Kingston, R.I. - Senior guard Mike Moore scored a season-high 27 points but Hofstra couldn't over a strong Boston University finish as the Pride fell, 68-61, to the Terriers on Sunday afternoon at the Thomas M. Ryan Center.
Boston University guard Darryl Partin scored 25 points and D.J. Irving added 13 to help the Terriers improve to 2-4. Moore grabbed 11 rebounds and finished one point shy of his career high in logging his second double-double this season for Hofstra (3-4).
The Pride went 1-2 in the three-day TicketCity Legends Classic sub-regional round and finished the tournament 1-3 overall with a win against Cleveland State and losses to Rhode Island and Oregon State.
The Pride held an eight-point lead in the second half before Boston University went on a 10-1 run in the second half. Junior forward David Imes scored nine points as nine Pride players finished in the box score. In losing to the defending America East Conference-champions, Hofstra fell to 1-1 against teams that made last season's NCAA Tournament (after beating LIU to start the campaign).
Moore and Partin carried their respective offensives, with the former logging 17 field goal attempts and the latter 18.Partin caught fire late in the first half and coming out of the break. The shooting guard scored 18 straight points for BU overall, including a trio of three-pointers in the first eight minutes of the second half. But Moore also was effective from three-point range, going 5-for-9 overall from beyond the arc.
With Hofstra nursing a one-point lead, Moore hit a fade-away right-angle jumper near the Pride bench for a 56-53 edge near the six-minute mark. But Boston University battled back, taking the 57-56 lead when Irving hit a running layup. The Terriers then made a defensive stop and drew a loose-ball foul, setting up Matt Griffin's pair of free throws for a 59-56 edge. Boston University would never trail again.
Hofstra cut the deficit to two off an Imes free throw. The Pride got a defensive stop, but the Pride turned it over in the backcourt with Partin getting the steal. Boston University ran down the shot clock before Irving hit a layup with 1:25 left and a 61-57 lead.
The Pride went down by 63-57 after a technical foul was called. Yet Boston University was hit with a technical of its own the next trip down. Hofstra hit both free throws and retained possession. Imes drew a the fifth foul on forward Travis Robinson and hit both ends of a one-and-one to cut the deficit to 63-61 with 1:18 remaining.
Boston University hit a free throw to make it a 64-61 advantage, though senior forward Nathaniel Lester gave Hofstra one last chance to tie it before missing an open three-pointer from the right wing with 30 seconds left. The Terriers grabbed the rebound on the low-left block and Patrick Hazel hit one-of-two free throws to make it a two-possession game before the Terriers closed it out.
Head coach Mo Cassara utilized the same starting lineup for the seventh straight game. The continuity paid early dividends as the starting five propelled Hofstra to a 33-31 halftime lead. The starting five combined for 27 of those points.
Moore, who was held to a season-low five points in a win over Cleveland State the day prior, scored 10 of Hofstra's first 14 points en route to tallying 17 in the opening half.
Junior guard Stevie Mejia (Hyde Park, MA.), who scored 10 points in a win over the Vikings, went down with a hamstring injury in the first half and did not return to action.
Moore was named to the Legends Classic all sub-regional team after also scoring 25 points against Rhode Island on Friday.
The schools used to be America East rivals when Hofstra played in the league last decade. Sunday's contest marked the first time the teams met since Hofstra posted a victory at home in the 2000-01 season.
Hofstra will have a nearly week-long break before opening up Colonial Athletic Association play against James Madison on Saturday with a 4 p.m. start at the Mack Sports Complex.