Hempstead, N.Y.- Senior guard Mike Moore scored 24 points, keying a Hofstra attack that featured five players in double figures as the Pride posted an 82-59 non-conference victory over Colgate on Thursday evening at the Mack Sports Complex.
Senior guard Dwan McMillan scored 13 points and tallied 10 assists for his first career double-double and senior forward Nathaniel Lester contributed 10 points and nine rebounds to help Hofstra win its second straight in improving to 5-7 overall. Colgate's Sterling Melville paced the team with 16 points while the Raiders fell to 5-6.
Junior forward David Imes poured in 10 points and seven rebounds and sophomore guard Shemiye McLendon registered 15 of his career-high 17 points off the bench, marking the first time five Hofstra players finished in double figures since March 6, 2011 against Old Dominion.
The Pride held the wire-to-wire lead, going ahead by as much as 25 points. Nick Pascale registered a double-double for the Raiders with 13 points and 10 rebounds, though Colgate never got closer than nine points in the final 10 minutes.
McMillan the first Hofstra player to record a double-double via points and assists since Charles Jenkins accomplished the feat against JMU on Feb. 18, 2009. In his fifth straight start, McMillan logged 33 minutes, also adding four rebounds and three assists while only turning the ball over twice.
McLendon shot 6-of-11 from the floor, including a pair of three-pointers, to best his previous career high of 16 points set against Farmingdale State on Nov. 13, 2010.
Hofstra held an opponent to less than 60 points for the third time this season, limiting Colgate to 37 percent shooting from the floor.
Moore broke the 20-point plateau for the fifth time in six games and nearly accomplished the feat in the opening 20 minutes. The reigning co-CAA Player of the Week followed his career-best 32-point effort in a win over Binghamton last week by scoring 19 first-half points as Hofstra improved to 4-0 against Colgate in the all-time series.
Head coach Mo Cassara only had eight players available, though the Pride starters filled the void. Moore, McMillan and Lester also played 33-plus minutes.
Colgate cut Hofsra's lead to 44-41 on Mike Venezia's three-pointer with 16:12 left on the second half. The Pride would pull away from there, surging to a 10-2 run to put the game out of reach.
Against heavy contact from Mitch Rolls, Lester hit a right-wing jumper with the shot clock expiring, setting up a three-point play to put the Pride ahead, 46-41 Moments later,. Lester hit a lay-up to cap the run, putting Hofstra ahead, 54-43, almost 8:30 into the second half.
McMillan then helped put the game away, completing a pump-fake along the baseline to draw an extra defender before he rocketed a pass to an open Imes on the low block, putting Hofstra ahead, 67-52, and prompting Colgate to call timeout with 8:15 left.
Moore drained three of his first four three-point attempts, helping Hofstra surge to a 17-7 lead just five minutes in. Colgate bounced back on the strength of Melville's 10 points off the bench.
The Raiders closed the half on a 13-5, though Moore's 19 points put Hofstra ahead, 35-34, heading into halftime. After a six-day holiday break, the Pride will next be in action at home against Iona on Thursday, Dec. 29. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.