Nov. 29, 2005
NEW YORK (AP) - Loren Stokes scored 19 points and Hofstra held St. John's scoreless over the final 8 minutes in a 64-51 victory Tuesday night.
The Pride (2-1) led by 11 points early, trailed by 15 in the first half and then pulled away for their third straight win over the Red Storm (3-1) and fourth in six meetings.
Antoine Agudio added 16 points for Hofstra, which opened the game with an 11-0 run. That lead was gone in 9 minutes as Cedric Jackson's 3-pointer put St. John's up 22-2 with 6:56 left in the half.
Hofstra didn't make a field goal over the final 9:25 of the half, missing seven shots and committing five turnovers as the Red Storm went up by as much as 40-25 on the way to a 40-27 halftime lead.
The Pride tied it at 50 on a rebound basket by Aurimas Kieza with 9:44 to go. The Red Storm went up 51-50 on a rebound basket by Lamont Hamilton with 8:05 to play, their last points.
St. John's missed its final 11 shots, including seven 3-pointers. The Red Storm were 5-for-29 from the field in the second half, 1-for-16 from beyond the arc.
Hamilton had 18 points and 11 rebounds for St. John's, which played without leading scorer Daryll Hill. The junior guard, who averages 15.3 points, bruised his knee in the win over Niagara on Saturday.
The game was the second straight against a Big East opponent for Hofstra, a member of the Colonial Athletic Association. The Pride lost to Notre Dame 69-50 last week and are 5-7 against the Big East since 1999-00.
Hamilton had 14 points in the first half as St. John's was able to get inside against Hofstra's 2-3 zone, outrebounding the Pride 21-11. In the second half, the Pride double- and triple-teamed Hamilton and St. John's was unable to hit from the outside.
The Red Storm finished with a 40-32 rebound advantage and they blocked seven shots.