Hempstead, NY - Zeke Upshaw scored 16 points to lead three Pride players in double-figures, but it was not enough in a 73-59 loss to Sacred Heart Wednesday night at the Mack Sports Complex. The Pioneers effort was aided by 12 three-pointers.
Hofstra slips to 2-6 on the year, while Sacred Heart improves to 2-6.
Sacred Heart rode a hot-shooting first half to a 42-31 lead at the break. The Pioneers shot 55 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes, including 53-percent from three-point range (8-15). The Pride, which shot a healthy 46 percent in the half, built a 15-6 lead nearly six minutes into the game on a three-pointer from freshman guard Chris Jenkins. Sacred Heart responded with a 12-0 run to take an 18-15 lead on a four-point play from Evan Kelley. Jenkins hit his second three-pointer of the half to tie the score at 18 with 11:37 left in the half.
Steve Glowiak keyed an 11-1 run for the Pioneers with a three-pointer and Sacred Heart built a 29-19 lead with 7:49 to play. Trailing 35-25 with 4:01 to go, Hofstra used a 6-1 run to pull within five, 36-31, on a pair of free throws from Upshaw with 2:35 left on the clock. But Sacred Heart ended the half with three-pointers from Glowiak and Chris Evans to take their largest lead of the game into the locker room.
The Pioneers opened up a 12-point lead early in the second half, 45-33, but Hofstra continued to chip away and outscored Sacred Heart 18-10 over the next eight minutes to cut the deficit to four at 55-51. Red-shirt sophomore guard Jordan Allen and freshman forward Jamall Robinson both scored six points in the run.
Five straight points from Sacred Heart built the lead back up to nine, 60-51, with 8:57 to go. But Robinson drove the lane and converted a layup to make it a seven-point contest with 8:33 remaining. Robinson would then bring Hofstra to within five, 60-55, after splitting the Pioneer defense on a drive to the basket with 6:33. The two teams traded baskets before Glowiak put Sacred Heart back up by eight, 65-57, with a three-pointer with 5:29 to go. The Pioneers would close the game on an 8-2 run to account for the final score.
Upshaw, a graduate student, also added four assists to lead the Pride. He was joined in double-figure scoring by Robinson (14 points) and Allen (10). Senior forward Stephen Nwaukoni and junior forward Moussa Kone shared team-high honors in rebounds with seven.
The Pioneers got a game-high 18 points from Glowiak, who did all of his damage from beyond the arc as he connected on six-of-nine from three-point range. Kelley had 14 points and Evans added 13. Louis Montes pulled down a game-best nine rebounds.
Sacred Heart finished the game shooting 50 percent from the floor (27-54) and from three-point range (12-24). The Pride shot 47 percent from the field (23-49), but was just 3-13 from three-point range.
Hofstra returns to action this Saturday, December 7, at 1 p.m. (EST) against SMU at the Dr. Pepper Arena in Frisco, Texas.