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Shot-blocking forward Greg Washington returns for Pride this

Shot-blocking forward Greg Washington returns for Pride this year. Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy, 2009

When talking about Hofstra basketball, it's all about Charles Jenkins for Hofstra.

He's led the Pride in scoring 17 straight times, including the first 10 games of this season. 

That changed on Wednesday night.

Mike Moore led Hofstra (7-4) with 15 points in a 71-56 win over Holy Cross a the Mack Sports Complex. The win was significant in a lot of ways for the Pride, who has won six of its last seven.

Jenkins, who had 13 points, didn't have to carry the load for a change. In fact, he didn't get his first shot off until the 7:35 mark of the first half. It also proved to be a confidence-boost for players like Moore and Shemiye McLendon.

Moore drained three three-pointers during a 21-7 run in the second half, while McLendon hit three consecutive threes during a 16-0 spurt in the first half that gave Hofstra a 24-10 .

“I think we’re progressing great,” Jenkins said. “We have guys that are capable of scoring just as many points as I am. Teams that continue to key on me and try and double team me are just going open it up for other guys on the court."

It's been a coming out party for Moore lately, who had a season-high 20 in a win against Manhattan last Saturday.

“Every day Charles texts me, coach texts me and they just tell me to remain confident,” Moore said. “I had a little shooting slump at the beginning of the season, but it’s coming along now.”

David Imes had 10 points, McLendon added nine and Greg Washington had eight points.

As uplifting as it was to see a balanced scoring attack, Hofstra coach Mo Cassara would like to see Jenkins get his fare share of opportunities.

“I think that’s good for our overall development,” Cassara said of the balanced scoring. “[But] we have to a better job in some stretches of getting Charles some looks…If we get him enough looks he’s going to get a lot of points.”

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