Hofstra saw three players finish with at least 20 points, including Darlinstone Dubar with a career-best 24 points, as the Pride led from start-to-finish in a 102-51 win over John Jay from the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex on Sunday afternoon. The Pride’s victory over the Bloodhounds was the 1,300th win in program history.
Hofstra improves to 6-5 in its final non-conference home game of the season, its sixth consecutive win at home.
Dubar pulled down seven rebounds in addition to his 24 points. Jalen Ray finished today’s game with 22 points, and Omar Silverio dropped 20 on the Bloodhounds. Aaron Estrada set new personal-bests with 10 assists and five steals, and Abayomi Iyiola posted his first double-double in a Hofstra uniform with 14 rebounds and 12 points.
The Pride opened the game with 12-0 run before John Jay (2-7) scored its first basket five minutes into the opening half. Hofstra led by as many as 18 points at the 12:48 mark before John Jay clawed back into the game. Following a three-pointer from Silverio that gave Hofstra its 18-point lead, the Bloodhounds scored 16 of the next 22 points, including nine unanswered, to pull to within eight of the hosts. A Dubar layup keyed a 10-0 Hofstra run that put the Pride back in front by double-digits, and nine of the final 11 points of the half belonged to Hofstra as the Pride lead 49-26 at the break.
Hofstra picked up right where it left off with the first 12 points of the second half, ballooning the already big lead to 35 points. The Hofstra offense continued to pour it on against John Jay, shooting 60.6% from the floor and hitting 9-16 from beyond the three-point line in the second half, as the Pride put 53 points on the board in the second half to cruise to victory.
Corey Jones Jr. led John Jay with 10 points. Frankie Barbato finished with eight points, and TJ Chisolm and Garrison Watkins each finished with six points. Jordan Bell and Juwan Fisher each pulled down five rebounds.
Hofstra will hit the road for its next four games to close out the calendar year, starting on December 18 against Arkansas with an 8 p.m. tip-off. Hofstra’s next home contest will be against UNCW on January 3 at 8 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase at HofstraTickets.com, by calling (516) HOF-TIXX, or by visiting the Hofstra Athletic Ticket Office in the lobby of the Mack Sports Complex during normal business hours.
-This was the first-ever meeting between Hofstra and John Jay.
-Dating back to the first recorded season of Hofstra men’s basketball in 1936-37, Hofstra’s all-time record is 1,300-980.
-Hofstra crossed the 100-point threshold for the first time since January 4, 2020, in a 102-73 win against Elon, and it was Hofstra’s first 50-point win since a 107-54 win over Rosemont on December 22, 2018.
–Jalen Ray scored 20 points in today’s game. He now has 1,458 points, moving him into 12th place all-time in scoring at Hofstra. He passes Frank Walker, who scored 1,437 points from 1985-89. Ray is 219 points shy of 11th place (Norman Richardson; 1,677 points from 1997-01).
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