Hempstead, NY - Taran Buie tied his career-high with 29 points and tied the Hofstra school record for three-pointers in a game with seven, but Frantz Massenat hit a 50-foot, contested three-pointer at the buzzer to give Drexel a 55-52 win over the Pride Wednesday night at the Mack Sports Complex. Buie had tied the score at 52 with his seventh three-pointer with six seconds to go.
The last second loss was Hofstra's first since a 70-68 defeat at the hands of Northeastern on January 3, 1995.
Hofstra, which suffered its third straight loss, fell to 5-14 overall and 2-4 in the Colonial Athletic Association. Drexel upped its record to 7-11, 3-3 in the CAA with its second consecutive win.
The teams played a relatively low-scoring first half with Drexel holding a 28-25 edge at the break. Both teams shot 38 percent from the floor and neither team held more than a four-point advantage until the Dragons went up by five, 28-23, in the final minute as they capped off an 8-0 run. Hofstra stopped the run and cut the deficit to three on a David Imes layup with 12 seconds left in the opening 20 minutes.
The Pride had used a brief 6-0 run, on two Buie three-pointers, to take a 23-20 lead with 2:19 to play. But Massenat keyed Drexel's late run with a three-pointer to tie the score at 23 and then added two free throws to put the Dragons up 25-23 with 1:09 to play. Damion Lee closed the run with a three-pointer with 40 seconds on the clock. On Hofstra's next possession, Buie drove the lane and dished to a cutting Imes on the baseline to close out the scoring.
Drexel opened up a six point lead early in the second half, 34-28, on a Dartaye Ruffin dunk. But Hofstra responded with a 16-2 run to take a 39-36 lead with12:43 to play. Buie gave Hofstra the lead, 37-36 with a three-pointer and then assisted on an Imes layup to put the Pride up by three. Buie then scored five straight points, with a short jumper in the paint and then a three-pointer to give Hofstra a 44-36 advantage. Lee ended what was a 12-0 run for the Pride with back-to-back baskets that pulled the Dragons within four at 44-40 with 7:56 to play.
Lee would tie the score at 46 for Drexel with a long three-pointer with just over five minutes to play, the ninth tie score of the evening. Daryl McCoy would give Drexel its first lead in nearly 10 minutes when he picked up a loose ball under the Dragon basket and scored. Massenat added to the lead with a jumper to put the Dragons up, 50-46, with 2:03 remaining.
Buie stopped Drexel's mini-run with a banked three-pointer that made it 50-49 with 1:44 to go. The three-pointer was Buie's sixth of the game. Massenat would hit two free throws to give the Dragons a 52-49 edge with 1:04 to play. But Buie would not be denied and despite a Drexel defender draped on him, he hit a step back three-pointer that tied the score at 52 with six seconds to play. The three-pointer tied the school record for three-pointers in a game, which is also held by Frank Walker, Jason Hernandez, Cornelius Vines and Mike Moore.
But following a Hofstra timeout, Massenat would hit his game-winning shot from the left side of the court with two defenders on him to give Drexel the dramatic win.
Buie, who shot 10-20 from the floor and 7-11 from three-point range, was the only Pride player in double-figures. Imes and Stevie Mejia each added eight points, while Jordan Allen had a team-high seven rebounds.
Massenat and Lee led the Dragons with 14 points each. Ruffin had a game-high eight rebounds.
Hofstra is back in action Saturday afternoon when it hosts UNCW at 2 p.m. For ticket information, call (516) HOF-TIXX.