOs, 37 RBs.

61-59 at Wagner. Whew! 18, 7, 5, 2 for Brad, who made 2 free throws at the end for the win. Considering he’s the worst free throw shooter we have it was nervous time. We didn’t play well but we won.

We wind up as the #4 seed, tied for 3rd place with CCSU.

Frankly, it has been a disappointing season. 18-9, 11-7 looks good but it’s a step back from last season. A good postseason would help.

We play 14-13, 10-8 Sam Franklin in the round of 8. We exchanged big wins with them.


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March 1: 58-64 to Sam Franklin. Back and forth but we didn’t play with a lot of heart. 9 TOs, but -11 RBs. I think we’ll go to a tourney but it won’t be the big one.

March 4: Sam Franklin won the tourney.

I asked Dave about the marriage.

“The party never stops.”

March 12: #2 seed in the East in the CHI. We’ll play Western Michigan, 17-13, 9-7.

March 14: 77-55 over Western Mich. 19, 11, 4 for Brad, 19, 4, 4, 2 for Luke, 3 others in double figures.

Next is #6 seed Penn, 20-12. They upset #3 IPFW.

March 21: 61-68. 12, 4, 3 for Luke, 16 for Matt. They were just a little better.

Three big losses to graduation, Luke, Jon, and Brad. We’d better catch some big guys.

March 26: We get Ty Bill, PF, #117. That’s one.

April 4: #1 Syracuse wins it all.

Awards: Brad is again POY, Def. POY, and 1st team. Jon Cook also makes 1st team. Luke makes 2nd.

April 9: Northeastern called. I thought Dave might listen but, “I ain’t leavin’ RI.”

Dave says the party with Lacy is going even stronger now that the season is over.

April 16: We got Dal Adam, #175 PF, Dar Sail, #225 PF.

April 23: I ask for budget dollars. We get $4,000.

Team Prestige drops from 10 to 6 but with our draft class we hope better days are ahead.

We went 19-11, 11-7. Dave’s overall record is: 69-51, .575. His numbers are: Off- 14, Def- 22, Recruit- 55, Scout- 2, Player Development- 18, Reputation- 13.

He looks tired, and not all that healthy.


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(Author's Note: Guest post from PointGuard)

Bryant's Defiant Client (April 29)

As those of you who faithfully read this blog well know, I’m a graduate of Bryant and a fervid fan of their sports teams, but also one not to pull my punches. When problems arise at Brant, they need to be addressed. Today’s case in point: Bryant’s mens’ basketball program:

We’ve all seen it before. Most notably in the entertainment world since life there is so public. Star Charlie Sheen destructing before our eyes. Lindsay Lohan burning bright as a child and dimming as a teenager and 20-something due to an inability to handle the pitfalls of life. But if happens in all walks of life where stars in their chosen fields of endeavor fade and burn out.

Are we now seeing that at Bryant? A few short years ago Bryant hired Dave McGhee as head coach of their moribund basketball program. He quickly infused life into the program and his teams have become big winners the past few years. But we also see a frenetic coach on the sidelines...a guy who hollers constantly whether it’s at his players, the opposition, or more commonly, the refs. We’ve also viewed his tirades in post-game interviews which have become legendary and prime fodder for the media reports and youtube videos.

Rumor on the street is that McGhee has difficulty with personal relationships as well. He’s has a long line of ex-wives. McGhee recently married Lacy Day, who was Miss Rhode Island (and runner-up in the Miss America pageant. They’ve become a very public couple at numerous hot spots where liquor flows like water. These are venues McGhee has been known to frequent often on his own as well. McGhee’s previous wife during his tenure at Bryant, Margie, committed suicide after a tempestuous relationship that saw at least two separations.

The only constant in Dave McGhee’s life seems to be his 1st assistant coach, Michael “Red” O’Connor. O’Connor grew up with McGhee and the two have been nearly inseparable since. There are those that say that O’Connor is McGhee’s Sancho Panza or Doctor Watson. O’Connor is the polar opposite to McGhee, with a personality that is quiet and reserved, so much so that he refused to be interviewed for this article. Or possibly it is a best friend who is unwilling to discuss the foibles of his comrade in arms.

But as we watch Bryant’s Dave McGhee lurch from one perilous tight-rope walk to the next, we all wonder when he may become the next Karl Wallenda...and possibly bring his program along with him as well in a terrifying and deadly fall.


