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Hofstra clinches at least a share of regular season CAA title with 80-77 victory over Drexel

Senior Justin Wright-Foreman had 32 points to lead the Hofstra Men’s Basketball team to a narrow 80-77 victory over Drexel on Thursday evening at the Daskalakis Athletic Center. The win gives Hofstra at least a share of the regular season Colonial Athletic Association title.

With the win, Hofstra clinches a share of the regular season Colonial Athletic Association title. It marks the program’s second regular season title since joining the CAA in 2001-02. Previously, Hofstra won the regular season CAA title in 2015-16. The Pride last won an outright conference regular season title when Hofstra captured back-to-back America East regular season championships in 2000 and 2001.

Hofstra improved to 24-6 overall and 14-3 in the Colonial Athletic Association. Drexel falls to 13-17 and 7-10 in league play. The 24 wins are the most since the 2015-16 squad also won 24 games.

Wright-Foreman scored in double figures for the 83rd consecutive game. It is the second-longest active streak in the nation and is tied for the eighth-longest in the history of NCAA Division I with Pete Maravich (LSU) and Wayman Tisdale (Oklahoma).

Hofstra fell into an early 14-6 hole as James Butler converted a three-point play with 15:23 left in the opening half to give the Dragons an eight-point advantage. The Pride would immediately respond, though, and a bucket from graduate student Jacquil Taylor kick-started a 10-0 scoring run for the Pride that culminated with a three-point play from junior Eli Pemberton with 12:18 left before intermission. Hofstra would take its largest lead of the opening stanza as the visitors scored six straight points, including three-pointers from Wright-Foreman and sophomore Jalen Ray, to push the lead to 34-26 with 4:26 left before halftime. A putback at the buzzer of the first half by Wright-Foreman would send the Pride into the locker room with a six-point advantage.

Drexel would get a quick 6-0 scoring run early in the second half to turn a three-point deficit into a 47-44 lead with just over 15 minutes left in regulation. The Dragons would still hold a four-point lead, 58-54, with just under 10 minutes left in the second half before Hofstra used a 9-2 run to take a 63-60 advantage after an old-fashion three-point play from senior Jalen Ray. The game would once again be tied at 66 before Hofstra scored four straight to push the lead to 70-66 with 3:14 left following a basket from Wright-Foreman. The lead would be six, 74-68, after a layup from Taylor at the 1:18 mark before a frantic final minute. Trevor John would cut the Drexel deficit to two with nine seconds left and then Wright-Foreman made it a four-point lead with eight seconds to play. After Camren Wynter was fouled shooting a three-pointer and made the first, he then missed the next two setting up the exciting finish. The Dragons got one final inbounds play with less than two seconds left but Alihan Demir missed a potential game-tying three-pointer at the buzzer to give the Pride the win.

Buie and Pemberton each finished with 15 points for the Pride, which got nine rebounds and six points from Taylor. Ray chipped in with 10 points.

Demir led Drexel with 24 points, while John added 20 points, including six three-pointers. James Butler posted 18 points and six rebounds.

Hofstra will close the regular season on Saturday when it travels to Delaware for a 4 p.m. contest. That game will air on CBS Sports Interactive / College Sports Live.

– Hofstra is now 43-46 all-time against Drexel. The Pride has won five straight in the series, including an 89-75 victory over the Dragons in Hempstead back on December 30. The Hofstra/Drexel series is currently tied for the Pride’s oldest rival as Hofstra has also faced Delaware 89 times heading into Saturday.
– The 30-point game was Wright-Foreman’s 22nd of his career and his 11th this season.

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