Sunday, December 5, 2010
A Strong Second Half Surge Propels Hofstra Over Towson
The game started with a nice touch on the National Anthem as the Hofstra Dance Team, Hofstra Cheerleaders and the Boy Scouts unfurled a large American flag before the anthem started. The cherry on top was a nice rendition of the national anthem.
Hofstra continued early on their solid defensive work from their win over the Broncs and held Towson to just two points in five minutes, while holding a 7-2 lead. The Pride were winning 12-7 when the Tigers found their offensive rythym and scored the next eight points as Isaiah Philmore scored the last four points in that run to put the Towson up 15-12 with 10:36 left in the first half. The teams would then exchange the lead several times over the next five minutes.
Towson shot 52 percent from the field in the first half while Hofstra only shot 34 percent, including 2 of 11 from beyond the arc. Philmore (13 points) and Polk (10 points) both scored in double figures. Yet the Pride stayed in the game due to ten more field goal attempts, a result of ten offensive rebounds to the Tigers' five in the first half. Hofstra's bigs had foul trouble though. Greg Washington had as many fouls, three, as blocks. Stephen Nwaukoni had two fouls in four minutes. As a result, coach Mo Cassara used a smaller lineup for a period of time that consisted of Charles Jenkins, Shemiye McLendon, Mike Moore, Dwan McMillan and David Imes as the lone big.
Hofstra would extend the lead to four but Towson came back as Troy Franklin, who scored 10 points in the second half, buried a three to tie the game at 52 with 8:32 left. Again, the Pride and the Tigers traded baskets. A Jenkins three put the Pride up three, but Polk hit his third three of the game to tie it up. After Dwan McMillan hit a layup, Josh Brown matched it with his own layup and the game was tied at 57 with 6:34 left.
From there, the run was on. Imes hit a jumper to put the Pride up five. A McMillan layup put them up seven. Two Moore free throws made it nine. In the span of not even three minutes, the score was 66-57 and the Tigers never recovered.
Hofstra had the win 74-62.
Again it was a tale of two halves. Towson would only shoot 35 percent of the field with half their field goals, four, being from beyond the arc. Philmore only scored 2 of his 15 points in the second half, while Polk only scored 5 of his 15 points in the second half. Franklin added 12 for the Tigers.
The two most impressive stats in the game though had to be that a) Hofstra had one, yes one turnover in the second half only and six for the game. The Pride also dished out sixteen assists while forcing sixteen Tiger turnovers. And b) Hofstra shot a perfect 12 of 12 from the line for the game, which was one less free throw than Towson had, though the Tigers had ten more attempts. After giving up 107 points to North Carolina, it was the fifth consecutive game Hofstra held their opponent to 63 points or less.
Hofstra's next game is Wednesday night at Binghamton. Towson's next game is also Wednesday night as they travel to George Washington.