Hempstead, NY – The Hofstra Men’s Basketball team, fresh off its 65-56 win over UNCW on Saturday, will continue its southern swing of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) when it heads to Atlanta to take on Georgia State on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
The game can be heard on WLIB (1190 AM) with video/audio also available via the PRIDE ZONE on GoHofstra.com.
Hofstra (6-18, 3-8 CAA) ended a pair of losing skids over the weekend in the win over the Seahawks as the Pride put to bed a seven-game losing skid and a 16-game road losing streak dating back to last season.
Senior guard Stevie Mejia was the best player on the court against the Seahawks as he posted a game-high 18 points, including a trio of three-pointers to pace the Pride offensively. On the defensive end Hofstra got a strong game out of redshirt freshman forward Jordan Allen, who continues to impress in his first campaign. Allen had a spectacular defensive effort against UNCW as he had seven steals to fall one shy of the school record, held by Frank Walker (vs. Rider in 1985-96) and Speedy Claxton (vs. New Hampshire in 1998-99). It was also the most in a game by a Hofstra player since Kenny Adeleke had seven against Delaware on February 4, 2004.
Allen keyed a great team effort in the second stanza against UNCW as Hofstra rebound from a 10-point halftime deficit en route to the nine-point victory. The Pride held the Seahawks to 25 second half points after trailing by 10 at the break. The 12-point second half comeback (33-21 with 19:06 left) against UNCW was Hofstra’s biggest comeback since coming back from a 13-point deficit against William & Mary on February 15, 2011.
The player that has shined the brightest lately is junior forward Stephen Nwaukoni. The talented New York native has established himself as a major force in the frontcourt as he had double-doubles in both games this week, including tying his career-high with 13 rebounds against Northeastern. It brought his season total to three double-doubles and his career total to five.
Nwaukoni is now averaging seven points and 7.9 rebounds per game, while Mejia has upped his scoring average to 10.8 points per outing. He ranks second to sophomore guard Taran Buie (14 ppg), and leads the way with four assists per contest.
Georgia State, which Hofstra defeated 52-50 back on January 7, will bring a 12-14 overall record and a 7-6 conference mark into Wednesday’s encounter. The Panthers have lost two straight, the last contest being a 90-82 overtime setback at the hands of Towson on Saturday. R.J. Hunter leads the Panthers with 17.6 points per game, while also pulling down 5.5 rebounds per contest. Manny Atkins leads GSU with 6.2 rebounds per game and is third on the team with 14.3 points per outing. Devonta White also averages in double digits with 14.5 points per game.
Hofstra leads the all-time series with Georgia State, 9-3, with all 11 meetings occurring since the Panthers joined the CAA in 2005-06. GSU won both meetings last season, including one in the CAA Tournament, with Hofstra winning the three previous meetings in the series prior. Mejia led Hofstra with 17 points and four assists in the game earlier this season, while Buie chipped in with 12 points and five rebounds.
After facing GSU, Hofstra will return home to host Towson on February 16 at 4 p.m. For ticket information call (516) HOF-TIXX. The game against the Tigers will start a string that will see the Pride play four of its next five games at the Mack Sports Complex. The only road game during that stretch will be at Drexel on February 18 (Monday), a game that will be televised nationally on the NBC Sports Network.