Hofstra rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit to tie the score with less than 15 minutes to go, but couldn't get over the top in a 57-46 loss to George Mason in Fairfax, Va., Saturday.
Sherrod Wright had 21 points and shot 8-for-18 as George Mason sent the Pride (5-13, 2-3) to its second straight loss in Colonial Athletic Association play.
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Taran Buie had 14 points and four rebounds and Stevie Mejia chipped in 10 points, but Hofstra struggled to find its offense and shot just 22 percent (11-for-48) from the field.
It was especially tough in the first half for the Pride, which connected on just 4 of 25 field-goal attempts and went into the break trailing 31-23.
Hofstra stayed close despite its poor shooting. Stephen Nwaukoni (12 rebounds) scored six of his eight points during a 10-2 run as the Pride tied the score at 33 on a jumper by Mejia with 14:58 left.
But the Patriots (11-7, 4-2) went on a 14-5 run and took a 47-38 lead on a Byron Allen layup with 7:10 to go.
George Mason extended its lead to 53-40 with 2:15 remaining on a jumper by Corey Edwards.
Hofstra hit 23 of 31 free-throw attempts to stay close, but shot just 1-for-13 from three-point range.
Wright was the only George Mason player in double figures.
Jonathan Arledge had eight points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots and Edwards finished with eight points and three rebounds for the Patriots.