HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — Charles Jenkins scored 32 points and had eight assists as Hofstra defeated George Mason 87-74 on Wednesday night to move into first place in the Colonial Athletic Association.

The Pride (9-5, 3-0), who had lost five straight against the Patriots (10-4, 2-1), led 39-35 at halftime. George Mason scored the first eight points of the second half to briefly take the lead.

But the Pride answered with a 14-0 run, during which exactly half its points came from Jenkins, who made 9 of 13 shots from the field and 7 of 8 in the second half. The spurt put Hofstra ahead to stay and ended with the Pride leading 53-43.

Hofstra built the lead to 17 and George Mason never recovered. Coupled with Georgia State’s loss to North Carolina-Wilmington, the Pride is alone in first place, the only team unbeaten in conference play.

The Patriots were led by Ryan Pearson’s 22 points.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

pixy Hofstra Moves Into First With Win Over George Mason

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