Albany, NY – Freshman guard Jamall Robinson had a season-high 16 points for Hofstra, but Siena held off any hopes of a late Pride rally as the Saints defeated Hofstra, 67-59, on Monday evening at the Times Union Center.
Hofstra falls to 3-7 with the loss, while Siena improved to 4-8 with the victory.
Freshman guard Chris Jenkins and graduate guard Dion Nesmith were also in double figures for the Pride as they each chipped in with 11 points. It was Nesmith’s first game action after missing the last three contests with an injury.
Marquis Wright, Lavon Long and Rob Poole led Siena with 14 points each.
Hofstra would get off to a slow start offensively in the contest as the Pride trailed, 20-10, with 10:28 left before intermission following a jumper from Long.
The Saints run started after a three-pointer from Jenkins with 13:32 on the clock tied the score at 10, and he would end the Siena spurt with another three-pointer with 8:57 showing on the first half clock.
A layup from Maurice White would push the Siena lead to its largest of the game, 26-13, with just over four minutes to play before halftime before Hofstra began to mount its rally.
Robinson would start a half-closing 10-2 run for Hofstra that would allow the Pride to trail by just five, 28-23, at halftime. Hofstra ended the first 20 minutes by scoring the final six points of the half, courtesy of free throws from Robinson and sophomore forward Darren Payen and baskets from Payen and Jenkins.
After seeing Siena expand its lead to nine, 36-27, early in the second stanza, Robinson would key an important 9-2 Hofstra run that closed the gap to 38-36 with 13:14 to play in regulation as Jenkins drilled his third three-pointer of the game and Hofstra called a timeout to set up its defense.
Graduate forward Zeke Upshaw would finally nail his first three-pointer of the game, from in front of the Hofstra bench, with 8:09 left in the second half to keep the Pride within shouting distance at 47-44.
Siena would continue to hold its advantage, but Hofstra closed the gap to two, 53-51, with 5:06 to play after Nesmith hit a three-pointer.
The Saints had an immediate answer, though, as Wright hit a three on Siena’s next possession and pushed the lead to 56-51 with 4:30 to play.
Hofstra did close the gap to three, twice more in the contest, including the last time at 58-55 with 2:33 left but the Pride could get no closer as Siena held on for a 67-59 victory.
Nesmith posted five assists as well in his return to the court.
Brett Bisping added 10 points for Siena, while Maurice White had a team-high eight rebounds.
Hofstra returns to action on Saturday when it hosts George Washington at 4 p.m. For ticket information call (516) HOF-TIXX or visit GoHofstra.com/tix.