Junior Isaac Kante led five players in double figures with 21 points as the Hofstra Men’s Basketball team extended its win streak to five games with an 89-83 victory over UNCW on Sunday afternoon at Trask Coliseum. Freshman Kvonn Cramer was big once again as he posted his third double-double of the season with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
Joining that duo in double figures were senior Jalen Ray (18), sophomore Caleb Burgess (15), and junior Omar Silverio (10).
The win improves Hofstra’s record to 11-6 overall and 7-3 in Colonial Athletic Association play. UNCW falls to 7-8 and 1-5 in the conference. The win streak is the Pride’s longest since an eight-game streak from January 25-February 22, 2020.
It was all Hofstra to start the contest as the Pride jumped out to a 15-5 lead just over five minutes into the game as Kante scored the final four points during a 10-0 Hofstra run. With Hofstra leading by nine, 19-10, following a three-pointer from Jake Boggs of UNCW, the Pride would use an 11-3 run to take its largest lead of the half at 30-13 at the 10:38 mark. UNCW would rally, though, and over the next seven-plus minutes they outscored Hofstra, 28-10, to lead 41-40 with 3:05 left before halftime. Hofstra would take over down the stretch of the half, though, as the Pride scored the final nine points, including four each from Cramer and Ray, to lead by eight at the break.
A basket from Kante with 17:23 left in regulation would keep the Pride lead at eight, 53-45, before UNCW scored eight straight points to knot the score at 53 after a layup from Mike Okauru with 15:14 on the clock. A three-pointer from Burgess nearly two minutes later pushed the lead back to six for Hofstra, but once again the Seahawks answered and closed the gap to one with five quick points.
It would be a back-and-forth affair down the stretch between these two CAA rivals with two free throws from Okauru putting UNCW in front, 76-75, with 4:59 left. An old-fashioned three-point play from Kante would allow the Pride to regain the lead and Ray added a basket to push it to an 80-76 lead with 4:07 remaining. UNCW would get the deficit to one on a trio of occasions in the final minutes, but Hofstra scored the game’s final five points to earn the weekend sweep of the Seahawks.
Okauru led all scorers in the game with 30 points for UNCW, while Boggs added 21 for the Seahawks.
Hofstra is back in action next Saturday when it hosts Drexel at 2 p.m. The event is closed to the public and there are no tickets available.
– Hofstra improved to 24-22 all-time against UNCW. The Pride has won four straight in the series and five of the last six.
– Hofstra had five players in double figures for the first time since January 7 of this season against Northeastern.
– Ray now has 193 three-pointers to take over sole possession of sixth place all-time in program history. He came into the game tied with Norman Richardson (192 from 1997-2001).
– Ray now has 1,194 career points. He moved into 25th place all-time in program history today, passing Rokas Gustys (1,184 from 2014-18), Juan’ya Green (1,186 from 2014-16), and Brian Bernardi (1,186 from 2014-17).
– Cramer had eight offensive rebounds in the game. It marked the most in a game for a Pride player since Jacquil Taylor had eight against Northeastern on March 12, 2019. The last player to have more than eight in a game was Gustys with 12 against Siena on November 25, 2017.
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