Tareq Coburn tied for game-high honors with 21 points, leading three Pride players in double-figures, but it was not enough as Towson took the lead for good late in the first half and went on to post a 76-65 Colonial Athletic Association victory Thursday night at the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex.
Hofstra fell to 22-8 overall and 13-4 in the CAA with the loss, which snapped an eight-game win streak for the Pride. Towson improved to 18-12 overall and 11-6 in the CAA with the win.
Coburn was 6-10 from three-point range in the game and added a pair of blocks. Isaac Kante added 20 points on 9-10 shooting and pulled down seven rebounds. Eli Pemberton finished with 18 points and eight rebounds. Desure Buie dished out a game-high nine assists.
Hofstra opened the game with a barrage of three-pointers to take a 9-2 lead 2:24 into the contest and force a Towson timeout. The Pride led 12-4 at the first media timeout before two consecutive baskets from Towson cut the lead to four. However, Pemberton drained another three-pointer to extend the lead to seven, 15-8, with 14:35 to play. The Tigers used a 5-1 sport to get within three, 16-13, and then made it a one-point game, 17-16, following a three-pointer from Brian Fobbs with 12:24 on the clock. Towson would tie the game at 17 on a free throw from Dennis Tunstall with 10:59 to go. The teams alternated baskets for the next several minutes until the Tigers took their first lead, 25-23, with 7:28 to go on Allen Betrand’s put back. With Hofstra leading, 31-29, the Tigers went on a 10-0 run to open up a 39-31 lead with 2:18 to go. The Tigers would take an eight-point lead, 43-35, into the locker room at the half.
Both teams started slowly in the second half with each scoring two point over the first 2:30. Coburn cut the Pride deficit to five, 45-40, with a three-pointer with 17:11 on the clock. A Kante dunk made it 45-42 but Betrand answered with a three on the other end to push the Tigers lead back to six. Hofstra would cut the Towson lead to four on several occasions but the Tigers would not break. Trailing by 11, 60-49, the Pride got three-pointers from Buie and Coburn on consecutive possessions to make it a five-point game with 8:06 to go. Towson responded with a 7-0 run to go back up by 12, 67-55, with 5:37 remaining. Hofstra went on a 7-2 run to pull within seven, 69-62, but Betrand hit a three-pointer with 2:09 remaining to put the Tigers back up by 10. Coburn answered with his sixth three-pointer of the game to, once again, make it a seven-point game, 72-65, with 1:53 to play. That was as close as the Pride would get as the Tigers got an easy basket after breaking the Pride’s pressure and then added a pair of free throws to close out the scoring.
Fobbs led Towson with 21 points and added seven rebounds. Betrand scored 14 points while Nicolas Timberlake chipped in with 12 points, six rebounds and three steals. Nakye Sanders added 10 points and seven rebounds. Jakigh Dottin grabbed eight rebounds and passed for five assists to lead the Tigers.
Hofstra will close out the regular season Saturday at 4 p.m. when it hosts James Madison at the Mack Sports Complex. Tickets are available by visiting HofstraTickets.com or by calling (516) HOF-TIXX.
-Hofstra is 44-27 all-time against Towson
-Pemberton’s free throw streak ended at 38 with a second half miss. It is tied for the second longest streak in CAA history.
-Pemberton had three three-pointers and now has 201 in his career. He is just the fifth player in program history to eclipse 200 career three’s and tied Carlos Rivera for fourth place on the all-time list.
-Buie’s six points moved him into a tie for 20th place on the Hofstra career-scoring list with 1,240 points, tying Roberto Gittens (1997-01).
-Buie’s nine assists gave him 523 in his career and moved him past Frank Walker (1986-90) into fourth place on the Pride’s all-time list.
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