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Jenkins leads Hofstra men past James Madison

Charles Jenkins had 20 points, five rebounds and four assists and Hofstra used a second-half spurt to pull away from James Madison, 68-48, last night in Harrisonburg, Va.

The Pride (12-12, 5-7 CAA) has won three straight and extended its winning streak over the Dukes to 11 games.

"[JMU coach] Matt Brady has done a great job with that team, dealing with a lot of injuries, and they continue to play hard every night," Hofstra coach Tom Pecora said. "They just caught us on a night where we were making shots. We've been rebounding and defending pretty consistently this year, but when we make shots, we can be a pretty good team."

Miklos Szabo added 12 points and eight rebounds and Greg Washington had nine points and 12 rebounds. Washington also had one blocked shot, giving him 174 for his career, four shy of the school record held by David Taylor (1979-83).

Denzel Bowles and Julius Wells each scored 15 points for James Madison (10-13, 3-9).

"I was very proud of our defensive effort," Pecora said. "Bowles is so tough down low on the block, and Wells is one of the best scorers in the league. But we did a good job not letting either of them get comfortable out there offensively."

Hofstra took a 14-13 lead with 10:27 left in the first half on Halil Kanacevic's dunk. Jenkins, who shot 7-for-11 from the field, scored 13 points in a first half in which the Pride built a 29-21 lead with 3:18 left before settling for a 30-25 lead at the break.

After the Dukes drew within 32-29, the Pride used an 11-0 run to push the lead into double figures. Jenkins started the spurt when he pulled up for a three-pointer on the fast break, and he capped it with another jumper to make the score 43-29 with 14:20 to go. Hofstra cruised from there as James Madison was unable to get the deficit back down to single digits.

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