Hofstra had a shot, which is more than could be said of the last game.

Coming off a rout at Towson, the Pride hung right with Drexel and even led by five points in the second half. But Dragons senior guard Frantz Massenat made all the plays down the stretch in a monstrous game and Hofstra fell, 77-74, Wednesday night at Mack Sports Complex.

Massenat had a career-high 32 points and shot 6-for-9 from three-point range. He also had nine assists, none bigger than a drive and dish to Kazembe Abig to give Drexel (11-9, 3-4 Colonial Athletic Association) a 70-66 lead with 1:34 left.

Zeke Upshaw had 17 of his 27 points in the second half to key a Hofstra rally. Freshman guard Jamall Robinson had 15 points and 10 rebounds, Dion Nesmith had 13 points and eight assists and junior big man Moussa Kone 10 points for the Pride. Chris Fouch had 19 points, including four three-pointers, for Drexel.

At least Hofstra could take solace in one thing.

"We fought most of the game, especially toward the end," Upshaw said. "In the other game, we didn't fight at all."

Massenat's driving layup with 2:08 left put the Dragons up for good, part of a 7-1 run that turned a 65-64 Hofstra lead into a 71-66 deficit.

"That kid is a winner," Hofstra coach Joe Mihalich said. "When his team needs him, he makes winning plays."

Hofstra (7-15, 3-4) had a chance to tie at the buzzer. Nesmith hit a three-pointer with six seconds left to get his team within 76-74. Massenat then made one of two free throws, opening the door a crack for the Pride. But Upshaw's half-court heave fell short.

"We needed for them to miss a foul shot or two for us to have a chance," Mihalich said. "And we did. It wasn't a great chance, but we did."

Hofstra has lost three straight in conference play after opening up 3-1.

The Pride's problems defending the three-point shot were apparent again. Drexel was 10-for-21 from beyond the arc and made eight of those in the first half to gain a 40-32 lead at the break.

"We lost the game in the first half," Mihalich said . . . "We didn't guard their shooters well, we didn't guard the post well, we didn't rebound. Other than that, we played perfect defense."