Immediate Release: December 1, 2005
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - Hofstra (3-1) opened the second half with a 22-9 run to pull away from visiting Binghamton (0-5), 69-55, in a men's college basketball game Thursday night from Hofstra Arena. The Pride stretched a seven-point halftime lead to as many as 22 points and held the Bearcats to just 34% shooting for the game.
"Hofstra's a good basketball team," head coach Al Walker said. " We were able to do some nice things in the first half but missed some chippies and couldn't hold them down. We had some good looks and have to finish better. There were some good things that came out of this though. We're still struggling off bench but our team is getting better. I like what our starting five did tonight."
Sophomore guard Antoine Agudio led four Hofstra players in double figures with a game-high 19 points.
"Sebastian was a warrior tonight," Walker said. "He was working down there."
The team's leading scorer, senior guard Andre Heard (Oklahoma City, Okla.) struggled through a 4-for-11 shooting night before fouling out with 7:54 remaining.
Hofstra jumped out of the gate quickly, scoring the game's first seven points and limiting BU to just two field goals in the game's first 7:16. The Pride made seven of their first 11 shots and built an early 17-7 lead. Binghamton twice cut its deficit to three before Hofstra used a 9-0 run to stretch its lead to 34-22 with 3:40 remaining. The Bearcats pulled it back to single digits by halftime, and trailed 37-30 at intermission despite hitting just 1-of-10 three-point attempts and shooting under 30% for nearly the entire half.
But BU's shooting woes continued in the second half and the Pride capitalized. Binghamton missed 11 of its first 16 shots and Hofstra embarked on the decisive run.
Binghamton next plays Saturday afternoon at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights.
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