Hofstra 73, Nebraska 62
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP)—Loren Stokes scored 23 points as Hofstra earned its first postseason victory in 33 years at the Division I level and extended its home winning streak to 21 with a 73-62 win over Nebraska in the opening round of the National Invitation Tournament on Thursday night.
Stokes shot 11-of-20 from the field, and Antoine Agudio scored 21 points on 9-for-16 shooting for Hofstra (25-6), which lost its previous two NIT appearances in 1999 and 2005. Adrian Uter, who made all six of his shots, had 13 points as the Pride shot 47.8 percent (31-for-65) for the game.
Hofstra, whose home winning streak is second to Gonzaga’s 40 in a row, will play at Saint Joseph’s (19-13) in the second round Monday. The Hawks beat Rutgers 71-62 in its first-round game Thursday.
Jason Dourisseau scored 15 points to lead Nebraska (19-14), which was playing in its 14th NIT and won in 1996. Jamel White had 14 points, while Aleks Maric added nine and a game-high 12 rebounds.
Hofstra gained its largest lead at 52-33 on Agudio’s layup at 11:57 of the second half. The Cornhuskers got within eight, at 52-44 with 8:56 left as White made a pair of 3-pointers in an 11-0 run that ended on Maric’s two foul shots.
Holding a 58-49 lead with 5:09 left, the Pride went on an 8-1 run, started by a layup by Stokes and a dunk by Agudio to make it 66-50 with 2 minutes remaining.
The Pride scored the first six points of the game in jumping out to a 13-6 lead at 16:13. Agudio, who led the run with five points, closed it with a 3. He broke his own school record with his 85th 3-pointer.
Nebraska scored 10 unanswered points to take a 16-13 lead at 12:39, capped by Charles Richardson’s layup.
With the score tied at 21, the Pride went on an 11-0 run to take a 32-21 lead at 2:32 as Stokes and Carlos Rivera each had four points.