Charleston, SC – Graduate forward Zeke Upshaw led Hofstra with 14 points, but the Pride managed to shoot just 27% from the field as they fell, 67-49, to Charleston on Saturday afternoon at TD Arena/John Kresse Court.
The loss, Hofstra’s fourth straight, drops the Pride’s record to 7-15 and 3-5 in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play. Charleston improves to 12-11 and 4-4 in conference action.
Freshman guard Jamall Robinson had his second straight double-double with 10 points and a team-high 10 rebounds for Hofstra in the contest.
Willis Hall led Charleston with 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Anthony Stitt added 16 points, five rebounds and four assists.
Neither team was able to get on track offensively in the game as the squads combined to shoot just 19-55 in the opening 20 minutes.
Hofstra scored the first seven points of the game, including a three-pointer from graduate guard Dion Nesmith to open the contest, and held the advantage following a jumper from Upshaw with 16:55 left before intermission.
Charleston would quickly knot the score at seven with a 7-0 run of their own and the Cougars would take their first lead of the game at 11-10 after a layup from Nori Johnson with 9:48 showing on the clock.
Following Hofstra’s 7-0 run to open the game, Charleston would use a 19-3 run to open a 19-10 lead at the 7:44 mark after a three-pointer from Hall.
Trailing 22-12, Hofstra would close the gap to 24-21 as they put together a 9-2 run to get within three. Upshaw had four points during the run to power the Pride.
That would be the Pride’s final points of the opening stanza, though, as CofC scored the final six points of the opening half to take a nine-point lead into the locker room.
Junior center Moussa Kone would get the Pride’s first points of the second half as he hit a layup at the 18:52 mark to bring Hofstra to within 31-23.
At that point, Charleston would take control as the Pride went through a considerable scoring drought. After the Kone basket, the Cougars used a 12-1 run to take a commanding 43-24 lead with 11:36 to play in regulation after a three-pointer from Hall.
Robinson would hit a jumper moments later to cut the deficit to 17, 43-26, but a 10-1 spurt by Charleston put the game away as the Cougars went on to earn the win and split the season series.
Nesmith chipped in with 10 points, while Kone added four points and six rebounds. Senior forward Stephen Nwaukoni had five points and eight rebounds for Hofstra.
Nori Johnson added 14 points for Charleston.
Hofstra returns to action on Wednesday, February 5 when it travels to Northeastern for a 7 p.m. contest. The Pride is in the midst of a stretch that will see them play four out of five games on the road, starting with today’s tilt against the Cougars. Hofstra’s lone home game during the stretch will be on Saturday, February 8 when it hosts UNCW for rare Saturday night encounter at 7 p.m. For ticket information call (516) HOF-TIXX or visit GoHofstra.com/tix.