Hempstead, NY - The Hofstra Men's Basketball team will head to Fairfax, VA on Saturday to take on George Mason. The game, which tips at 5 p.m., will air on the NBC Sports Network.
The contest can also be heard on the radio via WLIB (1190 AM) and through GoHofstra.com.
Hofstra (5-12, 2-2 CAA) enters this nationally-televised contest having played solid basketball since the start of 2013. The Pride is currently 2-2 in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play and is coming off a tough 65-60 loss at league-leading Northeastern on Wednesday. Hofstra had a pair of chances to knot the score in the final seconds but three-pointers from senior guards Matt Grogan and Stevie Mejia were off the mark and allowed the Huskies to escape with the narrow victory.
Senior forward David Imes gave Hofstra a great effort in Boston as he led the Pride with 19 points, including five three-pointers, to fall one point shy of a career-high in points. Imes also added five rebounds, three assists and three blocks in 37 minutes of action. The five three-pointers marked a new career-high for Imes. In addition, thanks to research done by Jerry Beach, Imes is just the third Hofstra player since the 1989-90 season to have a game in their career with at least five three-pointers and a game in their career with at least 15 rebounds. Imes pulled down a career-best 17 rebounds twice, including at UNCW on February 23, 2011.
Junior forward Stephen Nwaukoni also had a solid outing for Hofstra and continues to earn more playing time. The third-year player notched a career-high 34 minutes, while scoring 11 points and pulling down a game-high eight caroms.
Imes is third on the team in scoring with 6.9 points per game, while Nwaukoni is fourth with 6.6 per contest. Nwaukoni leads the team with 7.7 rebounds per game as well. Imes’ 20 three-pointers are second on the team, trailing only sophomore guard Taran Buie’s 27. Buie is the squad’s leading scorer at 14.3 per game, while senior guard Stevie Mejia ranks second with 10.8 points and leads the way with 4.2 assists per outing.
George Mason enters Saturday’s game sporting a 10-7 overall record and a 3-2 conference mark. The Patriots have won three of their last four games, including a 68-57 win over James Madison on Tuesday.
The Patriots only have one player averaging double figures as Sherrod Wright leads the team with 17.9 points per game.
George Mason leads the all-time series with Hofstra, 13-8, with all 21 meetings occurring since the Pride joined the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) in 2001-02. The Patriots won both meetings a season ago, by ten points in Fairfax and by five points in Hempstead. In 2010-11 the teams split the season series with each winning on their respective home courts.
Following the game against the Patriots Hofstra will return home for a pair of games at the Mack Sports Complex. The Pride hosts Drexel next Wednesday at 7 p.m. before entertaining UNCW on Saturday (January 26) at 2 p.m. For tickets to both games call (516) HOF-TIXX.