Pemberton propels Hofstra past James Madison 77-61

February 23, 2018

Hofstra guard Desure Buie (4) reacts after losing his balance during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against James Madison in Harrisonburg, Va., Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. (Daniel Lin/Daily News-Record via AP)

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — Eli Pemberton tallied 22 points, six assists and five rebounds, Jalen Ray added 15 points off the bench and Hofstra rolled to a 77-61 victory over James Madison on Thursday night.

Pemberton made 7 of 12 shots from the floor, including 3 of 4 from 3-point range, for the Pride (18-11, 11-6 Colonial Athletic Association), who shot 56.5 percent overall (26 of 46). Hofstra’s third straight win kept the Pride a game ahead of fourth-place William & Mary with one game remaining. Hofstra will host Towson to close out the regular season.

Desure Buie and Justin Wright-Foreman scored 11 points apiece with Buie grabbing seven rebounds for the Pride.

Pemberton had 13 points in the first half to guide Hofstra to a 35-23 lead at intermission. Pemberton scored seven straight early in the second half to push the lead past 20 and the Pride coasted from there.

Matt Lewis led the Dukes (9-20, 5-11) with 23 points and eight rebounds.

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