For Immediate Release: November 27, 2004
Contact: John Hartrick
Phone: 607-777-6800

Cold shooting hurts Binghamton men's basketball in 76-63 loss to Hofstra
BU hits on just 33% from the field in home-opener

Box score

VESTAL, N.Y. - Binghamton men's basketball (1-3) continued its shooting woes and the Bearcats ran into a sharp-shooting Hofstra team (3-0) that executed its offense to near-perfection, resulting in a 76-63 Binghamton loss in front of 2,597 Saturday night at the Events Center.

The Bearcats hit 6-of-10 shots to open the game and built an early 14-5 lead. But BU then misfired on 10 consecutive shots, opening the door for Hofstra. The undefeated Pride shot 50% in the first half and used a 12-3 period-ending run to grab a 34-31 lead at intermission. Binghamton made just two field goals in the the final 10:39 of the half (2-for-17).

Hofstra then opened the second half with a 20-8 run to stretch the margin to 15. The Bearcats, who made just one field goal in the first 9:32 of the second period, twice pulled to within seven, but Hofstra made seven free throws in the final 4:10 to seal the win.

"I'm a little disappointed tonight," head coach Al Walker said. "We had a little lull in the defense. It's a new season ... we'll rebound. We acknowledge the tough schedule, but the Bearcats need to play better than this. I'm looking forward to Tuesday's game (against St. Francis)."

The Pride put four players in double figures, led by freshman Antoine Agudio, who scored a game-high 22. Agudio hit 7-of-16 from the floor, including 4-of-6 three-pointers. Junior forward Aurimas Kieza and sophomore guard Loren Stokes netted 19 and 18 points, respectively, and junior forward Adrian Uter chipped in with 10.

Junior guard Andre Heard (Oklahoma City, Okla.) scored 14 points to lead Binghamton. Heard nailed 4-of-7 three-pointers and also pulled down five rebounds. Senior forward Alex Adediran (Covington, Ga.) added 10 points in 18 minutes of work.

The teams combined for 21 three-pointers with Binghamton hitting 11-of-23 and Hofstra nailing 10-of-20.

Binghamton returns to the Events Center floor Tuesday night, hosting St. Francis at 7 p.m.


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