Zeke Upshaw scores 27 to lead Pride win

Hofstra guard Zeke Upshaw dribbles upcourt against Manhattan

Hofstra guard Zeke Upshaw dribbles upcourt against Manhattan during the first half. (Nov. 30, 2013) (Credit: James Escher)

Zeke Upshaw scored 27 points and tied the school record for three-pointers in a game with seven as visiting Hofstra captured a 69-64 victory over UNC-Wilmington Wednesday night.

Upshaw tied the record set by Frank Walker against Florida Southern in 1987-88 and tied by Jason Hernandez (vs. New Hampshire in 1999-200), Cornelius Vines (vs. UNCW in 2009-10) and Mike Moore (vs. Binghamton in 2011-12).

Sophomore Jordan Allen and junior Moussa Kone joined Upshaw in double figures, each chipping in 10 points. Allen added five rebounds, three assists and three steals, while Kone pulled down six rebounds.

The win gives Hofstra back-to-back victories for the first time this season and also ends a nine-game road losing skid dating back to a 65-56 win over UNCW on Feb. 9, 2013. Hofstra improved to 6-11 and 2-1 in Colonial Athletic Association.

UNCW falls to 6-12 and 0-3 in conference action with its eighth straight loss.

Hofstra took a four-point advantage (35-31) into the halftime break as Upshaw led all scorers with 13 points, including four three-pointers.

Hofstra pushed its lead to 45-35 just over four minutes into the second half with a 10-4 run. It was the Pride's largest lead of the game.

Senior Stephen Nwaukoni had his third straight game with double-digit rebounds as he posted a game-high 10.

Hofstra will close its non-conference portion of the schedule on Sunday when it travels to SMU.

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