GEORGE MASON 78, HOFSTRA 54
HOFSTRA SEASON RECORDS: 14-9, 6-6 CAA
PLACE IN CAA STANDINGS: 7th
JENKINS SEASON AVERAGES: 17.9 pts, 4.9 reb, 3.4 ast, 3.6 to
Well, after having a lot to detail about the last game against VCU, there's not much to say about this one.
It was just simply an old-fashioned whooping.
Been saying it all season:
As Jenkins goes, so goes Hofstra. And, when the team as a whole can't shoot, it can't compete against the better teams the way it can with defense and rebounding
against the lower echelon teams.
Tuesday night's game in Fairfax was yet another example.
Second-place George Mason (16-6, 9-3 CAA) is maybe the toughest place to play in the entire CAA, and that's one of the biggest reasons the Patriots are 6-0 at home this
year (though Hofstra did have some fairly recent success there, winning at George Mason, 68-60 in a nationally televised game on ESPN two years ago).
So, it was imperative for the Pride to get off to a quick start, and yet again, the team came out flat, falling behind 5-0 less than a minute in. That became 10-2, 20-8, and 39-21 by halftime. The deficit grew to 49-24 less than four minutes into the second half, and the rout was on. Mason led by s much as 77-43 with 3:36 to go in the game.
There's cause for concern about Jenkins being off-target again after Jenkins had three great games during Hofstra's recent four-game win streak. Jenkins has since followed that up with a 9-for-38 stretch over the past two games, scoring 22 points against VCU, but on just 5 of 23 shooting from the floor, before following that up 14 points on just 4 of 15 shooting form the field at Mason.
Jenkins and the other two main guards, JUCO transfers Cornelius Vines and Tony Dennison took between 15 and 19 shots apiece, while no other Hofstra player took more than four (and there were only two of those players). Vines shot just 5-for-15 and Dennison was an alarmingly horrid 2-for-19 from the field. As a team, Hofstra shot just 29% (19-for-66) from the floor, including just 4 of 21 from three-point range, while committing more than three times as many turnovers (19) than assists handed out (6).
The Pride must shoot better, move the ball better, and move without the ball better, and it has to start with Jenkins being more consistent. The fact that three guys including Jenkins took 49 of Hofstra's 66 shots, when they were combining for a low percentage, while having such a poor assist-to-turnover ratio, indicates that none of the above took place. More disturbingly, in 11 games this calendar year, this was the 6th Hofstra has been held under 60 points, and the 4th time it was held under the L.I.E. speed limit.
The results don't lie this season:
Hofstra is 8-2 when Jenkins scores 20 points or more and just 6-7 when he's held under 20 points.
I'm not shocked, this was a tough spot for the Pride. The coaching staff should burn the tape, the team should be thankful that the toughest part of the CAA regular
season is over with, and just prime itself for the stretch run, the final third of the CAA regular season to begin at home against Towson on Saturday, with the all-important 4 seed and accompanying first-round bye in the CAA tournament still well within reach. Not a whole lot more to say than that after a game like this, other than: talk to you on Saturday.