Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Five halftime thoughts: Towson

1.) First thing I’ll do later tonight: Find out how many offensive rebounds and second-chance points the Flying Dutchmen had before tonight, because I think they’ve exceeded those numbers in the first half alone. The Dutchmen have at least five second-chance baskets, including three in a row during one of the 7-0 runs earlier (more on that in a bit), and seven offensive boards.

2.) The Dutchmen are also dominating the boards on the other end and enjoy a 24-12 overall advantage. Shemiye McLendon has five already, matching his season-high against Manhattan. Unless Towson shoots lights out in the second half, it’s going to be hard for the Tigers to come back while giving up so many boards.

3.) The Hofstra defense has been less impressive after a stellar start in which the Dutchmen raced out to a 14-3 lead. The Tigers closed the gap by hitting a series of outside shots over the zone and Isaiah Philmore, who is basically the last Tiger standing, was a beast down the stretch with three straight inside baskets, including a couple resounding dunks. Again, the Dutchmen are in good shape, but keeping the Tigers at bay and not letting them hang around will be an impressive indicator of their maturity. This is a game in which a 15- or 20-point victory would be quite a boost.

4.) It’s the Charles Jenkins and Mike Moore show thus far: The star guards have combined for 26 points—14 for Moore and 12 for Jenkins—and are once again putting on a clinic at the free throw line (7-for-7 from the free throw line, all but one by Moore). Jenkins was red-hot early (4-of-5) before cooling off a bit, but the second half is his time.

5.) The Dutchmen have produced three 7-0 runs and have allowed consecutive Towson baskets just twice. Another half of that and we can really start thinking about Old Dominion.

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