1.) The pace favors Hofstra but Towson is lights out from the field. The Tigers are also solving the zone, converting both down low and hitting from outside. The Dutchmen will have to figure out a way to cool off the Tigers in order to leave here with the victory.
2.) Greg Washington is having an inspired game (four rebounds, three blocks, two steals, two points) but picked up his third foul with 1:15 left. He’ll need to be a factor in the second half, though his absence has been lessened by the presence of Roland Brown, who has given the Dutchmen some solid minutes in his first action in 15 days.
3.) Mike Moore is 2-for-8 from the field but hasn’t taken a bad shot yet. Dwan McMillan is enjoying another excellent game at the point with four points, three steals and a rebound.
4.) Good sign: The Dutchmen are down five and Charles Jenkins only has seven points. Another big second half is likely in the offing.
5.) The Dutchmen have been summarized by these 20 minutes: Flashes of brilliance followed by hiccups. David Imes scored both his baskets on putbacks that were a matter of sheer will, but his untimely pass in the waning seconds led to Towson’s buzzer-beating basket. And as well as Washington and Imes have played down low, Towson has still gotten too many easy buckets down there. These final 20 minutes will be another learning experience as the Dutchmen try to come back at home in the second half.