Tareq Coburn had a double-double with a career-high 24 points and 12 rebounds, and Hofstra used a 17-0 second half run to take control of the game on the way to a 72-59 Colonial Athletic Association win over Drexel Saturday evening at the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex. The win snapped a short two-game losing streak for the Pride.
Hofstra moved to 15-7 overall and 6-3 in league play at the halfway point of the conference season. Drexel, which suffered its second loss in a row, fell to 12-10 overall and 5-4 in the CAA.
Coburn shot 8-10 from the floor, including 4-4 from three-point range, and was 4-4 from the line to set a career-high in scoring. His 12 rebounds, which included seven on the offensive glass, matched his season high. Isaac Kante had 13 points, while Desure Buie and Eli Pemberton each had 12. Buie, who was playing in his program record 129th career game, also added five assists and three steals.
The first half started as a low scoring affair as neither team was able to get into an offensive rhythm. Hofstra, which pressured Drexel into 10 turnovers in the half, took a 10-8 lead seven minutes into the game following a top of the arc three-pointer from Coburn. The Pride would extend to a seven-point lead, 18-11, with 8:53 on the clock after a Pemberton layup. But Drexel would heat up and responded with a 7-0 run over the next 57 seconds to tie the score at 18 on TJ Bickerstaff’s layup.
The Pride would score the next four points on free throws from Kante and Buie and a nice driving layup from Kante for a 22-18 lead. With 5:39 to go. Leading 24-22, Buie put the Pride up by five with a three-pointer from the right wing as the shot clock was expiring. Drexel would cut the lead to one on three occasions in the final 1:30. Omar Silverio had put the Pride back up by three with a baseline jumper with 19 seconds to go but the Dragons hit a shot just before the buzzer to make it a one-point game, 33-32.
Drexel would come out firing in the second half, outscoring the Pride, 13-4, over the first 5:30 to open up a 45-37 lead. Zach Walton (7) and James Butler (6) combined for all of the Dragons points in the spurt. Following the media timeout, the Pride went on a 7-0 run to get back within one, 45-44, with 12:57 remaining on a Kante layup. Coburn had the Pride’s other five points in the outburst. Coburn would tie the score at 49 with 10:40 to play as he grabbed an offensive rebound and dribbled to the right corner for a three-pointer. After Drexel went back up by two, the Pride reclaimed the lead, 52-51, on a Jalen Ray three-pointer. That keyed a 17-0 run that gave the Pride a commanding 64-51 lead with 3:23 to play. The Pride held the Dragons scoreless for 7:14 while Coburn scored seven points in the run. The lead would grow to as many as 16 and Drexel got no closer than the final score.
Hofstra scored 21 points off of 17 Drexel turnovers in the game, and also had 19 second chance points.
Butler had 21 points and 12 rebounds to pace the Dragons. Walton added 14 points while Camren Wynter added 10 points and three steals.
Hofstra returns to action Thursday, January 30, at Elon. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
-Hofstra is 44-46 all-time versus Drexel and has won six consecutive games in the series and 10 of the last 11.
-Buie’s 12 points moved him past Ameen Tanksley (2014-16) into 32nd place on the Hofstra career scoring list with 1,097 points.
-Buie’s five assists pushed him past Juan’ya Green (2014-16) into sixth place on the Hofstra career assists list with 465.
-Buie’s three steals moved him into sixth place on the Hofstra career steals list with 182, passing Loren Stokes (2003-07).
-Hofstra is 4-0 this season when holding opponents below 60 points.
-Coburn’s previous career-high in points was 23 against New York Tech on Nov. 15, 2019.
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