Anchorage, AK - Senior guard Loren Stokes scored 29 points, but Hofstra's second half comeback came up just short as the Hawai'i Men's Basketball team captured an 80-79 win over Hofstra in the opening round of the Great Alaska Shootout on Thursday evening at Sullivan Arena.
With the loss, the Pride drops to 0-3 on the young season and will next play in the consolation bracket on Friday at 6 p.m. (EST) against the loser of tonight's Marshall and California game. Hawaii improves to 3-1 with the victory.
Hofstra trailed by as many as 11 early in the second half, and by nine (68-59) with 5:08 to play, but used a small four-guard line-up to pull even at 71-71 with just under 2:00 to play. Stokes started the run with a three-pointer at the top of the key, and capped it off with a running bank shot with 1:59 left.
Hawai'i, though, regrouped and scored on back-to-back lay-ups to take the lead for good. P.J. Owsley scored on a dump-down pass from Matt Lojeski with the shot clock running down to give the Rainbow Warriors a 73-71 lead, and Riley Luettgerodt added a lay-up off a feed from Owsley with 51 seconds left to stretch the lead to 75-71.
The lead was 79-73 in the final 10 seconds, but junior guard Antoine Agudio hit a three-pointer with six seconds left. After Lojeski made one foul shot, Stokes hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to close out the scoring.
The first half was evenly played, but the Rainbow Warriors closed out with a 6-0 run over the final 2:15 to take a 39-33 lead into the break. After Stokes tied the score at 33-33 on a foul shot, Bobby Nash hit back-to-back baskets, and Luettgerodt added a pair of foul shots with 46 seconds left to close out the first half scoring.
Senior guard Carlos Rivera added 11 points for the Pride before fouling out, while Agudio and sophomore forward Mike Davis-Sabb each added 10. Hawai'I had a balanced attack as Lojeski and Bobby Nash each had 17 while Ahmen Gueye had 12 and Owsley had 10. The Rainbow Warriors won the game at the foul line, where they shot 26-31 on the day (83.9 percent), including 24-29 in the second half.
- From Hofstra Media Relations -