Monday , Mar , 20 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Pride boasts overtime NIT win versus Saint Joseph’s

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Antoine Agudio scored a game-high 24
points to help lead the Hofstra Pride to a 77-75 overtime victory against the
Saint Joseph’s Hawks in the second round of the NIT from Alumni Memorial
Fieldhouse.

Aguido, who played 45 minutes on the night, shot 5-of-10 beyond the arc for
the Pride (26-6), while Loren Stokes checked in with 22 points for the squad.
Aurimas Kieza added 17 points and Adrian Uter nine points, nine rebounds and
five blocked shots before fouling out.

The Hawks (19-14) were paced by Abdulai Jalloh, whose last-second shot in
overtime failed to connect, finished with 21 points, eight rebounds and four
assists in the setback. Pat Calathes added 17 points off the bench, while Chet
Stachitas and Rob Ferguson chipped in 14 and 12 points, respectively, for the
squad that finished second to South Carolina in the postseason NIT last year.

Hofstra knocked down 51.9 percent from the field in the first half, including
5-of-11 from three-point range, in taking a 37-32 lead at the break over the
host team.

In the second half the Pride continued to shoot well from the floor at 54.2
percent, but the squad made only 2-of-7 at the free-throw line, compared to
12-of-13 for the Hawks who eventually forced overtime with the score locked at
67-67.

In the bonus session Saint Joseph’s made 4-of-8 from the floor, but failed to
make a single trip to the charity stripe, while the Pride was almost perfect
at 4-of-5 from the field in taking the two-point win.

Hofstra, which won the battle of the boards (34-30), captured the contest
despite turning the ball over 19 times and hitting on just 7-of-14 at the
charity stripe, compared to 18-of-19 for the Hawks.

With the victory the Pride, who won for just the second time in 26 tries
against Saint Joseph’s, will now face off against the winner of the
Manhattan/Old Dominion contest in the quarterfinals on Wednesday night.

HOFSTRA STJOSEPHS