Brooklyn, NY – Sophomore guard Taran Buie scored a team-high 15 points to lead Hofstra, but Tulane opened up the second half with a 20-0 scoring run en route to a 83-62 victory over the Pride on Saturday afternoon at the Barclays Center.
Ricky Tarrant of Tulane led all scorers with 28 points, while also adding eight rebounds.
The loss was Hofstra’s seventh straight and drops the Pride’s record to 3-9 this season. Tulane improves to 10-3, while winning its third straight contest.
The game marked Hofstra’s first-ever appearance in the brand-new Barclays Center, home of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets.
Hofstra and Tulane headed into the halftime break tied at 30, although Hofstra controlled the play most of the first stanza. The Green Wave got on the board first with a jumper from Jordan Callahan before the Pride scored seven of the next eight points in the contest to lead 7-3 following a jumper from redshirt freshman Jordan Allen.
The two squads would exchange three-pointers with Buie draining his second of the first half to push the lead back to four at 10-6 with 13:55 left before intermission.
After Callahan cut a Hofstra six-point lead to three, 21-18, midway through the half, back-to-back baskets from senior guard Stevie Mejia and sophomore center Moussa Kone allowed the Pride to take its largest lead of the first half at 25-18 with 6:30 to play.
Tulane would fight back, though, as the Green Wave used an 8-0 run to take a 26-25 advantage following a Josh Davis dunk. The teams would alternate scoring over the final three-plus minutes of the opening half with senior guard Matt Grogan accounting for the final points of the half and knotting the score at 30 at the break.
The Green Wave came out of the halftime break on fire as they scored the first 20 points out of the locker room, led by a trio of three-pointers from Tarrant.
Grogan would end the run as he hit a pair of free throws with 15:52 left on the second half clock to cut the deficit to 50-32.
Tulane would push the lead to as many as 30 in the second half before settling in for the 83-62 victory over Hofstra.
Mejia chipped in with nine points, seven rebounds and five assists, while Allen added eight points. Grogan tied his career-high with seven points.
Davis added 18 points and nine rebounds for Tulane for Tulane and Callahan chipped in with 15.
Hofstra returns to action after the holiday break when it travels to Florida Atlantic for a 2 p.m. game on New Year’s Day.