Hofstra Barely Escapes Georgia State
Hempstead, NY -- Senior guard Loren Stokes had 18 points, seven rebounds, five assists and the go-ahead basket with 18 seconds left as the Hofstra Men's Basketball team pulled out a 62-59 win over Georgia State on Saturday afternoon at the Mack Sports Complex in the Colonial Athletic Association opener for both teams.
The win was the Pride's fourth in a row and improved its record to 4-3 on the season, including 1-0 in the CAA. It was also Hofstra's 21st straight regular season home win, and its 17th straight home conference win. Georgia State, meanwhile, slips to 3-4 overall and 0-1 in conference play with the loss.
Junior guard Antoine Agudio tied the Hofstra career record for three-pointers with his 192nd late in the first half. He had three more chances to break the record, but ended up tied with Norman Richardson (1997-2001) for first in only his junior season.
Hofstra led 31-19 at the half, and led by as many as 15 in the second half, before a late Georgia State run nearly gave the Panthers a come-from-behind win. Senior forward Lance Perique tied the score with a three-pointer with 2:25 left at 57-57, then gave Georgia State its only lead of the second half on a jumper in the paint with 2:30 to play
Agudio made one of two foul shots with 1:02 left, and Hofstra forced a 35-second violation with smothering defense on the ensuing possession. Stokes then drove into the paint and hit a five-foot running bank shot from the right side of the lane to give the Pride back the lead at 60-59 with 18 seconds left.
Hofstra then forced junior guard Ron Larris into a tough running jumper on Georgia State's ensuing possession, and sophomore forward Mike Davis-Sabb came down with the rebound in traffic. Davis-Sabb then made two foul shots with eight seconds left, and Georgia State was unable to get off a tying three-point attempt, as Hofstra's defense trapped the Panthers in the corner and forced sophomore guard Leonard Mendez into a travel with seven-tenths of a second left.
Stokes shot 7-of-14 on the day for the Pride on his way to 18 points, while Davis-Sabb added 14 points (on 5-of-7 shooting) and eight rebounds. Agudio and senior guard Carlos Rivera each finished with 10 points. Perique led the way for Georgia State with 17 points, while Larris and Ryan McBride each had 12 and Deven Dickerson added 10 off the bench.