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April 30: “The son of a b*tch doesn’t even sign his blog, AND he friggin’ spells my name wrong! If I ever run into the b*st*rd I’ll let him know what ‘taken to the woodshed’ means. He’ll have more bruises than Walmart’s apples! (Author’s note: A former UConn men’s basketball coach who shall remain nameless once made this exact offer, live during a press conference to the illiterate chief sportswriter for the Hartford Courant.) I can’t believe he dragged Margie’s name into this. That was unfair, and I’ll tell ya Red, I actually cried when I read it. I got my faults, fine, but Margie was the best thing that ever happened to me, and I’d give my friggin’ right arm ta have her back.”

“I’m with you on that one, Dave. But Dave, it might be a real good idea if you and Lacy spent a little less time in Rhode Island night spots. You know?”

“Yeah, yeah. I guess I’m leavin’ myself open. But the guy didn’t need ta rip me like that. I’m a good coach. My players like me. If he asked them they tell him- and no, I’d don’t mean only when I’m around.”

“Invite him to a practice. That’s where you’re at your best.”

“Frig him. I wanna invite him to a funeral the b*st*rd! Oh, he likes you okay. How much did you pay him?”

Dave smiled after saying that.

“Hey, you know I’m after your job.”

“That’s the LEAST a my worries!”

“An’ a long line a ex-wives. Two! One that died. If she hadn’t I know we’d a got back together sooner or later.”

“Let it go, Dave. Anything you say will only make it worse. The only way to shut these guys up is to win.”

“Yeah, I guess.”

June 5: 2 open slots. We still need good bigs.

June 12: We get Yi Joo, a good looking PF from China.

June 26: 2 scholarships, 2 bigs? 1 and 1? Looking at 3 PGs, 3 Cs.

None of our guys were drafted. I predict Brad Doss will knock ‘em dead if someone gives him a shot and I predict Luke Myer will get significant playing time in the NBA.

It seems like the party that is Dave’s marriage to Lacy is still going strong but they both are beginning to look older than their years.

August 21: We offer to a PG and a PF, both of whom are showing interest.

September 18: Got one. PG, Ric Green. He was at #286
when we started with him. He’s at #91 now but that will change twice more. Close with the big guy.

No tourney again. We’re still loaded with road games but Dave says get more challenges. No ranked teams but lots of 2 ½ to 3 star teams on the road. None of them will come to us.

Got the big guy, PF Matt Hei, #198 right now.

October 2: First practice, always an exciting day. We’re confident that we can be a better team although we still are short a big guy.

We’re picked 2nd, behind Wagner and ahead of CCSU, Sam Franklin, Rob’t Morris.

“No idea yet. Prob’ly depends how good Jed Ray is. He didn’t look like no 5 star guy today.”

“He’s a freshman. It may take some time.”

“Don’t know if we got time.”

“Dave, you need to get more sleep. You look like my dad.”

“Yeah, I am a little tired. Lacy and me been talkin’ about toning the h*ll raisin’ down a little. She’s tired, too.”

“Good idea.”

November 6: Here’s the lineup, for now: senior Matt Cone, junior Ren Hay, and soph Bic Robb will all get time at the Point. Frosh Jed Ray will play SG. Cone, Robb, and soph Ben Ahab will play SF. Soph Ike Ash, a transfer from OK ST, and frosh Ty Bill will start inside with soph Al Mack backing them up.

We start at Savannah ST, then home with Milwaukee.


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November 20: 58-57 at Savannah ST. We came back from down 17 to take our only lead of the second half with a 15 footer at the buzzer by Ren Hay. 16, 6, 2, 2 for Ty Bill at C. 13, 7 for Ike Ash at PF.

Ren Hay sprained an ankle and is out for 10 days to 2 weeks.

68-48 over Milwaukee in our home debut.
We led most of the way. 14, 5, 4 for Ty, 17 for Bic Robb from the bench, 11 each for Matt Cone and Jed Ray. 8 TOs.

“Chew on that you blogger b*tch. Winnin’ will shut you up!”

This week we have a tough one at 0-1 NC ST. then we’re at 2-0 Western Carolina.

November 27: Tough week. 49-52 at NC ST. We couldn’t hit shots in key situations. No one stepped up on O. Highest point total was 10.

65-78 at Western Carolina. D was awful, they shot 54.8%. 14, 8, 2, 3 for Ty, 15 for Matt.

We haven’t found our chemistry yet. Now that Hay is healthy he and Robb are getting Ahab’s minutes.

This week it’s 1-2 Chattanooga here, then we go to #25 UNLV, 4-1.

