Led by 28 points from senior Justin Wright-Foreman and 20 points from junior Eli Pemberton, the Hofstra Men’s Basketball team put the finishing touches on an outstanding regular season with a 92-70 statement win over Delaware on Saturday afternoon at the Bob Carpenter Center. With the victory, Hofstra wins the outright regular season Colonial Athletic Association title. It is the program’s first outright regular season conference title since the 2000-2001 season in the America East Conference.
Graduate student Jacquil Taylor was tremendous once again for Hofstra with his fifth double-double of the season as he posted 10 points and 13 rebounds for the Pride.
The win improves Hofstra’s record to 25-6 overall and closes their CAA regular season slate at 15-3. Delaware falls to 16-15 and 8-10 in league play. The 25 regular season wins are a school Division I record (since 1966-67).
Wright-Foreman drained four three-pointers to give him 102 for the season, setting a new single season school record in the process. He broke the mark of 100, set by Antoine Agudio in 2006-07.
A personal 5-0 run to start the game by Wright-Foreman gave the Pride an early advantage just over a minute into the contest. Delaware would knot the score at seven on a layup from Ryan Johnson before Hofstra used an 11-1 run to take an 18-8 lead with 12:42 left before intermission after back-to-back three-pointers from Wright-Foreman. After the Blue Hens closed the gap to eight, the Pride used an 8-2 run to make it a 26-12 lead after a trio of free throws from sophomore Jalen Ray. Delaware would only get the Pride lead under double digits on one final occasion in the first half before Hofstra eventually settled for a 13-point lead at the break after a three-point play from senior Desure Buie with 26 seconds left. Hofstra’s largest lead of the opening stanza was 16, 39-23, after two Buie free throws.
Delaware closed the gap to eight, 52-44, with just under 16 minutes left in the second stanza following a layup from Ithiel Horton and the Blue Hens would still trail by eight with 11 minutes left before Hofstra began to pull away. The Pride responded with an 8-0 run to take a 74-57 advantage with 7:51 left after a three-point play from Pemberton. The lead mushroomed to 22, 84-62, with 3:08 left as Wright-Foreman drained a three-pointer, forcing a Delaware time out. Hofstra would cruise from there as they put the exclamation point on one of the finest regular seasons in program history.
Buie finished with 16 points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals, while Ray added 13 points to the Pride’s efforts.
Horton had 26 points for Delaware, while Eric Carter added 15 points and six rebounds.
Hofstra will be off until Sunday, March 10 when it begins play in the CAA Quarterfinals at 12 p.m. The Pride will face the winner of the James Madison/Towson game, which will take place on Saturday at 4 p.m.
– Hofstra is now 58-32 all-time against Delaware. Hofstra has won four straight meetings and has won 10 of the last 11 meetings dating back to the 2014-15 season. The 90 all-time meetings ranks as the Pride’s most played opponent all-time.
– Wright-Foreman scored in double figures for 84th consecutive game. It is the second-longest active streak in the nation and the eighth-longest in the history of NCAA Division I.
– Wright-Foreman now has 2,210 career points and trials Steve Nisenson (2,222 from 1962-65) by 12 points for third all-time at Hofstra in scoring. Pemberton now has 1,342 career points and passed Dave Bell (1,330 from 1969-72) for 16th all-time at Hofstra in scoring. He is two behind Barry White (1,344 from 1966-69) for 15th place in program history.
– The 15 conference wins are a program record in the CAA (since 2001-02) and the most since the 2000-01 team won 16 in the America East Conference.
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