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Hofstra finds its way in 67-63 win over Wagner

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

Much has been made of the new Hofstra regime. Much has also been made of Hofstra being a one-man show, with Charles Jenkins their only legitimate scorer.

Granted, it was the Jenkins show through the first four games, but you have to give a new coach [Hofstra's Mo Cassara] trying break in new players a little time.

Hofstra's offense finally got into a groove in Friday's 67-63 non-conference win over Wagner. No, it wasn't a 100-point explosion, but Hofstra managed to get scoring from other sources.

David Imes had 14 points and 17 rebounds and Stephen Nwaukoni added 10 points and 13 rebounds. It gave Hofstra (2-3) a pair of double-doubles for the first time since Jan. 17, 2008.

It was an especially important night for Imes and Nwaukoni because senior center Greg Washington was in foul trouble most of the game. "I took that as my opportunity," Imes said.

Nwaukoni echoed those thoughts. "I know that when [Washington] is in foul trouble or Dave's in foul trouble I have to step up and rebound," Nwaukoni said.

It was also refreshing the Pride battle against a bigger team. Wagner (2-2) featured 6-11 freshman Naofall Folohan, 6-8 freshman Orlando Parker and 6-9 sophomore Ryan Schrotenboer.

Imes is 6-7 and Nwaukoni is 6-8. The size differential, particularly with Folohan, didn't seem to bother Imes. Folohan weighs a slight 215 pounds.

"I just know that at the end of the day he's bigger than me, but I'm stronger, so I have to use my body to get him out of the paint as much as possible," Imes said. "It wasn't so much of a hassle, to be honest."   

We're not saying Imes or Nwaukoni are anything like former Pride star Adrian Uter yet, but this is a positive step.

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