Hempstead, NY – Graduate guard Dion Nesmith led four Hofstra players in double figures but Northeastern guard Demetrius Pollard tallied 25 points and Scott Eatherton added 18 points to lead the Huskies to a 70-57 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) victory over the Pride at the Mack Sports Complex Saturday afternoon.
Joining Nesmith in double figures for the Pride were graduate forward Zeke Upshaw with 12 points and six boards, freshman guard Jamall Robinson with 11 points and seven caroms and junior forward Moussa Kone with 10 points and six rebounds. Hofstra had its three-game home and CAA winning streaks snapped and slipped to 7-14 overall and 3-2 in conference play.
Pollard, who tallied 14 of his game-high 25 points in the second half, added a game-high six assists. Eatherton grabbed seven rebounds to go with his 18 points while guard David Walker chipped in with 10 points. Sophomore Zach Stahl grabbed a game-high eight rebounds for the Huskies, who improved to 7-14 on the year and 4-3 in the CAA.
After trailing 33-30 at halftime, Northeastern tied the score twice at 33 and 36 before Hofstra went on an 8-2 run, behind six points from Nesmith and a lay-up by Upshaw, to open up a 44-38 advantage with 15:14 to play. But the Huskies score 10 unanswered points to take their first lead of the contest at 48-44 after a Peck tip-in with 10:59 to play. The Pride would not get the lead back as Northeastern continued to build the lead and opened up a 57-49 lead with 7:43 to play on a Pollard three-pointer.
Kone would hit consecutive lay-ups to bring Hofstra within three at 57-53 with 6:07 to play but Eatherton started a 13-4 Northeastern run, over the next five minutes, with a dunk to win going away, 70-57.
Hofstra tallied the first seven points of the contest and opened up its biggest lead of the half at 12-2 after an Upshaw three-pointer at the 14:04 mark. Nesmith tallied four of the Pride’s first 12 points while Nwaukoni also added three. But the Huskies responded with seven unanswered points and closed to within three following an Eatherton lay-up with 10:26 to play in the period.
Hofstra tallied nine of the next 15 points to open up a 21-15 advantage after a Robinson lay-up with 8:37 to play. After the Pride opened up a 29-20 advantage after a Robinson jumper at the 6:01 mark, Northeastern was able to close to within four twice before pulling to within three at halftime after a three-point play by Pollard with 21 seconds to play in the half. Both teams shot 48 percent from the field in the half with Hofstra hitting four of 12 threes while Northeastern was three of eight from the arc. The Pride was five-for-five from the charity stripe while the Huskies were three-for-four.
The Pride return to action on Monday, January 27 when they take to the road to face the Towson Tigers at SECU Arena. Game time is 7 p.m. That contest will be televised locally in the New York area on SNY. The game will also air on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, The Comcast Network Philadelphia and Comcast Sports Southeast.
Today's contest started a three games in five day stretch for Hofstra as the Pride will host Drexel next Saturday to complete the three-game swing.