Coming off a five point defeat at the hands of Old Dominion last Sunday, the Pride women’s basketball team took out their frustrations on two lower level CAA squads to move to 15-10 overall and 6-5 in the Colonial Athletic Association.
Despite the snowy weather, the Mack Sports Complex drew a crowd of nearly a thousand people to see the Hofstra men’s basketball team(13-13, 6-8 CAA) take on the Drexel Dragons. Led by junior Charles Jenkins and freshman Chaz William’s offensive fire power, the Pride defeated the Dragons 75-64 Wednesday night. The Pride have now won four of its last five games, and look to extend the streak.
Coming off a huge win last Thursday against George Mason, the Hofstra Pride women’s basketball team continued their success with a victory over a vengeful Seahawks from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington on Sunday, 73-58.
Charles Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities” has nothing on the Hofstra men’s basketball team’s tale of two halves. The Pride led Colonial Athletic Association top dog Northeastern 32-30 at half time before being blown out of their own gym in the second half and finally falling 75-55. “I think they showed why they have won 13 of their last 14,” said head coach Tom Pecora.
“This is a tough January stretch,” said Hofstra Head Coach Tom Pecora. “I said if we could get through January, and be around .500, we will be fine. In February, we have the students back, not playing the teams who are picked at the top of the pack.”
“Great teams win on the road,” said Krista Kilburn-Steveskey, The University’s head women’s basketball coach before her team’s five-day road trip to Texas to play Southern Methodist and Rice. A one point loss to SMU and unexpected blowout at the hands of the Owls lead Hofstra down a slippery stretch. Last Thursday night in Harrisonburg, Virginia, the Pride clawed their way back up the hill with a thrilling 69-62 overtime victory against James Madison.
The Hofstra Pride men’s basketball team rode the momentum of Wednesday’s destruction of UNC-Wilmington to a victory over Delaware Saturday afternoon at the Mack Sports Complex.
When you lose five straight conference games there is nowhere to go but up. Hofstra proved that Wednesday night when they rolled over Colonial Athletic Association opponent UNC Wilmington. Behind a balanced attack featuring five players who scored in double figures and stifling defense, the Pride beat the Seahawks 93–54.
The Hofstra Pride scraped and clawed its way to a 44-39 victory against the Jaspers of Manhattan Wednesday night. The game featured poor shooting by both teams and 29 combined turnovers. It was the 58th meeting between the Pride (6-3) and the Jaspers (5-4) in the local rivalry.
Pecora, the 10th head coach in Hofstra men’s basketball history is beginning his ninth season leading the Pride and his 16th overall with the program. Pecora has led the Pride to four 20-win seasons out of the last five. Honored twice as the regions Coach of the Year (2006 and 2009) by Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association, Pecora has led the Pride to the postseason NIT tournament on three occasions. Pecora, an Adelphi graduate who has not strayed far from home to lead the Pride, is currently fourth on the Hofstra coaching list with 136 wins entering the season, right at the heels of Frank Reilly, who recorded 146 victories from 1947 to 1955 and Paul Lynner, who had 152 wins from 1962 to 1972.