Hempstead, N.Y. - After Hofstra's previous game, senior guard Mike Moore said the team called a players-only meeting to discuss the unit's intensity level and the importance of playing a complete game.
That message resonated with Hofstra as Moore scored a career-high 32 points and tied a school record with seven three-pointers to lift the Pride to an 82-62 victory over Binghamton on Saturday afternoon at the Mack Sports Complex.
Senior guard Dwan McMillan netted four assists and tied a career high with 15 points and senior forward Nathaniel Lester scored 10 points and grabbed five rebounds to help Hofstra snap a four-game losing streak and improve to 4-7. Robert Mansell scored 19 points for Binghamton as the Bearcats fell to 0-8.
Hofstra never trailed in the last 37:23 of the game, racing to a 40-28 halftime lead. Moore found a comfort zone on the perimeter from the outset, knocking down four three-pointers in the opening half en route to 19 points before the break.
Moore, who entered with seven 20-point games through the season's first 10 games, netted his first career 30-point game. His previous Hofstra high was 28 points, which also came against the Bearcats last year when the Pride defeated Binghamton in overtime on the road. Moore also scored 28 points in a game against Rhode Island while playing for Fordham in the 2008-09 season.
Moore joined Lester as the only Hofstra player to crack the 30-point mark this season (Lester accomplished the feat against LIU in the season opener). Besides setting a new personal best, Moore also tied a Hofstra record for three-pointers in one game, equaling a mark last set by Cornelius Vines on Feb. 13, 2010 at UNC Wilmington.
Sophomore guard Shemiye McLendon was a solid contributor off the bench, scoring eight points, tallying five assists, recording two steals. He did not turn the ball over in 24 minutes. McLendon and McMillan's play allowed Hofstra to bring back junior guard Stevie Mejia slowly. Mejia played 17 minutes in his first appearance since missing three games with a hamstring injury.
Sophomore forward Stephen Nwaukoni scored seven points off the bench and junior guard Matt Grogan set a career high with six points as Hofstra's reserves out-scored Binghamton's bench, 36-21.
Hofstra led by as much as 24 points in the second half and Binghamton never got closer than 14 in the final 10 minutes. The Pride improved to 4-0 versus the Bearcats in the all-time series.
Mansell hit a three-pointer to cut Binghamton's deficit to 40-31 just 21 seconds into the second half. But Moore maintained his hot streak coming out of the break, hitting back-to-back three from each respective wing to build a 46-31 edge.
The Pride then ended any hopes of a Binghamton comeback when junior forward David Imes raced across the paint and blocked Omar Richards' layup attempt at the ball's apex. Mejia picked up the ball, raced down the court and kicked it to Moore, who hit his third straight three-pointer for a 49-33 edge to rally the crowd.
Hofstra scored more than 70 points in a game for the first time in six contests, finishing 26-of-52 (50 percent) from the field and 11-of-20 (55 percent) on three pointers.
Hofstra will next be in action on Thursday at home versus Colgate with a 7 p.m. tipoff.