which was a pretty exciting game as well.
There were 50 fouls combined and 59 free throws combined by both teams at the DAC as Hofstra downed Drexel 75-69. It literally seemed if you breathed on a player, a CAA official was calling a foul on you. The arena was hot, loud, and pretty good attendance for a Monday night since Drexel actually started undergraduate classes yesterday (Hofstra does not start undergraduate classes until the end of January).
The Pride went out to a 34-27 halftime lead. But the Dragons stormed back in the beginning of the second half as again Drexel worked it inside. This time they picked up a lot of fouls on Hofstra, including Washington's fourth and Jenkins quickly picked up several fouls and had four as well and went to the bench with the Pride down 44-40 with 14:11 left.
Drexel would have its last lead at 62-61 on two Dartaye Ruffin free throws with 2:59 left. But Hofstra would then score the next seven straight points capped by a Mike Moore three point play to put the Pride up 68-62 with exactly one minute left. Drexel would cut the lead to 72-69 on a Gerald Colds layup. But Hofstra would score the last three points ironically on a David Imes three point play (the game had to end in a foul) and Hofstra would win 75-69.
Drexel's Givens would lead all scorers with 25, while Ruffin added 16, which included 10 of 13 from the line. Drexel pounded the boards, outrebounding Hofstra 39-29 and had 13 offensive rebounds, typical of a Bruiser Flint team. Chris Fouch had to work for his 13 points as Hofstra's Yves Jules did a great job hounding him all night as Fouch was held to 3 of 10 shooting and only one made three pointer.
Again, I will have the full story later, but it was typical of another crazy night in the CAA where the unexpected ruled supreme. Georgia State stunned VCU UNC Wilmington won at William and Mary, while ODU struggled to win at Towson. George Mason won by six over Delaware and Madison held on at home to beat Northeastern. Only three teams in the CAA are left undefeated - Hofstra, George Mason and wait for it..Georgia State. And one of those teams will no longer be undefeated on Wednesday as Hofstra hosts Mason. Typical CAA craziness.