Nebraska falls to Hofstra in NIT

Hempstead, N.Y. --- Antoine Agudio and Loren Stokes combined for 44 points and the Huskers were limited to 34.5 percent shooting from the floor as Hofstra earned a 73-62 victory over Nebraska Thursday in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament (NIT).

With the win, the Pride improved to 25-6 on the season and posted its first-ever Division I postseason victory. Nebraska dropped to 19-14 to finish the year.

Agudio scored 18 of his 21 points in the second half, helping HU hold off a pair of Nebraska runs.

The Pride moved out to its largest lead of the game at 19 points, 52-33, on an Agudio layup with 11:57 to play before the Huskers came storming back. Nebraska held Hofstra without a point for nearly four minutes as the Huskers went on an 11-0 run.

Freshman guard Jamel White, who was playing in front of nearly 50 family and friends from his nearby native Brooklyn, N.Y., hit back-to-back 3-pointers 34 seconds apart to cut the lead to 13. Following a Jason Dourisseau free throw, Wes Wilkinson added a basket off a nice pass from White and Aleks Maric capped the run with a pair of made shots from the charity stripe.

Stokes, who scored 13 of his game-high 23 points in the opening period, ended the run with a basket at the 8:04 mark. Stokes and Agudio then combined to score eight of the Prides' last nine baskets, including pushing HU to an 8-1 run in a little over three minutes to give Hofstra a 66-50 lead with 2:00 to play.

The talented guards helped HU hit 50.0 percent from the field in the second half and 47.7 percent for the game. Nebraska hit just 33.3 percent in the second period, and held just a 41-37 advantage on the glass despite a commanding height advantage.

In the first period, HU started out strong, opening a quick 6-0 lead in the first two minutes as Aurimas Kieza and Stokes each got got free for a 3-pointer. The Pride hit just 2-of-10 from 3-point range the rest of the half.

Nebraska got on the board with an Aleks Maric free throw and hit its first basket at the 17:15 mark when Wes Wilkinson drained a trey from the corner. After trailing 13-6 at the 16:09 mark, the Huskers used a 10-0 run, including a pair of baskets from Wilkinson and Maric, to take its first lead at 16-15 with 12:38 to play. NU held the Pride without a point for nearly five minutes in the run. The teams went back and forth and were tied at 21-all before Hofstra surged ahead to end the period.

Hofstra used a 15-3 run over the final 6:50 of the half to take command of the game. The Pride got three baskets from Stokes and five points from Adrian Uter in the run to move ahead 36-24 at the intermission. Nebraska shot just 35.7 percent from the floor in the opening period.

Dourisseau finished with a team-high 15 points, including hitting an impressive 9-of-12 from the charity stripe, while White added four 3-pointers and 14 points to go with a career-high six assists. Maric finished with 12 rebounds -- and ended the season just one rebound shy of the NU single-season top 10 -- while adding five blocked shots. The five blocks were a Nebraska postseason record.


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