Local hoops: Hofstra beats Towson, 84-64, in conference opener

December 05, 2009 | Drew Forrester

Recap –

Hard to say which Tiger got it handed to them worse this week.

The golfer?

Or Pat Kennedy’s Towson Tigers?

The CAA opener for the Tigers turned out to be a thorough ass-kicking at the hands of Hofstra, as the Pride stretched an 11-point halftime lead into a 24-point advantage late in the game and cruised to an 84-64 victory at the Towson Center today.

Picked 6th in the pre-season poll, Hofstra shot 47.8% from the floor, led by Miklos Szabo (22 points) and Charles Jenkins (21).

Towson finished with 3 players in double figures — Calvin Lee (14), Josh Thornton (11) and David Brewster (10).

Not much else to say.

Towson’s defense was soft (and that’s being kind) in the second half and their inability to control Szabo down low was a critical factor in the 20-point loss.  Robert Nwankwo picked up 2 fouls in the first four minutes of the game and only played 10 minutes in the opening half.  Calvin Lee had 14 points by the early stages of the 2nd half, but he quickly picked up two fouls as well.  With those two guys in foul trouble, Szabo was able to go to work in the paint, scoring 16 of his 22 points in the final half of play.

Towson returns to action next Saturday (Dec. 12) with a non-conference home game against George Washington at 4pm.

5:40 pm –

The outcome no longer in doubt, it’s just become a track meet now at the Towson Center as both teams are just running up and down the floor and throwing up shots — most of which are going in because there’s not much defense being played.

Hofstra’s going to spoil the CAA opener for Towson, as the Pride leads, 78-56, with 4 minutes to play in the game.

Miklos Szabo leads Hofstra with 22 points.

Calvin Lee hasn’t scored since the opening minute of the second half but he leads Towson in scoring with 14 points.

5:30 pm –

It’s going to take a near-miracle now for the Towson Tigers, as they trail Hofstra, 67-47, with 9 minutes left in the CAA opener here at the Towson Center.

Towson has 47 total points.

Hofstra’s Charles Jenkins (19) and Miklos Szabo (18) have combined for 37 points on their own.

Only one Towson player (Calvin Lee/14 pts) has reached double digts in scoring thus far.

This is NOT the way Pat Kennedy envisioned his team’s CAA opener, that’s for sure.

5:20 pm –

Just like that, an 8-point Hofstra lead has ballooned to 15, as the Pride now owns a 57-42 advantage with 13 minutes to play at the Towson Center.

Charles Jenkins has 17 points and Hofstra big-man Miklos Szabo has 14.

Calvin Lee continues to pace Towson with 14 points.

5:15 pm –

A technical foul on Pat Kennedy seemed to light a fire under the Towson Tigers as they have cut into Hofstra’s lead at the Towson Center and now trail, 48-41, with 15 minutes to play.

Charles Jenkins (Hofstra) leads all scorers with 15 points.

Calvin Lee leads the Tigers with 14.

Towson’s Troy Franklin started the 2nd half but picked up his 4th foul early on and is now on the bench.  Brian Morris is now running the point for the Tigers.

4:45 pm –

With little or no offensive flow, it’s not surprising that Towson trails Hofstra at the half.

Hofstra’s offense hasn’t been that much better, honestly, but they hold a 38-27 advantage through 20 minutes.

Charles Jenkins leads the Pride with 10 points.

Towson has a handful of players in foul trouble as well.  Point guard Troy Franklin has 3 fouls in the first 20 minutes, as does Calvin Lee.  Franklin’s 3rd foul was a technical, and that earned him a spot on the bench next to coach Pat Kennedy.

Lee leads Towson with 10 points at intermission.

In Toledo today, the UMBC Retrievers fell to 0-7 on the year with a 76-67 loss.  Freshman Brian Neller led the way with 15 points for UMBC.

4:35 pm –

Towson can’t make up any ground on Hofstra, trailing 28-19 late in the first half.  Troy Franklin was just assessed a technical foul (his 3rd foul of the game) and Charles Jenkins connected on one of two foul shots to give him 7 for the game.

Neither team is shooting particularly well, as both Towson and Hofstra are under 34.0% from the field.

The difference in the game is at the foul line.  The Pride are 8-12 from the charity stripe; Towson’s 1-6.

4:20 pm –

The Tigers not only survived a 6-minute portion of the first half without their big man, Robert Nwankwo, they actually cut the Hofstra lead at the same time.

Towson now trails, 15-13, with 10:04 remaining in the first half.

Charles Jenkins (6 pts) still leads the Pride in scoring.  Nwankwo (2 fouls in first 3 minutes) and Calvin Lee both have four points to pace the Tigers.

4:15 pm –

Charles Jenkins has 6 points and the Towson defense has been slow to react on several trips down the court early on as the Hofstra Pride lead the Tigers, 11-6, at the Towson Center.

Robert Nwankwo has 4 points to lead the Tigers, but he drew two fouls in the first three minutes of the game and is now on the bench.

3:55 pm –

It’s not often you get to see the best women’s player in the conference and the best men’s player in the conference on the same day, but that’s the luxury I’m afforded today.

I’m currently at the Towson Center, where Hofstra visits the Towson Tigers for the ’09-10 CAA opener for both teams.  The Pride are led by the CAA’s best player, guard Charles Jenkins.

Earlier today, I stopped over at the RAC to check out Phil Stern and his Lady Retrievers as they took on the Delaware Blue Hens.  Delaware boasts one of the top women’s players in all of college basketball – Elena Delle Donne – and she didn’t disappoint today, with 20 points and 8 rebounds to pace the Blue Hens to a 70-61 win.  Michelle Kurowski and Carlee Cassidy each had 17 points for the Retrievers.

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