7:00 PM ET, February 23, 2006
Mack Sports Complex, Hempstead, New York
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) -- Loren Stokes scored 26 points and Hofstra extended its home winning streak to 19 games with a 77-66 victory over George Mason (No. 25 ESPN/USA Today; unranked AP) on Thursday night.The Pride (21-5, 13-4 Colonial Athletic Association) tied No. 1 Duke for the second-longest home streak in the nation behind only No. 5 Gonzaga, which has won 36 straight at home.Hofstra's starters all scored in double figures and accounted for all the points for the Pride as they won for the ninth time in 10 games. The win clinched a first-round bye for Hofstra in the CAA tournament.Jai Lewis had 23 points for the Patriots (21-6, 14-3), who had an eight-game winning streak snapped. George Mason has won 20 of its last 24, with all the losses coming on the road. This one was by two more points than the other three combined.Hofstra used an impressive first half to take a 41-33 lead. The Pride shot 54.8 percent (17-for-31) in the half and that was against the league's best field-goal percentage defense. The Patriots entered allowing opponents to shoot 37.8 percent, sixth-best in the country.Even though their shooting cooled off, the Pride still led 59-51 with 10:38 left on a basket by Adrian Uter.The Patriots went on a 7-2 run capped by a 3-pointer by Folarin Campbell with 7:36 left. It was the first of three times George Mason would get within three points.The first two times, Stokes scored to restore the lead to five, and the third time it was a drive by Antoine Agudio that made it 67-62 with 3:02 left. That basket started Hofstra's game-closing 12-4 run that the Pride capped by going 6-for-8 from the free throw line over the final 1:06.Aurimas Kieza had 17 points for Hofstra, while Uter and Agudio each had 12 and Carlos Rivera added 10.Lamar Butler had 14 points for the Patriots, whose starters all average in double figures. Only Lewis and Butler were above 10 on Thursday.Hofstra finished 29-for-60 for the game (48.3 percent), the best any team has shot against George Mason since Wake Forest hit 59.6 percent in the second game of the season.
|FG Made-Attempted||26-53 (.491)||29-60 (.483)|
|3P Made-Attempted||5-18 (.278)||6-12 (.500)|
|FT Made-Attempted||9-12 (.750)||13-20 (.650)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||16 (0/0)||16 (0/0)|