Hofstra might be locked into a modest seventh seed in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament, but the Pride suddenly has found its mojo and is starting to look like a potential giant-killer when it arrives in Richmond. Northeastern was tied for first in the CAA with Old Dominion until Charles Jenkins led Hofstra with 20 points in a 73-62 victory over the Huskies Tuesday night in Boston.
Jenkins scored eight points in a 12-1 run the Pride (17-13, 9-8 CAA) put together to finish the win. Northeastern (18-11, 13-4) tied the game at 61 with 3:19 left to play when Chaisson Allen scored on a layup. But a 6-0 spurt, including two hoops by Jenkins restored control for Hofstra, which went on to post its fifth straight win and eighth in the past nine games. That's called a team on a roll at the right time.
Halil Kanacevic had a strong game inside with 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Chaz Williams and Cornelius Vines each scored 12 points. Hofstra shot 51.9 percent in the second half and held Northeastern to a frigid 28.0 percent from the field (7 of 25) after intermission. Nkem Ojougboh led Northeastern with 15 points and seven rebounds, but Hofstra dominated the boards by a 39-27 margin.
The Pride closes out its regular season at home Saturday against Georgia State (12-18, 5-12) in a 4 p.m. game. Seniors Vines and Miklos Szabo will be honored in a pre-game ceremony at 3:45.