Dukes fall to Hofstra as Pride extends winning streak to 15 games

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HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Hofstra used a 26-8 run midway through the second half to pull away from James Madison on Thursday evening, handing the Dukes an 85-68 loss in Colonial Athletic Association men's basketball action at the JMU Convocation Center.

The Dukes (9-12, 2-6 CAA) had four players score in double figures for the third time in five games, but saw Hofstra (18-3, 8-0 CAA) shoot a blistering 56 percent (14-of-25) in the second half as the Pride pulled away for their nation-leading 15th consecutive victory.

Senior guard Stuckey Mosley continued his run of strong play with 19 points and eight boards on the evening, while sophomore Dwight Wilson racked up 14 points and nine rebounds, including six on the offensive end. Sophomore guards Matt Lewisand Darius Banks added 13 and 11 points, respectively.

Senior Justin Wright-Foreman led all scorers for Hofstra, tallying 23 points on 8-of-11 shooting to go with five assists and a pair of steals.

Hofstra took a nine-point lead into the break that the Dukes cut to 50-44 on a Mosley three with 14:02 to play, but the Pride immediately responded by hitting their next three shots and nine of their next 12 as they pushed the lead back to 76-52 at the 6:48 mark. The Dukes would not close within 16 the rest of the way.

"This is a huge point in our season, to be honest. I'm an effort guy and we need to get more from more people. Whatever we have to do to get us back to looking the way we want to look, we have to do."

- Freshman guard Matthew Urbach played his first significant stretch of the year, hitting his first collegiate three, scoring five points and grabbing a rebound across 10 minutes.
- Senior Stuckey Mosley and freshman Deshon Parker each hit three-pointers to extend their streaks: Parker has made at least one in 11 straight contests, while Mosley has a trey in all 21 games this year and 24 straight dating back to last year.
- Sophomore Matt Lewis tallied six assists on the evening matching his season and career high.
- On the evening, the Dukes outrebounded Hofstra by a 35-27 margin, racking up 13 offensive rebounds for the contest.

The Dukes will remain at home to close the weekend, welcoming Northeastern to the Convocation Center for a 4 p.m. tip on Saturday, Jan. 26. On Thursday evening, the Huskies dropped a 75-72 decision at Towson to fall to 11-9 (5-3 CAA) on the season, still tied for second place.