Hempstead, NY - The Hofstra Men's Basketball team will put its four-game win streak to the test when it travels to Colonial Athletic Association co-leader Northeastern on Tuesday night for a 9 p.m. contest on ESPNU.
Hofstra comes into the game with a 16-13 overall record and an 8-8 mark in the Colonial Athletic Association as it enters the final week of the regular season. The Pride has won four straight and seven of its last eight, with the only loss in that span coming to Northeastern at home on Feb. 6.
The Pride is locked into the seventh seed in next weekend's CAA Tournament, while Northeastern is in a two-way battle for first place with Old Dominion, as both are at 13-3 in league play. Northeastern holds the tiebreaker with Old Dominion, but in addition to facing a surging Hofstra team, it must also must close out the regular season with a difficult road game at George Mason on Saturday.
Both teams are coming off dramatic non-conference games on Saturday as part of Bracket Buster Weekend, with the Pride prevailing 92-89 over Rider in overtime, and Northeastern dropping a 70-67 heartbreaker to Louisiana Tech (on a banked-in three-pointer with 25 seconds left in regulation). Hofstra received 31 points from junior guard Charles Jenkins (Queens, NY) and a near triple-double from junior forward Greg Washington (Centereach, NY), who had 12 points, 11 rebounds and eight blocks.
For the season, Jenkins (20.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.7 apg) is one of only four players in the country currently averaging at least 20 points, four rebounds and three assists per game. He has averaged 25.0 points per game during the Pride's 7-1 stretch, and 28.8 points during the current four-game win streak. He has also moved into ninth place at Hofstra in career points (1,649) and assists (305) as only a junior.
Washington, meanwhile, now ranks 15th in the country in blocked shots per game at 2.8. He already holds the Hofstra career (193) and single-season (82) blocks records, and tied the single-game record (10) against UNC Wilmington earlier this season. His defensive performance has helped the Pride rank eighth in the nation in team blocked shots (6.7) and 24th in field goal percentage defense (39.3 pct.). Hofstra also ranks 11th in the nation in three-point field goal defense (28.6 pct.).
The Huskies are a veteran team with four seniors and a junior among their top five scorers. Northeastern started the year slowly at 2-7, but it is 16-3 ever since to move into a tie for first in the CAA standings. The backcourt of senior guard Matt Janning (15.1 ppg) and junior guard Chaisson Allen (14.4 ppg) leads the way offensively, while senior forwards Manny Adako (11.2 ppg) and Nkem Ojougboh (9.4 ppg) provide inside scoring. The Huskies like to control tempo and grind out wins, outscoring opponents 65-60 on average.
The game will be televised nationally on ESPNU. To listen to the game on line, visit GoHofstra.com and sign up for the PrideZone.