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Hempstead, N.Y. – The William & Mary men’s basketball team fell 91-63 at Hofstra on Sunday afternoon in a game that was delayed a day by Winter Storm Jonas.
The Tribe jumped out to the early advantage and led by as much as 31-22 with four minutes remaining in the first half. Hofstra (14-6, 6-2 CAA) though answered with a 16-4 run to move in front at the half and scored 53 second-half points on 52.6 percent shooting and nine 3-pointers to outdistance the Green and Gold (13-6, 5-3 CAA).
Sophomore David Cohn tied a career-high with 16 points to lead three Tribe players in double figures. He was 6-of-9 from the floor and 3-of-4 from 3-point range. Senior Terry Tarpey just missed a double-double with 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting and eight rebounds. Junior Omar Prewitt added 14 points and topped W&M with four assists.
W&M took the early lead with seven straight points, including five from Cohn. Junior Daniel Dixon canned a 3-pointer to extend the Tribe’s advantage to 12-5 just over four and a half minutes into the contest. Hofstra eventually pulled even at 18 on a Rokas Gustys’ old-fashion 3-point play with 10:45 left in the opening half.
Sophomore Oliver Tot found classmate Jack Whitman for a dunk to spark an 11-2 Tribe run. Dixon scored five straight points during the run, including a deep 3-pointer from the top of the key to beat the shot clock. Sophomore Greg Malinowski drilled a triple from the right wing to give the Green and Gold its largest advantage at 31-22 with 4:39 left in the opening half.
The Pride found the range from deep, hitting its last four 3-pointers of the opening 20 minutes. Denton Koon connected on a pair of 3-pointers to bookend a 16-4 Hofstra run in taking a 38-35 lead with 19 seconds left in the half. Cohn’s driving lay-up at halftime buzzer gave him 13 in the first half and sent W&M to the locker room, trailing 38-37.
Prewitt got going for W&M in the early stages of the second half. He scored seven straight, including a driving lay-up where he split two defenders, to put W&M on top 46-43 less than four minutes into the second frame.
The Tribe led 48-46 following a Tarpey offensive putback at the 14:28 mark, but the Pride scored 11 straight points to gain control. Preseason CAA Player of the Year Juan’ya Green was the stalwart on the spurt, scoring seven points, before a Gustys lay-up at the 11:08 mark gave Hofstra a 57-48 lead.
The Pride lead was 10, 68-58, after a Prewitt 3-pointer at the 7:33 mark. The home team put to rest any thoughts of a comeback with an 18-2 run fueled by Green, Gustys and Ameen Tanksley. The trio scored all 18 Hofstra points during the run to put the game out of reach.
Hofstra shot 47.9 percent (34-of-71) and knocked down 15-of-37 (40.6 percent) from 3-point range on the afternoon. The Tribe connected on 43.1 percent from the floor, including 8-of-21 (38.1 percent) from 3. After shooting 50 percent (14-of-28) in the opening 20 minutes, the Green and Gold shot just 34.8 percent (8-of-23) in the second half.
Green led all scorers with 30 points on 10-of-17 shooting, including 6-of-9 from 3-point range. He turned in a nice stat line with eight rebounds, seven assists and four steals. Gustys added a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Tanksley had 17 and Koon chipped in 13.
The Tribe continues is two-game road swing at Delaware on Thursday. Tip is slated for 7 p.m. and the game will be streamed for free on BlueHens.com. Tribe fans can also catch the men’s basketball action over the Tribe Radio Network with Jay Colley and Charlie Woollum on the call. The Tide 92.3 FM and 107.9 Bach FM are the flagship stations of the Tribe Radio Network and the audio is also available over the Web at TribeAthletics.com.
The Chesapeake Bank Tony Shaver Show returns on Monday night from Paul’s Deli, 761 Scotland Street in Williamsburg. The weekly show begins on-site at 6:30 p.m. with the live interview airing from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Longtime Tribe play-by-play announcer Jay Colley will host the broadcast. The show can be heard over the Tribe Radio Network and online at TribeAthletics.com.