ATLANTA (Dec. 4) - With five players scoring in double figures, Hofstra (6-1) raced to a fast 86-71 win over Georgia State Sunday afternoon.
The up-tempo game included 150 field goal attempts, 43 free throw attempts, 100 rebounds, 49 turnovers, 29 steals and 11 blocked shots.
Georgia State (2-4) had several early leads and the game was tied at 40 with 18:25 to go in the game. Visiting Hofstra then went on a 7-0 run that grew to a 15-3 spurt to take a 55-43 lead with 12:36 on the clock for the decisive run. Six different Hofstra players scored during the 15-3 run.
GSU got 17 points from freshman guard Kayla Nolan in her limited 22 minutes with foul trouble, with senior forward Chan Harris having a double-double day with 11 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks. Sophomore guard Kendra Long added 10 more points for the Panthers.
Hofstra, averaging 83 points per game with an average winning margin of 15 points, was led by senior guard Nicole Capurso with 20 points, including her 1,000th career point. Senior point guard Candice Bellocchio provided 16 points and eight assists. The 86 points were just the fifth highest of the seven games this year for Hofstra, which has topped 90 points three times.
GSU shot 42.3% from the field (30-71) to Hofstra's 38.0% (30-79), but GSU left 11 free points at the free throw line, making just 42% on 8-of-19, compared to Hofstra's 79% at 19-of-24. Hofstra forced 30 Georgia State turnovers and had 16 steals, while GSU forced 19 Hofstra turnovers and made 13 steals. GSU held the rebounding advantage at 52-48.
Hofstra had broken from a 30-30 tie with 2:09 in the first half with an 8-3 run to take a 38-33 lead into the halftime break.
"First, we know we have to take a lot better care of the basketball and make free throws because you can't win a game with 30 turnovers," said head coach Sharon Baldwin-Tener. "Hofstra is a good team as their record and scoring indicates. They have a lot of veterans and a lot of players who can score, not just one or two like some teams. We started two freshmen and a sophomore and know we will get better as the year goes on, so we think we'll be real competitive this year and start getting some wins soon."
Georgia State takes a 10-day break between games to take semester final exams before returning to host city rival Kennesaw State on Dec. 14.