Towson, MD – Graduate forward Zeke Upshaw scored a game-high 20 points for Hofstra, but the Pride couldn’t overcome an early deficit as they fell to Towson, 76-58, on Monday evening at SECU Arena.
The loss drops Hofstra’s record to 7-14 overall and 3-3 in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play, while Towson improves to 13-8 and 4-2 in conference action.
Towson got off to an incredibly hot start in the game as the Tigers scored the first 10 points of the game, including two three-pointers from Four McGlynn, and forced Hofstra to utilize its first timeout of the contest.
Hofstra would finally get on the board at the 15:46 mark as Upshaw hit a layup that kick-started an 8-1 run that culminated with a three-pointer from graduate guard Dion Nesmith at the 13:32 mark to make the score 11-8 in favor of Towson.
With the Pride cutting the deficit to two at 17-15 with 10:55 showing on the first half clock following another Nesmith three-pointer, Towson would use a 16-5 run to push the lead to 33-20 with 4:13 to play before intermission.
A late basket from senior forward/center Stephen Nwaukoni and a layup from Nesmith in the final seconds of the first stanza would allow Hofstra to go into the break trailing 40-29.
Hofstra would get the deficit under double digits on numerous occasions early in the second half, including at 48-40 with 15:46 showing on the clock following a bucket from junior forward/center Moussa Kone.
Towson responded, though, and scored four straight to push the lead to 12 before a Nesmith layup closed the gap to 52-42 with 13:55 left in regulation.
A 7-2 Tigers run, including a three-point play from Jerrelle Benimon, would allow the Tigers to open up its largest lead of the game at 59-44 with under 12 minutes left in the second stanza.
Hofstra would be unable to close the gap late as they had a five-plus minute scoreless drought until Upshaw drained a three-pointer from in front of the Pride bench with 4:48 left in regulation bringing the score to 69-55. The Tigers eventually held on for the 18-point victory.
Nesmith finished with 15 points, four assists and three rebounds for Hofstra, while Nwaukoni added nine points and a team-best eight rebounds.
Towson was led by Mike Burwell’s 17 points. Benimon added 13 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for the Tigers.
Hofstra will conclude its current three games in five days stretch on Wednesday when it hosts Drexel at 7 p.m. For ticket information call (516) HOF-TIXX or visit GoHofstra.com/tix.