Charlotte 88 - Hofstra 82
Charlotte, NC (Nov. 11) - Junior guard Leemire Goldwire scored 26 points, including 10-10 at the foul line in the final 1:07, as the Charlotte Men's Basketball team held off Hofstra in the second half for an 88-82 win in the season opener for both teams on Saturday afternoon at the Dale F. Halton Arena.
Senior guard Loren Stokes (Buffalo, NY) had 24 points for Hofstra, while junior guard Antoine Agudio (Huntington Station, NY) added 22 and sophomore forward Zygis Sestokas (Vilnius, Lithuania) had a career-high. Charlotte senior guard De'Angelo Alexander tied Goldwire for game-high honors with 26. The Pride had won its last three season openers, since falling at Gonzaga in its first game of the 2002-03 season. Hofstra is now 4-2 in opening games under Head Coach Tom Pecora.
The Pride trailed 47-29 at the break, but almost came all the way back in the first three minutes of the second half, scoring 13 unanswered points in the first 2:25 after the break to pull within 47-42. Stokes had seven of the Pride's points during the run.
Hofstra was unable to get any closer than five points, though, until the final two minutes, when Stokes hit a foul shot with 1:23 left to pull within 77-73. A running jumper in the paint from Agudio while being fouled cut the score to 81-77 with 42 seconds left, but Agudio missed the ensuing foul shot. The Pride forced a steal off the rebound, and senior guard Carlos Rivera (San German, PR) had an open look at a three-pointer to cut the lead to one, but had it hit off the rim. After two Goldwire foul shots, Rivera's three-pointer with 24 seconds left cut the lead to 83-80, which was as close as Hofstra came in the second half, but Goldwire shot 4-of-4 from the line after that point to seal it.
- From Hofstra Media Relations