Resurgent Hofstra continued its late-season climb back to respectability with an 82-69 win at Delaware. Charles Jenkins had 30 points and led a long-distance bombardment in which the Pride converted 11 of 24 three-point field goals.
The victory was the third straight and sixth in seven games for Hofstra (15-13) and evened the Pride's Colonial Athletic Association record at 8-8. That marks quite a turnaround after a stretch of nine losses in 11 games.
Jenkins and Cornelius Vines, who totaled 18 points, both were five for 10 from beyond the three-point arc. Those two combined to lead a 24-10 run that gave the Pride a 13-point lead at 31-18 with 3:58 left to play in the first half. Jenkins had 10 points, in that span, and Vines added eight. The closest the Blue Hens (7-20, 3-13) got the rest of the way was six points after a three-pointer by Alphonso Dawson made it 43-37 with 17:34 left in the second half.
Dawson had 16 for Delaware, and Jawan Carter netted 18 points. Jenkins, who hit the 30-point mark for the third time this season, and Vines were the only double-figures scorers for Hofstra, but Chaz Williams added nine points, seven rebounds and four assists.
Next up for Hofstra is an ESPN Bracketbuster matchup against Rider (15-13) of the Metro-Atlantic Athletic Conference at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Mack Sports Complex. The game will not be televised.