Stevie Mejia scores 22, but Hofstra falls to Towson
Although senior guard Stevie Mejia tied a career high with 22 points and sophomore forward Moussa Kone scored a career-high 20 points, visiting Hofstra couldn't hold a late second-half lead in a 67-64 loss to Towson Saturday in the regular-season finale for both teams.
Hofstra (7-24, 4-14 CAA), which led 30-28 at the break, held a 55-53 advantage after Kone fed David Imes for a dunk with 4:17 left.
But Jerome Hairston had five points during a 9-0 run for Towson, which went ahead 62-55 with 3:09 remaining.
Hairston and Marcus Damas each had 17 points for Towson. Jerrelle Benimon added 14 points and 13 rebounds.
Towson (18-13, 13-5), which finished 1-31 last season, completed the largest single-season turnaround in NCAA history. But the Tigers are ineligible for the CAA Tournament and the NCAA Tournament because of academic issues.
Free throws played a big role as Towson converted 16 of 22 attempts, including 11 of 12 in the final 4:41. Hofstra went 9-for-9 from the free-throw line.
Towson also outrebounded the Pride 33-26 and shot 7-for-18 from three-point range.