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Pecora not happy with play of upperclassmen

Hofstra's Charles Jenkins hits a lay-up last season

Hofstra's Charles Jenkins hits a lay-up last season against Elon. (Nov. 23, 2009) Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

The theme is beginning to become routine for Hofstra. A great night from Charles Jenkins, but little or no production from anyone else.

Such was the case in Hofstra's 57-46 loss to Old Dominion last night. Jenkins scored 18 points and shot 7-for-13, but he was the only Hofstra player to score in double figures. The rest of the team shot 12-for-40, with Miklos Szabo and Halil Kanacevic scoring six points each.

Hofstra coach Tom Pecora was not happy with the play of his juniors and seniors.

“Once again, we didn’t get the production we need out of our veterans,” said Pecora. “I thought Szabo did a good job off the bench playing with some energy and getting us six (points) and six (rebounds), but the other guys just didn’t step up, and we can’t rely on our freshmen to win games for us.”

Pecora is right on the money with his frustration. Someone other than Jenkins has to be able to put the ball in the basket. Jenkins is averaging 17.8 points per game on 45 percent shooting. Nathaniel Lester is the only other Pride member in double figures (10.2) on the season, but his offense can come and go. 

Kanacevic and fellow freshman Chaz Williams are each averaging eight points per game. But that's it. Cornelius VInes (6.5 ppg) has been a dissapointment as has Greg Washington (5.9 ppg). 

Some needs to help Jenkins or the Pride (9-8, 2-3 CAA) will struggle to stay above .500.

Photo credit: Newsday / Patrick E. McCarthy

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