It was the “other” Zavier’s turn to shine Friday night. Zavier Peart led the Jaspers with 16 points as Manhattan dispatched local rival Hofstra 80-68 at Draddy Gymnasium.
Seasoned veterans led Hofstra to a banner year last season.
Hofstra seniors Juan’ya Green and Ameen Tanksley took a leap of faith three years ago when they decided to leave Niagara University and follow Joe Mihalich to Hempstead.
The Pride officially sit atop the Colonial Athletic Association.
Hofstra has an opportunity to fulfill preseason expectations and win their first Colonial Athletic Association regular season crown.
Hofstra’s star point guard Juan’ya Green joined one of the most exclusive clubs in NCAA basketball during Sunday afternoon’s 98-95 OT loss at James Madison.
As Ameen Tanksley’s 3-pointer fell through the net, one thing was certain: Hofstra was rolling. The redshirt senior’s trey gave the Pride a 38-18 lead with 2:24 remaining in the first half as Hofstra blasted full speed ahead through UNCW’s defense like the Titanic through the Atlantic.
Hofstra fans witnessed one of the great games in the history of Hofstra basketball Saturday afternoon. Sophomore forward Rokas Gustys dominated with 25 points and 20 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to earn the Pride the victory as Hofstra fell to James Madison University 86-82 in overtime.
Hofstra ended 2015 on a high note, winning their CAA opener 90-80 over the University of Delaware Thursday afternoon. All eight Pride players scored, including every starter finishing in double-figures as Hofstra earned their first conference victory of the season.
A quick turnaround was just what the doctor ordered for Hofstra, who recovered from a narrow loss to Long Island rival Stony Brook over the weekend to defeat Florida Atlantic University 68-54 Tuesday evening.
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