Hempstead, NY – Fresh off a thrilling 52-50 win over Georgia State in its Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) opener on Monday, the Hofstra Men’s Basketball team travels to the “First State” on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. game against Delaware from the Bob Carpenter Center.
The game marks the Pride’s first road conference game of the season as Hofstra is in the midst of a three-game CAA week with Georgia State (Monday), Delaware (Wednesday) and William & Mary (Saturday at 4 p.m.) on the docket. The William & Mary game will take place at the Mack Sports Complex and for ticket information please call (516) HOF-TIXX or visit GoHofstra.com.
Hofstra (4-10, 1-0 CAA) earned the win in its CAA opener behind the stellar play of senior guard Stevie Mejia, while also getting solid contributions from sophomore guard Taran Buie, redshirt freshman forward Jordan Allen and junior forward Stephen Nwaukoni. Mejia posted a game-high 17 points, but it was his final bucket of the game that won the game for the Pride. Mejia drove the baseline and layed it in off the glass with six seconds to play to account for the final margin. Georgia State had one final chance, but a three-pointer with a second left was off the mark and Hofstra earned the victory.
Mejia also added four assists, two steals and two rebounds in 38 minutes of action. Buie added 12 points and five rebounds, while Allen had eight points, three rebounds and three assists and Nwaukoni chipped in with seven points and eight rebounds.
The 52 points scored in the victory marked the fewest points Hofstra has scored in a win since defeating Manhattan 44-39 on December 9, 2009. It is the second fewest points scored in a win since a 43-36 win over Albright during the 1961-62 campaign.
Mejia has scored in double figures in three of Hofstra’s last five games, including 13-point efforts at LIU Brooklyn and at Florida Atlantic. He has been exceptionally strong over the Pride’s last two affairs averaging 15 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.5 steals. He is also shooting 57% (13-23) from the field and averaging 36.5 minutes per contest over the last two games.
Buie continues to lead Hofstra in scoring with 14.8 points per contest, while scoring in double figures in each of the Pride’s last nine games and in 11 of the 12 games he has played in this season.
One of the Pride’s biggest rivals, Hofstra and Delaware have met 73 times in a series that dates back to the 1954-55 campaign. Hofstra holds a 48-25 lead in the series, but the Blue Hens won both meetings last season. Prior to 2011-12, Hofstra had won six straight in the series. The first-ever meeting between the teams occurred in Newark and Hofstra was victorious by the score of 64-59.
Delaware brings a 6-8 overall record and a 1-0 conference mark into the game after defeating Old Dominion, 84-72, on Saturday. Devon Saddler leads the Blue Hens with 19.8 points per contest, while Jamelle Hagins averages a double-double with 13.1 points and 12.7 rebounds per outing.