Hempstead, NY – The Hofstra Men’s Basketball team will make its first appearance in Towson’s brand-new SECU Arena on Monday as the Pride faces the Tigers at 7 p.m. in a game that will be televised in the New York area on SNY.
The game will also air on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, The Comcast Network Philadelphia and Comcast Sports Southeast.
On the call for SNY will be Al Koken and John Feinstein. The audio only broadcast, featuring Mike Sullivan and Dan Savarino, can be heard via the PRIDE ZONE on GoHofstra.com, the GoHofstra mobile app, WGCH.com and locally in the New York area on WGCH 1490 AM. The audio pre-game show will begin at 6:45 p.m.
This will be an important game early in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) schedule as both squads are currently 3-2 in league action and tied for second in the standings with William & Mary. Delaware is alone in first place at 6-0 in conference play.
Hofstra (7-13, 3-2 CAA) is in the midst of a three games in five day stretch as the Pride dropped a 70-57 decision to Northeastern on Saturday and will take on Drexel on Wednesday 7 p.m. at the Mack Sports Complex.
Graduate guard Dion Nesmith led Hofstra with 18 points against the Huskies, while graduate forward/guard Zeke Upshaw added 12 points and six rebounds. For Nesmith it was his fifth time this season leading the team in scoring and for Upshaw it marked his 10th straight game scoring in double figures.
Hofstra’s duo of Nesmith and Upshaw have keyed the Pride’s resurgence this season and Upshaw’s story is one of the best in college basketball this season. Upshaw leads the team in scoring at 18.8 points per game and has drained a team-best 50 three-pointers. Nesmith is Hofstra’s second-leading scorer at 12.9 points per outing and leads the way with 4.1 assists per game.
Upshaw’s season has been one for the ages. The graduate transfer from Illinois State scored just 100 points in 62 career games over three seasons with the Redbirds but has already poured in 376 points in 20 games for the Pride. His scoring average of 18.8 points per game leads Hofstra and ranks among the conference’s best. In addition, his scoring increase of 16.3 points (2.5 to 18.8) from 2012-13 leads the entire nation and that total is also among the greatest increases in college basketball dating back to the 1996-97 season.
Hofstra is 36-21 all-time against Towson in a series that dates back to the 1982-83 campaign. The Tigers won both games last season but prior to that Hofstra had won six straight in the series dating back to 2008-09. The Pride is 6-4 against the Tigers in Towson since the two schools joined the CAA in 2001-02. Hofstra won the first-ever meeting, 86-71, during the 1982-83 season.
Towson is 12-8 and 3-2 in league play this season. The Tigers have lost two straight games, most recently falling to Delaware on Saturday by the score of 83-76. Jerrelle Benimon keys every aspect of the Tigers attack as he leads Towson in nearly every statistical category. He is averaging team-bests of 18.5 points and 11.6 rebounds per game, while also ranking first on the Tigers in assists (77), blocks (34) and steals (14).
The Towson game starts a stretch for Hofstra that will see the Pride play three of its next four games on the road, with the lone home game being Wednesday’s encounter with the Dragons. For ticket information please call (516) HOF-TIXX or visit GoHofstra.com/tix.