Men’s Basketball Beats Hofstra in Double Overtime, 85-78

Posted: January 18, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

After Mason needed a three-point play to force overtime and a three-pointer to force double overtime, the Patriots held off a late Hofstra rally to take an 85-78 win in double overtime.

It was Mason’s first win in Hempstead, N.Y., since Jan. 14, 2002, and the Patriots’ first road win in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) this season.

John Vaughan’s layup and free throw with 1:02 to go in regulation tied the score at 64-64 and ultimately led to overtime.

With Mason down three in overtime, Vaughan hit a three-pointer with 4.1 seconds to go to force double overtime. Will Thomas owned the opening minutes of the extra period, scoring five straight points to put Mason ahead 77-72 with 2:34 to play.

Hofstra did pull to within two, but Mason made enough free throws down the stretch to hold on for the win. Mason was nine of 11 from the free throw line in the final period.

Will Thomas had a career-high 29 points and nine rebounds while going 12 of 15 from the floor. Vaughan added 18 points, seven rebounds and three assists, while Folarin Campbell had 10 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

Hofstra got 19 points from Charles Jenkins, while Dane Johnson had 14 points and 12 rebounds. Darren Townes added 12 on 6 of 8 shooting, while Antoine Agudio, the CAA’s leading scorer coming into the game at 25.1 points per game, had 19, and he handed out a career-high seven assists.

Mason (12-5, 4-2) played a bit sloppily in the early going, turning the ball over and allowing Hofstra to get some good looks at the basket. Things changed dramatically when Jordan Carter checked into the game with a little more than 10 minutes to go in the first half.

Mason trailed 21-15 at the time but immediately went on an 11-0 run to take a 26-21 lead. After Hofstra (3-12, 1-5) closed to 26-25, Mason went on an 8-0 run to go up 34-25. The 19-4 run lasted a little more than seven minutes. Hofstra didn’t get discouraged, though, closing the half with a 9-2 run to make a 36-34 Mason lead at the break.

The Patriots were 15 of 27 in the half, while Hofstra was 15 of 28. Mason was 5 of 11 from three-point range, while the Pride was 2 of 5. Hofstra was 2 of 4 from the free throw line while Mason was 1-1.

Thomas was 6 of 6 from the field in the first half for a game-high 12 points. Meanwhile, Agudio was just 2 of 6 in the half for just four points. Charles Jenkins and Darren Townes picked up the slack, combining to score 17 points on 8 of 13 shooting.

In the second half, Mason led 49-46 with 12:06 to go. Hofstra proceeded to go on a 12-1 run that gave the Pride control of the contest. Despite that run, Mason rallied down the stretch, holding Hofstra without a field goal over the final 4:28 and to just two points over that period.

Several milestones were reached in the game. Folarin Campbell moved into fourth place on the school’s career assists list. Will Thomas picked up his 800th career rebound, while John Vaughan picked up his 700th career point.

Mason will next take the court on Saturday when the Patriots play at James Madison at 8 p.m. That game will be televised on MASN.

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