Hofstra placed five players in double-figures and outscored Towson, 9-0, in the second overtime to post a 91-82 win Thursday night at the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex. The victory extended the Pride’s home court winning streak to 18 games.
The Pride moved to 23-5 overall and 13-2 in the Colonial Athletic Association with the win. Towson dropped to 10-18 overall and 6-9 in league play.
Justin Wright-Foreman led Hofstra with 28 points. He was joined in double-digits by Jalen Ray with 17, Desure Buie with 16, Jacquil Taylor with 14, and Eli Pembertonwith 11. Taylor also added a career-high tying 17 rebounds and a career-best seven blocked shots. Buie added nine assists and three steals.
The Pride led at the half, 39-37, following a half that saw five tie scores and nine lead changes. Hofstra took a 3-2 lead 1:05 into the game after a three-point play from Pemberton. That would be Hofstra’s last lead of the half until the 8:37 mark as the Tigers went on a 12-3 run to open a 14-6 lead with 14:59 remaining following a three-pointer from Tobias Howard and maintained an advantage until two free throws from Tareq Coburn gave Hofstra a 24-23 edge. The teams would trade the lead seven times the rest of the way with the Pride taking a 39-37 lead with 54 seconds on the clock after a dunk from Pemberton, which was the final basket of the half.
Towson outscored the Pride, 13-9 over the first 7:30 of the second half to take a 50-48 lead on a tip-in from Dennis Tunstall. After a free throw from Pemberton made it a one-point game, the Pride retook the lead, 51-50, on an offensive rebound and layup from Taylor with 11:41 to go. But Towson used a 13-3 run over the next 3:38 to go up by a score of 63-54. The Pride would get within four, 65-61, on a Wright-Foreman layup and after a turnover, the senior All-American drained a three-pointer to make it 65-64 with 5:48 to go.
Hofstra would tie the game at 68 on a long three-pointer from Wright-Foreman with 2:50 to play. Howard would answer on Towson’s next possession before Buie tied the score again with 1:50 to play. Buie then stripped Brian Fobbs and was fouled on the drive. The senior hit both free throws to put the Pride up, 72-70 with 1:35 remaining. But once again the Tigers had an answer as Nakye Sanders had a after a timeout, a last second shot bounced off the rim to send the game to overtime.
The Tigers would score the first six points of overtime to take a 78-72 lead before Ray and Buie sandwiched three-pointers around a Towson basket to make it 80-78 with 2:21 to play. The Pride would tie the game with a pair of free throws with 1:08 to go. The Pride took their first lead of the extra session as Wright-Foreman hit a driving layup with 28 ticks on the clock for an 82-80 advantage. The Tigers answered with nine seconds to go on a Solomon Uyaelunmo. Hofstra turned the ball over with 1.4 second to go, sending the game to a second overtime.
Hofstra got off to a better start in the second overtime, scoring the first four points on a layup from Taylor and a Wright-Foreman jumper to take an 86-82 lead with 2:59 to play. Ray made it 7-0 in the overtime with a three-pointer with 1:22 to go, giving the Pride an 89-82 lead. Wright-Foreman finished the scoring with an emphatic one-handed dunk with 39 seconds left.
Towson got a game-high 29 points from Fobbs. Sanders had 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Tunstall added 11 points and 10 rebounds. Uyaelunmo had 14 points
Hofstra is back in action Saturday in its final regular season home game at 4 p.m. versus James Madison. Senior day ceremonies honoring Dan Dwyer, Taylor, Kenny Wormley, and Wright-Foreman will begin at approximately 3:50 p.m. Tickets are available by visiting HofstraTickets.com, by calling the Hofstra Athletics Ticket Office at (516) HOF-TIXX or by stopping by the Hofstra Athletics Ticket Office in the lobby of the Mack Sports Complex.
-Hofstra is 43-26 all-time against Towson. The Pride won the first game this season, 84-61, on Jan. 26.
-The game was Hofstra’s third overtime contest of the season. The Pride is 2-1 in overtime games.
-Hofstra is 15-0 at home in 2018-19.
-Wright-Foreman extended his double-digit scoring streak to 81 consecutive games, which ranks as the second-longest active streak in the nation and the 11th-longest streak all-time in NCAA Division I.
-Wright-Foreman moved into fifth place all-time on the Hofstra career-scoring list with 2,117 points. He passed Hofstra Athletics Hall of Famer Rich Laurel, who had 2,102 from 1973-77.
-Pemberton’s 11 points moved him past Mike Tilley (1,286, 1963-66) into 18th place on the all-time scoring list with 1,292 points.
-Taylor’s seven blocks were the most in a game since Greg Washington had eight versus Rider on February 20, 2010.
-Hofstra’s last game with five players in double-figures was also against Towson on Jan. 26, 2019.
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