William and Mary suffered perhaps its most heartbreaking loss in a season filled with them, falling 81-78 at Hofstra as reigning CAA Player of the Year Charles Jenkins hit a 35-foot 3-pointer at the overtime buzzer Tuesday night.
Jenkins, who finished with 28 points, also had the tying 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds left in regulation as Hofstra clinched a top-four finish in the Colonial Athletic Association and a bye in the opening round of its tournament.
Mike Moore added 25 points as the Pride (18-9, 12-4) earned its fourth consecutive victory and overcame a double-digit deficit for the seventh time this season.
Quinn McDowell, who led W&M (7-20, 3-13) with 28 points and 12 rebounds, hit two free throws with 4.5 seconds left in overtime, tying the score at 78.
Jenkins, whose 3-pointer at the end of regulation tied the score at 69, answered McDowell's free throws by hitting the winning 3-pointer over two defenders.
GEORGE MASON 71, VCU 51
Ryan Pearson had 18 points and eight rebounds as George Mason captured the CAA tournament’s top seeding and enhanced its NCAA credentials, shredding Virginia Commonwealth at Siegel Center.
The Patriots (22-5, 14-2) won their 12th in a row, while the Rams (20-8, 12-4) lost back-to-back games for the first time this season.
Cam Long added 14 points and Vertrail Vaughns had 12 for George Mason, which took command of the game after the Rams scored the first basket. The Patriots reeled off the next 11 points and never looked back.
JAMES MADISON 72, TOWSON 61
Senior Denzel Bowles from Kempsville High scored a career-high 40 points, dominating inside as the Dukes kept the host Tigers winless in the CAA.
Bowles, a 6-foot-10 forward who came in averaging 18.0 points per game, scored 20 points and shot 7 of 10 from the field in each half.
Devon Moore added 14 points for the Dukes.
Isaiah Philmore scored 18 to pace the Tigers (4-22, 0-16), who have lost 15 straight.
VMI 79, LIBERTY 69
Austin Kenon of Virginia Beach scored a career-high 39 points to lead Virginia Military Institute over Liberty in Lexington.
Kenon was 8 of 16 from 3-point range as the Keydets went 14 of 26 on long-distance attempts. After leading 34-33 at halftime, the Keydets (15-11, 8-8 Big South) went 55 percent from 3-point territory (11 of 20).
D.J. Covington, a former Norfolk Academy standout, added 14 points and 10 rebounds for VMI.
John Brown had 22 points and 16 rebounds for Liberty (19-9, 13-3), which seems ticketed for the No. 2 seeding in the Big South tournament.
PRESBYTERIAN 52, RADFORD 49, OT
Pierre Miller nailed two clutch 3-pointers to lead Presbyterian to an overtime road victory.
The Blue Hose (12-16, 6-10 Big South Conference) trailed 49-47 with 20 seconds left in overtime before Miller knocked down a 3, giving Presbyterian a 50-49 lead. Walt Allen added two free throws with 2 seconds left.