December 4: 85-54 over Chattanooga. 19, 4, 4 for Jed in his best game so far, but all 5 in doubles. We had only 3 TOs all night.

The injury bug hits again. Jed Ray strained abdominals and is out for about 2 weeks. Hay and Ahab will get his minutes.

80-73 over UNLV. 19 each for Ike and Matt. 13 for Ren. 8, 7 for Al Mack in reserve. 11 TOs.

Injuries are killing us. Ike Ash, starting PF, broke a toe and is out for a month and a half. Big trouble.

Here’s Dave at the postgame pres
s conf.

“Trainer says it’s broken. What can ya do, injuries happen and we’re getting’ clobbered with them right now. Ya gotta play who ya got. Al Mack an’ Ben Ahab will get the minutes. Two starters out for a week and a half is gonna be tough.”

And to me after the press conf.:

“I cannot friggin’ BELIEVE this. Three friggin’ injuries, an’ we lose a big guy. 2 starters out. Sh*t!”

Next week only one game, thankfully. We’re at #25 New Mexico, 5-3.


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December 11: 46-61 at #25 New Mexico. 19, 13 for Ty, +8 on the boards but except for Ty we just couldn’t generate any offense. At least Jed Ray will be back for our next game.

Next week we host 6-2 Cornell.

Dave is drinking in hotels on our road trips. Lacy sometimes comes on the trips sometimes not. When she has a singing gig she stays home, but her career isn’t exactly taking off outside of the Southern New England area and the geezer communities in FL and AZ.

December 18: 75-52 over Cornell. 19 for Matt, 12, 8 for Ty, 10, 7, 7 for Jed in his return. 8 TOs.

The final pre-conf. game is at 4-5 Mississippi.

December 25: 70-67 at Mississippi. Jed is beginning to show why he’s a 5 star frosh, 31, 5, 3. 10, 7 for Al Mack, 8, 7, 2 for Ty. 12 TOs.

We start conf. play with at old nemesis Sam Franklin, 5-5. Then we host 2-7 Mount Mary.

We celebrated XMas early in the day since we had an 8:00 p.m. flight. It was nice but Dave and Lacy weren’t as into it as usual, and there seemed to be some tension between them.


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January 1, 2020: 57-68 at Sam Franklin. 15, 4, 4 for Matt, 13, 5 for Jed but we didn’t get it done inside.

“D*mn! We need Ash!”

53-37 with Mount Mary. 24, 7, 3, 5 for Ty. 15. 4, 3, 4 for Jed. 9, 5, 6 for Ren Hay. 4 TOs.

“We just gotta stay close ‘til Ash gets back, 3-4 more games.”

Lacy hasn’t come on the last few road trips. Dave doesn’t talk about her- ever. Hey, he might make a year with this marriage.

Jean just got a promotion. She’s now the lead nurse on first shift. Nice raise too. We can use the money. We’re okay but there isn’t much going into the college fund. Now there should be more.

Next we visit 5-7 Silly Hat and then host 7-4 Wagner.

January 8: NOT a good week. 67-72 at Silly Hat. 25, 2, 3 for Ty, 3 others in doubles, 11 TOs, -1 RB. We lost because we let them shoot 51.1%.

51-55 vs. Wagner. 18, 5 for Jed, 14, 6 for Ty. Matt fouled out, both bigs were in foul trouble all night and we mostly played 4 and even 5 guards.

“One more week. We gotta go at least 1-1 or when Ash gets back we’ll be so far behind it won’t matter. Hell, we oughta go 2-0 with the teams we’re facin’ this week.”

We host 5-9 Robert Morris and travel to 3-10, 1-3 FDU.

January 15: 65-51 over Rob’t Morris. The guard really got it done, 16, 7, 4 for Ren, 15, 4, 5, 3, 2 for Matt, 14, 3, 1, 2 for Jed. 11 TOs.

68-62 at FDU. 21, 5, 2, 2 for Jed, 16, 4 for Ty.

CCSU and Stan Franklin this week.

“All right! Ash will be back an’ now we’re in position to make a move.”

January 22: 72-68 over conf. leader CCSU. 25, 4, 6 for Jed, 14. 9 for Ty, 16, 4, 6 for Matt. Down 15 but came back late. Digging holes for ourselves as we did last season.

52-59 at Stan Francis. Ty twisted an ankle and was ineffective. Day to day. Jed was in foul trouble all night. We didn’t get the offense going, 29.1%.

“Damn road!”

2 at home this week, 6-11 LIU, then 11-7, 6-2 rival Sam Franklin.

