Seasoned veterans led Hofstra to a banner year last season.
Hofstra was picked as the favorite in the hotly contested Colonial Athletic Association, and while they sit tied for first at 8-2, this is hardly how the plan was imagined back in the summer.
The scene was set. Marcus Thornton, the CAA Preseason Player of the Year, held the ball at the mid court. Ten seconds on the clock and the score knotted at 78.
Hofstra suffered a major setback in their hopes for a CAA regular season title with a 79-68 loss at home to Northeastern. Twenty-four points from senior Scott Eatherton helped the Huskies take down the Pride for the eighth time in a row.
Hofstra jumped out to an early 14-2 lead and never looked back, going wire to wire in a dominating 86-58 win over Drexel Wednesday evening at the Mack Sports Complex in Hempstead, NY.
What difference a few months can make. Last March, Delaware was the class of the Colonial Athletic Association. Just 304 days ago, the Blue Hens dispatched Hofstra 87-76 in the CAA tournament en route to an appearance in the NCAA tournament against Tom Izzo and Michigan State.
If the cliché “Defense wins championships” holds water in basketball, Hofstra has not been playing at a championship level recently. Over their last two games, the Pride are allowing opponents to shoot 51% from the field.
The New York Panthers might have lost to Playaz in the quarterfinals of the iS8/Nike Spring High School Classic 75-73 on Sunday, but two NYC recruits got shout outs from media members in attendance.
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