Win Streak at 15 Following Hofstra’s Rout Of James Madison
Harrisonburg, VA - Senior Justin Wright-Foreman scored 23 points and junior Eli Pemberton added 20 points, including a 90-foot buzzer beater at the end of the first half, to lead the Hofstra Men's Basketball team to its 15th consecutive victory, an 85-68 victory over James Madison on Thursday evening at the JMU Convocation Center. The overall win streak is the longest active win streak in the nation. Hofstra's six straight road wins is tied for the longest current road win streak in the nation. Hofstra improves to 18-3 overall and 8-0 in Colonial Athletic Association play with the win. James Madison falls to 9-12 and 2-6 in league play. The 18-3 start is not only Hofstra's best-ever at the NCAA Division I level (since 1966-67) it is the best since the 1961-62 squad also began the year 18-3. The win streak is the third-longest in program history, only eclipsed by a 23-game streak over the 1959-60 and 1960-61 seasons and an 18-game streak in 2000-01. Hofstra fell into an early 9-4 hole before eventually recovering and taking a 10-9 lead after six straight points as Wright-Foreman hit a three-pointer at the 13:10 mark. With the score tied at 15, Hofstra would use an 11-4 run to push the lead to seven, 26-19, with 8:12 left after a pair of free throws from Pemberton. The Pride would pull away as the remainder of the first stanza concluded as they pushed the lead to nine as Pemberton drained a 90-foot full-court shot at the first half buzzer to give Hofstra a 42-33 advantage. Hofstra scored the first four points of the second half to push the lead to 13, 46-33, less than two minutes into the half. The Dukes closed the gap to six as Stuckey Mosely drained a three-pointer before Hofstra once again pushed the lead to a comfortable margin with a 15-3 run that made it 65-47 with 10:26 left in regulation after a dunk from junior Tareq Coburn. The lead would reach 20 on a thunderous dunk from Wright-Foreman with just under nine minutes left to make it 70-50, and Hofstra would cruise from there in posting their 15th straight win. Coburn added 14 points, while senior Desure Buie chipped in with nine points and six assists and graduate student Jacquil Taylor tallied nine points and seven rebounds. Mosley led James Madison with 19 points, while Dwight Wilson had 14 points and nine rebounds. Matt Lewis added 13 points and six assists. Hofstra is back in action on Saturday when it travels to Towson for a 2 p.m. contest. NOTES - Hofstra is 19-12 all-time against James Madison. The Pride has won four straight in the series. - Pemberton moved into 25th place all-time at Hofstra in scoring. He now has 1,182 career points and passed Rokas Gustys, who had 1,172 from 2014-18. - Wright-Foreman reached double figures in scoring for the 74th straight game. It is the second-longest active streak in the nation and tied for the 17th longest in the history of NCAA Division I.