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Washington's late jumper lifts Hofstra, 68-67, in CAA Tournament

Hofstra's Yves Jules, right, tries to block as

Hofstra's Yves Jules, right, tries to block as shot by Georgia State's Joe Dukes during the first half. (March 5, 2010) Photo Credit: AP

Charles Jenkins may have had the hot hand from behind the arc, but it was Greg Washington who prolonged Hofstra's season another day.

With Hofstra trailing by a point, Jenkins - double-teamed by Georgia State after scoring 24 points - found an open Washington, who hit a go-ahead 18-footer with 16 seconds left.

Washington then stole the ball, clinching the seventh-seeded Pride's 68-67 win Friday night in the first round of the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament at Richmond Coliseum.

"That wasn't even part of the play," said Washington, who scored all 11 of his points in the second half. "Of course, you want the ball in the hands of your best player. Charles had it and I was in the right spot at the right time."

Said coach Tom Pecora, "Charles makes plays to help you win, he doesn't just make shots to help you win. Not many guys would do that. They would bank on themselves going to the foul line and winning the game that way, or making the shot to win the game. And I think that's Charles Jenkins in a nutshell."

The Pride (19-13) - which has won seven straight and 10 of 11 - will face No. 2 Northeastern at 6 p.m. Saturday in the quarterfinals. The winner of that game will advance to the semifinals at 5:30 p.m. Sunday against No. 3 William & Mary or No. 11 James Madison, which upset Drexel.

Jenkins, named the CAA player of the year Thursday, shot 8-for-20 from the field and 4-for-6 from three-point range. Miklos Szabo had 12 points and Chaz Williams added 11 points and eight assists for the Pride.

With Cornelius Vines and Washington in foul trouble, Jenkins kept the Pride afloat in the first half, scoring 13 points as Hofstra took a 31-26 halftime lead. But led by Ousman Krubally (19 points) and Joe Dukes (15 points, six assists), Georgia State (12-20) went ahead 67-66 on Dukes' layup with 30 seconds left.

Pecora said that if Hofstra gives the same effort it did Friday night, it can't expect to beat Northeastern, the team the Pride knocked out of first place in the CAA with a 73-62 victory Feb. 23. "You know they're going to come after you," he said. "It's going to be a battle.''

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