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.
Led by Charles Jenkins career-high 38 points, on 12 for 17 shooting, and 9 for 9 from the free throw line, the Pride (4-3) defeated the Fairfield Stags 84-80. Jenkins also connected on five three-pointers. It was one of his best performances. Jenkins’s 38 points were the most for a Hofstra player, since former NBA player Speedy Claxton.