Hempstead, NY – The Hofstra Men’s Basketball team will host the Hempstead Subregional of the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project this week as the three-day, six-game, four-team subregional starts on Friday with a pair of games.

The subregional will feature Hofstra, along with South Dakota State, District of Columbia and Marshall.  The Pride will take on South Dakota State on Friday at 7 p.m. before facing District of Columbia on Saturday at 5 p.m. and Marshall on Sunday at 3 p.m.  The first game each day is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. (Friday), 2:30 p.m. (Saturday) and 12:30 p.m. (Sunday).

For ticket information please call (516) HOF-TIXX.

Hofstra (0-2) dropped a 83-54 decision to Purdue in the opening round of the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project on Sunday afternoon.  The Pride got a pair of solid performances in the contest as freshman forward Jimmy Hall had 17 points, five rebounds and three steals in 35 minutes, while sophomore center/forward Moussa Kone added 12 points and four rebounds against the Boilermakers.

Early on Hall leads Hofstra in both scoring and rebounding with 14 points and 8.5 points per game through a pair of contests.  Kone has scored in double figures in both games this season after a freshman season in which he reached a high of six points on multiple occasions.

In the Pride’s season opener, Hall had 11 points and 12 rebounds to pick up his first career double-double.  The double-double was the first by a freshman in their first career game since Halil Kanacevic had 12 points and 12 rebounds against Kansas on November 13, 2009.

Of the 10 players that have seen action this season for Hofstra, five are seeing their first ever action as members of the Pride.  The 2012-13 roster for Hofstra features nine players who are suiting up for the Pride for the first time.  Through two games, the production from the newcomers has been apparent as 54% of the scoring, 48% of the rebounding and 58% of the assists have come from new additions to the roster.

After Hall (14.0 ppg) and Kone (11.0 ppg), sophomore guard Shaquille Stokes (9.0 ppg) and senior guard Stevie Mejia (8.0 ppg) complete a group of four that average at least eight points per game.

Kone is also averaging five rebounds per contest to rank second on the team in scoring and rebounding.

Hofstra has never faced South Dakota State or District of Columbia.  In its lone meeting with Marshall, the Pride defeated the Thundering Herd, 73-70, at the Great Alaska Shootout in 2006.

SDSU, Marshall  and UDC all enter the weekend with 1-1 overall records.

The Hofstra University Department of Athletics has announced that a free ticket to the men's basketball home opener next Friday, November 16 (including the pre-game Fan Fest event) will be given out to anyone who brings in items to help the relief efforts in the hard hit City of Long Beach, New York.

Monetary donations will also be collected.  The Hofstra Athletics Ticket Office in the Mack Sports Complex will be accepting donations of goods beginning Monday, November 12.  The ticket office is open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday.  Donations will also be accepted at the doors all day Friday, and at the Fan Fest event.

Your free ticket will get you into the Hofstra Men's Basketball game vs. South Dakota State on Friday, November 16 at 7 p.m. at the Mack Sports Complex.  Prior to the game, Capital One Bank is sponsoring the second annual Fan Fest including inflatables, a live band, free snacks, games, raffles and more!  Click here for more information on the Fan Fest event.

For a list of items that are needed go HERE.