Hempstead, NY - Stevie Mejia continued his strong play with 13 points and Moussa Kone added 11 points but it was not enough as Towson posted a 57-50 victory over the Pride Saturday evening at the Mack Sports Complex.
Hofstra falls to 6-20, 3-10 in the Colonial Athletic Association with the loss, while Towson improves to 15-13, 10-5 in the CAA.
After Hofstra scored the first basket of the game, Towson went on an 8-0 run to take an 8-2 lead 2:51 into the contest. The Tigers would build the lead to 10, 14-4, with 12:28 remaining on a jumper from Timajh Parker-Rivera.
The Pride would then start a 13-6 run, keyed by a Mejia three-pointer to pull within three, 20-17 with 3:52 to go on a Kone jumper. Neither team would score until a Parker-Rivera free throw with 35 seconds remaining put the Tigers up four, 21-17. But the Pride drew within two points at the break thanks to a great pass from David Imes, who found an unguarded Kone under the basket for a thunderous dunk with five seconds on the clock. Towson had a shot at the buzzer, but missed the initial attempt and the follow-up was ruled to have come after the buzzer resulting in a 21-19 halftime score.
The Pride opened the second half with a 10-2 run to take a 29-23 lead with 16:59 to play on a Stephen Nwaukoni jumper in the paint. Towson would respond with four straight points to get back within two at 29-27 on a pair of free throws from Jerrelle Benimon. Kone put the Pride back up by four, but Towson went on another run, this one 10-0 to take the lead back 37-31 with 12:11 to play on a Mike Burwell three-pointer.
Towson would extend its lead to 10, 44-34, with 8:01 to play on a Parker-Rivera layup. The lead went up to 11, 46-35, before Hofstra scored four consecutive points to get back within seven, 46-39, on a Jordan Allen layup with 5:39 to go. But the Pride would not get closer than five the rest of the way.
In addition to Mejia and Kone, Allen had nine points and Imes added eight points and six rebounds. Mejia also had a career-high seven steals as Hofstra picked up a season-best 15 in the game. The seven steals by Mejia, which is one off the school record, was the second time this week that a Hofstra player threatened the mark as Allen posted seven at UNCW on February 9.
Benimon led Towson with 17 points, while Marcus Damas added 11 points and eight rebounds.
Hofstra is back in action Monday night at Drexel in a game televised on the NBC Sports Network. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.