Wilmington, NC (Jan. 3) - Guards Loren Stokes (Buffalo, NY), Antoine Agudio and Carlos Rivera combined for 65 points as the Hofstra Men's Basketball team captured an 80-69 double-overtime win over UNC Wilmington on Wednesday evening at Trask Coliseum.
The Pride improves to 9-4 on the season and 2-0 in the Colonial Athletic Association, while winning its third straight game and ninth in its last 10. Hofstra also captured its first-ever win at UNC Wilmington, after losing its first five meetings at Trask Coliseum since joining the CAA in 2001-02. The Seahawks slip to 3-8 overall and 0-2 in the CAA with the loss.
Stokes finished with 26 points, Agudio had 23, including a career-high tying six three-pointers, and Rivera added 16 points and a career-high tying 10 assists. The threesome entered the contest as the highest scoring three-man backcourt combination in the country at 50.3 points per game, and exceeded that average by 15.
Hofstra had chances to win at the end of regulation and the end of the first overtime. After a Stokes jumper gave the Pride a 61-59 lead with 1:02 left, UNC Wilmington guard Temi Soyebo answered with a driving lay-up to even the score. Hofstra held the ball for the last shot, but Stokes missed a 15-footer with two seconds left, leaving the score deadlocked at 61-61.
In overtime, the Pride trailed by two in the final minute after Soyebo converted on another driving lay-up, but Hofstra answered when it came up with an alley-oop to Stokes out of a time-out to even the score. The Pride then forced a turnover with a midcourt trap on the Seahawks' ensuing possession, but Rivera missed a driving lay-up as time expired to leave the score tied at 65-65.
In the second overtime, the supporting cast stepped up as sophomore forward Zygis Sestokas (Vilnius, Lithuania) gave the Pride the lead for good with a three-pointer at 70-67 off a feed from Rivera. Sophomore forward Mike Davis-Sabb then converted an old fashioned three-play off another Rivera assist to stretch the lead to 73-67. Rivera then capped off the run with a driving lay-up to extend the lead to eight, and the Pride was able to cruise from there.
UNC Wilmington opened the game with its usual starting five on the bench, and the Pride jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead on three-pointers from Agudio and Sestokas. However, the Seahawks responded and took an 8-6 lead on a three-pointer from Daniel Fountain at the 16:38 mark. UNC Wilmington led by as many as 10 points in the first half at 28-18, but Agudio scored Hofstra's last nine points of the opening stanza on two three-pointers and three foul shots to pull the Pride within 34-31 at the break.
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