“We ain’t getting’ along too good.”

“You and Lacy?”

“Yeah. When I stopped wantin’ ta go out every night she kinda lost interest. She’s a party girl all the way. At first she stayed home except when she had a gig but now she’s out every night.”

“Not good.”

“No, I’m thinkin’ about leavin’.”

Not a big surprise but too bad.

January 29: 68-46 vs. LIU. 10, 7, 3 for Ty but lots of guys stepped up.

83-55 over Sam Franklin. 25, 4, 3 for Jed, 13, 8, 2, 2 for Ty, 11, 7 for Ike, who is finally getting back into game shape after the long layoff. 3 TOs all night.

“Love beatin those guys!

We’re tied for 3rd. 2nd is in reach but we’re 3 back of CCSU in 1st.

At 7-12, 5-5 Mount Mary, then we host 8-12, 4-6 Silly Hat.


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February 5: Another good week, which we needed. 68-44 at Mount Mary. Great team effort, 7 between 7 and 14 points, 34 RBs, 10 TOs. 12 RBs for Ty.

Then a battle at home but we won it 73-68 over Silly Hat. 21, 6, 2, 3 for ty, 14, 7, 5, 4 for Jed, 15 for Ike.

At 12-9, 6-6 Wagner, who beat us at our place, then at 9-13, 5-7 Robert Morris, who we beat by 14, but 2 road games.

February 7:

“I had quite the interestin’ evenin’.”

“It was your anniversary yesterday, wasn't it?”

“Yeah, I bought flowers, you know, the whole deal. Lacy came downstairs carryin’ two suitcases. I figured she had a show somewhere. She put one a the suitcases down, handed me a manila envelope, said, “Happy anniversary, a$$h*le,” and walked out.

“I opened it and it was divorce papers.”

“Nice timing.”

“I guess I wasn’t surprised but what a sh*tty way to do it.”

“Yeah. I called my lawyer from the first divorce. She’s real good. Lacy’s got more money than I have so I don’t want her gettin’ what I’ve worked for.”

February 12: 60-70 at Wagner. Refs don’t beat you by 10 but Wagner went to the line 32 times. We went 17. Of course 4 of those free throws were caused by Dave’s 2 technicals; one came early and the other after the game was decided. 15, 11, 3, 2 for ty, 18, 3 for Jed but we had 3 guys in foul trouble and the bench did not get it done.

“I can’t believe these guys beat us twice this season.”

“They improved a lot this year.”

“We friggin’ didn’t!”

64-57 at Rob’t Morris. Refs were at us again but we overcame it. Dave only got one T. 16, 5 for Jed, 13, 3 for ty but he fouled out in 22 min. Bic had 11, 2, 2 from the bench.

Dave actually did a good job with this one. RMU closed it to 3 with 96 seconds left and they called a TO. Dave huddled the guys and told them exactly what he thought RMU would do- go inside to their PF. He said for Ren to be looking for it and to step in for the steal. It worked out exactly that way. Ren got the steal, threw it ahead to Jed who laid it in, got fouled, and made the free throw. That was that. He really does know his stuff.

Alone in 3rd, one back of Sam Franklin, 3 back of CCSU, 2 ahead of 4th place team- Wagner.

This week it’s 8-15, 6-8 FDU at home, then conf. leader CCSU there. We won at our place but this won’t be easy.

When we got home Frankie called both of us into his office.

“Dave, this is about you but Red is your #1, and I know how much you trust him.”

“You firin’ me?”

“No. That’s the furthest thing from my mind. I WANT you coaching this team.”

“What then?”

“One ejection, and 7 technicals in 10 games. The refs are on you because of it.”

“That ain’t fair, they’re supposed to-”

“They’re human, Dave. There are 2 or 3 veteran officials that you do well with but you’re all over the a$$e$ of pretty much every other official. “

“Most of ‘em don’t know their a$$ from the basketball. I ain’t gonna-”

“Yes, Dave, you ARE gonna. The people above me are concerned about the reputation Bryant is getting. They don’t like it. I’m under orders to suspend you for-”


“Calm down, d*mn it. Let me finish. I’m under orders to suspend you, very publicly, if you get more than 2 technicals in any five game stretch for the rest of the season.”

Dave got up with fire in his eyes. I was really worried that he was going to attack Frankie, and I got up to try to hold him back if need be. Thankfully he thought better of it and stormed out, slamming the door behind him.

“What the h*ll are we going to do with him, Red?”

