The Hofstra men’s basketball team will enter the spring semester with a five-game winning streak and a much-improved offense.
The Pride, who will start classes Monday, wrapped up winter break with a weekend sweep of host North Carolina Wilmington, culminating in an 89-83 win Sunday afternoon.
It marked the Pride’s highest offensive output since Dec. 15, when they put up 96 points in a win over Monmouth.
"A couple weeks ago when we were struggling offensively, I didn’t know if we’d have games like that where we’d be able to get 89," acting head coach Mike Farrelly said.
Isaac Kante had 21 points and five rebounds. Jalen Ray added 18 points, Kvonn Cramer had 17 points and 11 rebounds, Caleb Burgess scored 15 points and Omar Silverio had 10.
UNCW’s Mike Okauru led all scorers with 30 points.
Hofstra (11-6, 7-3 CAA) shot 52.5% from the field and made 20 of its 27 free throws.
"I think it’s a confidence thing more than anything," Farrelly said of the improved offense. "We had a long break. We finished finals the first week of December and kind of made a concentrated effort starting there — let’s get more shots, lets get more skill work, and get these guys better by the time we go back to school. Class starts tomorrow; we have to keep maintaining that."
Hofstra needed all of that offense after blowing a 17-point first-half lead and trailing by one with five minutes left.
"It was not our finest defensive effort," Farrelly said. "We got our defense together a couple times, but they made some key shots to keep them in it. It never felt like we got that separation. Thankfully, we kept scoring. It was just one of those games where we were able to outscore them."
Pride women also win. JaKayla Brown scored 16 of her 22 points in the second half as Hofstra beat UNCW, 59-48, at the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex.
Jahsyni Knight and Jaylen Hines each added 12 points and Zyheima Swint came off the bench to grab a career-high 11 rebounds for the Pride (6-10, 4-6 CAA), who outscored the Seahawks 32-22 in the second half to complete the weekend sweep.
Mary McMillan led UNCW (3-9, 0-6) with 14 points.