Williamsburg, VA – Senior forward David Imes continued his strong play as of late as he posted 16 points and seven rebounds, but an 11-0 first half run provided William & Mary enough breathing room on their way to a 72-59 victory over Hofstra on Saturday afternoon at Kaplan Arena.
Imes also led Hofstra in scoring against James Madison on Thursday with 10 points.
Junior forward Stephen Nwaukoni added 10 points and seven rebounds for Hofstra in just 13 minutes of action.
Hofstra falls to 5-17 and 2-7 in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play with the loss. The Pride has now lost six straight games. William & Mary improved to 9-12 and 3-7 in conference with victory.
William & Mary placed four players in double figures led by 17 from Tim Rusthoven and Brandon Britt. Marcus Thornton added 16 and Kyle Gaillard chipped in with 13. Rusthoven added a game-high 16 rebounds.
The two teams have now split the season series as Hofstra won 70-59 back on January 12 in Hempstead.
After a slow start to the contest, William & Mary heated up midway through the first half and used an 11-0 run en route to a 39-28 halftime advantage.
Rusthoven was huge for the Tribe in the first half as he nearly had a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds. Hofstra was led by Imes and senior guard Stevie Mejia with eight points each, with Imes adding three rebounds and Mejia dishing out three assists.
With William & Mary clinging to a 24-17 lead, three free throws from redshirt freshman forward Jordan Allen brought the Pride to within 24-20, but the Tribe then used the 11-0 run to take a 35-20 lead with 2:14 left in the half.
Imes and Mejia would combine for eight points over the final 1:57 of the first stanza to allow Hofstra to close the gap to 11 heading into the second half.
A three-pointer from sophomore guard Taran Buie at the 17:28 mark of the second half would close the Pride to within nine, 45-36, but a quick 7-0 spurt from William & Mary allowed the Tribe to open a 52-36 lead after a Gaillard three-pointer. That marked the Tribe’s largest lead of the game to that point.
Led by Imes, Hofstra scored the next six points of the contest to close the deficit to 52-42 heading into the under 12-minute media timeout.
Hofstra would continue to put the pressure on the Tribe as a layup from junior forward Daquan Brown with 9:21 left in regulation would continue Hofstra’s rally as it closed the gap to 56-47.
That would be as close as the Pride could close the gap as William & Mary held on for the 13-point win.
Mejia finished with 11 points, four assists and four rebounds for Hofstra, while Buie added nine points.
Hofstra returns to action on Wednesday when it hosts Northeastern at 7 p.m. For ticket information call (516) HOF-TIXX. The game marks the second contest between the Pride and the Huskies this season as Northeastern defeated Hofstra, 65-60, back on January 16 in Boston. Hofstra has a pair of chances in the final seconds to tie the score but Northeastern was able to hold on for the victory.