“He’s under a lot of pressure right now. Lacy is divorcing him and she’s going after everything he’s got, which isn’t all that much, incidentally.”

“Only because he spent most of it raising h*ll with her.”

“Yeah, but, and please keep this to yourself, all of this is a reaction to losing Margie. He truly loved her, and he’s a long way from getting over her suicide.“

“But she dumped him.”

“Frankie, stop reading that f***ing blogger. Margie left because she was heartbroken over the miscarriage and hysterectomy. Dave was working to get her back and he really thought he had a chance.”

“I never knew that.”

“I figured. Look, let him cool down for a day or two. If he doesn’t bring it up with me then, I will.”

“That sounds like a good plan. I’ll let the provost know we’re working on this and that I’m confident we can get Dave to calm down a little. Frankly, 2 Ts in five games is pretty generous.”

“Well, for everybody except Bob Knight and Dave McGee, maybe.”


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February 16: “I know, we gotta talk.”

“I’m guessing you’ve been thinking it over.”

“I hate ta say it but Frankie’s right. That’s way too many technicals. I gotta calm down. I always believed it’s good to get one in certain situations but I see that I’m way outta line here. You gotta help me though.”

“How do I do that, yell for you?”

Dave laughed. “No, try ta calm me down before I start getting’ too far out of control.”

“Well… I can try.”

“I’d appreciate it.”

February 19: 61-41 over FDU. 19, 9, 4, 2 for Ty, 17, 3 for Jed. 7 TOs and we never trailed.

Dave brought a towel to the bench. I figured he do a Coach Tark and chew on it but he buried his face in it when he wanted to yell. One of the refs he got along with was doing the game. A few minutes in he came over to the sideline. Never looked at Dave but spoke with him.

“What the h*ll is with the towel.”

“I gotta learn ta shut up, Jim. I’m just gonna bury my face in the towel when I get p*ssed.”

“Good idea, Coach Tarkanian. You gonna shave your head, too?”

Dave laughed and said, No, but I ain’t gonna bite your head off.”

“If you did you’d have more brains in your stomach than you do in your head.”

They both laughed.

57-70 at CCSU. They went to the line way more often than we did but even Dave could see that was because our guys were half a step slower than CCSU. He did some yelling but it was at the players. They just never executed the fixes he put in. Tough night. 14, 10, 3 for Ty, 15, 3 for Jed, but 18 TOs, our most for the year.

Matt fell to the floor and came up dizzy. It was late in the game so we sent him to the locker room. He’s day to day but he was talking clearly after the game; seemed fine.

Last week of the regular season. We host Stan Francis, 6-19, 5-11. They managed to beat us there. Then we’re at 10-15, 7-9 LIU. We won by more than 20 at our place. We need a 2 win week.

We’re 16-9, 10-6, RPI #58, so we should play in one of the tourneys.

We’re in 3rd, one ahead of Wagner, one back of Sam Franklin,
and we actually could still move up or down.

February 26: 59-41 over Stan Francis. We played with determination. 13, 8 for Ty, 14, 3, 3, 2 for Ren, 15, 2 for Ike. 4 TOs.

Big win! 59-43 at LIU. Again, we were really focused. 14, 14, 3, 2 for Ty, 16, 6 for Ike, 17 for Jed.

We end the regular season at 18-9, 12-6, alone in 3rd, RPI #52. +6.8 PPG, -1.4 RBs, +4.5 TOs, + 2.9 assists.

We play 9-18, 7-11 FDU, the #6 seed, in the 1st round.
Beat them twice. Oh, Dave has one T since the meeting with Frankie. That was three games ago so he has to behave for 2 games. Trust me, he is VERY aware of it.

March 1: 74-65 over FDU. They hung around but never really threatened us. 20, 2, 3 for Matt, 16, 3, 4 for Jed, 17, 3 for Ty, but the whole front line was in foul trouble all night. Al Mack played well filling in and our guards had hot shooting hands. 8 TOs.

We can never seem to dodge Sam Franklin, 20-9, 14-4, and the #2 seed. We split with them. We’d love to win this one. Their starting SG and leading scorer tore up a knee yesterday and he’s out for the season. One of their bigs is also out. The door is open.

March 2: 65-45 over Sam Franklin! 19, 4, 3, 2 for Matt, 14, 8, 4 for Ren, 15, 2, 2, 4 for Jed. 9 TOs.

The title game is against CCSU, the #1 seed at 24-5, 15-3. We won at home and lost there.
March 3: 71-58 and the title!
18, 7, 3, 6 for Ty, 17, 8, 2, 2 for tourney MOP Jed, 11, 13, 4, 2 for Ren. 12 TOs, 36 RBs and we’re going back to the Big Dance!


