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Hofstra beats Appalachian State in men's basketball

Hofstra's Juan'ya Green dribbles upcourt during the first

Hofstra's Juan'ya Green dribbles upcourt during the first half of an NCAA men's basketball game against Norfolk State at Mack Sports Complex on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. Photo Credit: James Escher

BOONE, N.C. -- Juan'ya Green scored 17 points and Malik Nichols had 10 points and 10 rebounds to lead Hofstra to a 68-51 victory over Appalachian State in men's basketball Sunday at the Holmes Center.

Green scored nine points in the first half to help Hofstra build a 29-26 halftime lead. Appalachian State made it 37-36 before Dion Nesmith scored to give Hofstra a 38-37 lead with 11:46 to play, and the Pride led the rest of the way.

A 14-5 run stretched Hofstra's lead to 58-47 with 2:35 left, and the Pride shot 10-for-10 from the line to seal it.

Ameen Tanksley scored 13 points, Nesmith had 11 and Brian Bernardi chipped in 10 for Hofstra (6-2), which is off to its best start since the 2008-09 season.

Frank Eaves scored 13 points to lead Appalachian State (3-3), which shot just 18 of 53 from the floor for 34 percent.

Hofstra returns to action on Wednesday when it travels to Coppin State for a 7:30 p.m. contest. From November 25 through January 16, Hofstra will play just three home games during a 14-game stretch.

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