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Pecora lauds play of seniors in Hofstra win

Charles Jenkins drives down the court in a

Charles Jenkins drives down the court in a game last season against George Mason. (Jan. 19, 2010) Photo Credit: Newsday / Frank Koester

The play of Hofstra's seniors has been a real sore point with coach Tom Pecora at various points this season.

He had no issues with the play of his seniors in Saturday's 87-70 road win over UNC-Wilmington. It was Hofstra's fifth win in its last six games.

Cornelius Vines tied a school record with seven three pointers and had a career-high 24 points in the win.

"Our seniors played like seniors today and that made a big difference," Pecora said. "I told Cornelius he had 40 less threes than he had last year and that he owed us 40 the rest of the way. Now he only owes us 33."

Three of Vines' treys came during a 1:03 span in the second half. UNC-Wilmington (8-18, 4-11 CAA) went on a 10-0 run, cutting a 14-point Hofstra lead to 56-52. But Vines connected on three straight threes and extended the Pride's lead to 65-52.

"The big thing was his explosion got us the separation we needed after they cut it to four," Pecora said. "He stepped up when we needed a lift. And that's what you need your seniors to do."

Senior forward Miklos Szabo also had a hand in the win with nine points and nine rebounds. 

Hofstra improves to 14-13 overall and 7-8 in the CAA. The win guarantees Hofstra at least a share of seventh place in the conference.

Photo credit: Frank Koester

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