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March 12: #36 RPI. Dare we hope for an 8 or a 9?

#12 East. We play #5 seed, #17 ranked Georgetown, 23-8. I kind of like our chances. At least I think we have a chance.

March 16: 75-60! Ike had 20, 3, 2, 4, Jed had 17, 4, 2, 13, 3, 3 for Ren, 13 for Bic, and 6, 6, 4, 5 for Ty. We jumped out quickly and never trailed.

Matt twisted a knee. Not real bad but he won’t be at 100% for our next game.

It’s #4 seed, #5 ranked Gonzaga, 31-3, 16-2 next. We need to play really good ball to have a chance in this one.

March 18: 67-81 to Gonzaga. 16, 10, 2 for Ty but he fouled out. The starters played fairly well but their bench beat ours.

Great season, and we’re only losing Matt Cone. He’s been a great one for us though.

April 4: #1 Oklahoma won it all.

Awards: Ty Bill, POY, freshman OY, Ike Ash Defensive POY. Jed Ray and Ty made 1st team. Matt made 2nd team.

April 9: “I’m stayin’ in Rhode Island.”

April 23: We ask for money and get $2,000.

22-10, 12-6, tourney title. 91-61, .599. Off-17, Def-27, Recruit-65, Scout-3, Player Development-22, Reputation-17.

Team Prestige is up from 6 to 11.

We're feeling good about next season!


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(Guest post)  Bryant's Defiant Client (May 15)

Those of us who are fans of Bryant's sports teams are pleased with the progress that Dave McGoo has brought to the basketball program. The mens' team is now a consistent winner.

Also on the plus side Coach McGoo DID temper himself during games in the latter part of the year. But those in the know caution that Caoch McGoo may be like a volcano about to erupt. His history would bear this out. If and when it happens, we can only hope his right-hand-man, Michael "Red" O'Connor, is there to bail Coach McGoo out of whatever jam might occur.

As an aside, Coach McGoo's ex-wife, Lacy Day, continues to make news...most often in an unfavorable light. Last week, while in Hollywood trying to resurrect what she likes to call an acting "career", she ran a red light at 1 a.m. in Hollywood and crashed into another vehicle . The results of her sobriety test seem to have be squashed by her attorney, Gloria Allblue.


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May 16: “That friggin’ b*st*rd is at it again. Makes it look like a compliment but he’s rippin’ me by predictin’ I’ll go down the tubes. Wish I knew who he was.”

“Probably good that you don’t!”

“’McGoo’- funny, if you’re in junior high. Oh, I see you paid him off again; he’s all sweet ta you!”

“That’s right. Why is he taking shots at Lacy? She’s out of your life.”

“I gotta say I don’t care a whole lot about that the way she’s goin’ after me. But let me find out who this scumbag is an’ he’ll be nursin’ bruises for weeks!”

June 5: Ben Ahab transfers out. He wasn’t getting a lot of playing time. We need guards.

June 12: We pick up soph PF Kent Ivy from Houston. He looks good.

June 26: 2 scholarships. We’re looking at guards only, 8 PGs.

Dave has been subdued, not drinking much. I think he’s recovering from the endless party with Lacy.

August 21: We offer to 2 PGs.

September 18: We feel we’re really close with one recruit and making progress with the other.

Still no invitation. And yet again, 6 road, 3 home. We really beefed up the road schedule. No decent teams will play us at home.

September 25: Lost the one we thought we almost had.

October 2: Lost one we thought we might get. Got a long shot. Rey Morr, #525, PG committed.

We’re predicted to finish 1st in conf.

October 16: Jim Bry, PG, #170, committed. He’s borderline regarding SAT score.

November 6: The lineup: At guard we have senior Ren Hay, soph Jed Ray, and junior Bic Robb. At SF it’s soph Ty Bill backed by junior transfer from Nome Yi Joo and frosh Pat Reid. Inside we have junior Ike Ash and frosh Joe Trot backed by Bill.

We start with 2 at home, Charleston then Baylor.


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Nov. 20: 88-59 over Charleston. 22, 9 for Ty Bill, 16, 3, 5 for Jed Ray, 16, 2, 3 for Ike Ash. 7 TOs, great bench play.

74-58 vs. Baylor. 23, 6 for Ike, 14 for Jed, 10, 6, 2, 3 for Ty, 12 for Bic Robb from the bench. 8 TOs.

