Five Hofstra players scored in double figures, led by 21 points from Jalen Ray, as the Pride picked up an 82-73 Colonial Athletic Association victory over William & Mary Sunday afternoon at the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex. The win was Hofstra’s third in a row and fifth in its last six games.
Ray rebounded from a seven-point performance in Saturday’s win to lead the team in scoring for the fifth time this season. Isaac Kante had his second double-double in as many days, and his fourth in a row, with 13 points and 14 rebounds. Caleb Burgess had career-highs of 15 points and eight assists, while Tareq Coburn posted 12 points and seven rebounds. Vukasin Masic also had a career day for the Pride with 11 points off the bench. David Green almost made it six players in double-digits as he matched his season-best with eight and added six rebounds.
Hofstra (6-3, 2-0 CAA) held William & Mary (2-5, 0-2 CAA) scoreless for the first 6:27, building a 10-0 lead before the Tribe got on the board. Kante, who led Hofstra in scoring in Saturday’s win, picked up where he left off and had five of the Pride’s points to start the game. William & Mary missed its first seven shots and had five turnovers during the scoreless drought. After Luke Loewe broke the seal for the Tribe, the visitors outscored the Pride, 10-5, over the next 2:30 to make it a 15-10 game with 10:56 to play in the half. William & Mary would tie the score at 18 with 7:41 to go on a pair of free throws from Loewe and then took a 21-18 lead following a three-point play from Quinn Blair with 7:18 on the clock. The remainder of the half featured three lead changes and a tie score, but neither team would hold more than a three-point advantage until the final 30 seconds when Ray and Green each hit a pair of free throws to give the Pride a 36-29 lead at the half.
Neither team got off to a good start offensively in the second half with the Pride held scoreless for the first 2:53 while the Tribe managed just two points in that span. After Green put the Pride on the board, Hofstra got a defensive stop and Ray followed with a layup for a 40-31 lead with 16:23 to play. Hofstra would go up by nine, 44-35, with 14:49 to go on a fast break layup from Burgess. The Tribe would answer with an 8-1 run to get within two at 45-43 with 12:50 to go on Miguel Ayesa’s three pointer. A four-point play from Coburn boosted the Hofstra lead to six, 49-43, but Loewe answered with a three-pointer to make it 49-46 with 12:12 remaining. Hofstra would go back up by eight, 60-52, with 7:12 to play on a layup from Ray. The Tribe responded with seven straight points to get within one, 60-59 with 5:05 on the clock. Ray had a key block then set up a fast break layup from Burgess and after another stop, Burgess sank a three-pointer to put the Pride back up by six, 65-59, with 3:27 on the clock.
With Hofstra up by eight, 67-59, William & Mary tried to make one last run. Blair had a three-point play to make it a five-point game. Masic drained a three-pointer for the Pride on their ensuing possession, with 2:12 remaining, and the Tribe did not get closer than five the rest of the way. The Pride was 12-12 from the free throw line in the final 1:10 to lock up the victory.
Loewe led three Tribe players in double figures with 24 points and added six assists. Blair finished with 17 points and Connor Kochera chipped in with 16 points and seven rebounds.
Hofstra is back in action Thursday, January 7, when it hosts Northeastern at 7 p.m. The game is closed to the public and no tickets are available.
-Hofstra is 2-0 in CAA play for the third consecutive season.
-Ray moved into 36th-place on the Hofstra all-time scoring list with 1,050 points, passing Percy Johnson (1950-53, 1,045 points).
-Hofstra is 25-14 all-time versus William & Mary and has won three consecutive games in the series.
-The last time Hofstra had five players score in double figures was at William & Mary on Feb. 1, 2020.
-Hofstra is 4-1 at home in 2020-21 and 38-10 at the Mack Sports Complex since the 2017-18 season.
-Ray had a season-high four steals, matching his career best, while Coburn notched a season-best three steals.
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