Senior Desure Buie led Hofstra with 19 points and the Pride rallied early in the second half to take the lead, but Bucknell defeated the Hofstra men’s basketball team, 86-71, on Wednesday evening at Sojka Pavilion.
The loss drops Hofstra’s record to 1-2 this season, while Bucknell improved to 2-1.
Bucknell scored the first six points of the contest and led 10-2 before Hofstra narrowed the gap to 12-9 following a basket from junior Jalen Ray with 12:32 left. The Bison would push the lead up to 10, 25-15, after a three-pointer from Kahliel Spear before a three-pointer from senior Tareq Coburn and a jumper from Ray made it 25-20 with under six minutes left in the opening stanza. Hofstra would face an 11-point deficit with a minute to go in the first half, but the Pride took control of the final minute and scored the final five points, including a three-pointer from Coburn, to make it a six-point game at the intermission.
It was all Hofstra to start the second half as the Pride scored the first seven points of the second stanza and used a 12-2 run to open the half and would take their first lead of the game as they forced a Bucknell timeout at 44-40 after a deep three-pointer from Coburn with 17:24 left in regulation. The teams would battle back and forth over the next few minutes with a three-point play from Ray making it 57-55 in favor of the Bison with just over 10 minutes left in the second half. Bucknell quickly answered, though, and scored the next eight points to open up a 65-55 lead. The deficit proved too much to overcome for the Pride as Hofstra was only able to close to within nine the rest of the way as Bucknell’s hot outside shooting proved to be the difference.
Coburn (14), Ray (12) and senior Eli Pemberton (10) all joined Buie in double figures for the Pride, which also got seven rebounds from Coburn and three assists from Buie. Junior Kevin Schutte chipped in with six points and six rebounds for the Pride. Jimmy Sotos posted 24 points for Bucknell to lead all scorers. The Bison were 15-28 from three-point range in the contest.
Hofstra is back in action on Friday when it hosts New York Tech in a special men’s basketball/volleyball doubleheader. The men’s basketball game starts at 5 p.m. and the volleyball match against James Madison will begin at 7 p.m. Fans are encouraged to head over to the volleyball match to support the team as they battle for one of the top spots in the conference tournament. For ticket information to the men’s basketball game (volleyball is free of charge), visit HofstraTickets.com, call (516) HOF-TIXX, or stop by the Hofstra Athletics Ticket Office in the lobby of the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex.
– Hofstra is 10-20 all-time against Bucknell. Tonight was the first meeting between the schools since 2001-02.
– Pemberton is now two points shy of 12th place all-time and four points shy of 11th all-time.
– Buie is 11 assists shy of seventh place all-time.
– Former Hofstra Head Coach Jay Wright is a 1983 graduate of Bucknell.
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