POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) -- Gibran Washington scored half of his 10 points in the final 1:01 Tuesday night and Hofstra beat Marist 79-74 in the opening round of the Preseason NIT.
The Pride advanced to the second round and will play at Georgia
Tech on Thursday night. Georgia Tech beat Louisiana-Lafayette 79-45
Washington, a sophomore guard, gave the Pride the lead for good
when he hit his only 3-pointer of the game as the shot clock was
running out, making it 76-74 with 1:01 to play.
Danny Walker made one free throw with 31 seconds left to give
Hofstra a three-point lead.
Marist then missed two shots -- a 3-pointer by Pierre Monagan and
a follow in the lane by Chris Handy -- before Washington came up
with the loose rebound on the sideline and went downcourt for a
layup with five seconds left that made it 79-74.
Walker, a senior forward who missed all last season with an
ankle injury, led Hofstra with 21 points, 15 on 5-for-9 shooting
from 3-point range. Wendell Gibson had 16 points on 7-for-9
shooting. Kenny Adeleke had seven points and 13 rebounds for the
Pride, who were 8-21 last season.
Brandon Ellerbee, who was 6-for-11 from 3-point range, had 25
points for the Red Foxes. Monagan, a junior college transfer, had
12 points and eight assists.
Both teams had 10 3-pointers in their season opener, Hofstra in
20 attempts and Marist in 24.