1.) The Dutchmen do not make things easy on themselves. They were in control for most of the first half before Florida Atlantic ended it on an 18-4 run to take a 39-30 lead. The Dutchmen just went south defensively, allowing both open 3s and easy putbacks. This is the third straight game and the fourth time in five games since Puerto Rico that the Dutchmen have been down at the half. They’ve won every time, but at some point the first half lulls will come back to haunt Hofstra.
2.) Charles Jenkins picked up where he left off Wednesday by scoring 13 points on 4-of-6 shooting from 3-point land. One of the misses was a desperation heave as time expired. He needs 24 points to get to 2,000 for his career, who wants to wager he makes it in this half?
3.) David Imes and Greg Washington looked as if they were going to dominate in the early minutes but went quiet on offense and were victimized for easy buckets down low. The Dutchmen will need one or both of them to turn it back on to turn back the Owls.
4.) Brad Kelleher looked a little rusty and overexcited, understandably enough, but played most of the final nine minutes. He was in a lineup both with and without starting point guard Dwan McMillan, who has struggled in going scoreless from the field, committing two turnovers and getting whistled for two fouls.
5.) The Dutchmen will need another big effort from someone off the bench in order to win the game. Stephan Nwaukoni has two fouls, so keep an eye on Kelleher or Shemiye McLendon.