Marist beats Hofstra 73-67 for third place in Holiday Festival
NEW YORK (AP)—Louie McCroskey scored 18 points and Marist went 7-for-8 from the free-throw line over the final 1:11 to beat Hofstra 73-67 Saturday and take third place in the Aeropostale Holiday Festival.
Jay Gavin, who made four free throws in the final 24 seconds, had 16 points for the Red Foxes (7-6), who lost 62-59 to St. John’s in the opening round.
Charles Jenkins had a season-high 21 points and fellow freshman guard Nathaniel Lester added 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Pride (2-8), the defending champions who again played without senior guard Antoine Agudio, the nation’s second-leading scorer with a 26.8 average.
Agudio sprained his left ankle in practice Wednesday and missed the 84-59 loss to Virginia Tech in the opening round.
Ben Farmer’s 3-pointer 54 seconds into the second half gave Marist a 40-28 lead, its biggest of the game.
Hofstra then scored seven straight points as part of an 11-2 run that made cut the deficit to 43-39 with 14:27 to play.
Jenkins made two free throws to cap a 7-2 surge that gave the Pride a 48-47 lead with 12:03 left.
But McCroskey hit his fourth 3-pointer of the game a minute later to give the Red Foxes the lead for good and Gavin added another one with 9:14 left to make it 53-48.
Marist, which had lost three straight, needed the clutch free-throw shooting in the final minute when the Pride were able to get five offensive rebounds in the last 34 seconds but they only turned them into six points.
Agudio has 1,878 points in his career, the rest of Hofstra’s roster entered the game with 916.