MBB: Hofstra Drops Road Decision At Purdue
Courtesy: Hofstra Athletic Communications
West Lafayette, IN – Freshman forward Jimmy Hall led all scorers with 17 points and sophomore center Moussa Kone added 12 points, but Purdue jumped out to a big halftime advantage en route to a 83-54 win over Hofstra on Sunday afternoon at Mackey Arena.
Hall added five rebounds and three steals in the game, while Kone chipped in with four rebounds and two blocks.
After the Boilermakers led 42-17 at the break, Hofstra played Purdue tough the rest of the way before falling in the opening game of the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project.
The loss drops Hofstra’s record to 0-2 this season, while Purdue evens its mark at 1-1.
Neither team could get on track offensively in the opening couple of minutes until Kone gave Hofstra the early 2-0 advantage with a lay-up at the 17:30 mark of the opening stanza.
Purdue immediately responded and scored the game’s next 10 points to lead 10-2 with 14:28 remaining in the half following a jumper from Anthony Johnson.
The Boilermakers would continue to expand their advantage throughout the first half as they used a 19-3 run over a six-minute span to turn a 12-5 lead into a 31-8 advantage with 6:31 left before intermission.
Purdue’s lead would grow to as many as 29 with 1:03 left before two free throws from Kone and a bucket from freshman guard Kentrell Washington with two seconds left accounted for the halftime score of 42-17. Sophomore guard Shaquille Stokes led Hofstra with six first half points, while Kone chipped in with five.
Hofstra would score the first five points of the second half as Hall got a tip-in before converting a three-point play to cut the deficit to 42-22.
That would be as close as Hofstra would get, though, as Purdue scored the game’s next nine points, forcing a Pride timeout. The Boilermakers would add to the run after the break in action, scoring three more during the spurt to make it 12-0 run in all and giving the home squad a 54-22 lead roughly five minutes into the second stanza.
Later in the contest Hofstra did use a 13-4 run, courtesy of some great energy from Kone, to cut the Purdue lead to 66-42 with under eight minutes to play in regulation.
Hofstra’s offensive flow improved greatly in the second stanza as the Pride shot 41.2% from the field after the break, up from 23.8% in the first 20 minutes.
Anthony Johnson led Purdue with 14 points, while Sandi Marcius added 11 points and five rebounds.
Hofstra returns to action next weekend when it hosts the Hempstead Subregional of the 2K Sports benefiting Wounded Warrior Project. The three-day, six-game, four-team subregional will feature Hofstra, along with South Dakota State, District of Columbia and Marshall. For ticket information please call (516) HOF-TIXX.