MBB: Hofstra Falls To George Washington
Courtesy: Hofstra Athletic Communications
Hempstead, NY - Dion Nesmith tied for game-high scoring honors with 17 points, but George Washington outscored Hofstra, 40-26, in the second half to post a 69-58 victory Saturday evening at the Mack Sports Complex.
The Colonials erased a three-point halftime deficit to improve to 11-1 on the year and extend their win streak to six. The Pride slipped to 3-8 on the season.
The game started slowly on the offensive end and as both teams shook off the rust from the Holiday break. The Colonials were playing for the first time in a week, while Hofstra hadn’t played since this past Monday. The Pride led, 6-1, three minutes in following baskets from senior Stephen Nwaukoni and graduate students Zeke Upshaw and Nesmith. The Colonials responded with an 11-0 run that gave them a 12-6 lead at the 13:13 mark after a three-pointer from Nick Griffin.
The Pride would use a 12-6 run to knot the score at 18 on Nesmith’s three-pointer with 8:44 to play in the half and then went up by four, 22-18, after freshman Jamall Robinson converted a pair of free throws and then hit a jumper with 7:06 on the clock. The teams would trade the lead twice more and have four more tie scores the rest of the half, the last being a 29-29 deadlock with 56 seconds to go after a layup by GW’s Isaiah Armwood. But sophomore Darren Payen banked in a three-pointer from the top of the arc to give Hofstra a 32-29 lead at halftime.
The Colonials would open the second half with a 12-2 run to take a 41-34 lead with 17:44 to go. Maurice Creek scored nine points in the run. After an Upshaw free throw cut Hofstra’s deficit to six, 41-35, Creek responded with his 12th-straight point, a three-pointer, which gave GW a 44-35 advantage. Upshaw cut the lead to six with a three-pointer on Hofstra’s next possession, but the Colonials scored five consecutive points to take their then-largest lead of the game, 49-38, with 15:24 to play. Hofstra would not get closer than eight the rest of the way.
Creek led the Colonials, and tied Nesmith for game-high honors, with 17 points and also added four steals. Kevin Larsen added 14 points and seven rebounds, while Kethan Savage chipped in with 12 points.
Upshaw added 11 points for the Pride, while Payen finished with 10 points. Nesmith also contributed five assists in the contest. Nwaukoni led the Pride with eight rebounds.
Hofstra returns to action Monday night when it hosts NJIT at 7 p.m. For ticket information, please call (516) HOF-TIXX or visit GoHofstra.com/tix.