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Hawks head to SFU for Jack Phelan Classic

WEST HARTFORD, Connecticut— After their first win of the season, the Hartford Hawks head to St. Francis, Pa. to compete in the 2ndnd Annual Jack Phelan Classic. The Red Flash won the inaugural Phelan Classic in 2021, honoring former Hartford head coach and SFU student athlete Jack Phelan. The Hawks (1-1) defeated Northern Vermont University-Lyndon 85-43 Thursday night while St. Francis dropped their season opener, 71-58, at St. Bonaventure.

HARTFORD HAWKS (1-1) at ST. FRANCIS (PA.) RED FLASH
POSITION: DeGol Arena (Loretto, Pa.)
APPOINTMENT TIME: Saturday 12 Nov (7pm)
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SCOUTING ST. FRANCIS

  • The Red Flash was selected third behind Merrimack and Sacred Heart in the Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches Poll
  • Redshirt junior Josh Cohen, winner of NEC’s Most Improved Player Award 2012-22, received All-NEC Preseason honors this season
  • Cohen ranked 13th in the league in scoring (12.9 ppg.), 10th in rebounding (7.0 rpg.), third in field goal percentage (57.4), and 13th in Space when blocking (0.73).
  • Cohen, Maxwell Land and Myles Thompson were selected as team captains for SFU
  • Land led the Red Lightning last season with 52 3-pointers and finished third on the team with 11.1 ppg
  • Thompson was second in last year’s roster at 11.2 ppg but didn’t play in SFU’s season opener against St. Bonaventure last week
  • Cohen finished with 21 points, leading SFU in the loss while Land (11 points, 9 rebounds), Landon Moore (15 points), and Brad McCabe (10 points) accounted for all but one of SFU’s remaining points.

WITHIN THE SERIES

  • Saturday marks the fourth matchup between the Hawks and SFU
  • St. Francis holds a 2-1 lead in the all-time series
  • The Red Flash are 1-0 at home to Hartford
  • Prior to last year’s meeting at the inaugural Jack Phelan Classic, the teams had not competed against each other since 2010

MANY FIRST

  • Thursday’s win over NVU-Lyndon was the first of the season for the Hawks and the first with an interim head coach Tom Devitt at the helm
  • Hartford played against 15 players during the game
  • Six Hawks saw their first action of the season, with five of them making career debuts

SOLID AD

  • The Hawks had a great night against NVU-Lyndon at both ends of the pitch
  • Hartford’s 85 points was the highest for the Hawks since defeating NJIT (83-62) on February 26, 2022
  • On Thursday, the Hawks’ defense held an opponent below 50 points for the first time since beating UAlbany (61-49) on March 6, 2022
  • Hartford held the Hornets to 28.6 percent shooting, which was the first time the Hawks held an opponent below 30 percent since the same UALBany game
  • The Hawks surpassed 40 rebounds for the first time since their 45th win over St. Francis Brooklyn on Dec. 5, 2021
  • Hartford’s 9 turnovers were the fewest since he committed just 10 against Vermont on Feb. 14, 2022

BIG TIME BRIGGS

  • McClain recorded his second straight 20-point game against NVU-Lyndon and finished with 21 against the Hornets
  • He’s shooting 61.3 percent (19 of 31) from the ground this season
  • McClain missed fits at SHU in the season opener and completed on 10 of 17 (58.8 percent) field goal attempts
  • His 24 points tied Moses flowers (2020) for most goals scored by a Hawk in a season opener since John Carroll scored 26 against CCSU in 2017

OF OPPORTUNITY ARISE

  • Sophomore Kurtis Henderson cements his place in the Hawks’ starting lineup
  • He scored 12 points in his first career start against the Pioneers (Nov. 8) and contributed another 8 against NVU-Lyndon
  • Henderson’s 12 points in the opener surpassed his overall season tally (11) from 2021-22
  • He also set career highs in rebounds (6), free throws (7), assists (2), steals (2), and minutes (35).
  • Henderson appeared in 20 games last season and saw 57 minutes of action overall

FRESH FACES

  • Pano Pavlidis, Braxton Jones and Lorenzo Washington each made their Hawks debuts against Sacred Heart (Nov. 8)
  • Pavlidis, a Molloy University graduate, topped the list of off-season acquisitions for the Hawks
  • Earning a start in his first game, Pavlidis displayed an athletic and energetic style that is expected to push Hartford on both ends of the floor
  • FreshmenDavid Ellison, Isiah Middleton, Macahi Nelson and Henry White all made their college debuts against NVU-Lyndon (Nov. 10)
  • Isaiah Rice and Carlos Edmundo also saw their first action of the season against the Hornets

DOUBLE IT

  • Hartford has finished three players in double figures in both games this season
  • Briggs McClain (24 points), Pavlidis (14) and Kurtis Henderson (12) all hit double digits against Sacred Heart, which is a career-high for each of these Hawks
  • McClain (21), Jones (14) and Pavlidis (10) hit the bull’s eye against the Hornets
  • It was the 111th straight game in which Hartford had at least three players in double figures, dating back to Feb. 16, 2022 against Maine

STRONG STARTERS

  • Hartford’s starting lineup accounted for 67 of the points the Hawks scored against the Pioneers in the season opener
  • The Hawks’ starters (McClain, Pavlidis, Henderson, Dunne and Jared Kimbrough) averaged 34.4 minutes against Sacred Heart
  • The same group averaged just 22 minutes against NVU-Lyndon when Devitt emptied his bench early in the second half
  • Despite limited minutes of play, the Hawks’ starters gave Hartford a 44-18 lead at halftime

CONTINUE ON TAP

  • The Hawks visit Boston University Thursday, November 17 at 7 p.m
  • The former America East Conference has met 66 times in their history, making the Terriers the most prominent opponent on Hartford’s 2022-23 roster
  • BU owns a 44-22 all-time series advantage
  • The Hawks had won three straight games against the Terriers before losing 75-70 at home on November 18, 2021
  • BU defeated Northeastern 72-63 in the season opener on November 7th

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