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Hofstra Men’s Basketball Roars against William and Mary 83-67

 Omar Silverio scored 20 points and Jalen Ray added 19 as Hofstra posted a 83-67 Colonial Athletic Association victory over William & Mary Saturday afternoon at the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex. The win was Hofstra’s 20th of the season.

The Pride moved to 20-10 overall and 12-5 in CAA play. The Tribe slipped to 5-26 overall and 4-14 in league play. The loss was William & Mary’s ninth in a row.

In addition to Silverio and Ray, the Pride got 12 points from Darlinstone Dubar and 11 from Aaron Estrada. Estrada also matched his career best with 10 rebounds and added five steals.

With the score tied at 12 early in the first half, the Pride took control of the game with a 13-3 run to take a 25-15 lead with 10:56 on the clock on a layup from Dubar. William & Mary would cut the Pride’s lead to six on several occasions, the last at 35-29 with 2:57 to play. However, the Pride would end the half scoring six of the final eight points to hold 41-31 lead at the break. Silverio scored all 20 of his points in the first half, shooting 5-9 from three-point range and a perfect 5-5 from the line.

The Pride would score the first nine points of the second half to go up by 19, 50-31 with 14:55 to play on a Zach Cooks layup. Cooks would score all six of his points in the half-opening run. Hofstra would extend the lead to 22, 68-30, on a fast break dunk from Kvonn Cramer with 10:57 to go. William & Mary would use a 25-15 spurt to pull within 12, 75-63, with 2:55 to go on Ben Wright’s layup. However, that was as close as the Tribe would come.

Wright led William & Mary with 19 points. Connor Kochera had 15 points, while Tyler Rice had seven points and 10 assists. Brandon Carroll had a team-high eight rebounds for the Tribe.

Hofstra is back in action Monday night when it hosts Charleston in the final game of the regular season at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at HofstraTickets.com or by visiting the Hofstra Athletics Box Office in the Mack Sports Complex on Monday.

-Hofstra’s 20-win season is the 24th all-time in program history and the 15th at the NCAA Division I level (since 1966-67). 
-The Pride honored their four seniors – Ray, Silverio, Cooks, and Jarrod Simmons – prior to the game.
-Cramer scored eight points with three dunks, while also adding three blocked shots and two steals in 10 minutes of action.
-Hofstra scored 21 points off 19 William & Mary turnovers.
-Hofstra is 26-15 all-time versus William & Mary and split the season series.

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