Sing it JD!
1.) As Percival Ulysses Cox might say: “That was reehee hee heeeallly not a good start for Hofstra.” The Flying Dutchmen (15-of-36 shooting) looked as bad as they have all conference season in the first 10 minutes or so as they fell behind by 10 multiple times, but the Dutchmen changed to a man-to-man defense and warmed up offensively as they finished the half on a 14-7 run. The Tribe, which had four 3-pointers, went scoreless from the field in the final 4:43. The Dutchmen have the momentum heading into the second half.
2.) It’s pretty encouraging the Dutchmen are only down three even though Charles Jenkins (4-of-11 shooting, 1-of-5 from 3-point land) had perhaps his worst shooting half of the year. He hoisted several ill-advised shots and failed to display his usual patience, but the second half is his time and it’s hard to imagine he’ll be this spotty in the final 20 minutes. A good sign: Jenkins had five assists, four rebounds and two steals despite struggling.
3.) Yves Jules and Shemiye McLendon hit the final two baskets of the half for Hofstra, notable because the Dutchmen will need someone else to contribute offensively in order to win this game with Jenkins struggling and Mike Moore and Greg Washington both playing with two fouls. The Dutchmen have lost only one game this season in which a third player ends up in double figures.
4.) Washington got two fouls before the under-16 timeout, but quietly had a solid half with six points (on 3-of-3 shooting) and four rebounds. He’ll have to continue regaining the form he displayed earlier in January, especially with Stephen Nwaukoni apparently still in the doghouse.
5.) Moore had nine points and four rebounds and kept the Dutchmen in the game with six points in a three-minute span. If Hofstra is to win, he’ll end up with a double-double.