“Kick some a$$e$ this week!”

“That we did, Dave. Lot of road games coming though.”

“Yeah, hope we can at least hold our own. The road ain’t easy.”

At 0-2 Manhattan and then at 0-1 Alabama, a big time school in a major conf.

Nov. 27: 60-61 at Manhattan. Close all the way. 13 for Jed but he played only 17 min. due to fouls. 10, 9 for Joe, 10, 7, 2 for Ty. 21 TOs really hurt. We lost on a desperation three by their backup SF. Frustrating.

"D*mn! We shouldn'ta let that one get away!"

65-58 at Alabama.[/b] 21, 9, 3, 2 for Ike, 11, 7, 2 for Bic. 13 TOs.

Dave has not gotten a T yet. He did some chirping in both games this week but nothing major. I try to calm him and so far he’s listening. But he isn’t drinking, or at least not much right now. Really hasn’t been drinking much since Lacy left. The divorce is taking some time since they’re fighting about everything- through their attorneys.

This week we have two tough games, first at #22 Iowa ST, 3-1, and then at 2-2 LSU.

Dec. 4: 64-51 at #22 Iowa ST. We owned the 2nd half, 36-15. 14, 12, 3, 2 for Ike, 16, 7, 2, 2 for Joe, 16, 4, 4, 2 for Ty. Big win!

67-75 at LSU. 15, 10, 3 for Ike, 13 for Jed. They killed us with threes, didn’t shoot them all that well but took tons of them, and their C had 23.

One game this week, 2-2 Mississippi here.


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Dec.11: 58-55. More an escape than a win. We never trailed but they were within 1-3 points, with the ball, 11 times in the last 5 minutes. Incredibly, they never tied or went ahead. Kudos to the D! 17, 3, 5, 3 for Ren, 12, 8 for Joe, 7, 8 for Ty. 12 TOs and again, some big plays on D when we needed them!

At 5-4 New Mexico ST this week.

I hate to even mention it, but Dave has been really under control just about all season. No Ts in 7 games, no real shouting matches with refs, reporters, players- anyone. Let’s hope it lasts!

December 18: 73-75. Tough one. 18, 6 for Ike but he fouled out late and it hurt us. Three point D hurt us again. We’re thinking of going with more man.

At #22 Missouri, 7-2 to end the pre-conf. season. This won’t be easy.

“I don’t know, Red. I guess my life was more out of control with lacy than it ever was. I still feel tired most of a time so I guess I’m recovering from it or something.”

“Are you drinking?”

“I might have a beer now and then but that’s about it.”

“Well, it’s great to not have to bail you out of trouble.”


Dec. 25: 70-74. 14, 5, 3 for Jed but he fouled out with 2 min. left and that really hurt. Joe Trot fouled out in 19 min. but Pat Reid really played well for him, 16 and 7. 18 TOs didn’t help.

“D*mn! 4 friggin’ points. Son of a b*tch! We gotta WIN games like that. We’ve one one close game and lost three. D*mn!”

4-5 Mount Mary there, and 1-8 Robert Morris here to start conf. play.

We close the non-conf. season 5-4. +5.9 PPG, +1.5 RBs, +1.4 TOs.

We’re giving Yi Joo’s minutes to Pat Reid. Reid has been more effective.


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January 1, 2021: Great week! 77-61 at Mount Mary. 17, 8 for Ike, 18, 6 for Joe, 10, 8, 4, 4 for Ty. Too many TOs- 18. +10 RBs.

76-41. Rob’t Morris. Yeah; they aren’t very good. A real team effort on both ends. Too many TOs again- 17. +16 RBs.

Ty Bill hurt his knee but it’s minor. He’s day to day and shouldn’t miss a game.

At 6-5, 1-1 Wagner, then home with 7-4, 1-1 Silly Hat.

Jan. 8: 79-61 at Wagner. 6 in double figures and we never trailed.

77-56 vs. Silly Hat. 5 in double figures and we never trailed after the first 5 minutes.

This week it’s 5-8, 1-3 Stan Francis there, and then 6-7, 3-1 Sam Franklin here.

“We’re rollin’ right now.”

“We seem to have pretty good chemistry.”

Jan. 15: 67-55 at Stan Francis. 24, 3, 2 for Jed, 15, 1, 4, 2 for Ren, 8, 13, 3, 2 for Ike. 13 TOs.

77-72 vs. Sam Franklin. 17, 5, 5, 2 for Jed, 15, 2, 5 for Ren, 13, 7 for Ike, 12 for Bic. We led most of the way but never by more than 10.

