Graduate student Zach Cooks led the way with 19 points, including the 2,000th of his career, as the Hofstra men’s basketball team won its third straight game with a 72-50 rout of Northeastern on Saturday afternoon at Mathews Arena.
Cooks joined the Pride this season after a stellar career at NJIT that saw him tally 1,788 points with the Highlanders. With today’s total, he has scored 212 points as a member of the Pride.
The win was Hofstra’s third straight and improves the Pride’s record to 12-7 overall and 4-2 in Colonial Athletic Association play. Northeastern slipped to 6-12 and 0-7 in the league with the loss. The Pride has also won four of its last five, seven of its last nine, and 11 of its last 14 games.
Hofstra had two other players in double figures as junior Aaron Estrada added 16 points and eight rebounds, while sophomore Darlinstone Dubar chipped in with 10 points for the Pride.
After Northeastern took an early 4-2 lead in the game just over 90 seconds into the contest, Hofstra would score seven straight points to lead 9-4 with 15:26 showing on the clock. Dubar put the finishing touches on the 7-0 run with a dunk. The lead would hover around that mark for a majority of the first half until the Pride was able to get some breathing room.
Leading 18-15, Hofstra got five straight points, including an old-fashioned three-point play from Cooks to earn a 23-15 lead with 8;46 left before intermission. A three-pointer from Cooks later in the half allowed the Pride to push it to a nine-point lead, 28-19, with 5:52 left in the half. Estrada would then hit two baskets for Hofstra in the final three minutes of the half as the Pride extended the lead to 11 at the break. Hofstra played great defense down the stretch in the half as they held the Huskies scoreless over the final 4:06 of the first stanza.
The double-digit lead quickly evaporated for Hofstra early in the second half as Northeastern hit a pair of three-pointers in the opening minute to close the gap to 34-29 with 19:02 left in regulation.
Redshirt senior Abayomi Iyiola would key an immediate answer for Hofstra, though, as he scored five points during a 6-0 Pride run that pushed the lead back to 11, 42-31, before the teams arrived at the first media time out of the second stanza. The run in total would be 9-0 as Estrada added to it and made it 45-31 with 14:39 left.
It would be all Hofstra and the Cooks show from there as he drained a three-pointer with 8:12 on the clock to make it a 21-point lead, 56-35, and then his three-pointer with 6:10 left in the second half would give him 2,000 career points and push the lead to 23, 64-41. The Pride would cruise from there in picking up their third consecutive victory.
Iyiola finished with nine points and four rebounds, while graduate student Jarrod Simmons added six points and five rebounds. Senior Omar Silverio tallied a career-best eight rebounds in the game.
Jahmyl Telfort had 11 points for Northeastern, while Chris Doherty added 10.
Today began a stretch of three consecutive games away from home for Hofstra as the Pride will next travel to Charleston on Thursday, January 27 for a 7 p.m. game against the Cougars.
– Hofstra leads the all-time series with Northeastern, 27-25. The Pride has won 10 of the last 15 meetings between the teams.
– Graduate student Jalen Ray played in his 140th career game today. He is one game shy of tying Desure Buie (2015-20) for the school record.
– Hofstra wore white uniforms on the road for the first time this season and improved to 7-0 in white.
– Hofstra held Northeastern to 50 points in the game. It is the fewest points Hofstra has allowed to an NCAA Division I opponent since defeating Drexel, 61-43, in the quarterfinals of the CAA Championship on March 8, 2020.
– Hofstra improved to 82-17 over the past eight seasons when holding its opponent under 70 points and also improved to 37-1 over the past eight seasons when holding its opponent under 60 points. The Pride has won 33 consecutive games when holding its opponent under 60 points.
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