Maybe that is the basketball gods’ method of beginning to make issues proper for the Hofstra Delight males’s basketball staff after they obtained robbed of a visit to the NCAA event in 2020 because of COVID.
In a week the place Hofstra was slated to face a nationally ranked staff in Charleston, go toe-to-toe with CAA rival Towson and start a brand new part of their longstanding rivalry towards Stony Brook, issues couldn’t have gone any higher than they did. The Delight snapped then-ranked No. 18 Charleston’s 20-game winning streak, had a dramatic comeback win over Towson after which wiped the ground with Stony Brook.
In the midst of all that, Hofstra moved right into a tie for first place in the convention with Charleston. That earlier in the week over Charleston trying even greater now that Hofstra holds the tiebreaker and will put them in the highest seed in subsequent month’s CAA event.
Protected to say it had been fairly the week for the Delight, who’ve received 5 straight video games and 9 of their final 10.
“We are extremely focused right now. We know what’s at stake. I am sure everybody does,” Hofstra coach Speedy Claxton mentioned after Saturday’s win. “We’re going to go from here. There is no looking back. As (Jaquan Carlos) says, ‘It’s no U-turns.’”
The victory on the David S. Mack Sports activities and Exhibition Advanced over the weekend was made even sweeter by the truth that Hofstra defeated fellow Lengthy Island CAA member Stony Brook in such definitive style in entrance of a sellout crowd. A capability crowd of three,901 was available to see the Delight face the Seawolves in CAA play for the primary time in the faculties’ long-standing rivalry after Stony Brook made the soar this 12 months from the America East Convention.
The sport had already been offered out by Wednesday and Claxton loved the ecstatic ambiance come sport time.
“The Island is blue,” Claxton mentioned, referring to Hofstra’s colours. “It was a great atmosphere. I wish every game would be like this. To have a crowd like that is going to raise these kids’ games. Playing for that crowd? Who wouldn’t get up for that?”
Carlo mentioned that Saturday’s sport had a little bit of a revenge sport really feel to it after hey misplaced to Stony Brook.
“Definitely being there last year and not playing and seeing how they beat us, it was just a get back game,” “A revenge game and I knew it was gonna take a lot without Aaron Estrada playing today. It was really an intensity game.”