Hofstra senior guard Mike Moore tied Drexel's Chris Fouch for game-high honors in points with 13. Senior forward Nathaniel Lester contributed 10 points for the Pride, while freshman center Moussa Kone had five points and nine rebounds. Drexel's Frantz Massenat had 10 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double and Damion Lee added 10 points. Daryl McCoy grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.
The Pride scored the first six points of the contest, connecting on each of their first three shots, before Drexel responded with a 14-1 run over the next 9:54 to take a 14-7 lead at the 8:50 mark on Massenat's layup. Drexel would build the lead up to 10, at 26-16, on Lee's three-pointer at the 2:38 mark and take a 29-21 lead at the half. Massenat and Fouch led the Dragons with seven points in the opening 20 minutes. Moore scored six points for the Pride.
Hofstra out-scored Drexel 19-10 in the first 12:23 of the second half to take its first lead since early in the game (6-4), 40-39, following a pair of free throws from Shemiye McLendon with 7:37 to go. A Fouch three-pointer put the Dragons ahead, 42-40, before senior guard Dwan McMillan tied it at 42 with 6:02 remaining.
The Dragons then began a 6-0 run over the next 3:26 to take a 48-42 lead with 2:36 to go on Samme Givens' layup. Hofstra tried to chip away and pulled within one, 51-50 on Moore's three-pointer with 35 seconds to play. The three was Hofstra's only basket from beyond the arc all night as the Pride finished 1-13 from long distance. Drexel would hit three of four free throws down the stretch and the Pride had a costly offensive foul down two with 17 seconds to play.
Hofstra is back in action Saturday, January 21 at James Madison in the start of a two-game road swing in Virginia. Game time is set for 4 p.m. The Pride will then travel from Harrisonburg to Richmond for a 7 p.m. meeting with VCU on Monday night. That game will be televised on SportsNet New York (SNY).