Richmond, Va. - The Hofstra Men's Basketball team will open play in the CAA Tournament against 11th-seeded William & Mary in the quarterfinals on Saturday night at 8:30 p.m. at the Richmond Coliseum.
William & Mary advanced to the quarterfinals with a 72-68 upset win over sixth-seeded James Madison on Friday night behind a CAA Tournament-record 35 points from junior forward Quinn McDowell.
The last time Hofstra and William & Mary met resulted in one of the most dramatic games in the history of the Mack Sports Complex on Feb. 15. Hofstra trailed by three points at the end of regulation, before senior guard Charles Jenkins (Queens, N.Y.) buried a three-pointer at the top of the key with 2.7 seconds left to send the game to overtime.
Then, after McDowell tied the score in overtime with two foul shots with 4.5 seconds left, Jenkins took the inbounds pass and hit a running 35-footer at the buzzer to give Hofstra the 81-78 win.
The first time the teams met this season also came right down to the wire in Williamsburg on Jan. 22, as the Tribe had two chances to take the lead in the final 20 seconds, but freshman guard Brandon Britt missed a runner and then was called for a discontinued dribble in the closing seconds. Freshman guard Shemiye McLendon (Vero Beach, Fla.) hit two foul shots with 1.9 seconds left and a 70-footer from JohnMark Ludwick was off target as Hofstra prevailed 67-64.
Hofstra and William & Mary have met once before in the CAA Tournament, way back in the 2002-03 season, when Hofstra earned 74-64 win. The Pride holds a 12-5 lead in the all-time series.
The game will be televised live on the Comcast Network and will be shown locally in the Long Island area on Verizon FiOS1. PrideZone customers can also view the game online, while ESPN Fullcourt subscribers can view the game as part of the CAA Tournament package (channel 726 on DirecTV).
The Hofstra-William & Mary winner will advance to the semifinals on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. against the winner of the quarterfinal between second-seeded Old Dominion and seventh-seeded Delaware.