Seniors Desure Buie and Eli Pemberton combined for 52 points, 15 rebounds, and nine assists as the Hofstra men’s basketball team pulled away in the second half for a 78-62 road win over Delaware on Saturday afternoon at the Bob Carpenter Center. The win was Hofstra’s eighth straight overall and the team’s 11 road win of the year. The win streak is the 17th longest in program history and 11 road wins are tied for the most in the nation.
Buie was tremendous with a game-high 27 points, along with a game-high nine assists, six rebounds, and three steals. Pemberton was nearly as great with 25 points and nine rebounds.
The win also clinches at least a share of the regular season Colonial Athletic Association title for the Pride. Hofstra needs just one more win (or William & Mary loss) to clinch sole possession of the regular season title for the second consecutive season.
Hofstra improved to 22-7 overall and 13-3 in league play with the victory. Delaware, which entered the game having won eight of its last nine, fell to 20-9 overall and 10-5 in CAA action.
The Pride fell in an early 8-0 hole before a pair of three-pointers from junior Tareq Coburn closed the gap to four, 10-6, with 16:11 left in the opening half. The Pride would score eight straight points in total to eventually take their first lead of the contest, 11-10, after a three-pointer from Pemberton with 14:43 showing on the clock. Delaware rebounded and would retake a six-point advantage at 20-14 with just over 10 minutes left in the half following a layup from Justyn Mutts before Hofstra responded with another strong run. The Pride put together a 9-2 run, including five points from Pemberton and four from sophomore Isaac Kante, to lead 23-22 with 8:48 left. The Blue Hens held a one-point advantage with under two minutes left before Buie drained a jumper with five seconds left to put the Pride in front at the break.
Delaware retook the lead to start the second stanza with a bucket from Mutts before Hofstra got back-to-back three-pointers from Pemberton and Buie to stake the Pride to a 38-33 advantage with 16:49 on the clock. Delaware would lead the contest, 43-40, after a three-point play from Collin Goss, before Hofstra begame to exert its dominance on the contest. A three-pointer from Buie kick-started an 11-0 scoring run for the Pride that culminated with a pair of free throws from Buie to make it 51-43 with 12:08 left. Buie was incredible as he scored eight of the points during the run. A three-pointer from Pemberton pushed the lead to 11, 56-45, with 9:31 remaining and the Pride would gradually pull away for the win. The lead grew to as much as 17 in the final couple of minutes after two free throws from junior Tareq Coburn before Hofstra settled in for the commanding 16-point victory.
Kante and Coburn each chipped in with 11 points for the Pride, with Coburn adding eight rebounds. Nate Darling led Delaware with 25 points, while Mutts added 14 points and 13 rebounds.
Hofstra has just two more games left in the regular season as the Pride will host a pair of games this week at the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex. Hofstra will take on Towson on Thursday at 7 p.m. and James Madison on Saturday at 4 p.m. For ticket information visit HofstraTickets.com, call (516) HOF-TIXX or stop by the Hofstra Athletics Ticket Office in the lobby of the Mack Sports Complex during normal business hours.
– The Pride and the Blue Hens have met 93 times in the longtime series, with Hofstra now holding a 60-33 advantage. The 93 all-time meetings ranks as the Pride’s most-played opponent all-time. Hofstra has won six of the last seven meetings and 11 of the last 13 meetings dating back to the 2014-15 season. The teams split the season series this year, each winning on their opponent’s home court.
– Buie now has 1,234 career points to move into 21st place all-time. He passed Carlos Rivera (1,225 from 2003-07), Demetrius Dudley (1,220 from 1991-93), and John Mills (1,220 from 1941-43/46-47).
– Pemberton played in the 124th game of his career, tying him for fourth all-time in program history with Roberto Gittens (1997-2001), Loren Stokes (2003-07), and Greg Johnson (2005-09). Buie is the program’s all-time leader in games played with 136.