At 3-12, 1-5 LIU, then home vs. 12-3, 4-2 CCSU.

We’re 2 up on 3 teams, 3 up on 2.

“Kickin’ butts ain’t we, Red!”

“That we are, Dave.”

Jan. 22: 56-49 at LIU. Closer than it should have been. 17 for Ren, 12, 6, 2 for Ike. 10 TOs.

78-53 over CCSU. 5 guys with either 14 or 15, 5 TOs, 35 RBs.

Dave hasn’t had a T in a very long time, but we’re 13-4, 8-0, and that makes life a lot more pleasant all around!

At 9-8, 5-3 FDU, then home with 5-12, 1-7 Mount Mary.

Jan. 29: 57-53 at FDU. A nail biter and Dave got his 1st T. 20 for Ike, 11, 4, 3, 5 for Jed. D won it for us on a night when the O wasn’t connecting.

Mount Mary. 73-58. 15, 6 for Ike, 14, 4, 3 for Jed, 11, 6, 2 for Ren, 12 for Bic. 9 TOs, 35 RBs, and great D again.

3 up on Sam Franklin, 4 or more on the rest.

“I know, I know, but I took that T on purpose. They were callin’ all of ‘em on us.”

This week we’re at 4-15, 3-7 Robert Morris, then we host 9-10, 4-6 Wagner.

The divorce hearing is this week.

Jan. 31: Well, Dave was left with his skin. No alimony was granted but the house has to be sold and the proceeds divided evenly between Dave and Lacy. The rest of the stuff was minor.

“I paid 14 years on that house before I ever met Lacy. It’s real b*llsh*t. My lawyer said if I appeal I might lose my half so just bend over, I guess. Funny, she still looked d*mn good to me.” (Laughs) "She caught me in the hall after it was over and asked me if i wanted to go out for a drink. I guess I ain't as stupid as I used to be. I turned her down."


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Feb. 5: 77-52 at Rob’t Morris. 22, 13 for Ike, 17, 7 for Joe. 11 TOs, 34 RBs.

85-63 vs. Wagner. 20, 8, 6, 4 for Ike, 16, 2, 3 for Jed, 11, 8 for joe, good bench play. 11 TOs, +12 RBs.

Ty Bill bruised his left bicep. Out two weeks. Pat Reid will get most of his minutes.

“D*mn! Just when things are goin’ great.”

“Dave, we have a 4 game lead. We can survive this.”

“I guess.”

This week we’re at 13-8, 7-5 Silly Hat, then home with 10-11, 6-6 Stan Francis.

Feb. 12: 82-70 at Silly Hat. 21, 4 for Ike, 14, 3, 3 for Ren. Pat Reid and Al Mack filled in really well for Bill. 19 TOs though; not good. +11 RBs.

63-33 with Stan Francis. D was unbelievable. 18 for Ren, 10, 8, 3, 3 for ike, 10 for Pat, 8, 9 for Yi Joo. 11 TOs, 38 RBs.

14 game winning streak, longest in program history. 19-4, 14-0, RPI #21.

We are dominating the conf., up 5 with 4 to play.

At our old rival Sam Franklin, 11-12, 8-6. Then home with LIU, 6-17, 4-10.

Feb. 19: 68-56 at Sam Franklin. 23, 4 for Joe, 17, 3, 3 for Jed, 13, 2, 3 for Pat. 11 TOs.

68-44 vs. LIU. 14, 7, 2, 3 for Joe, 11, 3, 4 for Ike, 10, 5, 6 for Jed, 6, 6, 2 for Yi. 10 TOs.

Ty Bill was back for this game.

Last week of the season begins at 18-7, 10-6 CCSU. Then home with 13-12, 9-7 FDU.

Feb. 26: 87-99 at CCSU. Worst D in a very long time, but they were red hot, esp. outside. 27, 8, 3, 2 for Ike, 21, 4, 4, 2 for Jed, 14 for Pat. But 16 TOs and only 24 RBs.

68-46 vs. FDU. Much better. 18, 4, 3 for Jed, 13, 9 for ike, 10, 6, 2 for Pat. 11 TOs, 31 RBs.

We end the regular season 22-5, 17-1, RPI #22. The loss at CCSU probably kept us from being ranked for the 1st time in program history.

+12.8 PPG, +4.1 RBs, +3.4 TOs, +2.5 assists.

We start the tourney against #8 seed Robert Morris, 7-20, 6-12.

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