Tareq Coburn led four Hofstra players in double-figures with 19 points as the Pride survived a second-half scare from Stony Brook in a 72-67 victory in the Long Island Rivalry Wednesday night at the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex. Hofstra held a 23-point lead with 14 minutes to play before the Seawolves rallied to make it a three-point game in the final minutes.
Hofstra moves to 2-2 on the season with the win. Stony Brook slipped to 1-3 with the loss.
Coburn had a great all-around game as he shot 7-11 from the floor including 5-9 from three-point range. He added eight rebounds, three assists and a steal. He was joined in double-figures by Isaac Kante, who had 15 points and eight rebounds; Caleb Burgess, who tallied a career-best 12 points and six assists; and Jalen Ray, who had 10 points, five assists, and three steals.
Both teams started fast in the opening half, combing for 15 points in the first 2:03. Hofstra then went on a 12-0 run over a nearly four-minute stretch to turn an 8-7 deficit into a 19-8 lead with 14:41 on the clock. Kante and Green each had five points in the run, which gave Hofstra the lead for good. The Seawolves would snap their scoreless drought with 13:04 to go on a free throw and then added another pair from the charity stripe to cut the Pride’s lead to eight, 19-11, with 11:53 remaining. Hofstra would outscore Stony Brook, 8-3, over the next several minutes to go up by 13, 27-14, following Kvonn Cramer’s layup with 8:54 on the clock. Cramer started the spurt with a free throw, while Coburn had a three-pointer and Kevin Schutte added a layup off an offensive rebound. Hofstra’s first half lead would grow to as many as 15 on two occasions, the last at 35-20 with 4:04 to go. The Pride would go into the locker room at the half with a 42-29 lead.
The Pride looked to be cruising towards a victory, as Hofstra would go up by as many as 23, 60-37, in the second half following a 7-0 run. Ray capped the run with a jumper with 14:02 remaining. The Seawolves mounted a comeback, though, midway through the half, using a 14-0 run to cut the Pride’s lead to nine, 60-51, with 8:07 to play on a jumper from Jaden Sayles. Kante snapped the Hofstra scoreless drought with a jump hook that put the Pride back up by double-digits, 62-51, with 7:07 to go. However, Stony Brook would not go away and ran off eight more unanswered points to get within three, 62-59 with just over three minutes to play. Ray finally ended the Pride’s scoreless drought at 4:26 with a jumper with 2:41 remaining. Ray hit another jumper with 1:26 to go that put Hofstra back up by five, 66-61. A pair of free throws from Stony Brook made it a one-possession game again with a minute to play, but Vukasin Masic hit a big jumper to extend the lead to five once again, 68-63. Two more free throws by Stony Brook cut the Hofstra lead to three, but Burgess hit a pair from the line with 17.5 seconds to play and after a missed three-pointer by the Seawolves, Kante hit both ends of a one-and-one with 7.2 ticks on the clock for a 72-65 advantage and sealed the win.
Frankie Policelli paced the Seawolves with 16 points. Mouhamadou Gueye and Tykei Greene each had 12 points, while Sayles added 10. Gueye grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds as well and added two blocked shots.
Hofstra returns to action Tuesday, December 15 at Monmouth. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
-Hofstra is 24-5 all-time versus Stony Brook and has won five consecutive games in the series.
-Hofstra’s 42 points in the first half was its highest scoring first half of the season.
–David Green and Vukasin Masic each had their first career points for the Pride. Green finished with five while Masic had two.
-Tareq Coburn’s eight rebounds were a season-high
-Coburn has led Hofstra in scoring in three of the Hofstra’s four games
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