Saturday, January 8, 2011

Five halftime thoughts: Northeastern

1.) The Flying Dutchmen aren’t clicking at 100 percent, but the hangover from the terrible bus ride doesn’t seem as awful as it could have been. There have been some defensive breakdowns, particularly during a stretch in which Northeastern hit three straight open threes, but the Dutchmen have had an answer for every Huskies run and ended the half on an 11-4 run to turn a one-point deficit into a six-point lead. Northeastern is shooting 48 percent, a number that probably doesn’t have Mo Cassara feeling too good.

2.) Greg Washington is having his best game of the season on offense with 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting. It’s only the third time this season he’s scored in double digits (three shy of his season high against Farmingdale) and the first time he’s scored 10 in consecutive games. But Northeastern is pouring the ball inside on him: Freshman Dinko Marshavelski is 3-for-3 against Washington.

3.) Fox Sports’ Jeff Goodman wrote on Twitter that Charles Jenkins needed to be more assertive with Celtics grand poobah Danny Ainge in attendance. He ended up with eight points on 3-of-4 shooting as well as a game-high four assists. He’s assertive and he’ll be fine. Over/under on total points for The Man Amen: 25.

4.) The pace is probably a little faster than either team would prefer, but it favors Hofstra. The difference in talent (at least experienced talent) is pretty obvious in how quickly the Dutchmen have been able to end Northeastern runs.

5.) I’m stumped for a fifth thought. It’s been a long couple days. Weathermen suck.

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