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LI split: Hofstra wins, Stony Brook loses

Hofstra University guard #3 Brad Kelleher, left, gets

Hofstra University guard #3 Brad Kelleher, left, gets pressured by George Mason #11 Vertrail Vaughns in the first half of a NCAA men's basketball game at Mack Sports Complex, located on Hofstra's campus. (Jan. 5, 2011) Credit: James Escher

Hat's off to Hofstra. Charles Jenkins led the Pride (10-5, 4-0 CAA) with 20 points on 6-for-10 shooting and seven assists in a 76-67 win at Northeastern.

It's the first time since the 2006-2007 season that the Pride have won four straight conference games to start the season. The Pride is the only team still undefeated in Conference. play. They play at Towson on Wednesday, January 12 (my Birthday).

It's been a struggle for Stony Brook. Injuries to key players Tommy Brenton and Chris Martin have really hampered the Seawolves offense. Bryan Dougher (12 points) was the only Seawolves player in double figures in a 62-50 loss to Cornell. That's the bad news.

The good news is it was just a non-conference game. Stony Brook (6-8, 1-1 America East) still has the ability to make a splash in conference play.

Whether it's a conference game or not, Stony Brook needs to improve on offense. The Seawolves shot just 34.8 percent of the field. Stony Brook is tied for 334th in the nation in field goal percentage. 

"It's a combination of a lot of things," coach Steve Pikiell said. "We've got to get easier shots for our guys in and around the paint."

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