Senior Desure Buie was incredible with a career-high 35 points as the Hofstra men’s basketball team rallied from another 12-point second half deficit and turned the tables in defeating Towson, 75-67, on Monday afternoon at SECU Arena. Buie added six rebounds and six assists in breaking his previous career-best of 29 points set against UCLA earlier this season. The win was Hofstra’s fifth straight.
The win ups Hofstra’s record to 11-4 overall and 2-0 in Colonial Athletic Association play. Towson falls to 6-8 and 0-2 in the league. Junior Tareq Coburn joined Buie in double figures with 14 points (and seven rebounds) for the Pride. It marked the first time Hofstra has come back from double-digit deficits in back-to-back games since defeating Delaware (2/2/17) and Drexel (2/4/17).
Towson opened up a 17-11 lead at the 11:37 mark as Allen Betrand hit a three-pointer for the largest lead of the game to that point for either squad. The Pride answered with a 9-2 run to take a 20-19 advantage following a three-pointer from Buie with 8:26 left before intermission. Hofstra would hold a 26-22 lead after a 6-0 scoring run that included points from Buie, junior Kevin Schutte, and senior Eli Pemberton, but Towson would close the half with a 14-2 run to earn an eight-point halftime advantage. Buie had 16 first half points after tallying 15 second half points against James Madison, giving him 31 points over that 40-minute span.
Two early baskets in the opening minute of the second stanza pushed the Towson lead to 12, 40-28, before Hofstra exploded for 12 straight points to knot the score at 40 with 15:30 to play in regulation. Sophomore Isaac Kante got the run started with a pair of big buckets. The game would still be tied at 50 with just over 12 minutes left before the Pride took control with ten straight points, including back-to-back three-pointers from Buie to take a commanding 60-50 advantage with 8:40 left. Coburn pushed it to an 11-point lead with 6:24 showing on the clock and the Pride lead would not get under six the rest of the way as Hofstra moved to 2-0 in conference play with a pair of huge road wins.
One game after going 17-24 (71%) from the field in the second half against James Madison, Hofstra did it again and shot 57% (16-28) against Towson this afternoon. Kante finished with nine points and five rebounds, while Ray totaled nine points four rebounds, four assists, and three steals. Betrand led Towson with 17 points, while Nicolas Timberlake added 12 points and seven rebounds.
Hofstra returns to action on Thursday, January 2 when it hosts William & Mary in the Pride’s first game of the next decade. For ticket information visit HofstraTickets.com, call (516) HOF-TIXX or visit the Hofstra Athletics Box Office in the lobby of the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex during normal business hours.
– Hofstra is 45-25 all-time against Towson and the Pride has won five straight and eight of the last 10 in the series. The Hofstra/Towson series, which began with an 86-71 Pride victory during the 1982-83 season, is the Pride’s third-most common series in program history. The 70 all-time meetings ranks only behind Delaware (89) and Drexel (89).
– Buie now has 958 points and is 42 shy of becoming the 38th member of the 1,000-Point Club at Hofstra.
– Hofstra tied its season-low in turnovers with seven. The Pride also committed only seven turnovers in the win over UCLA.
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