With all due respect to VCU’s Eric Maynor, the CAA might have a new sheriff in town.
And his name is Charles Jenkins.
Jenkins, the league’s Rookie of the Year last season, scored 24 points and provided great backcourt leadership for Hofstra on Saturday night as the Pride defeated Towson, 90-79, at the Towson Center. Towson (4-4) dropped its ’08-09 CAA opener in the process as Hofstra improved to 6-1 on the year.
Towson trailed throughout the second half but narrowed the gap to 71-70 with 7:26 to play before the Pride went on a 14-5 run to lead by eight with 1:22 remaining. Jenkins, a sophomore, accounted for four of those points and his 18-foot jumper with 1:55 remaining was a critical blow to the Tigers’ hopes.
Cornelius Vines was 6-of-9 from three-point range and contributed 21 points for Hofstra.
The Tigers were a dismal 16-29 from the foul line and were out-rebounded 39-30. ”This was not an X’s and O’s loss,” Towson coach Pat Kennedy said afterwards. ”Foul shooting and rebounding…those are things we work on all the time but tonight, we weren’t good enough in those two areas. We lose by 11 points and missed, what, 13 from the foul line? That’s a big part of the game, obviously, especially when they only missed six free throws the whole night (25-31).”
Towson was led by Josh Thornton (20 points) and Junior Hairston (16).
The Tigers return home on Tuesday night for a non-conference showdown with Atlantic 10 competitor St. Joseph’s University. It will be “WNST Night” at the Towson Center, with a “Family Pack” $12.00 ticket available at WNST.net. That $12.00 ticket includes a free hot dog, soda and bag of chips, plus everyone using the coupon for entry receives a free gift card from Glory Days restaurant or Uno Chicago Grill.
In other Towson basketball news, UMBC rallied for a 69-68 victory over Towson in women’s basketball at the RAC Arena on Saturday night. Carlee Cassidy (23 points) and Michelle Kurowski (22) led UMBC, who survived a missed 3-point effort at the buzzer from Towson’s Omara Parker, who led the Tigers with with 15.