Hempstead, NY – The Hofstra Men’s Basketball team will begin a short two-game road trip on Thursday when it travels to James Madison for a 7 p.m. contest from the JMU Convocation Center.
The two-game southern swing will also see the Pride head to Williamsburg to take on William & Mary on Saturday at noon. That game will be televised in the New York area on MSG.
Hofstra (5-15, 2-5 CAA) will look to get back on the winning track this week as the Pride is currently in the midst of a four-game losing skid.
The Pride continues to battle through its Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) slate as despite a 2-5 conference mark, three of Hofstra’s five league losses have been by six points or less. In their last game, Hofstra fell to UNC Wilmington by the score of 57-51. Sophomore guard Taran Buie led the Pride in scoring and rebounding against the Seahawks with 13 points and six rebounds.
Senior guard Stevie Mejia added 11 points, four assists and three steals in 38 minutes against UNCW and is now ranked first in the CAA in steals (1.9 spg) and third in assists (4.2 apg). He is the only player in the conference to rank in the top three in both categories. Mejia is also second on the team with 10.6 points per game.
Senior forward David Imes will be playing in the 100th game of his career on Thursday, which marks the Pride’s first Thursday game of the season. Up to this point it is the only day Hofstra has yet to play on this season.
After a 29-point effort vs. Drexel and the 13-point effort against UNCW, Buie continues to rank first on the Pride with a 15.1 points per game scoring average.
James Madison is 12-10 overall and 6-3 in league play heading into Thursday’s game. Rayshawn Goins leads the team with 13.7 points per game, while Devon Moore is second with 10.5 points per game. Goins also averages 7.7 rebounds per games. The Dukes defeated UNCW, 63-56, on Monday. Moore had 19 points, seven rebounds and three assists.
Hofstra leads the all-time series with James Madison, 13-5, with each team winning on the opponent’s home court a season ago. That game marked the Pride’s last road victory. All 18 meetings have occurred since Hofstra joined the Colonial Athletic Association in 2001-02. Hofstra has won 13 of the last 14 meetings in the series.
The game can be heard on WLIB (1190 AM) and also through GoHofstra.com. Live statistics can be accessed through GoHofstra.com as well.