Harrisonburg, VA – The Hofstra Men’s Basketball team used an 18-0 run during the second half to get back in the game, but James Madison responded and eventually earned a 59-53 win over the Pride on Monday evening at the JMU Convocation Center.
The loss drops Hofstra’s record to 8-18 overall and 4-7 in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play. James Madison improved to 9-16 and 4-7 in league action with the win.
Hofstra got off to a slow start in the game as JMU jumped out to an early 10-2 lead four minutes into the contest, forcing the Pride into calling its first time out of the contest.
The Pride would gradually chip away at the deficit and a three-pointer from Upshaw would knot the score at 13 with 10:07 left before halftime.
In total, Hofstra would use a 17-7 run during the first half to take its first lead of the contest at 19-17 as freshman guard Chris Jenkins drained a three-pointer with 7:08 showing on the clock.
The Pride lead would be short-lived, though, as the Dukes used a 13-3 run to retake the lead that would eventually allow them to earn a 34-24 halftime advantage.
James Madison would score the first two buckets of the second stanza to open up a 14-point lead, 38-24, with just over 18 minutes left in regulation.
A jumper from freshmen guard Jamall Robinson at the 17:37 mark of the second stanza would close the gap to 12, but the Dukes would push the lead to 16 points as Taylor Bessick and Andre Nation hit back-to-back baskets to give JMU a 42-26 lead with 16:38 left.
Similar to the Pride’s game against UNCW on Saturday, Hofstra had another run left in them as they would use a 18-0 scoring run to take a 47-46 lead with 6:27 left to play in regulation. The run was keyed by back-to-back three-pointers from Upshaw and Nesmith. Upshaw had six points during the run to help the Pride retake its first lead since the score was 19-17 nearing the end of the first half.
JMU would go on a quick 5-0 run, including three points from Charles Cooke to retake the lead at 51-47 with under five minutes to play and the Dukes would not relinquish it the rest of the way as they would go on for the six-point win.
Robinson added 10 points and six rebound for the Pride, while junior center Moussa Kone chipped in with four points and five rebounds. Upshaw also had five rebounds for the Pride.
Ron Curry led all scorers with 20 points in the game for James Madison, while Cooke added 15 and Nation had 13.
Hofstra will have a few days off before returning to the court as the Pride is next in action on Sunday when it travels to Drexel for an 8 p.m. contest. That game will be televised in the New York area on SNY.