This one could have been a momentum building game for the Hofstra University (7-15, 3-4 CAA) Men’s Basketball team sure it wasn’t going to be easy, but it was definitely a game that could have ended differently.
In the end it was all the little things, rebounding, not playing defense and more that cost the Pride a 77-74 loss to the Drexel University Dragons (11-9, 3-4 CAA) in NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball action at Mack Sports Complex.
Hofstra gave it a great run in the second half of play with a 7-1 scoring advantage, but Drexel would later score five unanswered goals to retake the lead. In what was the longest last few minutes in the sport of basketball the Dragons were able to hit the bigger shots, which in the end gave them the victory.
The Dynamic Graduate Duo of Dion Nesmith (Union, New Jersey) and Zeke Upshaw (Chicago, Illinois) continued their fine play for Hofstra. Upshaw led all Pride scoring with 27, including a clutch three-point shot at the 15:20 mark in the second half. Nesmith had 13 points and eight assists.
Freshman guard Jamall Robinson (Cheltenham, Maryland) continues to make his case for CAA Rookie of the Year with his first career double-double of 15 points and a season-high 10 boards. Robinson has put up some impressive numbers, while playing an aggressive game while on the court for Hofstra.
Rounding out the scoring for the Pride was Junior forward Moussa Kone (Bronx, New York) with his 10 points and two huge blocks on the defensive end of the court.
Hofstra hopes that the month of February will show them some love, though it will be a tough start with two games on the road before they return back home to the Mack Sports Complex.
The Pride open up their road game on February 1 with a trip to the College of Charleston, before heading up to Northeastern on Wednesday. Hofstra will return home on Saturday February 8, when they host UNC Wilmington for a 7:00 p.m tip-off time.
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