Sunday, February 27, 2011
Hofstra Downs Delaware On A Memorable Senior Day
The festivities started with a video showing the highlights of the careers of the three seniors. Then each of the seniors walked on the courts with their families to get their framed jersey and thanks from the University President, Stuart Rabinowitz, AD Jack Hayes and coach Mo Cassara. First it was Kelleher, with the Lions Den chanting "Aussie Aussie Aussie!" complete with a Australian flag. Then it was the six foot ten Washington who walked on the court.with the rest of his equally tall family. Finally, it was Jenkins who walked out with his parents.
During the first half, Hofstra found out they had at least clinched third place when it was announced over the PA system that JMU had defeated VCU 72-69. The knowledgeable Lions Den roared in approval. All that was left was the Pride to get the win and clinch a tie for second place and clinch a tie for their best regular season record in the CAA conference. And their senior trifecta being honored yesterday would lead the way on that.
Hofstra came out in the second half and rode its seniors to a huge run in the first ten and a half minutes. Jenkins, Kelleher and Washington combined to score nineteen of the Pride's first twenty three points as Hofstra outscored Delaware 23-10 and took a 56-36 lead with 9:27 left in the game. What was particularly impressive was that after thirty three minutes, the Pride only had four turnovers while dishing out fourteen assists. The lead swelled to twenty one, 58-37 as Kelleher assisted Washington on a layup.
The game ended with Hofstra soundly defeating Delaware 79-60. Hofstra had five players in double figures in scoring, led of course by Jenkins and his 21 points (he also added 4 assists and 4 steals). Washington had 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 steals. Kelleher also had 12 points and 5 assists. McLendon had 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. And Mike Moore had 11 points and 6 rebounds. The Pride are now 18-1 when three or more Hofstra players are in double figures scoring. For Delaware, Carter and Devon Saddler combined for 38 points on 11 of 25 shooting. The rest of the Blue Hens however shot a combined 6 of 23 for 22 points.
It was a fitting end to a very unforgettable day.