Going into exam week, FDU men’s basketball takes a 6-6 record into tonight’s non-conference game at Richmond (7 p.m. ESPN).
The Knights improved to 3-0 at home with Sunday’s 73-71 win over New Jersey Institute of Technology (1-9), the first win over their Garden State rival since 1986. Junior Sean Moore, a 6-4 forward from Columbus, Ohio, tapped in a missed jumper by graduate student guard Demetre Roberts with 1.6 seconds to play for the final margin. The win was the 400th career victory for first-year FDU head coach Tobin Anderson.
The 5-8 Roberts of Mount Vernon, N.Y., were named Northeast Conference co-player of the week Monday after teammate Grant Singleton, a 5-9 guard from Sumter, SC, earned that honor last week. Roberts scored 23 points, going 10-for-11 at the free-throw line, in Friday’s 76-73 road victory over non-conference Columbia. He added 15 in the win over NJIT, extending FDU’s win streak to three since a 74-66 loss to Hartford on Nov. 30.
The Knights lead the NEC in scoring offense, averaging nearly 80 points a game, and in turnover margin, forcing 197 turnovers while only giving up the ball 149 times in 12 games.
Four Knights — Roberts (17.3 pig), Singleton (15.1) and Heru Bligen (14.2), and Ansley Almonor (13.7) — rank in the top 10 in NEC scoring. Bligen, a 6-2 senior from Glenn Dale, MD., leads the league in field-goal percentage while Roberts leads the assists Columbus, averaging four a game.