Hofstra Avoids 0-4 Start

November 25th, 2006

Anchorage, AK - Junior guard Antoine Agudio had 28 points, and senior guard Loren Stokes added 21 as the Hofstra Men's Basketball team captured a 73-70 win over Marshall in the second round of the Great Alaska Shootout on Friday
afternoon at Sullivan Arena.

With the win the Pride improves to 1-3 on the season and will next play host Alaska-Anchorage on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the fourth-place game of the Great Alaska Shootout. Marshall slips to 1-3 with the loss, after falling by two to California on Thursday.

Hofstra took a 43-29 lead into the break, but Marshall came out in the second half on a 23-4 run to take a 52-47 lead. The Pride regrouped, though, and Agudio made his fifth three-pointer of the game to give Hofstra the lead back at 53-52. After an exchange of baskets, sophomore forward Arminas Urbutis had back-to-back field goals to put the Pride ahead 59-54 with 5:39 left. Marshall scored the next three points to pull within two at 59-57, Stokes had consecutive baskets to give Hofstra a six-point advantage at 63-57.

Marshall got as close as two points on a three-pointer from Darryl Murthie with 55 seconds left, but Hofstra shot 6-for-6 at the foul line in the final minute to seal the win. Agudio, sophomore forward Zygis Sestokas, and senior guard Carlos Rivera each shot 2-for-2 at the line in the final minute, as the
Pride finished the game 12-14 from the charity stripe.

Agudio (16) and Stokes (15) combined for 31 points in the first half,outscoring the entire Marshall team as the Pride took a 43-29 lead into the break. The two guards combined to score Hofstra's first 15 points and 22 of its first 24, as the Pride used a 14-2 run to turn a 10-10 tie into a 24-12 advantage. Marshall pulled as close as 26-18 with 9:39 left in the half, but Agudio hit a pair of three-pointers as part of a 14-5 run as Hofstra surged to a 40-23 lead.

Marshall was led by Mark Dorris off the bench with 15 points, including
the first eight of the second half to cut Hofstra's 14-point halftime
lead to 43-37. Markel Humphrey also had 15 points, while Travis Aikens
chipped in with 13.