Sunday, February 26, 2012
A Senior Day to Remember (Recap of UNCW vs. Hofstra)
Senior starters Mike Moore, Nathaniel Lester and Dwan McMillan were all given a special ceremony by Hofstra University before their last home game as members of the Pride. All three have been significant contributors this season. Moore, the leading scorer in the CAA, and Lester, the eighth leading scorer in the CAA, both scored their 1000th career points for the Pride this season. McMillan, the CAA leader in assists per game, became the starting point guard after Steve Mejia struggled with injuries.
The Pride came out very quickly as they have done on several occasions this season. Lester scored five quick points and Hofstra went out to a 9-0 lead. UNCW Head Coach Buzz Peterson was so upset with his team's play, he benched all five starters two minutes into the game.
However, the Pride responded with a huge run. It started with what must have been forward Moussa Kone's longest jumper of the season, which was a ten foot bank shot. Then a Moore three pointer and a Lester layup put Hofstra back up 18-14. Those three baskets were part of the Pride outscoring the Seahawks 34-11 the rest of the half. Hofstra hit on nine of their last thirteen shots from the field and only missed two of their thirteen free throw attempts for the entire half.
During the game, Jenkins, now of the Golden State Warriors, was honored with a special game ball by Coach Mo Cassara. It was for being the all time scoring leader in Hofstra history. The entire crowd gave Jenkins a well deserved standing ovation. Throughout the entire first half, kids came up to Jenkins for autographs and he more than obliged. Charles Jenkins is truly a class act.
Late in the second half, Hofstra had a lead of thirty seven points. Think about this. A team that came into the game with only two wins in conference and nine wins in total was beating their opponents 90-53 with a little over two minutes left. Cassara cleared what little he has of a bench (due to injuries, redshirts and dismissals), making sure all his seniors got a standing ovation as they left the court. The Pride would win their last regular season conference game in impressive fashion 93-64.
Hofstra ended their regular season on a high note. Hopefully it will give them momentum for next Friday night's first round game vs. Georgia State. But at least all three seniors had a truly memorable performance in their last home game for the Pride.