Hofstra tied the game at 71 with six seconds to play but Delaware’s Kevin Anderson hit a driving layup with 0.3 seconds to go to give the Blue Hens a 73-71 Colonial Athletic Association victory over the Pride Thursday night at the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex. The game featured eight lead changes and five tie scores including six lead changes over the final six minutes of action.
Hofstra fell to 14-7 overall and 5-3 in the CAA with its second straight loss. Delaware moved to 14-7 overall and 4-4 in league play with its second consecutive win.
Desure Buie led Hofstra with 19 points and six assists. Isaac Kante added 16 points and nine rebounds while Eli Pemberton and Jalen Ray added 11 points each.
Hofstra trailed the Blue Hens at the half, 38-37, following an opening 20 minutes that saw offensive spurts from both teams. Delaware jumped out to an early six-point lead, 11-5, at the first media timeout, 4:50 into the game. Justyn Mutts scored six of the Blue Hens points in the early going. Delaware would go up nine, 14-5, coming out of the timeout following a Nate Darling three-pointer. Trailing 16-7, Hofstra went on an 18-0 run over 5:20 to take the lead for the first time in the game. Buie’s jumper with 10:51 to go gave the Pride an 18-16 lead and Pemberton followed with a layup in traffic to up Hofstra lead to four, 20-16. Ray gave the Pride a seven-point advantage, 23-16, following a three from the top of the arc, and Pemberton added two free throws for a 25-16 lead with 8:45 to play.
The Blue Hens finally put an end to their scoreless drought with a free throw with 7:51 to play and then outscored the Pride, 9-5, over the next four minutes to make it a 30-25 game in favor of Hofstra with 3:46 to go. Delaware would add 11 unanswered points after that to regain the lead, 36-30, with 1:38 to go after a three-point play from Dylan Painter. The Pride would close the half on a 7-2 run with Ray knocking down a three-pointer with six seconds to go to make it a one-point contest.
Delaware opened the second half with six consecutive points over the first 2:48 to take a 44-37 lead. Kevin Schutte got Hofstra in the board with layup with 16:36 on the clock but the Blue Hens answered back to maintain a seven-point lead, 46-39. Hofstra would use six straight points from Buie to get within one, 46-45, with 14:54 to play. But Delaware scored 10 unanswered to go back up by 11, 56-45, with 11:18 to go on Mutts’ layup. The Pride would get back-to-back baskets from Kante to make it a seven-point game with 10:38 to go.
Hofstra cut their deficit to two, 60-58, on a Buie three-pointer with 7:39 remaining. After two Blue Hens free throws, Kante had a three-point play that made it a one-point game with 6:03 remaining. The teams would then trade the lead five times over the next four-plus minutes with neither team going up by more than two. The Blue Hens would tie the score at 69 with 1:42 to play. Hofstra had two empty offensive possessions after that while the Blue Hens turned the ball over on their first trip. But on their next time down the court, Mutts put back an offensive rebound with 18 seconds remaining to put Delaware up, 71-69. Following a Delaware foul with 6.1 seconds to go, Ray hit both ends of a one-and-one to tie the game. But Anderson raced the ball up court for the Blue Hens and scored on a driving layup with 0.3 seconds to go to give Delaware the win.
Mutts led all scorers with a career-high 30 points and had a game-high 13 rebounds. Anderson and Painter each scored 15 points and Painter grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds. Darling was also in double figures for the Blue Hens, scoring 11 points.
Hofstra returns to action Saturday afternoon at home versus Drexel. Tip-off at the Mack Sports Complex is set for 4 p.m. Tickets are available at HofstraTickets.com, by calling (516) HOF-TIXX, or by visiting the Mack Sports Complex Box Office.
-Hofstra is 59-33 all-time versus Delaware.
-Hofstra has lost two consecutive games for the first time this season.
-Buie tied Charles Jenkins (2007-11) and Nat Lester (2007-12) for first place in career games played at Hofstra with 128.
-Buie moved into 33rd place on the Hofstra career scoring list with 1,085 points, passing Derrick Flowers (1987-91) who had 1,069 career points. Next up is Ameen Tanksley, who scored 1,090 from 2014-16.
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