It was the smallest player on the floor providing the biggest punch. James Madison’s 5’9″ senior guard Humpty Hitchens provided the proverbial dagger through Hofstra hearts when he hit a jumper from 15 feet out to give JMU the lead with two seconds left to play.
STATEN ISLAND, NY- Count from one to 869. In seconds, that equates to 14 minutes and 29 seconds, which is the amount of time in the second half the Hofstra University men’s basketball team went without making a field goal in its 58-43 loss to Wagner.
He is as cool as a jazz musician, with a hand as steady as a painter. On the basketball court, he treats the hardwood as his club, his canvas, with an effortless swagger, making the most difficult of shots and crossovers look simple with the utmost creativity. It must be in Shemiye McLendon’s blood.
Count from one to 869.
The last time the Hofstra men’s basketball team hosted James Madison, Charles Jenkins scored 35 points in a Hofstra comeback win that included game tying free throws from now sophomore guard Shemiye McLendon with 17 seconds remaining in regulation forcing overtime. A Hofstra surge led by Jenkins, McLendon and sophomore forward Stephen Nwaukoni gave Hofstra the 92-89 win and Hofstra a 14-6 record with an 8-1 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) record.
Forty minutes of work came down to the final 2.6 seconds.
The 2011-2012 season marks a new dawn for the Colonial Athletic Association on the men’s basketball front.
A superhero’s job is to save the day, and Charles Jenkins did that time after time for the Hofstra men’s basketball team. Now, Jenkins, the Pride’s all-time leading scorer, has moved on to the NBA’s Golden State Warriors.
I remember, very early in my college career (my sophomore year, 2008-09) when another journalist for this publication stated that the school spirit of the Lion’s Den at the Mack had died.
It’s been an awfully long off-season for the Hofstra University men’s basketball team. With the exodus of Tom Pecora, the month long debacle that was Tim Welsh’s Hofstra coaching tenure and the loss of recruits and current players due to transfer, head coach Mo Cassara and the Pride finally hit the court for its first practice of the year on Friday, October 15.