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Juan'ya Green scores 26 as Hofstra beats College of Charleston, 71-66

Hofstra University guard Juan'ya Green surveys the court

Hofstra University guard Juan'ya Green surveys the court during an NCAA men's basketball game at Mack Sports Complex on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. Credit: James Escher

Juan'ya Green scored 26 points, Ameen Tanksley added 17 and Dion Nesmith had 11 as Hofstra (12-4, 3-0 Colonial Athletic Association) defeated College of Charleston, 71-66, Thursday night in Charleston, South Carolina.

Canyon Barry, son of NBA Hall of Famer Rick Barry, had 21 for Charleston (5-11, 0-3).

"That was a great win,'' Hofstra coach Joe Mihalich said. "I tell you what, I'm just really proud of our team. The average team loses that game. We could have buckled . . . Kept our composure, kept our poise. We made winning basketball plays down the stretch. Offensive and defensively, made winning basketball plays.''

Green hit six free throws as the Pride scored 10 points in the final 35 seconds to hold off the Cougars. Hofstra has won five straight games, the first time it has done so since a seven-game streak from Feb. 10, 2010, to March 5, 2010.

Green added five rebounds and four assists and shot 13-for-14 from the free-throw line. Said Mihalich, "He's terrific. He's just terrific. I mean, I'll tell you what: When Juan'ya Green has the ball, good things happen. He makes his team win. Our guys believe in him so much. You know, the great players make everybody else better. He makes the other guys play better because they believe in him so much.''

Hofstra will face Elon in North Carolina on Saturday night. Said Mihalich, "We got a five-hour bus ride right now, so if we hadn't won this game, it would have felt like a 10-hour bus ride, and then we've got to play in 36 hours. This is a grind. This is tough, but you know what, we can't wait to play. Our guys have a great frame of mind about them and we can't wait to play.''

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