Senior Justin Wright-Foreman had 30 points and junior Eli Pemberton added 25 to lead the Hofstra Men’s Basketball team to a huge 99-95 road victory over Charleston on Thursday evening at TD Arena. Pemberton added seven rebounds and five assists in the game.
The win, Hofstra’s 19th in its last 20 games, improves the Pride’s record to 22-4 overall and 12-1 in Colonial Athletic Association play. Charleston, which saw its six-game win streak come to an end, falls to 20-7 and 9-5 in league action. The 22-4 record is tied for the program’s best-ever Division I start with the 2000-01 team. The win was Hofstra’s third straight.
Grant Riller set a Charleston individual scoring record with 43 points for the Cougars, who also got 25 from Jarrell Brantley. Brantley added nine rebounds, while Riller had six assists.
Hofstra also got strong games out of graduate student Jacquil Taylor (12 points, eight rebounds) and senior Desure Buie (nine points, 10 assists, three steals and three rebounds).
Back-to-back early three-pointers from junior Tareq Coburn and Buie would quickly turn a one-point deficit into a five-point advantage at 10-5 with 14:27 showing on the clock. The Cougars eventually knotted the score at 13 on a three-pointer from Zep Jasper before the Pride used an 8-2 run to take a 21-15 lead after a personal 5-0 scoring run from Pemberton. Hofstra would continue to keep Charleston at bay the remainder of the opening stanza and the Pride would take an eight-point lead into the break as Wright-Foreman drained a three-pointer with under a minute left before the intermission.
With the score 62-57 in favor of Hofstra, the Pride would put together an incredible 19-0 scoring run to push the lead to 24, 81-57, with 10:33 left in the second stanza. Sophomore Jalen Ray got the run started but Wright-Foreman had eight during the spurt that held Charleston without a point for over four minutes. The Cougars answered with eight straight points of their own before a dunk from Taylor made it 84-67 Hofstra with 8:05 remaining in regulation. Charleston attempted a furious rally as the Cougars cut the deficit down to single digits in the final two-plus minutes but the Pride would hold on for the huge road win as Hofstra drained all eight of its free throw attempts in the final 39 seconds.
Coburn finished with 14 points, including four first half three-pointers. Hofstra was 13-26 from beyond the arc in the game.
Hofstra is back in action on Saturday when it travels to UNCW for a 7 p.m. game.
– Hofstra is 6-6 all-time against Charleston. The Pride won this season’s earlier meeting, 86-72, in Hempstead, to sweep the season series.
– Wright-Foreman moved into sixth place all-time at Hofstra in scoring. He now has 2,059 career points and passed Bill Thieben, who had 2,045 from 1953-56.
– Pemberton moved into 19th place all-time at Hofstra in scoring. He now has 1,259 and passed Roberto Gittens, who had 1,240 from 1997-2001.
– Wright-Foreman scored in double figures for the 79th consecutive game. It is the second-longest active streak in the nation and the 11th longest in the history of NCAA Division I.
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