William & Mary got off to an auspicious start, as Marcus Thornton and Omar Prewitt used a series of cuts and three-point bombs to build a 21-11 lead less than 10 minutes into the game.
At that point, the W&M offense got sloppy, leading to several runouts for Hofstra. Juan’ya Green (11 points) and Rokas Gustys led Hofstra on a 15-1 run that turned the 10-point deficit into a four-point advantage.
The last five minutes of the half was The Marcus Thornton Show. The CAA Player of the Year banged home a trio of treys to put William & Mary back on top.
Thornton and Prewitt combined for 27 points, and helped the Tribe build its 35-32 halftime lead.
For Hofstra to keep this one close, it needs to recommit to getting the ball inside. The Tribe had no answer for Moussa Kone in the early going. Kone played just six minutes due to foul trouble, but kept the Pride in the game when nothing else was working.
William & Mary shot 50% from the field, and 41.7% from three. Hofstra was just 3-of-13 from downtown in the first half, and has to avoid trying to match the Tribe shot for shot.