There was a lot of excitement at Hofstra surrounding the arrival of Juan'ya Green. Performances like Sunday's by the former Niagara guard made it easy to see why.
Green had 24 points and 11 assists to lead Hofstra over visiting Wagner, 93-71, in a non-conference game. The junior was 6-for-9 from the field and 11-for-12 from the foul line in his fourth game with the Pride (3-1).
"Just making sure I take the right shots and also making plays for my teammates'' were the keys, Green said. It was his second straight game with 20 or more points, bumping his team-high average to 19.6.
"You sleep a lot better when you have someone like Juan'ya on your team,'' said Joe Mihalich, who also coached Green for two seasons at Niagara. "I'm a lucky guy to be his coach, and I think his teammates love playing with him, too.''
Green averaged 17.1 points in two seasons at Niagara before sitting out last season per NCAA rules after transferring.
"He's so efficient,'' Mihalich said of Green, who tied career highs in field-goal percentage (66.7) and assists. He turned the ball over only twice, giving him an assist-to-turnover ratio of 6.5-1.
Hofstra was efficient overall on offense, shooting 54.5 percent (24-for-44) from the field, including 10-for-17 from three-point range, while making 35 of 49 free throws.
Ameen Tanksley had 17 points, Jamall Robinson scored 13 and Andre Walker came off the bench to grab a game-high 10 rebounds for the Pride. All 10 Hofstra players who entered the game scored, which Mihalich said "makes for a happy locker room.''
Aaren Edmead, who played for Deer Park, led Wagner (1-3) with 15 points and five assists.
The Pride started at a blistering pace and led 47-30 at halftime. Hofstra shot 72.7 percent, including 5-for-7 on threes.
"They did what they were supposed to do in the first half,'' Mihalich said. "We were aggressive defensively and offensively, and I thought that set the tone.''