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Relentless Shooting from Long Range Leads George Mason to Win over Hofstra

Hofstra's Charles Jenkins hits a floater in the lane against George Mason's zone. The Pride struggled at times to penetrate the Patriots' defense. Jenkins finished the game with 26 points, nearly 8 points better than his season average. (NNL photo by Timothy Robertson)

Strong post defense from Hofstra couldn’t stop George Mason’s barrage of 3-pointers as the Pride fell to the Patriots in their second meeting this season, 90-72.

The Pride has lost its last four games, its longest losing streak of the season, all against CAA conference opponents. The Patriots are 6-1 in their last seven games.

The 90-point output scored by George Mason was their highest scoring output of the season.  Long’s 27 points gave him a new career high. Despite Hofstra’s (9-11, 2-6) strong first-half defense, with six blocks and five steals, the Pride went into halftime down 38-30.

“They came out and shot lights-out on the three’s in the first half and that helped them get their extension,” said Hofstra coach Tom Pecora.

The Pride exploited the Patriots’ weak inside presence with 16 first-half points in the paint.  George Mason answered with 21 of their 38 points coming from their guards.

Pride junior guard Charles Jenkins fouled out with 2:36 remaining in the game, going 7-14 from the field with 26 points.  Hofstra senior forward Miklos Szabo fouled out late in the second half, ending the night with 14 points and 12 rebounds, his second double-double of the season.

Hofstra senior guard Cornelius Vines played just 11 minutes – including none in the second half. Vines finished with no points and one turnover.

“He’s got no confidence,” said Pecora.  “I said to him ‘you had a good look there, you have to shoot,’ and he said, ‘I don’t have any confidence.’  If someone doesn’t have confidence I can’t play them. When he gets his confidence back he’ll get back on the floor.”

Despite his disappointment in the team’s level of play, Pecora blamed himself for the loss.

“This one’s on me, boys,” Pecora said. “I obviously have not been able to get through to these guys in regards to what I need them to do and the energy I need them to play with.  It all comes down to me.”

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Hot 3-Point Shooting Paces Hofstra Past New Hampshire

December 22, 2009 Leave a comment

December 12, 2009

Hofstra’s deadly 3-point shooting combined with UNH’s struggles behind the arc help the Pride cruise to a 75-58 win Saturday in Hempstead, N.Y. (NNL video by Timothy Robertson)

Three days after an offensive struggle against Manhattan, the Hofstra Pride men’s basketball team caught fire at home Saturday in a 75-58 win against the University of New Hampshire.

Led by lethal shooting by senior Cornelius Vines (5-6 from 3-point land), Hofstra dominated the Wildcats as the Pride extended its lead to 24 points at one point. Hofstra finished 10-15 shooting from 3-point range. By comparison, New Hampshire shot just 3-19 from long-range, including 0-7 in the second half.

Junior guard Charles Jenkins led Hofstra once again, dumping in 21 points and picking up three assists. The team’s captain entered the game averaging just over 19 points per game.

Freshman Chaz Williams came up a point shy of a double-double as the freshman point guard finished with 9 points and 10 assists. Williams didn’t start for the 7-3 Pride, but played 31 minutes in the win.

After pouring in 25 on Wednesday in a win against Central Connecticut State, New Hampshire guard Alvin Abreu scored a team-high 16 points, but shot 4-15 from the floor, including 2-7 from 3-point range. The Wildcats (3-4) dropped their fourth road game of the season.

The Wildcats return home next Sunday to face intra-state rival Dartmouth at home.

Hofstra will put their 4-game winning streak on the line against St. John’s (7-1 through Saturday) next Sunday at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan as part of the Holiday Festival. The Pride faces either Davidson or Cornell on Dec. 21 at the Garden.

Read the Hofstra game recap.

Read the New Hampshire game recap.

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  • Hofstra has won its last four meetings against the Red Storm and holds a 5-2 advantage this decade.
  • Hofstra 75, New Hampshire 58 Final
  • Hofstra leads UNH 73-49 with 3:47 left in the game. Jenkins leads Hofstra with 21 points. UNH just 3-18 from 3-point land
  • Listen to my audio tweet.
  • Hofstra up 18 on UNH with 15:35 left in the second half
  • Out of the gate Hofstra scores 7 points in 95 seconds. UNH takes a timeout. 50-33 Hofstra ahead of New Hampshire
  • 2nd half under way
  • Hofstra leads New Hampshire 43-31 at halftime. The 3-point arc is the story of the game so far.
  • Hofstra leading New Hampshire 31-24 with 3:23 left in the first half. Jenkins leads all scorers with 7 points.
  • Hofstra up 23-15 over UNH with 7 minutes left in the first. Pride guard Chaz Williams with 5 assists
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  • Jenkins back with a new number after getting blood on his 22 uniform
  • Hofstra leads 7-6 five minutes into the game. Star Pride guard Charles Jenkins on the bench after he got his tooth knocked out in a scrum.
  • Hofstra vs UNH about to get under way
  • This is Tim Robertson and I will be reporting live from the Hofstra men’s basketball game against UNH. Game time is 4 p.m. #nnl

ODU Knocks Hofstra Out of CAA Playoffs

December 22, 2009 Leave a comment

March 7, 2009

RICHMOND, Va. — Hofstra coach Tom Pecora wasn’t beating himself up after his team lost a pressure-cooker of a game to Old Dominion in the CAA quarterfinals Saturday afternoon. The main reason, he has star sophomore Charles Jenkins for two more seasons.

