The former is considered a mid-major, the latter a high-major. In the realm of conference play, these are ‘appointed’ labels. No matter the league and location, there are a few aspects universal to all.
On Saturday, Fairleigh Dickinson entertained defending NEC champion St. Francis Brooklyn. Both clubs had ‘learning’ experiences and some tough roads on the non-conference slate. The stat sheet will reveal that the host Knights led for 38:07. Yet with under a minute to play, St. Francis trailed by one in possession of the ball. Fairleigh Dickinson made the crucial plays those final seconds to hold on for a 65-61 victory.
A day later, Seton Hall hosted Marquette. Pirate coach Tony Bozzella was concerned about the visiting Golden Eagles, who put up 90 or more points in five of their prior twelve games and took DePaul to the wire before losing a tough one earlier in the week. Fears were dispelled early as Seton Hall got out to an early lead and built on it. They limited Marquette to 24 first half points en route to a 99-68 victory.
Two days, two conferences. Illustrations of your ‘typical’ conference wars. One, a nail-biter, the other was supposed to be, but to the joy of the home crowd, never was. All part of conference life. And to think, only one weekend is in the books.
FDU in an offensive set:
Ray's officiating partner and friend, Joe Barrise, in action:
FDU huddles during a timeout:
A break in the action during a free throw:
Coach Carolyn Kieger and the Marquette bench can only watch and wonder:
When do pitchers and catchers report? Seton Hall's cheerleaders show their form during the T-shirt toss:
Youth basketball players from Howell, New Jersey take part in the halftime scrimmage at historic Walsh Gymnasium:
Seton Hall coach Tony Bozzella meets the media in the aftermath of a big win: