Hofstra placed five players in double-figure scoring and scored a David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex record 111 points in a 111-69 victory over New York Tech Friday evening. The 42-point margin of victory was a Mack Sports Complex record as well.
Tareq Coburn had a career-high 23 points to lead all scorers. Isaac Kante had a career-high 19 points while Jalen Ray chipped in with a career-high tying 19 points as well. Kevin Schutte scored a career-best 12 points and Omar Silverio also had 12 points. Kante added 10 rebounds for his first career double-double. Desure Buie had a season-high 11 assists in the contest.
The Pride evened their record at 2-2 on the season with the win while the Bears dropped to 0-4 on the year.
Hofstra raced out to a 15-7 lead 4:10 into the game behind eight points from Ray and five from Coburn. Coming out of the first media timeout, Pemberton drained a three-pointer to extend the Pride’s advantage to 11 (18-7). The Pride would add seven more unanswered points as Coburn added another three, Kante had a fast break dunk, and Coburn had a pair of free throws. The Bears got a three-point play from Szu Yao Sun to stop the run and make it 25-10, but Hofstra answered with a 17-1 run to extend its lead to 42-11 with 8:27 to play following a jumper from Ray. The Bears would outscore the Pride, 14-11, over the next five minutes to make it a 53-25 game with 3:16 to play. But Hofstra would take a comfortable lead, 60-34, at the half. Coburn had 13 points in the opening 20 minutes while Kante added 12 points and Ray had 10.
The second half was more of the same as Hofstra opened the second stanza with a 19-7 run over the first six minutes to go up by 38, 79-41, after a Coburn dunk. The Bears never got their deficit below 33 points the rest of the way as the Pride cruised to victory. The Pride shot 54.2 percent from the floor and made 11 three-pointers in the game. The Bears shot 35.9 percent from the game and committed 17 turnovers that led to 35 Hofstra points.
The 111 points surpassed the previous record of 107 set against Molloy (2017) and Rosemont (2018). The victory margin bested the old mark of 40-points, set in a 102-62 win over Farmingdale State in 2010. Hofstra’s 45 made field goals was also a venue record.
Marcus Saint-Furcy led New York Tech with 16 points. Jeffrey Hayden had 13 points and Collins Onyeike added 11 points and a team-best six rebounds.
Hofstra returns to action Thursday, November 21, when it begins a three-game trip to California with a matchup against UCLA. Game time at Pauley Pavilion is set for 8 p.m. (PST).
-Today’s game marked the first meeting between Hofstra and New York Tech.
-Pemberton moved into 11th-place on the Hofstra all-time scoring list with 1,441 points, passing Leroy Allen (1,435, 1983-87) and Frank Walker (1,437, 1985-89).
-Buie moved into a tie for seventh-place in career assists at Hofstra with 377, matching the total set by Loren Stokes from 2003-07.
-Hofstra’s 60 first half points were the most since a 62-point half against Rosemont on Dec. 22, 2018.
–Hal Hughes scored his first career points and pulled down his first career rebounds, finishing with two points and four rebounds in seven minutes.
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