Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Five halftime thoughts: Holy Cross

1.) The Dutchmen are up double digits despite getting just five points from Charles Jenkins. That’s a very bad sign if you’re Holy Cross. Jenkins has been his usual involved self, though, setting up teammates and playing outstanding defense. He even swatted a shot two rows up into the stands behind the home basket and sent a group of kids scattering. This time next year, those kids will be telling their friends about how NBAer Charles Jenkins almost hit them with a ball.

2.) Shemiye McLendon put up quite a case for three-star honors by draining three straight 3-pointers to turn a 10-8 deficit into a 17-10 lead. The Dutchmen haven’t led by less than seven since then, though Holy Cross has hung around with a 12-10 run to end the half. It’ll be a positive sign for the Dutchmen if they can keep Holy Cross from lingering in the second half.

3.) Foul trouble for Greg Washington (two) and David Imes (three) has forced Mo Cassara to get creative. Stephen Nwaukoni continues to develop with a bunch of boards and a basket and even Paul Bilbo saw some time late in the half. Expect a lot of four-guard lineups in the second half.

4.) The Dutchmen are red-hot from the field, shooting 14-of-28 overall and 4-of-6 from 3-point land. Eight players have already gotten into the boxscore. If the Dutchmen stay anywhere near this hot, it’ll be a rout.

5.) The Hofstra Dance Team performed to Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” Epic win.

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