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Hofstra falls to Northeastern, 74-71, in double overtime

Minutes after Cornelius Vines' three-pointer forced a second extra period, seventh-seeded Hofstra ran out of late-game heroics last night, falling to second-seeded Northeastern, 74-71, in double overtime in a CAA Tournament quarterfinal at Richmond Coliseum.

Charles Jenkins' jumper with 1:09 left in the second overtime tied it at 67, but Matt Janning's trey with 45 seconds left put Northeastern ahead for good.

Hofstra (19-14) had won seven straight and 10 of 11. The Pride lost in the quarterfinals of the tournament for the sixth time in the past nine years. "I told the team after the game that this was a tough loss, but losing a basketball game won't be the toughest thing they go through in their lives," coach Tom Pecora said.

Jenkins had 24 points and eight rebounds in 49 minutes. Vines and Greg Washington (four blocks) had 11 points each. Freshman Halil Kanacevic added nine points and nine rebounds. Janning had 26 points for Northeastern (20-11).

"Their experience came through at the end,'' Pecora said, "and since we played a close game yesterday, I think they had a little more in the tank the more the game kept going.''

Jenkins' free throw with 2:22 left in regulation gave Hofstra a 52-48 lead. But Kauri Black's layup with six seconds left sent the game into overtime.

The Pride took a 55-52 lead with 2:08 left in the first overtime on Jenkins' jumper, but Northeastern scored six straight points. Washington tipped in a missed shot with 28 seconds left and Vines tied the score at 60 with a three-pointer with 14 seconds left.

"I hadn't really been hitting, but Coach called the play for me in the timeout, and Charles set a great screen," Vines said. "I got a good look and just knocked it down."

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