Desure Buie had a game-high 20 points and Hofstra outscored Stony Brook, 14-6 over the final 6:51 to post a 71-63 victory Tuesday night at the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex in The Long Island Rivalry, presented by The Greene Turtle. The win was the 122nd in Hofstra Coach Joe Mihalich’s Pride career, tying him with Jay Wright for fifth all-time at the University.
Hofstra moved to 7-4 on the season with the win while Stony Brook slipped to 7-4 and saw its two-game winning streak halted.
Buie added six assists and six rebounds in the game as well. Jalen Ray had 17 points, shooting five of nine from three-point range, and grabbed five rebounds. Eli Pemberton posted 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Tareq Coburn had 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Hofstra held a 36-34 lead at the end of the first half. The Pride hit their first three three-point attempts and held a 9-5 lead following Buie’s three-pointer 1:54 into the contest. But Stony Brook responded with a 9-0 run to take a 14-9 lead with 15:34 to play after an Andrew Garcia layup. After neither team scored for nearly three minutes, Hofstra used a 4-0 run behind two free throws from Coburn and a layup from Pemberton to pull within one, 14-13, with 11:57 to play. The Seawolves would score four unanswered points to take an 18-13 lead with 9:05 to go before Pemberton responded with a three-pointer to make it 18-16 with 8:30 on the clock. Hofstra would tie the score at 20 on Ray’s second three-pointer of the half with 7:25 to play and would regain the lead, 24-22, on a Buie jumper with 6:20 remaining. Kevin Schutte put Hofstra up by four, 28-24, with a dunk with 3:49 on the clock. Ray’s third three-pointer of the night gave Hofstra a seven-point edge, 33-26, with 2:31 to go. With the Pride leading by eight, 38-28, the Seawolves closed the half with a 6-0 run, including a three-pointer at the buzzer to make it a two-point game at the break.
Both teams started slowly in the second half, combining for nine points in the opening 4:26 as the Pride led, 41-38, at the first media timeout. Buie scored all five of the Pride’s points to open the half. Stony Brook took a 43-41 lead on Makale Foreman’s three-pointer with 14:47 on the clock. The teams would trade the lead three times over the next two minutes before the Pride used a 10-0 spurt to take a 54-45 lead with 11:01 to play. Buie had five more points in the run.
The Seawolves would have a response, scoring nine unanswered to tie the score at 54 with 8:07 to play on Miles Latimer’s three pointer. The run would extend to 12-0 as Stony Brook took a 57-54 lead. But Isaac Kante tied the score with a traditional three-point play with 6:51 remaining. After a Stony Brook basket, Ray put Hofstra back on top, 60-59, with another basket from beyond the arc with 5:46 to go. The Pride would not give up the lead the rest of the way, holding the Seawolves to just four points the rest of the way. The Pride hit nine of 10 free throws down the stretch to help seal the victory.
Garcia had a team-high 18 points and 12 rebounds to pace Stony Brook. Foreman added 16 points and Miles finished with 10 points.
Hofstra will have a nine-day break for final exams before returning to action on Thursday, December 19 at Princeton. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
-Hofstra is 23-5 all-time versus Stony Brook and has won four consecutive games in the series.
-Hofstra is 3-1 at home in 2019-20.
-Hofstra matched its season-high with 12 three-pointers.
-Coburn’s 12 rebounds matched his season-best.
-The Pride grabbed 15 offensive rebounds and had 14 second chance points.
-Buie’s 20-point game was his third of the season.
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