Jenkins, who led the Pride with 27 points and six rebounds, saw his buzzer-beating try skim off ODU forward Jonathan Adams’ hand and into the air. After falling to the floor, it’s hard to say if Jenkins saw the ball fall too.

“I just wanted to score… I just wanted it to go in the basket,” a quiet and dejected Jenkins said following the game.

His coach Tom Pecora described why Jenkins took the final shot, “I will live and die with the ball in [Jenkins’] hands.”


The dramatic win for Old Dominion earns a CAA semifinal date with nemesis Virginia Commonwealth University, the tournament’s top seed, Sunday afternoon.

CAA first teamer Gerald Lee didn’t just “pace” the Monarchs or “lead” his team to victory. He was that victory. He was the team. Lee dumped in 30 points — nearly 60 percent of ODU’s scoring — and added 10 rebounds. The 6-foot 10-inch forward shot 13-19 from the floor, while the rest of his team went 8-35.

“Gerald Lee played more like Tim Duncan today,” Pecora said.


Hofstra didn’t have an answer for Lee, who received beatings from four Pride big men. Hofstra threw double and triple teams at Lee, but to no avail.

Hofstra led at halftime, but fell flat in the second half, going eight minutes without a basket and only one free throw. Woes continued as they managed just five points in more than 12 minutes. ODU took advantage, slightly, building an eight-point advantage. Trouble at the free throw line prevented ODU from dominating the second half. For the game, the Monarchs shot 8-19, or 42 percent.

The Pride entered the CAA playoffs as ranked fifth in rebounding in the country, but it didn’t show through Saturday. Old Dominion, which got beat on the glass by 13 at Hofstra earlier this year, cleaned the glass and out-rebounded the Pride by 13. ODU turned 16 offensive rebounds into extra possessions and extra points.

While ODU ends Hofstra’s CAA season, the Pride hope to earn a bid to one of the postseason tournaments. The best tournament they could hope for is the National Invitational Tournament. They won’t find out whether their season continues for at least another week.

“I hope we are a postseason team. I’ll keep my fingers crossed,” Pecora said.



Hofstra head coach Tom Pecora and Charles Jenkins at the post-game press conference (Top). Hofstra senior Dane Johnson walks off the court after the Pride lost to Old Dominion on Saturday in the CAA basketball tournament. (Bottom). (Nassau News Live photos by Tim Robertson)

‘Punch in the Face’: Hofstra Upsets No. 7 James Madison

December 22, 2009 Leave a comment

October 3, 2009

Revenge, redemption and rushing.

The Hofstra Pride revenged a 56-0 drubbing against James Madison last season; redeemed itself after a 47-0 defeat two weeks ago against Richmond; and did it by rushing all over James Madison Saturday to preserve a 24-17 win in a rain-soaked CAA football affair.

“[Hofstra] played like an embarrassed football team. Their kids played hard,” Dukes coach Mickey Matthews said after the game. “They’re a better football team than what they showed against Richmond.”

Hofstra (3-2, 1-1) rushed for 154 yards on a Dukes defense that allows 133 yards a game – ranked 10th in the CAA coming into the game – and received a pair of touchdown catches from freshman tight end Dave Wilson, his first two of his career.

“Coach [Dave Cohen] put me in position to make plays, and I was right there and wide open,” Wilson said.

James Madison (2-2, 0-1) couldn’t solve Hofstra’s rushing attack, even after adjustments were made by the Dukes coaching staff.

“We couldn’t stop ’em. We threw every defense known to man at them,” said Matthews.

Hofstra quarterbacks Steve Probst and Cory Christopher rushed for 44 and 46 yards, respectively, while Everette Benjamin rushed 12 times for 58 yards to lead the Pride. It was Benjamin’s first game back after missing the past two weeks due to injury.

But it was also Hofstra’s daring offensive play calls that made a difference. On fourth down and a yard to go in the first quarter on its own 42, the Pride went for it and got a 22-yard run. Hofstra finished the game 4-5 on fourth down conversions.

“That was the whole game. We couldn’t get off the field,” said Matthews. “When did they miss one? Must’ve been sometime in pregame.”

In front of 2,751 fans, the Pride and Dukes swapped scoring possessions in the first half before a rare 47-minute weather delay due to lightning in the area sent both teams to their locker rooms with just 1:23 remaining in the first half.

When play resumed, Hofstra finished off a 15-play, 66-yard drive with a touchdown to a wide-open Wilson in the back of the end zone.

“[The defender] came right off me, I cut the out, and I was wide open. Right when I turned the ball was right there,” said Wilson, who finished with a team-high four receptions for 68 yards.

The home team’s defense also picked it up and held James Madison to an astoundingly-low 56 yards passing. Duke quarterbacks went a combined 8-14 with one interception. The majority of James Madison’s passing yards came on their last drive in a desperate attempt to tie the game. Quarterback Drew Dudzik hit Rockeed McCarter twice on the final drive for 42 yards.

“Our coaches did a great job preparing us for their different quarterbacks. [Our defense] made plays,” said defensive end Deron Mayo. The Pride had two takeaways, including a fumble recovery that led to a touchdown and an interception that led to a Hofstra field goal.

The Pride’s defense allowed 136 yards on the ground, including 127 to Dukes quarterback Justin Thorpe, who seemed to scramble at will around the Pride. Thorpe finished with a rushing touchdown as well.

Wilson said he thought the Dukes gazed too far ahead to their match-up against No.1-ranked, and CAA rival, Richmond next week.

“In my opinion they looked passed us, and we just punched them in the face and took it from them,” a grinning Probst said.

Hofstra will face Maine in the Pride’s Homecoming game on Saturday, Oct. 10.