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HOFSTRA 67, DREXEL 58: Picking up the slack

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

better."

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

it."

Wednesday

VCU at

Hofstra

7 p.m.

TV: YES

Radio: WRHU

(88.7)

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