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Hofstra's #1 Nathaniel Lester drives around Manhattan's #13

Hofstra's #1 Nathaniel Lester drives around Manhattan's #13 Emmy Andujar. (Dec. 10, 2011) Credit: Joe Rogate

As bad as things have gotten for Hofstra, they could be worse. The Pride lost for the ninth time in 11 tries, as they failed to execute down the stretch in a 58-51 loss at Northeastern on Saturday night.

How can things be worse? Hofstra (7-16, 1-10 CAA) could be getting blown out of every game, but they battle just about every night. There’s no consolation in losing, but the Pride could’ve easily fallen into the depths similar to the way Towson has. Towson snapped its NCAA-record 41 straight-loss record on Saturday.

Yes, things can get that bad, but Hofstra coach Mo Cassara isn’t the type of coach to let something like that happen.

“We continue to be in games and have opportunities,” Cassara said. “We have to continue to find ways to get the ball in the basket. Our defensive effort is where it needs to be, we just need to make some shots down the stretch.”

It is worth noting that the Pride played for the fifth game in 11 days, with three of the games on the road. Only two of the nine losses have been by double digits, which proves Hofstra has not given up on the season.

Mike Moore had 17 points and continues to put in a solid effort every night, while Nathaniel Lester added 12 points and has reached double figures in 14 straight games. Hofstra is at the top of the hill, but just can’t get over it.

“We had some good looks and we could have made it a one-possession game,” Cassara said. “We’re a frustrated group because we’ve lost a lot of close games, but we’re also finding ways to be competitive.”

Hofstra will get a chance to get back on the winning side of things on Wednesday against Towson at the Mack Sports Complex.

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