Hofstra's second victory over Towson, a 77-61 blowout sparked by freshmen Halil Kanacevic (18 points, 10 rebounds) and Chaz Williams (16 points, 4-of-4 from three), put the Pride (9-7, 2-2) at .500 in the Colonial Athletic Association. It's a good thing because William and Mary (3-1) squeaked out a one-point overtime win at Delaware, Old Dominion (3-1) held off James Madison by two at home, and Drexel (3-1) outlasted Virginia Commonwealth to stay on the heels of 3-0 George Mason.
On Saturday, the Pride let a tough one against William and Mary get away, losing on a basket with 19 seconds left to play. Then, they suffered a narrow 67-63 loss on Monday at Mason. Now, it's back to Virginia for a game at ODU on Saturday night and then home to meet VCU next Tuesday. That's five CAA games in 11 days and two separate trips to Virginia if you're counting.
"I don't ever remember in all my years of coaching having a stretch like this," Pecora said. "It's a good challenge…I said to the guys, 'Hey, Old Dominion is why you came to play in college. There are going to be 8,500 people, the place will be rocking, and they all hate us. It's going to be awesome. There's nothing better than going there and winning.
"But 'must' wins only take place in the conference tournament. We don't want to make this a rollercoaster. We never try to get it too high or too low after a loss. You stay steady, and you can continue to play at a good level."
The home loss to William and Mary and the rough opening schedule make it seem like an uphill battle from the start, but Pecora isn't panicking because it's early. "The last two [losses to William and Mary and George Mason], we were two possessions away from winning two games and being 3-0," Pecora said. "You can't overreact."