DREXEL 70, HOFSTRA 52
HOFSTRA SEASON RECORDS: 10-7, 2-4 CAA
PLACE IN CAA STANDINGS: tied for 7th
JENKINS SEASON AVERAGES: 16.7 pts, 5.1 reb, 3.7 ast, 3.5 to
It was the same old story of late for Jenkins and Hofstra. In fact, this one was nearly an identical type of game, with nearly the same final score as Hofstra's last road trip to a current CAA and former America East rival (when the Pride got throttled up at Northeastern).
Drexel led from the opening possession to the final buzzer. A 5-0 hole became a deficit of 18-6, and Drexel was never seriously challenged thereafter, as Hofstra shot 30% from the floor.
This was a site where Jenkins had one of his finest all-around games as a freshman last season, helping the Pride to a nice win, when Hofstra's all-time leading scorer, Antoine Agudio, was held to just 6 points, with great attention paid to him by the Dragons' defense.
This time, with the graduated Agudio gone, it was Jenkins' turn to be keyed on by Drexel's defense. Although Jenkins did a good job with 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and just 1 turnover, he couldn't get in the flow of the offense with Drexel hanging on him.
Jenkins had an assist to help Hofstra pull within 18-8, but the Dragons then extended that lead to 26-9, before Jenkins even took his first shot of the game, a fast break layup that made it 26-11, with 8:37 left in the half. Jenkins only took two more shots in the first half (both misses), as he picked up his third foul with 4:31 to go before halftime. Drexel went up 34-14 before settling for a 36-22 lead at the break.
The Pride were able to pull within 10 early in the second half, but the lead ballooned back to 20. Again, Hofstra mounted a comeback, with a Jenkins jumper trimming Drexel's lead to 11 with 8:37 left (ironically, Jenkins' first field goal of the game came with 8:37 left in the first half, and his last field goal of the game came with 8:37 left in the second half).
But, Jenkins would foul out with 4:29 left (finishing with just 10 points on 3 of 10 shooting) and the deficit went back up to 20 before Drexel closed it out by 18.
It was the fourth loss in five games for Hofstra, and the third loss in that stretch that Hofstra was held in the 50's.
Hofstra announcers on the school's radio station (WRHU) commented on the continued lack of ball movement by the Pride and on Jenkins in particular, that Jenkins seemed to be "holding himself back" and deferring too much to others.
Jenkins' 9-game slump (after 8 good games to start the season) is not from a lack of effort. Before the game, Head Coach Tom Pecora, thinking Jenkins was working TOO hard, said “I told Jenkins I didn’t want to see him in the gym for three days. “He’s been working so hard. He’s been in the gym two hours every night. His hard work is keeping him in his slump.”
Working LESS, not MORE, not get out of a slump. Hmmm, sounds strange, but maybe that will do the trick. The way it's gone lately for Jenkins and the Pride, why not try it?
Having missed a shot at redemption for an earlier loss to Drexel this season, Hofstra will get it's next shot at revenge when it looks to reverse the aforementioned bad loss to Northeastern, in an early start, Saturday at noon, at The Mack Sports Complex, in Hempstead.