It was the end of an era on Tuesday night for Hofstra basketball.
Senior guard Charles Jenkins played his customary role as leading scorer with 16 points, but it wasn’t enough as host Evansville defeated the Pride, 77-70, in a first-round College Basketball Invitational game.
Jenkins, Hofstra’s all-time leading scorer, finished his collegiate career with 2,515 points, which is second in CAA history.
The loss notwithstanding, Hofstra found comfort in the fact that Jenkins eclipsed the 2,500-point plateau. He became just the 63rd player in Division I history to surpass the milestone.
He joins Charleston’s Andrew Goudelock (2,527) and BYU’s Jimmer Fredette (2,501) as the only other active player with over 2,500 points. Goudelock had 39 points for Charleston in a 94-84 win over Dayton in a first-round NIT game on Tuesday.
With BYU set to take on Wofford in a first-round NCAA Tournament game on Thursday, Fredette is likely to pass Jenkins, too.
The Queens native, who had his jersey retired in a ceremony before Hofstra’s final regular season game on February 26, had 2,499 points heading into the game game.
Jenkins wasn’t the only Hofstra senior to bid adieu. Greg Washington put forth a solid effort with 12 points, while Brad Kelleher added nine points. Junior guard Mike Moore added 14 points for the Pride.
Colt Ryan had 21 points for Evansville, which will face the winner of Austin Peay vs. Boise State in a second-round game on Monday.
Playing the CBI wasn’t apart of the original plan for Hofstra (21-12), which some felt deserved an NIT bid. But with 14 of the 32 teams in the field getting automatic bids, it left little room for error.
It was Hofstra’s second straight appearance in the CBI. The Pride fell to IUPUI in a first-round game last year.
Hofstra led 49-43 midway through the second half, but Evansville (16-15) answered with a 24-13 run and took a 67-62 lead on a three-pointer by Kavon Lacey with 4:24 left.