Hofstra's Scoring Duo Leads Pride Past Tigers
Courtesy: Athletics Media Relations  
Release: 02/01/2012
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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Hofstra scoring duo Mike Moore and Nathaniel Lester combined for 47 points to lead the Pride past Towson University, 74-49, at the Mack Sports Complex Wednesday evening.

Moore and Lester, who both entered the game ranked in the Top 10 of the Colonial Athletic Association in scoring, shot a combined 15-for-30 from the floor and 6-for-11 from beyond the arc. Moore, who leads the league in scoring, tallied a game-high 28 points while Lester eclipsed the 1,000-point scoring mark for his career with 19 points.

Towson (1-23, 1-11 CAA) was led by sophomore Erique Gumbs, who posted 12 points on 5-for-7 shooting. Senior Robert Nwankwo scored nine points to go along with a game-high eight rebounds and freshman Kris Walden tallied 10 points to go along with a game-high tying six assists.

Hofstra (8-16, 2-10 CAA) scored the first four points of the game and Towson did not record its first field goal until a Marcus Damas lay-in with five minutes gone in the opening period. Despite the slow start, a Nwankwo dunk midway through the half cut the Pride lead to 11-9.

Nwankwo picked up his second foul though on the next possession and the senior was forced to the bench for the remainder of the half. From that point, Towson’s turnover problems picked up and Hofstra scored seven straight to spark a 22-7 run that gave the Pride their largest lead of the stanza at 33-16.

Towson had 19 first half turnovers and Hofstra attempted 15 more field goals en route to leading 33-18 at the intermission.

The Tigers showed some life early in the second half. After a Moore lay-in for Hofstra, Towson rattled off seven consecutive points to cut the Pride lead to 35-25. During the Tiger spurt, freshman Alex Giergen hit a three and Gumbs had back-to-back buckets to cap the run.

After a Hofstra timeout, the Pride quickly responded by scoring 13 straight with Lester and Moore tallying all the points during the run. The Tigers would get no closer than 18 the remainder of the game.

Towson returns home to take on Drexel Saturday, Feb. 4 at the Towson Center Arena. Tip time is set for 7 p.m.


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