Hempstead, NY (Jan. 31) - Junior guard Antoine Agudio scored a season-high 30 points and senior guard Loren Stokes added 21 as the Hofstra Men's Basketball team captured a 79-68 win over Virginia Commonwealth on Wednesday evening at the Mack Sports Complex.
The win improves Hofstra's record to 17-6 on the season, including 10-2 in the Colonial Athletic Association. It was also the Pride's 27th consecutive regular season home win, and its 21st straight CAA home win. VCU slips to19-4 on the season and 11-1 in the CAA, while seeing its overall 10-game winning streak snapped. That tied the longest winning streak for any CAA team this season, matching the 10-game win streak Drexel had, which was also snapped by Hofstra (55-53 in overtime on Jan. 11).
Agudio shot 10-17 from the floor and 4-7 from three-point territory on the day, as the Pride's backcourt completely dominated their VCU counterparts. Senior guard Carlos Rivera added 10 points, giving the Pride 61 points from its three starting guards. VCU's three-man backcourt of Eric Maynor (15 points), B.A. Walker (11 points), and Jesse Pellot-Rosa (five points), combined to score just 31.
Hofstra took a 33-28 lead into halftime and never trailed in the second half. VCU got as close as one point (51-50) on a three-pointer from Pellot-Rosa with 9:04 to play, but Hofstra answered with five straight points, capped off by an Agudio three-pointer, to make the score 56-50. A Maynor lay-up pulled the Rams within 59-56 at the 5:43 mark, but the Pride responded with a 6-0 run, capped off by an old-fashioned three-point play from Stokes to take control at 65-56 with 4:13 left.
The Pride committed only six turnovers in the entire game against VCU's pressing defense which had been forcing over 17 a game coming into the contest. Jamal Shuler led the Rams with 17 points off the bench, while Wil Fameni chipped in with 15 points and a game-high 14 rebounds in a losing effort.
Agudio and Stokes both scored over 20 points, maintaining their status of one of only two sets of teammates in the country (along with VMI's Reggie Williams and Chavis Holmes) who both average over 20 points (Agudio entered the game at 20.0 and Stokes at 20.9). Stokes increased his career scoring total to 1,978 points, leaving him 22 shy of becoming the fifth player in school history to score 2,000 points.