PHILADELPHIA -- Desure Buie scored 26 points as Hofstra won its seventh consecutive game, pulling away late and defeating Drexel 81-74 on Thursday night.
Pemberton drained a 3-pointer, Buie turned a steal into a fast-break basket and a added a free-throw when Drexel's coach was assessed a technical foul as the Pride turned a one-point lead into seven, blunting a late Drexel rally.
Kante made all eight free throws, including four in the Pride's closing run.
James Butler just missed a triple-double for the Dragons, scoring 23 points on 10-for-15 shooting, grabbing 14 boards and dishing nine assists. Drexel (13-15, 6-9) recorded 23 assists on 32 field goals but lost a fourth straight.
Hofstra is firmly atop the CAA standings with three games remaining, including against Delaware and Towson, two teams in the conference's third-place cluster.
Hofstra plays Delaware on the road on Saturday. Drexel plays Northeastern at home on Saturday.
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