Washington, DC - Freshman forward Jimmy Hall had 13 points and eight rebounds for Hofstra, but the Pride suffered an 80-56 setback to George Washington on Saturday afternoon at the Charles E. Smith Center.
Hofstra was led in scoring by sophomore guard Taran Buie, who tallied 15 in the contest. It marked Buie’s first career Hofstra start and the transfer from Penn State added three rebounds in 33 minutes of action.
Hall is quickly establishing himself as one of the top rookies in college basketball as the talented Brooklyn, NY native fell just two rebounds shy of his fourth double-double of the season.
George Washington got 14 points from Kevin Larsen and 15 from Lasan Kromah.
The loss drops Hofstra’s record to 3-4 this season, while George Washington evens its mark at 2-2.
This was the first meeting between the schools since 1982 as the Pride defeated the Colonials in the Juice Bowl Tournament at Florida Southern in the only other meeting.
The first nine minutes of the first half were a back and forth affair as George Washington held a narrow 12-11 lead following a three-pointer from the Pride’s freshman guard Dallas Anglin.
The Colonials had scored four of the first five points in the game to lead 4-1 before Hofstra eventually knotted the score for the first time at six on a three-pointer from Buie 5:22 into the contest.
A layup from sophomore forward Moussa Kone at the 8:21 mark would bring the Pride back to within four, 19-15, but Hofstra would suffer through a 5:59 field goal drought to fall behind 34-16. The run in all would be 15-1 for the Colonials and it was punctuated by a layup from Kromah with 2:50 left in the opening half that pushed the lead to 18 points, the largest of the game to that point.
A basket from sophomore guard Shaquille Stokes with four seconds left in the opening half would cut the GW lead to 16, 38-22.
Hofstra was never seriously able to cut into the deficit in the second stanza as they could only get as close as 15 before dropping the road tilt to the Colonials.
Hall had an old-fashioned three-point play at the 19:17 mark of the second half that brought the deficit to 40-25, but George Washington quickly scored five straight points to push the advantage to 20 and end any hopes of a Hofstra comeback.
The loss leaves Hofstra at 3-0 at home and 0-4 on the road.
Hofstra will have a week off before its next contest as the Pride will host SMU next Saturday (December 1) at 4 p.m. as part of a doubleheader with the women’s basketball team. The Pride women will host Harvard at 1 p.m. For ticket information please call 516-HOF-TIXX.
Hofstra will also honor longtime public address announcer Ken Weprin during the men’s basketball game next Saturday. Weprin, who handled the public address duties at Hofstra Basketball games since the 1989-90 season, retired following the 2011-12 campaign.