HEMPSTEAD,NY (WWAY) — Preseason Colonial Athletic Association Player-of-the-Year Charles Jenkins scored nine points in a decisive 16-2 run to carry Hofstra past UNCW, 66-57, in a CAA men’s basketball game on Wednesday night at the Mack Sports Complex.
The Pride won for the fifth time in six outings to improve to 12-6 overall and 6-1 in the CAA. The Seahawks dropped their second straight and now stand 9-9 and 3-4.
Jenkins scored 12 of his game-high 22 points after intermission and added three rebounds and six assists for the Pride. Junior guard Mike Moore added 18 points on 7-for-11 shooting and sophomore forward David Imes recorded a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Senior guard Chad Tomko paced UNCW with 18 points and added five rebounds and six assists. Sophomore forward Keith Rendleman was the only other player in double figures with 17 points with eight rebounds.
Hofstra turned back a late rally by UNCW in the first half to carve out a 35-27 advantage at halftime and got off quickly in the second period to extend the lead to 39-27 on Moore’s breakaway dunk at 19:02.
But the Seahawks went on an 11-3 run to narrow the lead to 42-21 on Tomko’s long three ball from the top of the key at 13:13.
Imes, making his first start against the Seahawks, scored in the paint and added a free throw as HU got the lead to 45-41, but the Seahawks, with Tomko igniting the charge, heated up with a string of nine unanswered points for a 50-45 lead. Rendleman made a layup, reserve Trevor Deloach scored on a pretty tip-in and Tomko nailed a short hook and triple to give the Seahawks a five-point advantage at 9:13.
Another Rendleman layup gave UNCW a 52-48 edge at 8:32, but a six-minute ultimately doomed UNCW’s upset bid. While the Seahawks were going cold, Jenkins took over, pouring in seven points in an 11-0 run as Hofstra pulled ahead, 59-52, and then cruised over the final three minutes to improve to 6-2 at home.
The Seahawks scored the first four points of the game on baskets by Rendleman and Tomko before the Pride got going behind Jenkins made a floater in the lane to kickstart a 10-2 run capped by back-to-back dunks by Imes for a 13-9 Hofstra lead at the 14-minute mark.
Imes sent another rim rattler down with 10:38 left in the half to increase the margin to 18-12 and a pair of free throws by Jenkins pushed the margin to 22-13 at 9:19. The Pride then registered its largest lead of the half, 27-14, when Jenkins hit two more free throws with just under six minutes left in the period.
UNCW used a strong run to climb back into it in the final five minutes. With Rendleman leading the way, the Seahawks scored 11 of the next 13 points to close the gap. The Iron Station, N.C., product scored eight points in the spurt and UNCW crept to 29-25 at 2:33.
After the two teams traded buckets, Kelleher drained his third triple of the first half with just one second left to give the Pride a 35-27 advantage at the break.
The Seahawks return home on Saturday to entertain Towson in a televised game at 9 p.m. The Pride visits William & Mary on Saturday for a 2 p.m. tip-off at Kaplan Arena.
GAME NOTES: The game featured the CAA’s newest head coaches in UNCW’s Buzz Peterson and HU’s Mo Cassara…Charles Jenkins reached double figures in the first half for his 43rd consecutive game in double digits…Keith Rendleman had 11 points and five boards in the first period…The Pride had four dunks in the game…UNCW won the battle of the boards, 32-30…HU, the CAA’s top free throw shooting club, went 13-for-17 for 76.5 percent…HU outscored the Seahawks, 31-30, after intermission…UNCW shot 37.9 percent in the second half to finish at 39.3 percent on the night…UNCW fell to 2-7 on the road in all games and 1-3 in CAA road games.
article courtesy UNCW Sports Information