Seniors Eli Pemberton and Desure Buie each scored 17 points to lead six Pride players in double-figures as Hofstra defeated the Hawks of Monmouth, 94-74 at the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex Saturday afternoon. Both teams evened their season records to 1-1. It marked the first time since December 13, 2016 in a win over Stony Brook that Hofstra placed six players in double figures.
Buie and Pemberton also moved up career charts for the Pride in the contest as Buie now has 363 career assists to move into eighth place all-time. He passed Woody Souffrant, who had 362 from 2001-05. Pemberton now has 1,423 career points to move into 13th place all-time. He passed Rick Apodaca, who had 1,422 points from 1999-2003.
In addition to Pemberton and Buie, junior Isaac Kante added 15 points, classmate Jalen Ray chipped in with 14, sophomore Omar Silverio contributed 13 points, and senior Tareq Coburn tallied 11 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. The Pride shot 53.7 percent (29-54) from the field and 77 percent (27-35) from the charity stripe including 24 for 31 in the second half.
Monmouth had four players in double-figures led by Deion Hammond with 13 points, while Mustapha Traore, Nikkei Rutty and Ray Salnave each added 10 points.
The first nine minutes of the contest were a nip-and-tuck battle as there were six tied scores and three lead changes before the Pride kicked the game into high-gear. Monmouth’s Ray Salnave’s three-pointer at the 11:09 mark gave the Hawks an 18-17 lead. But Hofstra went on a 15-0 tear, behind six points from Omar Silverio, to take a 32-18 lead.
After Monmouth’s Nikkei Rutty sandwiched four points around a Kante lay-up to push the score to 34-22 with 6:02 to play, Buie’s three-pointer started another 17-0 run with Pemberton scoring seven, and Schutte adding six in the run as the Pride blew the game open and took a 51-22 lead with 0:43 to play. Pillari hit a lay-up for the Hawks to end the Pride run and close out the first half scoring. Hofstra shot 65.6 percent (21-32) from the field while Monmouth struggled, hitting just 11 of 35 shots (31.4 percent).
The Hawks came out hot in the second half, scoring the first nine points of the period with George Papas‘ three-pointer at the 18:01 mark bringing the Hawks to within 18 of the Pride at 51-33. After the two teams split the next eight points, Hofstra’s Kante hit an old-fashioned three-point play at the 15:21 mark to start a 9-2 Hofstra run that boosted the lead to 64-39 after Coburn’s three-pointer at the 13:23 mark.
But Monmouth still had some fight in them as the Hawks went on an 18-6 run with Papas’ two free throws at the 8:51 mark to bring them within 13 at 70-57. But the Pride answered by scoring 13 of the next 17 points, including five by Silverio and four by Pemberton to boost the lead to 22 at 83-61 after Silverio’s three-pointer at the 5:32 mark. The Hawks never got closer than 18 as the Pride boosted their lead to as many as 25 at 94-69 with 1:55 to play before settling for a 20-point victory.
Hofstra returns to action on Wednesday, November 13 when the Pride travel to Lewisburg, Pennsylvania to face the Bison of Bucknell at 7 p.m.
– Saturday’s contest was the 10th meeting between Hofstra and Monmouth. The Hawks now lead the series, 6-4.
– Saturday’s game was the first time the Pride had six players in double-figures since a 96-58 victory over Stony Brook on December 13, 2016.
– Pemberton led the Pride in scoring for just the fourth time in his career and posted his 75th double-figure scoring game.
– Buie led Hofstra in assists with eight.
– Ray recorded his 23rd contest in double-figure scoring.
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