Dallas, TX – Graduate forward Zeke Upshaw scored 10 points, marking his eighth straight game in double figures, but it wasn’t enough as the Pride dropped a 73-49 decision to SMU on Sunday evening at Moody Coliseum.
The game marked the Pride’s final non-conference game of the season and dropped Hofstra’s overall record to 6-12 this season. The defeat also ended a short two-game win streak for the Pride.
SMU improved to 14-4 with the victory. The Mustangs were led by Cannen Cunningham’s 14 points.
The Mustangs scored the first six points of the contest, including four points from Nick Russell, to open up the advantage just 3:28 into the game.
A three-pointer from Upshaw with 16:15 left in the opening stanza would get the Pride on the board and another trifecta from Upshaw at the 14:57 mark would keep Hofstra within three at 9-6.
Hofstra’s first three field goals of the game were all three-pointers (Upshaw twice and freshman guard Chris Jenkins) and the Pride would not hit their first two-point field goal until 9:01 remained before intermission when Upshaw sank a jumper.
A basket from freshman guard Jamall Robinson would keep Hofstra within striking distance at 20-14 with 8:26 to go before halftime, but SMU would use a 9-1 half-closing run to open up a 33-18 lead at the break. Upshaw and Nic Moore of SMU led all scorers in the first 20 minutes with eight points each.
After trailing by 15 at the break, Hofstra would only close the gap to as few as 14 in the second stanza as Nesmith hit a three-pointer with 16:38 showing on the clock to make the score 38-24 in favor of SMU.
The Mustangs answered and a layup from Markus Kennedy started an 8-0 run that culminated with a dunk from Cannen Cunningham with 13:27 to play in regulation to put SMU ahead 46-24 en route to the 73-49 victory over the Pride.
Nesmith added three assists and three rebounds. Senior forward/center Stephen Nwaukoni pulled down a team-high eight rebounds.
Markus Kennedy had 12 points and a game-high 12 rebounds for the Mustangs. Moore finished with 10 points and seven assists.
Hofstra returns to Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play next Wednesday when the Pride host William & Mary at 7 p.m. For ticket information call (516) HOF-TIXX or visit GoHofstra.com/tix.