Junior Isaac Kante had 16 points and 16 rebounds and senior Tareq Coburn had a team-high 17 points to lead the Hofstra Men’s Basketball team to a 79-74 victory over Drexel on Sunday afternoon at the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex. The double-double was the sixth of the season and 14th of the career for Kante.
Hofstra, which has won six of its last seven games, improved to 12-7 overall and 8-4 in Colonial Athletic Association play with the victory. Drexel fell to 8-7 and 3-5 in conference action. Hofstra leads the CAA in both conference and overall wins.
Hofstra got on the board first in the game, courtesy of a three-pointer from Coburn before a quick 6-0 Drexel run put the Dragons in front nearly three minutes into the game. The Dragons took their largest lead of the half at 18-13 following a three-pointer from Lamar Oden Jr., and would still lead by three, 25-22, with 5:21 left before intermission. A three-pointer from freshman Vukasin Masic would start an 11-2 Hofstra run that made it 33-27 in favor of the Pride with 3:30 showing on the clock. Masic had six points during the run and Ray also added a three-pointer during the spurt. Hofstra eventually took a two-point lead into the locker room as Drexel scored two of the last three baskets in the first 20 minutes.
It was all Hofstra to start the second stanza as the Pride scored the first seven points of the half to push the lead to nine, 44-35, with 18:18 left. Coburn keyed the run with four points. Later in the half, Hofstra changed the game with a 15-4 run that turned a narrow 51-46 lead into a 66-50 advantage with 10:06 remaining. The run culminated with a three-pointer from freshman David Green, with sophomore Caleb Burgess tallying five points during the run.
Drexel responded with an 11-0 run to close the gap to five, 66-51, with 4:48 on the clock but Kante ended the run with a big basket down low. The Dragons were only able to get as close as five in the final few minutes with a pair of clutch baskets from Burgess giving Hofstra some much-needed breathing room in the final minute.
Burgess finished the game with 11 points, eight assists, five rebounds, and four steals. Freshman Kvonn Cramer added 15 points for the Pride, which got 10 points from Masic.
T.J. Bickerstaff led Drexel with 18 points, while Xavier Bell added 16 and James Butler tallied 16 points and 13 rebounds. Camren Wynter chipped in with 14 points.
Hofstra returns to action on Saturday, February 13, when it travels to James Madison for a 2 p.m. contest.
– Hofstra is 47-47 all-time against Drexel. The Hofstra/Drexel series ranks as the Pride’s second-most played opponent all-time (Delaware – 96). Hofstra has won nine of the last 10 and 13 of the last 15 games in the series with the Dragons.
– Senior Jalen Ray had five points in the game and now has 1,229 in his Hofstra career. He moved into 22nd place all-time in scoring at Hofstra, passing Carlos Rivera (1,225 from 2003-07).
– Ray hit a three-pointer in the game to give him 202 in his Hofstra career. He took over sole possession of fifth place all-time, breaking a tie with Rivera (201 from 2003-07).
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