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Hofstra Men’s Basketball edges out Quinnipiac, 72-70

 Aaron Estrada scored 29 points and went over the 1,000 career point mark as Hofstra held off a second half Quinnipiac rally to pick up a 72-70 victory Sunday evening at the Place Bell in the final game of the Northern Classic. Estrada now has 1,012 points in his career. 

The Pride moved to 6-2 on the season with the win, while the Bobcats suffered their first loss of the season and slipped to 7-1. 

The victory was not an easy one for the Pride as Quinnipiac cut a nine-point deficit with 4:54 remaining to one point on several occasions, the last with 11 seconds to play, 71-70. Estrada would hit one free throw to make it a two-point game and the Bobcats missed three shots over the final eight seconds.

Hofstra trailed just once in the game, 3-2, one minute in. The Pride then went on a 15-0 run that featured nine points from Estrada to take a 17-3 lead with 14:08 on the clock following a three-point play from Darlinstone Dubar. Quinnipiac got within nine, 20-11, with 11:26 to play in the opening half before Jaquan Carlos scored eight consecutive points to put the Pride up by 17, 28-11, with 7:51 to remaining. Hofstra would settle for a 36-28 halftime lead after the Bobcats closed the stanza on a 17-8 run.

The second half saw Quinnipiac pull within two, 44-42, with 12:36 on the clock following a layup from Tymu Chenery. Estrada responded with seven straight points to push the Hofstra lead to 51-42 with 11:24 remaining. Hofstra would lead 64-55 with 4:54 to play after Estrada’s fourth three-pointer of the game. Quinnipiac ran off eight unanswered points over the next 1:28 to make it a 64-63 game after a free throw from Ike Nweke. Dubar would score Hofstra’s next five points with a Nweke jumper in the middle to make it 69-65 with 1:30 to play. Matt Balanc would make it a one-point game, 69-68, with 1:13 to go with a three-pointer. Amar’e Marshall’s two free throws gave the Pride a three-point advantage, 71-68, with 23 seconds to play. Nweke answered with a pair from the line with 11 seconds remaining to make it 71-70 before Estrada hit one-of-two from the stripe to make it 72-70 with 10 seconds to play. That closed out the scoring as the Bobcats could not convert on three potential game-tying shots.

In addition to his 29 points, Estrada added six rebounds and six assists. Dubar scored 15 points and pulled down four rebounds, while Carlos added 14 points and three steals. Nelson Boachie-Yiadom had a team-high eight rebounds. 

Dezi Jones led Quinnipiac with 18 points, while Tyrese Williams scored 14 points. Luis Kortright chipped in with 10 points. Nweke and Paul Otieno each had eight points and tied for game-high honors with 11 rebounds. 

Hofstra is back in action on Wednesday when it renews an old rivalry with George Mason. The Pride will face the Patriots on Wednesday at 7 p.m. From 2001 to 2013, Hofstra and George Mason were conference rivals in the Colonial Athletic Association and developed a fierce rivalry. The game will air on ESPN+ and WRHU (88.7 FM) will carry an audio only broadcast as well. 

Notes:
– Today was only the second-ever meeting between Hofstra and Quinnipiac and the first since a narrow 71-68 Bobcat victory on December 1, 2002. 
– The Pride is on a two-game winning streak.
– Estrada scored 227 points at Saint Peter’s in 2019-20, 28 at Oregon in 2020-21, and has tallied 757 during his two seasons in Hempstead. 

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