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WBB: Hofstra Holds Off Georgia State

Courtesy: Hofstra Athletic Communications
Release: 01/10/2013

Hempstead, NY - Andreana Thomas flirted with a triple-double with 11 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds, and Shante Evans added 18 points and eight rebounds as Hofstra held off a late rally from Georgia State to post a 64-63 win. The victory was Hofstra's fifth consecutive win.

The Pride improved to 6-7 on the season and 2-0 in Colonial Athletic Association play, while Georgia State drops to 8-5, 0-2 in the CAA with its third straight loss.

With her 18 points, Evans is now four points from breaking Dia LaBella's school scoring mark of 1,840 points. Evans now has 1,837 career points.   

The two teams played a tightly contested first half, with Hofstra taking a 34-31 advantage at the break thanks to a buzzer-beating three-pointer from Thomas. Georgia State had taken a 15-10 lead 8:38 into the half, using an 11-6 run to snap a 4-4 tie. Cody Paulk and Ashley Watson each had four points for the Panthers in the run.  

The Pride responded with six straight points to take a 16-15 lead with 9:55 to play on a Thomas layup. The teams traded the lead twice before the Panthers went ahead 21-18 on a pair of Kayla Nolan free throws with 7:57 on the clock. But Annie Payton tied the score with a three-pointer, and later gave the Pride a 25-24 lead with a layup with 4:27 remaining. Hofstra would build the lead up to five, 29-24, layups from Evans and Payton with 2:43 to play. But the Panthers had one last run in them and tied the score at 31 with 1:21 to play on a three-pointer from Gaby Moss. Each team had three empty possessions in the final minute, before Thomas' half-ending basket that gave the Pride the three-point edge.

Hofstra opened the second half with a 13-0 run to take a 47-31 lead with 16:46 left to play. Evans had seven points in the run, while Deven Green added four points. The Panthers finally got on the board in the second half on a Paulk layup after missing its first five shots and committing four turnovers. The Pride would build the advantage up to 17, 51-34, on an Asia Jackson jumper with 12:32 to play.

The Panthers would claw back to within eight, 58-50, on Maryam Dogo's put back on an offensive rebound with 7:32 to play. But a long Candace Bond two-point jumper gave the Pride a double-digit lead once again with just over seven minutes remaining. Georgia State cut the deficit to seven, 64-57, on a three-pointer from Ashlee Cole with 3:56 to play.

That basket keyed a 9-0 run for the Panthers that made it a one-point game with 1:43 to play. But neither team could convert on the offensive end the rest of the way as the Pride held on for the one-point win.

Hofstra, which did not score for the final 4:58, also got a strong contribution from Payton who had 16 points (14 in the first half). Paulk led Georgia State with 14 points, eight rebounds and five steals.

The contest ended a five-game home stand for the Pride, who take to the road for a CAA contest at George Mason on Sunday at 2 p.m.

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