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Towson 94, Hofstra 91

TOWSON, Md. (AP) -- Gary Neal scored 34 points, Lawrence Hamm
added 22 and Towson withstood a barrage of Hofstra 3-pointers in a
94-91 victory Thursday night.

Tim Crossin had 10 points and 10 assists and Dennard Abraham
scored 15 for the Tigers (7-7, 3-2 Colonial Athletic Association),
who have won two straight and four of five.

Hofstra (10-3, 3-2 CAA) got career-highs of 29 points from
Antoine Agudio and 25 from Carlos Rivera, but saw a six-game
winning steak snapped. Loren Stokes scored 19 for the Pride, which
hit a school-record 15 3-pointers in 27 attempts.

The loss deprived Hofstra of its best-ever start at the Division
I level.

Towson never trailed after Hamm banked home an alley-oop feed
from Crossin for a 56-54 lead with 14:46 remaining in regulation.

Rivera scored 18 second-half points and Hofstra tied it at 86 on
Agudio's trey with 1:13 left. But Neal, who was 6-for-8 on 3-point
attempts, scored 12 of the Tigers' final 13 points, icing it with a
pair of free throws with 5.3 seconds remaining.

Agudio's desperation 3 from the left wing at the buzzer hit the
back of the rim and bounced wide.

Hofstra started 3-for-15 from the field and finished 12-for-28
for the first half, yet still rallied for a 45-43 halftime lead on
Agudio's 3-pointer out of the left corner with 2.7 seconds
remaining.

A 15-3 Pride run midway through the half erased a 30-15 Towson
lead, the product of a 12-1 Towson surge capped by consecutive 3s
from Abraham. Hofstra was 8-for-11 from beyond the arc, three of
the 3s coming from Agudio, and made 13 of 21 free throws.

Neal had 13 first-half points for the Tigers, who didn't trail
until Agudio's 3 with 22 seconds left made it 42-41.