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Hofstra holds off Fairfield 84-80

Dec 1, 2009 - 3:05 AM HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.(AP) -- Charles Jenkins scored a career-high 38 points to help Hofstra hold off Fairfield 84-80 on Monday night.

Nathaniel Lester added 18 points for the Pride (4-3), who have won three of four since losing by nine points at 14th-ranked Connecticut on Nov. 17.

Jenkins finished 12-for-17 from the floor, including a 5-for-7 mark from beyond the arc and a 9-for-9 performance at the foul line. Lester shot 7-for-12 from the floor.

Hofstra trailed Fairfield 42-40 at halftime, but took a two point lead after a 9-2 run midway through the second period. With the game tied at 75-all with just over 3 minutes left, Jenkins iced the game with a pair of free throws and a 3-pointer to put Hofstra ahead by five with 1:20 left.

Derek Needham paced the Stags (4-2) with 26 points and Yorel Hawkins and Anthony Johnson added 22 apiece.