Omar Silverio came off the bench to set a Hofstra and Colonial Athletic Association record with 11 three-point field goals and finished with a career-high 40 points as the Pride won for the fifth consecutive game, 97-64 over Elon Tuesday night at the Schar Center.
Hofstra improved to 18-9 overall and 10-4 in the CAA with the win. Elon slipped to 8-19 overall and 5-9 in league play.
Silverio, whose previous highs were 28 points and eight three-pointers, shattered those marks in a 12-18 shooting performance that saw the senior guard go 11-16 from beyond the arc. He also added four rebounds, two assists and two steals on the night. Aaron Estrada added 14 points and seven assists, while Darlinstone Dubar scored 11 points. Jalen Ray was also in double-figures with 10 points.
Hofstra took control of the game midway through the first half and never looked back. With the score tied at 17, the Pride went on a 15-0 run over the next 3:30 to lead 32-17 with 8:17 to play. Silverio had two of his three-pointers in the run and finished the first half with 25 points as the Pride led by 22 at the break, 56-34.
The second half was more of the same as the Hofstra lead grew to 26, 61-35, two minutes into the stanza following a three-point play from Abayomi Iyiola. The Phoenix would not get closer than 22 the rest of the way, 74-52, with 10:05 to play. Hofstra would end the game on a 23-12 run with Silverio netting 13 points in the spurt.
Silverio, who came into the game with a share of the Hofstra record for three-pointers with eight (along with Brian Bernardi and Ray), now has the mark all to himself. He also put his name in the CAA Record Book, eclipsing a trio of players who had 10 three-pointers in a game. His 11 three-pointers also tied the NCAA single season high this season. He is the first Hofstra player with a 40-point game since Desure Buie had 44 versus Elon on January 4, 2020.
Hunter McIntosh led Elon with 19 points. Chuck Hannah and Darius Burford added 10 points each for the Phoenix.
Hofstra is back in action Saturday, February 19 at 2 p.m. when it hosts Northeastern. The game is Joe Mihalich Day, as the legendary former Hofstra head coach will be honored prior to the game. 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.
-Hofstra is 11-4 all-time against Elon.
-The Pride’s 17 three-pointers are a season-high.
-Hofstra’s five-game winning streak is a season-long.
–Jarrod Simmons led the Pride with six rebounds.
-Ray now has 1,670 points and is seven behind Norman Richardson for 11th on the Hofstra career-scoring list.
-Hofstra is 9-2 this season when holding opponents under 70 points.
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