Dec. 28, 2006
NEW YORK (AP) -Loren Stokes hit an 18-foot jumper with 2.2 seconds to play to give Hofstra a 65-63 victory over Saint Joseph's on Thursday night in the opening round of the Aeropostale Holiday Festival at Madison Square Garden.
Stokes, who finished with 15 points, dribbled the ball near midcourt as the clock ticked down, then began a driving move on freshman Jawan Carter. When he got just inside the 3-point line he stopped and hit the jumper.
Carter's heave from about 35 feet bounced off the backboard at the buzzer.
The win was the Pride's seventh in eight games and moves them into the championship game on Friday night against the winner of the Boston University-St. John's game.
Hofstra (7-4) trailed 48-37 with 13:17 to play when Stokes scored the first five points of an 8-0 run. The Hawks (6-5) still led 57-50 with 9:21 left, but they managed just one field goal the rest of the way, suddenly struggling against Hofstra's 2-3 zone defense.
Two free throws by Antoine Agudio with 5:15 left put the Pride up 60-58 lead, their first lead since 12-10.
Carter made the second of two free throws, the first rattled in and out, with 31 seconds left to tie the game at 63. Hofstra called a timeout with 23 seconds left and ran the clock down for Stokes' game-winner.
Carlos Rivera had 15 points for Hofstra, which had a six-game winning streak snapped at Syracuse last week, and Agudio had 14. Chris Gadley had eight points and nine rebounds in 24 minutes for the Pride, who won this tournament in 1998 and 1999 and advanced to the championship game in 2000.
Ahmad Nivins, who missed the Hawks' last game against St. Mary's with a sprained ankle, had 14 points and Robert Ferguson added 12.
The Hawks, who have lost four of six, shot 56 percent in the first half (15-for-27) and finished at 50 percent despite missing six of their last seven shots.