The Hofstra Men’s Basketball team battled back with a huge second half run, but it was not enough as Northeastern pulled away late for a 67-56 win on Saturday afternoon at the Cabot Center. The Pride was led in the game by senior Tareq Coburn, who tallied 15 points.
The loss drops Hofstra’s record to 6-5 overall and 2-2 in Colonial Athletic Association play. Northeastern improved to 5-5 and 4-0 in the league.
It was a tight game early on before Northeastern, fueled by eight points by Jason Strong, turned a one-point game into a 23-14 lead with 4:37 left before intermission. A jumper from senior Jalen Ray ended the run and got the deficit back down to seven for the Pride. Late in the first half the Huskies would still hold an 11-point lead, 30-19, before freshman Kvonn Cramer closed the gap with an offensive rebound and put-back with 41 seconds left before halftime.
Hofstra was on fire to start the second half as the Pride scored the first 17 points of the stanza to lead 38-30 nearly seven minutes in. Sophomore Caleb Burgess keyed the run for Hofstra as he had seven points during the game-changing run to put the Pride back in front.
Northeastern chipped away and knotted the score at 42 before the Pride got a three-pointer from freshman Vukasin Masic and a basket from junior Isaac Kante to go ahead 47-42 with 9:48 showing on the clock. The Huskies would take control at that point, though, as the home team used a 16-1 run to open up a 58-48 lead with 2:58 to play. Tyson Walker got the run started with a pair of three-pointers for the Huskies. A three-pointer from Coburn with 1:22 remaining closed the Pride to within six, but Northeastern held Hofstra off late to earn the win.
Ray added 14 points for Hofstra, which also got 10 points and five assists from Burgess. Kante had eight points and 15 rebounds for the Pride.
Northeastern was led by Walker’s 23 points. Quirin Emanga added 14 points for the Huskies, while Strong chipped in with 11 points and five rebounds.
Hofstra is back in action on Saturday when it travels to Delaware for a 2 p.m. contest.
– Hofstra leads the all-time series with Northeastern, 26-25.
– Ray moved into 34th place all-time in scoring at Hofstra. He now has 1,079 career points and moved past Derrick Flowers, who had 1,069 career points from 1987-91.
– Kante reached double figures in rebounds for the sixth time this season and 16th time in his Pride career, while Cramer reached double digits in rebounds for the third time this season.
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