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Hofstra holds off Florida Atlantic 67-63

Dec 30, 2009 - 3:28 AM BOCA RATON, Fla.(AP) -- Nathaniel Lester and Charles Jenkins scored 17 points each and Hofstra held off Florida Atlantic for a 67-63 victory on Tuesday night.

Chaz Williams added 12 points as Hofstra (8-5) built a 53-43 lead with 9:15 left in the game. The Owls (5-8), who have lost four consecutive games, came back, cutting the lead to 57-56 on Raymond Taylor's jumper with 4:37 left.

Florida Atlantic again cut the lead to one, 61-60 with 1:26 remaining, but the Pride sealed the victory with six free throws in the final 35 seconds.

Greg Washington had 13 rebounds for Hofstra.

Taylor, who is averaging 17.2 points a game, scored only 13, going 4-for-17 from the field.

Sanchez Hughley led the Owls with 14 points and Alex Tucker added 13 points. Brett Royster had 13 rebounds for Florida Atlantic, which was 7-for-25 from the field (28 percent) in the second half.