You also have to win games when you do the things which Hofstra did on Saturday. It’s hard to believe that Hofstra lost a home game in which the Pride accomplished all of the following:
– Not trailing for the first 39:43.
– Holding the CAA’s top-ranked offense (77 points per game) to 29 points below its average.
– Allowing just 35.7 percent shooting from the field.
– Allowing only 18 percent (3-16) shooting from three-point range.
– Winning the rebounding battle by 10 (37-27).
– Forcing more turnovers (16) than field goals allowed (15).
Shaver credited Hofstra’s defense but felt fortunate that the Pride didn’t make more open shots. “Both teams can score the ball,” he said, “but I thought both teams were special defensively. They just knocked us off of cuts, we couldn’t get good looks. When we did shoot it, we seemed to be a little off balance, so I’ll credit them with that. I thought they probably missed some more open shots than we did. They had some pretty good looks.”
But, Hofstra couldn’t knock enough of them down to get the win.
A disappointed Pecora reflected on the loss, saying “It sure does sting, because you only get so many opportunities in life, and when you’re young, sometimes you don’t realize that. When you’re old like me, you realize that when you get a chance to win a big game like this, you better take advantage of it, because they may not come along that often.”
That’s a valuable lesson for both the Hofstra basketball team after losing a game that never should have gotten away, and for the Hofstra marketing department on a day that should have been a big birthday celebration at The Mack.
Notes: The loss becomes even tougher to take for Hofstra since it starts a brutal month for the Pride, in which it plays five games, all within the conference, in a span of 11 days… The game also started a longer slate in which Hofstra will play seven straight CAA games alternating between Virginia and Hempstead, before going to Philadelphia, to play Drexel… Not until after that game, will the Pride will finally play two consecutive home games again on January 27th and 30th… Up next for Hofstra is a trip to George Mason on Monday night… William & Mary will look to extend its school record for consecutive victories to 11, when its hosts UNC-Wilmington, also on Monday night.