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Hofstra rallies in second half but loses at Drexel

Hofstra guard Stevie Mejia dribbles up the court

Hofstra guard Stevie Mejia dribbles up the court in the first half against Towson at the Mack Sports Complex. Towson won the game by a score of 57-50. (Feb. 16, 2013) Photo Credit: James Escher

Hofstra sliced a 13-point second-half deficit to five before losing to Drexel, 63-54, in a Colonial Athletic Association men's basketball game Monday night in Philadelphia.

It was the 10th loss in the last 11 games for Hofstra (6-21, 3-11).

Senior point guard Stevie Mejia tied a career high with 22 points (14 in the first half) and added four assists. Taran Buie added 13 points and Stephen Nwaukoni had 12 rebounds.

Damion Lee led Drexel (11-15, 7-7) with 17 points and Frantz Massenat had 16.

Hofstra did its best to make a game of it in the second half. Massenat's three-pointer gave Drexel a 45-32 lead with 14:15 left, but the Pride drew within 52-47 on Buie's three-pointer with 7:17 to play.

Lee then hit a three-pointer and a layup during a 7-0 run that made it 59-47 with 4:54 left.

Poor free-throw shooting and shaky ballhandling were the culprits for the Pride, which was 17-for-30 from the line and had 19 turnovers.

Hofstra shot only 5-for-19 from the field and 11-for-18 from the free-throw line in the first half in falling behind 33-23.

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