Boston, MA - Junior guard Charles Jenkins (Queens, NY) scored eight of his 20 points in a game-ending 12-1 run as the Hofstra Men's Basketball team knocked off first-place Northeastern 73-62 on Tuesday evening at Matthews Arena.
The win was the Pride's fifth in a row and improves its record to 17-13 overall and 9-8 in the CAA. Northeastern falls to 18-11 overall and 13-4 in the CAA and falls out of a first-place tie with Old Dominion, which defeated Georgia State earlier in the day.
The Pride also received a double-double from freshman forward Halil Kanacevic (Staten Island, NY), who came up huge with 16 points and 11 rebounds against Northeastern's senior frontcourt. Freshman guard Chaz Williams (Brooklyn, NY) and senior guard Cornelius Vines (Syracuse, NY) each had 12 points as well.
Hofstra led for most of the second half, but Northeastern guard Chaisson Allen drove to the basket to tie the game at 61-61 with 3:19 to go. He drew the foul on the play, but missed the go-ahead foul shot, and the Pride responded with a 6-0 run. Jenkins beat Allen into the paint and scored on a five-foot floater, and junior forward Greg Washington (Centereach, NY) stretched the lead to four when he followed up a miss on a fast break.
After earning a stop, the Pride worked the shot clock down, and a deflected pass was loose in the paint momentarily, before Jenkins grabbed it out of mid-air, spun into the middle, and put up a soft floater that went off the front rim, off the backboard and in to stretch Hofstra's lead to 67-61. Jenkins was 4-4 at the line down the stretch to complete a game in which he had 20 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.
Hofstra withstood a sluggish start to the first half to enter the locker room down by just two at 37-35. Northeastern led 15-9 with 9:30 to play in the opening stanza, but the Pride scored 26 points in a span of less than nine minutes to stay in the game. A quick 7-0 run put Hofstra ahead 16-15 on a three-pointer from Cornelius Vines (Syracuse, NY) with 8:35 to play.
After Northeastern forged back in front 31-26, Kanacevic and Williams each knocked down three-pointers around a Vines foul shot to tie the score 33-33. The Huskies took a 37-35 lead into the break on a jump shot from senior forward Manny Adako with 25 seconds left in the half.
Hofstra shot 51.9 percent in the second half (14-27), and held Northeastern to just 28.0 percent in the second stanza (7-25). The Pride also finished with a dominant 39-27 edge on the boards.
Hofstra will next be in action when it closes out the regular season with a home game against Georgia State on Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. There will also be a ceremony to honor the Pride's seniors - Vines and forward Miklos Szabo (Szeghalom, Hungary) prior to the game at 3:45 p.m.