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Charles Jenkins gets 40, but he had help

Hofstra's Charles Jenkins gets inside Elon's defense. (Nov.

Hofstra's Charles Jenkins gets inside Elon's defense. (Nov. 23, 2009) Credit: Newsday/Photo By Patrick E. McCarthy

When it doubt, give it to No.22.

No.22 as in Hofstra senior guard Charles Jenkins. Jenkins scored a career-high 40 points on 14-for-22 shooting in the Pride's 89-85 overtime win over Binghamton on Wednesday night.

It wasn't just the number, though. Jenkins scored Hofstra's final 15 points in regulation, including a game-tying layup with six seconds left that forced overtime. It's also worth noting Jenkins scored 33 of his points in the second half and overtime.

"He gave up the ball a lot in the first half. We have a young team and he's willing to share the ball early to get other guys going," Pride coach Mo Cassara said. "But when the game's on the line, he wants the ball in his hands, and he showed it tonight."

But it wasn't all about Jenkins. Junior college Mike Moore was on fire also. The Fordham transfer went 5-for-9 from three-point range and had a career-high 28 points. No one expects Moore to play like that every night. But a good 13 to 15 points on a nightly basis wouldn't hurt.

This was a big step for Hofstra and not because of Jenkins' 40 points. 

We all remember what Hofstra went through in the off season. The departure of Tom Pecora, Tim Welch's dismissal, a season-ending leg injury to Nathaniel Lester and the transfer of two promising players in Chaz Williams and Halil Kanacevic.

But Hofstra (5-3) is finding a way to prove the doubters wrong. The resiliency shown by Jenkins is admirable. He could've easily decided to pout. But the former Springfield Gardens star has been better than ever.


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