Senior Cornelius Vines tied a school record with seven three-pointers and scored a career-high 24 points last night to lead visiting Hofstra to an 87-70 win over UNC Wilmington.
Charles Jenkins had 22 points for the Pride (14-13, 7-8 CAA), which has won five of its last six games. Wilmington is 8-18, 4-11.
"Our seniors played like seniors today, and that made a big difference," Hofstra coach Tom Pecora said. "I told Cornelius he had 40 less threes than he had last year and that he owed us 40 the rest of the way. Now he only owes us 33. The big thing was his explosion got us the separation we needed after they cut it to four. He stepped up when we needed a lift, and that's what you need your seniors to do."
After Wilmington cut a 14-point deficit to 56-52, Vines hit three three-pointers in 1:03 for a personal 9-0 run that made it 65-52. The seven three-pointers tied the school mark set by Frank Walker in 1987-88 and matched by Jason Hernandez in 1999-2000. Vines had two attempts to break the record but missed on the first one and was fouled on the second, which was on line but hit the back rim.
Hofstra's Greg Washington had 11 points and Nathaniel Lester 10. Miklos Szabo had nine points and nine rebounds. Ahmad Grant's 23 points led Wilmington.
Hofstra beat Wilmington, 93-54, in Hempstead on Jan. 27 and easily could have gone over 100 points if it had not slowed down the pace late in the second half. But that apparently didn't make the Pride overconfident.
"We knew coming in here that it would be a tough game," Pecora said. "We compared it to Drexel - we went to their place and were down by 30 in the second half and then turned around and beat them at our place Wednesday. So we used that as a point of reference with the team, since we beat UNC Wilmington by a lot the first time at our place. We knew they would come out and try to turn the tables."