The NEC was 3-2 this weekend. Let’s see how it happened and what it might mean moving forward.
YSU 59, Duquesne 17:
Delaware 49, Wagner 9:
Wagner was perhaps inevitably drubbed by the Hens and really couldn’t get anything going at all, and that was pretty much the story of the day as Wagner’s early field goal provided their only points until the Blue Hens dropped another 42 on them. The Hawks, now 0-3, play Bryant and Sacred Heart before traveling to Duquesne, and so they don’t have much of a chance to catch their breath. Bryant’s offense is excellent, and Wagner’s defense has been exposed. No one is more critical of SHU’s start than I, but they’re nonetheless at the top of the NEC.
Sacred Heart 78, Chowan 28:
SHU perhaps heard what we had to say about their undefeated start and put up a basketball score against visiting Division II Chowan. But who cares? It’s DII. I’d prefer the schedule that teams like Duquesne and Wagner have, with reaches like Syracuse, YSU, and Delaware. It’s one thing to play a tune up game – that’s common enough at this level – but this is the second consecutive DII team for the Pioneers. Part of being a good program is associating with good programs, and most DII schools are going to be more forgiving.
Case in point: SHU was helped in the game by five Chowan turnovers.
SFU 38, Lincoln (PA) 7:
This is the same Lincoln that SHU defeated handily last week. The Red Flash defense limited visiting Lincoln to a mere 91 yards of offense on their way to the win. SFU found themselves down 7-0 early, but the outcome was never in doubt after that.
CCSU 20, Albany 17:
Unfortunately, Duquesne’s week one win looks less impressive each week as former NEC member Albany fell to 1-3. CCSU’s Rob Hollomon was the star of the day, with 254 total yards on 30 carries, 5 receptions, and 2 punt returns. He also added a touchdown. It was a late field goal, booted through the uprights with 0:17 left on the clock, that broke the tie and gave the Blue Devils the win.