Hofstra's 13 three-pointers do number on Towson, 67-61

College Basketball

February 26, 2004|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

Towson's zone defense held Hofstra's Kenny Adeleke, probably the best player in the Colonial Athletic Association, to two field goals last night at the Towson Center.

That was the good news.

The bad news for Towson was that the Pride still tied the arena record with 13 three-point baskets to notch a 67-61 victory, the team's fourth in a row.

Sophomore Aurimas Kieza hit six three-pointers to equal the Towson Center individual record and matched his career high with 20 points as Hofstra (14-13, 10-7 CAA) strengthened its chances to avoid the first-round play-in game in the league tournament.

The defeat was the 11th straight for the Tigers, whose previous win was Jan. 19 against UNC-Wilmington.

"I'm proud of our effort," Towson coach Michael Hunt said. "We could have easily folded. A lot of people think we have nothing to play for."

Hofstra coach Tom Pecora said the Tigers are "a team that just might shake some people up. A lot of teams just lay down when they're under .500, but not them."

Towson (6-20, 3-14) must beat James Madison at home Saturday to avoid finishing in last place in the regular season.

In what was primarily a zone-vs.-zone battle, the Tigers kept pace all night, but the Pride had an answer when the margin tightened. With a little more than seven minutes to play, Towson trailed 51-49 before Hofstra unleashed its decisive run.

Kieza made two long three-pointers, then drove for another basket to give Hofstra a commanding lead with 2:39 remaining.

Three missed foul shots by the Pride allowed Towson to stay in contention, but Adeleke (11 points, seven rebounds) made four free throws in the final 30 seconds.

"The game was played at the pace that kind of put everybody to sleep," Pecora said. "But we're playing with seven guys, really, and we're trying to get to the second half without deep foul trouble."

Said Hunt: "We did a nice job of limiting what Adeleke could do. But they haven't shot the ball from the three-point line like that pretty much all year."

Towson's only senior, Jamaal Gilchrist, had 14 points. Mike Green, despite being ill, had nine points, five assists and four steals.

HOFSTRA-Walker 0-3 0-1 0, Kieza 7-12 0-0 20, Adeleke 2-7 7-8 11, Stokes 7-14 1-3 16, Washington 3-7 0-1 9, Souffrant 0-2 0-0 0, Radziejewski 3-5 1-1 10, Alston 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 22-50 10-16 67. TOWSON-Hamm 0-6 2-2 2, Pease 4-10 0-0 11, Dixon 3-5 4-5 10, Green 3-7 2-2 9, Gilchrist 5-14 0-0 14, Jackson 2-5 0-0 4, Petkunas 1-2 0-0 3, Tubbs 1-3 0-0 2, Goode 2-2 2-3 6. Totals 21-54 10-12 61. Half-Hofstra, 28-21. 3-point goals-H 13-30 (Kieza 6-11, Radziewjewski 3-5, Washington 3-5, Stokes 1-2, Walker 0-2, Souffrant 0-2, Adeleke 0-1); T 9-24 (Gilchrist 4-9, Pease 3-7, Petkunas 1-2, Green 1-4, Jackson 0-2). Fouled out-none. Rebounds-H 31 (Adeleke 7); T 36 (Hamm 7). Assists-H 16 (Washington, Radziewjewski 4); T 17 (Green 4). Total fouls-H 15; T 20. A-806.

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