Hempstead, NY - Hofstra seniors Mike Moore and Nathaniel Lester combined for 47 points to lead the Pride to a 74-49 Colonial Athletic Association win over Towson Wednesday night at the Mack Sports Complex.
Moore tallied 28 points on 9-of-16 shooting, including 4-of-7 from
three-point range. Lester had 19 points and became just the 30th player in the
history of the Hofstra men's basketball program to eclipse the 1,000 point
mark. Lester now has 1,009 career points. Lester also added eight rebounds while Moore had five steals.
The win snapped a three-game losing skid for Hofstra (8-16, 2-10), which led wire-to-wire. Towson, which snapped a 41-game losing streak in its last outing (January 28 vs. UNCW), falls to 1-23 overall and 1-11 in the CAA. Nine of 10 Hofstra players scored in the game and the Pride capitalized on 27 Towson turnovers by scoring 35 points off the miscues.
Hofstra led 33-18 at halftime, using a 22-9 run over the final 9:59 to take control of the game. After Towson's Robert Nwankwo pulled the Tigers within two at 11-9 with a dunk at the 9:59 mark Hofstra scored the next seven points to take a 18-9 lead at the 7:29 mark. Junior guard Stevie Mejia started the run with a free throw and Lester added a dunk to make it 14-9 with 7:59 on the clock. Moore then hit four free throws in a row to make it 18-9.
Kris Walden stopped the Towson scoreless drought with a pair of free throws with 6:37 to go before Hofstra again reeled off seven consecutive points. Moore started the spurt with a jumper and Lester followed with a free throw and a jumper. Moore closed it out with another pair of free throws for a 25-11 Hofstra lead with 5:35 remaining. Towson cut the lead to 11, 25-14, on a Walden jumper. But the Pride scored eight of the final 12 points to take a 15 point halftime advantage.
Towson pulled within 10, 35-25, 3:31 into the second half by using a 7-0 run. But Lester put the Pride back up by 15, 40-25, with a personal 5-0 run of his own. He sank a three-pointer and then went over the 1,000-point mark with a pair of free throws at the 15:19 mark. The Pride extended the lead with a layup from Moore, a three-point play from Lester and a three-pointer from Moore to lead 48-25 at the 13:17 mark. After a Towson free throw, Moore gave the Pride a 51-28 lead with another three-pointer with 12:20 to play.
Towson pulled to with 18 on two occasions, but the Pride kept up the intensity and pulled away to lead by as many as 28 with 20 seconds to play.
Erique Gumbs led Towson with 12 points, while Walden posted 10 points and six assists.
Hofstra is next in action on Saturday, February 4, when it hosts Georgia State at 4 p.m.