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Mike Moore scores 32 as Pride beats Binghamton

Hofstra's #23 Mike Moore drives the ball past

Hofstra's #23 Mike Moore drives the ball past Binghampton's #22 Taylor Johnson. (Dec. 17, 2011) Credit: Joe Rogate

Mike Moore likes to play against Binghamton.

No, he really likes to play against Binghamton.

The 6-5 senior tied a school record with seven three-pointers and scored a career-high 32 points as the Pride halted a four-game losing streak with an 82-62 win over the Bearcats Saturday at the Mack Sports Complex.

When Hofstra played Binghamton last season, Moore scored a then-career-high 28 points as the Pride prevailed in overtime, 89-85.

The high point total is nothing new for Moore, who has scored at least 20 points seven times in 11 games this season.

"Shots were just falling and my teammates were finding me," he said. "They kept going to me. So it was good."

Moore, who caught fire in the first half with 19 points, kept it going after the break, draining three straight three-pointers to help Hofstra (4-7) take a 65-41 lead with 7:42 left.

The Bearcats (0-8) cut the 24-point deficit to 68-54, but Moore's driving layup made it 70-54 with 3:58 to go, and he hit another layup as Hofstra extended its lead to 75-56 with 2:30 to play.

Moore's great game notwithstanding, the most important thing Hofstra needed was a win. The Pride had lost five of its previous six games and struggled with injuries. The team hadn't put forth a complete effort since an 89-71 win over LIU in its season opener.

"We've worked real hard these last couple of weeks even though we haven't had some of the wins we wanted to have," Hofstra coach Mo Cassara said. "I think we got a little confidence back tonight."

Hofstra shot 50 percent from the field, out-rebounded Binghamton 35-27 and got solid production from most of the players on the roster.

Dwan McMillan finished with 15 points and four assists, Nathaniel Lester chipped in 10 points and five rebounds and Shemiye McLendon had eight points and five assists. Even walk-on Matt Grogan got in on the act with six points and four rebounds.

McMillan, who has played the bulk of the point guard minutes since starter Stevie Mejia developed a hamstring problem, talked about the extended playing time.

"When Stevie was in, it was much easier. We could just split time," McMillan said. "But Coach has been on me about my turnovers, so I've been trying to stay out of that category."

Mejia, who had missed the previous three games, played 17 minutes Saturday but didn't score.

Binghamton leading scorer Ben Dickinson got in early foul trouble and eventually was ejected from the game. Robert Mansell had 19 points and Chris Longoria added 15 points for the Bearcats.

"It's been very tough," said third-year Binghamton coach Mark Macon, who took over a program plagued by off-court problems. "We have to rebuild slowly. We spent almost two years when we couldn't recruit."

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