Junior Omar Silverio scored a career-high 17 points and the Pride used a total team effort as the Hofstra Men’s Basketball team captured its fourth consecutive win with an 82-73 victory over UNCW on Saturday afternoon at Trask Coliseum.
Junior Isaac Kante led Hofstra with 18 points, while senior Jay Ray had 17 and freshman Kvonn Cramer tied his career-high with 16.
Hofstra improved to 10-6 overall and 6-3 in Colonial Athletic Association play with the win. UNCW fell to 7-7 and 1-4 in conference action.
Hofstra quickly jumped out to a 10-3 lead as Cramer had five early points for the Pride to push them to the advantage. UNCW battled back and evened the score at 16 before freshman David Green made it 19-16 Pride with a three-pointer at the 9:59 mark of the opening stanza. Hofstra would continue to lead in the first half and back-to-back buckets from Kante and Silverio made it 27-22 with 7:17 left before the intermission. The Pride would not relinquish the lead the remainder of the half with Kante scoring the Pride’s final two baskets to give Hofstra the three-point halftime advantage.
The Pride would hold a three-point lead, 43-40, almost two minutes into the second half before UNCW used a 7-2 run, culminating with a Joe Pridgen layup, to take a 47-45 lead at the 15:36 mark. Back-to-back baskets from the Seahawks shortly thereafter would give the home squad a 53-49 lead before Hofstra began to rally.
Trailing by four, 55-51, Hofstra put together a 12-2 run to open up a 63-57 lead with 8:43 left in regulation. Silverio keyed the run with eight points during the game-changing spurt for the Pride. UNCW was able to close the gap to two with under six minutes left, but Hofstra would score nine straight points to turn a 68-65 lead into a commanding 77-65 advantage with just 1:38 left in the game. The Pride would hold on from there and earn the key road victory.
Cramer led Hofstra with nine rebounds in the game, while Kante added seven for the Pride. Sophomore Caleb Burgess dished out six assists for Hofstra.
Mike Okauru had 21 points to lead the Seahawks in scoring, while Pridgen had 17.
The Pride shot nearly 60% in the contest, as they were 31-54 (57%) from the field. It marked their second-highest field goal percentage of the season, only eclipsed by the 60.4% (29-48) at #23 Richmond.
Hofstra and UNCW will meet up again on Sunday at 1 p.m.
– Today marked the 45th all-time meeting between Hofstra and UNCW and the Pride now leads the series, 23-22. Hofstra has won three straight and four of the last five against the Seahawks.
– Ray had three three-pointers in the game and now has 192 in his career to move into a tie for sixth place all-time in program history. He passed Rick Apodaca (190 from 1999-2003) and is tied with Norman Richardson (192 from 1997-2001).
– Silverio’s previous career-high of 13 points came on a pair of occasions, most recently versus Elon on January 4, 2020.
– Cramer also had 16 points against Towson on January 23.
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