Hofstra defeats Towson, 84-64

UMBC falls to Toledo

UMES has 'gritty win' over Hornets

Mount St. Mary's loses to St. Francis

December 06, 2009|By From Sun staff reports

Miklos Szabo, a 6-foot-9 forward, scored a career-high 22 points and made 11 of 14 shots from the field to lead Hofstra men's basketball team over Towson, 84-64, in the Colonial Athletic Association opener for both teams in the Towson Center on Saturday.

Szabo, who also grabbed a team-high eight rebounds, was one of three Hofstra players to score in double figures. Junior guard Charles Jenkins, the CAA's Preseason Player of the Year, added 21 points while freshman Halil Kanacevic came off the bench to score 10.

Hofstra (5-3, 1-0), which has won four of its past five games, took control of the game midway through the first half. After the Tigers (2-4, 0-1) tied the game at 15-15 on a 3-point basket by junior David Brewster with 9:54 left, the Pride scored 16 of the next 20 points to grab a 31-19 lead with 3:33 left in the first half. Jenkins scored 10 points in the first half as Hofstra went to halftime with a 38-27 lead.

Early in the second half, senior guard Josh Thornton made a 3-point basket to pull the Tigers to within 47-39 with 17:13 left in the game. However, the Pride responded with a 20-8 spurt and assumed a 67-47 lead with 10:16 remaining in the contest.

In the final 10 minutes, Hofstra led by as many as 26 points when senior guard Cornelius Vines connected on a 3-point basket with 5:55 left in the game.

After connecting on only 38.2 percent of its field-goal attempts in the first half, Hofstra made 20 of 35 shots after intermission.

Led by Szabo, Hofstra out-rebounded Towson by a 41-38 margin.

Jenkins, the CAA's top scorer with a 20.9 average, topped the 20-point mark for the fifth time in eight games this season.

Senior forward Calvin Lee led the Tigers with 14 points and seven rebounds while Thornton added 11 points. Brewster scored 10 points off the bench.

Hofstra held Towson to 38.6 percent shooting from the field.

Toledo 76, UMBC 67: Freshman Brian Neller scored a season-high 15 points to lead five Retrievers in the loss.

The host Rockets used a perimeter defense to frustrate UMBC.

Neller went 5-for-9 in 3-point shooting. Chauncey Gilliam added 13 and freshman Shawn Grant scored 12 for UMBC.

The Rockets' Jake Barnett led all scorers with 26 points and added 12 rebounds and four assists.

Toledo hit 10 of 23 shots from behind the arc and out-rebounded UMBC 40-28.

UMES 53, Delaware State 50: Hilary Haley led all scorers with 14 points and the host Hawks (1-5) beat the Hornets (4-1) for the first time in five years.

"This was a gritty win for our guys and a complete team effort," UMES coach Frankie Allen said.

UMES beat Delaware State, 69-66, in overtime Feb. 7, 2004. The Hornets had previously won 10 straight against the Hawks.

UMES shot 29.2 percent in the first half and was down 23-16 at halftime before taking a 10-point lead at the 7:58 mark of the second half.

Saint Francis (Pa.) 73, Mount St. Mary's 66: A late rally by the visiting Mount (3-5, 0-2) fell short as it lost its third straight game.

Jeremy Goode led Mount St. Mary's with 17 points, five rebounds and five assists.

Saint Francis stretched a five-point halftime lead to 46-36 with 14:16 left in the game on the strength of three 3-pointers by Anthony Ervin.

The Red Flash (3-5, 2-0 NEC) was able to maintain its lead the rest of the way.

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