Hofstra overcomes 11-hour trip, Northeastern

Hofstra University guard Charles Jenkins reacts after his Hofstra University guard Charles Jenkins reacts after his team's 87-74 win over George Mason, Wednesday. (Jan. 5, 2011) Photo Credit: James Escher

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Not even an 11-hour bus ride to Boston that concluded at 1 a.m. because of snow could slow Charles Jenkins and his Hofstra teammates.

Jenkins had 20 points, shooting 6-for-10 from the field, and seven assists as Hofstra defeated Northeastern, 76-67, at Matthews Arena in a game that began at noon Saturday - 11 hours after the Pride arrived.

"I told the guys in the locker room beforehand that we had every excuse to lose this game with the long bus trip, but we couldn't let that happen," Jenkins said. "We just had to come out and play. It isn't that hard. We're basketball players, and if the other guys are coming out to try to beat you, you have to stand up for yourself and try to win."

Hofstra had five players in double figures for the second straight game. Mike Moore had 16 points, Greg Washington 14, Brad Kelleher 11 and David Imes 10, plus 11 rebounds. Kelleher was 6-for-6 from the free-throw line in the final 3:12, part of a 9-for-9 effort in the last four minutes.

The Pride, which never led by fewer than four points in the second half, had 20 assists on its 25 field goals and went 8-for-14 from three-point range en route to shooting 53.2 percent from the field.

Hofstra (10-5) sits atop the Colonial Athletic Association standings at 4-0, is 5-1 on the road and is 9-2 in its last 11 games overall. The Pride hadn't been undefeated in its first four CAA games since 2006-07, when Hofstra won its first five games before losing to Northeastern.

"I'm just really proud of all the guys on this team,'' coach Mo Cassara said. "I think back to the Iona game, which was probably our worst performance of the year, and how well they've all responded since then. Today we came out with a ton of energy right from the opening tip when we could have easily been flat."

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Hofstra led 37-31 at the half and quickly built the lead to 10 on consecutive three-pointers by Jenkins and Moore.

Jenkins entered the game fourth in the nation in scoring. He is averaging 23.8 points and shooting 58.9 percent from the field, including 50.8 percent from three-point range (31-for-61). With 2,124 points, he is fourth on the Hofstra career scoring list, 24 behind third-place Loren Stokes, 98 behind second-place Steve Nisenson and 152 behind record-holder Antoine Agudio, his former teammate.

Chaisson Allen had 22 points for Northeastern (4-11, 0-4), 20 in the second half. Jonathan Lee added 14.

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