Graduate student Jalen Ray scored a game-high 18 points, but #20 Maryland used a late run to earn a narrow 69-67 win over the Hofstra men’s basketball team on Friday evening at the XFINITY Center.
Ray led four players in double figures for the Pride in the game as he was joined by graduate student Zach Cooks (13), junior Aaron Estrada (12), and sophomore Darlinstone Dubar (10).
The loss drops Hofstra’s record to 1-3 this season, while Maryland improved to 4-1.
The game was tight throughout and the opening minutes showcased the type of contest it would be. A back and forth first few minutes would see Maryland holding a four-point lead, 14-10, with 12:59 left until halftime before back-to-back three-pointers from Ray and Cooks gave Hofstra its first lead of the contest at 16-14 with 12:19 on the clock.
The Pride took its largest first half advantage at 24-20 following a basket from senior Omar Silverio with just over 10 minutes remaining before intermission. A Cooks three-pointer gave Hofstra a 31-27 lead with under three minutes left in the half but the Terps scored the final seven points of the stanza to take a three-point lead into the break.
Cooks made it a one-point game in the opening minutes of the second half at 36-35 before Maryland took its largest lead of the game at 42-35 with 15:30 left in regulation.
The lead for the Terps would still be at six with 9:29 left before back-to-back buckets from Estrada followed by a steal and basket from Cooks knotted the score at 56 with 7:37 remaining and forced Maryland to call a timeout. The run would continue out of the timeout as Ray made it a 7-0 scoring run for the Pride and Hofstra took a 59-56 lead with 6:27 left. Ray would add another three at the 1:26 mark to push the lead back to four, 67-63, for the Pride but Maryland had one last rally in them. The Terps scored the game’s final six points, including a pair of free throws with four seconds left to account for the two-point win.
Estrada had a game-high nine rebounds for Hofstra, which also got seven rebounds from Dubar. Cooks led the Pride with four assists.
Eric Ayala led Maryland with 14 points, while Fatts Russell and Ian Martinez each added 13.
Hofstra returns to action on Monday, November 22 when it travels to Richmond for a 7 p.m. contest. That game will be available locally on SNY as well as on ESPN+.
– This was the sixth all-time meeting between Hofstra and Maryland with the Terps capturing all six meetings.
– Ray now has 1,372 career points to move into 15th place all-time at Hofstra. He passed Ken Rood, who had 1,368 points from 1973-77.
– The nine rebounds were a new career-high for Estrada, who previously had seven at #15 Houston in the season opener this year.
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