What would Tom Pecora have said if he could have known that
Antoine Agudio would begin the second half yesterday with as many turnovers as
shots taken - and five more turnovers than points (zero)?
But even though Agudio - who entered the game fifth in the nation at 24.6
points per game - didn't score until 9:51 remained and finished with six points
and seven turnovers, visiting Hofstra beat Drexel, 67-58, as three teammates
tied or set career highs in scoring.
Freshman Charles Jenkins matched his career high with 21 points, 6-10
junior Dane Johnson matched his career high with 17 and junior Greg Johnson set
a career high with 15 as the Pride moved to 4-12 overall, 2-5 in Colonial
Athletic Association play.
Agudio had scored in double figures in 48 straight games but was held in
check by Drexel's Scott Rodgers. "In the beginning, our leader Antoine was
struggling from the field," said Jenkins, whose two free throws with 53.8
seconds left capped a 15-4 run that gave Hofstra a 64-53 lead. "I knew it was
time to step up and start to get our teammates involved."
"Our guys toughened up and picked themselves up by the bootstraps," Pecora
said. "Balance is a good thing. And [Jenkins] continues to get better and
Frank Elegar had 23 points and 13 rebounds for Drexel (9-10, 2-5). Tramayne
Hawthorne added 13 points and six assists and Rodgers had 10 points.
Jenkins had seven rebounds and six steals for the Pride. Dane Johnson had
eight rebounds and three blocked shots and Greg Johnson added four assists.
Agudio had six assists and six rebounds, and found Dane Johnson ahead of the
field for the dunk that sealed it.
"I think we just showed a lot of guts to win in a tough environment,"
Pecora said. "We've lost so many close games ... hopefully we've learned from