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Jenkins, Lester each score 17 in Hofstra win

Junior guard Charles Jenkins had 15 of his 17 points in the first half and junior Nathaniel Lester had 14 of his 17 in the second half and added a key steal in the final minute as Hofstra escaped with a 67-63 road win over Florida Atlantic last night in men's basketball.

"Any time you can win on the road, It's magic," Hofstra coach Tom Pecora said. "Mike Jarvis has done a great job with that team. We got up on them a few times by eight or 10 points and weren't able to put them away. We had some foul trouble, particularly losing Charles for most of the second half, but we were able to fight through it."

The Pride (8-5) led for almost all of the first half, but settled for a one-point lead at the break as Alex Tucker hit an off-balance 15-footer just before the buzzer to make the score 33-32.

A three-pointer by freshman guard Raymond Taylor gave Florida Atlantic (5-8) a 43-41 lead with 12:03 to play, its first lead since 4-2 in the opening minutes. It was short-lived, though, as Hofstra answered with a 12-0 run despite Jenkins being on the bench with four fouls. Junior forward Greg Washington converted down low off a feed from freshman guard Chaz Williams for an old-fashioned three-point play to give Hofstra the lead for good.

Storm women win. Da'Shena Stevens scored 21 points and freshman Nadirah McKenith a career-high 15 as St. John's (12-1) won its fifth straight and closed out its non-conference schedule with a 69-53 win over Northeastern at Solomon Court Tuesday.

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