Richmond, Va. - Senior guard Charles Jenkins (Queens, N.Y.) had 15 of his 20 points in the second half as third-seeded Hofstra pulled away after halftime for a 72-56 win over 11th-seeded William & Mary in the quarterfinals of the Colonial Athletic Association Men's Basketball tournament at the Richmond Coliseum on Saturday evening.
With the win, Hofstra improves to 21-10 on the season and moves on to Sunday's semifinals to face second-seeded Old Dominion, which earned a 59-50 win over Delaware in the first game of the evening session. The Pride committed only two turnovers in the entire contest, breaking its own CAA Tournament record of three set in 2006-07, and shot 18-19 at the foul line in the second half (and even got the offensive rebound off of its only miss), finishing 19-22 at the stripe for the game. William & Mary ends its season at 10-22 with the loss.
Hofstra took over the game in the second half as it used a suffocating defense and 15 points from Jenkins to pull away. A Jenkins three-pointer with 9:57 left gave the Pride a 50-41 lead, its largest of the game to that point, as he scored seven straight Hofstra points in a two-minute stretch. That three-pointer also started a 15-0 run that turned a 47-41 lead into a 62-41 advantage with 5:59 remaining, and the Pride wasn't threatened again.
The first half was a defensive struggle, with William & Mary going into the locker room with a 27-25 lead. The game started with the Tribe going on a 9-0 run, but Hofstra answered right back with an 11-0 run as all five starters scored in rapid succession to take an 11-9 lead with 12:58 left on a jumper from senior forward Greg Washington (Centereach, N.Y.). William & Mary responded and took a five-point lead at 25-20 on a dunk from Marcus Kitts, and after Hofstra scored the next five points, Kitts hit two foul shots with 2.7 seconds left to give William & Mary a 27-25 lead at the break.
Kelleher had 13 points, junior guard Mike Moore (New Haven, Conn.) had 11 points, and sophomore forward David Imes (Brooklyn, N.Y.) added 10 for the Pride. Kitts led William & Mary with 10 points.
The semifinals will take place tomorrow, with top-seeded George Mason facing fourth-seeded VCU at 12 noon, followed by the Old Dominion-Hofstra semifinal at 2:30 p.m. The two semifinals winners will advance to the championship game on Monday night at 7 p.m. (ESPN) for the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.