Trailing by six points, William & Mary held Hofstra without a field goal for eight minutes, ran off a 20-5 streak and defeated the Pride, 73-66, in a Colonial Athletic Association men's basketball game last night in Williamsburg, Va.
David Schneider and Quinn McDowell each had 22 points for William & Mary (14-3, 6-1). Steven Hess added 12.
Charles Jenkins had 19 points and five assists for Hofstra (9-10, 2-5). Freshmen Halil Kanacevic and Chaz Williams each had 12 points off the bench. Williams returned after missing Tuesday night's Virginia Commonwealth game with a sprained ankle.
Hofstra took a 57-51 lead on Jenkins' jumper with 8:20 to play, but the Pride did not record another field goal until Williams banked one in with 22 seconds remaining. That ended a 20-5 run by the Tribe that had produced a 71-62 lead.
Back-to-back three-pointers by Kendrix Brown and Schneider moved William & Mary within 58-57, and a pair of foul shots by McDowell gave the Tribe the lead for good at 59-58 with 4:47 left. Steven Hess snuck backdoor for a lay-up off a Schneider feed with 4:09 left to make it 61-58. Hess then fed McDowell for another backdoor layup with 3:15 left to stretch the lead to 63-58.
Jenkins answered with a pair of foul shots to bring Hofstra within 63-60 with 1:34 left, but McDowell again snuck backdoor, and after an up-fake, he converted a three-point play with 1:21 to go to give William & Mary a 66-60 lead.
Hofstra led 38-37 at halftime behind 10 first-half points from Kanacevic, but William & Mary started the second half with two straight three-pointers by Schneider and McDowell to pull ahead 43-38. Hofstra answered with six straight points as Jenkins made two baskets and fed Greg Washington for a third.
Nathaniel Lester had eight points and nine rebounds and Cornelius Vines added six assists for Hofstra.