WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (TribeAthletics.com) – Senior Nathan Knight registered his nation’s best 18th double-double of the season with 19 points and 16 boards, but the William & Mary men’s basketball team could not overcome a hot-shooting Hofstra team falling 83-60 at Kaplan Arena on Saturday afternoon.
The Pride (17-7, 8-3 CAA) shot 54.2% (32-of-59) from the field, which included 47.3% (11-of-23) from deep. Hofstra caught fire in the second half where it connected on 57.1% (16-of-28) from the field and a red-hot 62.5% (5-of-8) from 3-point range.
Leading 47-40, Hofstra used a 16-2 run to pull away midway in the second half. Desure Buie opened the spurt with a jumper before he found Tareq Coburn for a 3-pointer, and Isaac Kante scored to push the lead to 14. After a Tribe basket, the Pride reeled off nine straight as Kante had a mini 4-0 spurt, and Jalen Ray had five in a row to make it 63-42 with 11:59 remaining.
Down 5-0 early, W&M (16-8, 8-3 CAA) used a 6-0 run to take its first lead of the game. Graduate student Bryce Barnes scored back-to-back baskets before Knight finished with a dunk to make it 6-5 with 15:38 to go in the first half.
However, the Pride roared back with an 8-0 run to take the lead for good. Jaylen Ray split pair from the line before Eli Pemberton scored four straight and a Buie jumper made it 14-9 with 13:09 to go in the opening stanza.
The Pride’s lead ballooned to nine, but the Tribe kept chipping away until the final moments of the first half. Back-to-back triples from Tareq Coburn to end the opening stanza made it 43-33 at the break.
Senior Nathan Knight led two Tribe players in double-figures with his 18th double-double of the season on 19 points and 16 rebounds. Knight added four helpers and a block in his 29-minute effort. Graduate student Bryce Barnes was also in double-figures as he scored 11 points, grabbed six boards, an assist, and two steals. Both senior Andy Van Vliet and freshman Miguel Ayesa finished with nine points in the game.
– W&M hits the road for the CAA’s Southern road swing next weekend. The Tribe will head to Charleston on Thursday, Feb. 6,