Riverdale, NY – Sophomore guard Taran Buie had 22 points, but George Beamon led all scorers with 29 points as Manhattan College defeated the Hofstra Basketball team, 67-56, on Wednesday evening at Draddy Gymnasium.
The loss ends a three-game win streak for Hofstra, which falls to 3-3 with the loss. Manhattan improves to 1-2 with the victory. The win by the Jaspers also ended a short two-game win streak by the Pride in Riverdale.
Freshman forward Jimmy Hall tallied the third double-double of his young career as he finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds in the contest.
Hofstra battled back from a huge early deficit to close the gap to one at the break, 29-28. Buie led a spirited Pride comeback as Hofstra trailed 15-2 just 3:35 into the contest. Manhattan scored the first eight points of the game before Hall nailed a jumper at the 17:38 mark to get the Pride on the scoreboard.
With the Jaspers still holding a large 21-8 advantage with 10:13 left in the first half following a basket from Beamon, Hofstra began to mount its rally.
Senior forward David Imes got the run started before Buie brought the lead under double digits for the first time since Manhattan led 11-2 with 17:26 to play in the opening stanza. Buie’s first bucket came at the 9:16 mark and the talented sophomore would put together a personal 7-0 run to close the gap to 21-17 before Hall made it 21-19 at the 5:20 mark, concluding a 9-0 Pride run.
The teams would go back and forth the remainder of the half, with Manhattan pushing the lead back to seven points before Hofstra scored the final six points of the first stanza to trail 29-28 at the break. Buie ended up scoring 14 of Hofstra’s final 18 points in the half.
After the Jaspers pushed the lead to five early in the second half, Hofstra quickly recovered and got an old-fashioned three-point play from Hall followed by a dunk from Imes with 16:16 left in regulation to knot the score at 33. It marked the first tie of the contest.
Manhattan answered the Pride run, though, as they scored 11 of the next 12 points to earn a 44-34 lead with 13:43 to play. The run was led by one player for the Jaspers as Beamon scored all 11 points during the spurt.
Hofstra gradually chipped away at the deficit and got to within 46-43 on a free throw from redshirt freshman forward Jordan Allen.
The Jaspers responded and two huge three-pointers from Michael Alvarado with under eight minutes to play keyed a 7-0 run to push the lead back to double-digits, 53-43, with 7:02 showing on the clock.
Manhattan’s arsenal of three-pointers in the second half was too much to overcome for the Pride, though, as Hofstra eventually dropped a 67-56 decision to the Jaspers. Manhattan hit five three-pointers in the second half to keep the Pride at bay.
Imes finished with six points and nine rebounds for the Pride, while Rhamel Brown added 15 points and eight rebounds for the Jaspers.
Hofstra returns to action on Saturday when it travels to George Washington for a 2 p.m. contest.