Desure Buie scored a career-high 44 points and eclipsed the 1,000-point plateau to lead Hofstra to a 102-75 Colonial Athletic Association victory Saturday evening at the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex. The Pride shot a season-best 64.8 percent (35-54) from the field and matched a season-high with 50-percent shooting (13-26) from three-point range. The 44 points are the fifth-most in a single-game in program history and four shy of the program record. It is also the sixth-most in CAA history and the single-game high in conference this season.
Hofstra moved to 12-5 overall and 3-1 in the CAA with the win. Elon slipped to 4-12 overall and 0-3 in conference play with its fifth consecutive loss.
Buie was the epitome of efficiency on his career day as he shot 15-19 from the floor, 6-8 from three-point range, and 8-8 from the free throw line. He also added five rebounds, three assists and two steals. He was joined in double-figures by Isaac Kante, who had matched his career-best with 19 points. He also grabbed a game-high eight rebounds. Omar Silverio also matched a career-high with 13 points and added a pair of steals. Jalen Ray was the fourth Pride player in double-digit scoring as the junior guard chipped in with 10 points and tied a career mark with five assists.
Hofstra rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit to hold a 47-33 lead at the half. The Phoenix jumped out to a 13-4 lead 3:07 into the game following a Hunter McIntosh three-pointer. The Pride then went on a 13-4 run of their own to tie the game at 17 on Ray’s jumper with 10:48 on the clock. With the score tied at 22, Hofstra went on a 14-4 run behind 11 points from Buie to take a 10-point lead, 36-26, with 4:02 to play. The Pride would push their lead to 13, 44-31, following a three-point play from Kante with just over a minute remaining and extended it to 14 points on a three-pointer from Silverio in the waning seconds of the stanza.
The Pride opened up a 17-point lead early in the second half, 57-40, following a three-pointer from Ray with 17:17 on the clock. Back-to-back three-pointers from Zac Ervin brought the Phoenix back to within 11, 57-46, with 16:25 to go. Elon would cut its deficit to 10, 59-49, but the Pride went on an 11-1 run to take a 20-point lead, 70-50, with 13:09 remaining. Buie’s 32nd point of the game capped the run and gave the senior guard his 1,000th career point. Elon would not get closer than 18 the rest of the way with the Pride keeping the lead above 20 points for the final 10:54. The Pride’s largest lead of the game was 30, 100-70, with 2:18 to play.
Ervin and Marcus Sheffield each had 17 points to lead Elon. Sheffield also added six assists while Simon Wright tallied a team-best six rebounds.
Hofstra returns to action Thursday, January 9 at Northeastern. Tip-off at Matthews Arena is set for 8 p.m. with the game broadcast on the CBS Sports Network.
-Desure Buie is the 38th player in Hofstra men’s basketball history to record 1,000 career points and now has 1,012.
-Hofstra is 9-3 all-time versus Elon and has four consecutive wins in the series.
-The 102 points marked the second time this season that Hofstra reached 100 points in a game (111 vs. New York Tech) and was also the second consecutive game versus Elon that the Pride scored 102 points (102-61 win on 2/7/19).
-Hofstra is now 5-2 at the Mack Sports Complex in 2019-20 and is 29-7 at home dating back to the 2017-18 season.
-The Pride’s 13 three-pointers were a season-high.
-Buie’s 44 points were nine better than his previous best of 35 set at Towson last week and just four shy of the Mack Sports Complex record of 48 held by Justin Wright-Foreman.
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