MBB: Hello Brooklyn
Courtesy: Hofstra Athletic Communications
Hempstead, NY – The Hofstra Men’s Basketball team will make the short trek into Brooklyn for an exciting contest as the Pride will take on Tulane at 3 p.m. Saturday in the new home of the Brooklyn Nets, the Barclays Center.
The brand-new arena opened on September 28 with a concert from Jay-Z, with the first basketball game occurring there on October 15 as the Nets met the Washington Wizards in a preseason game. The building seats 17,732 for basketball games.
It will mark Hofstra’s first appearance in an arena that houses a NBA team since appearing in the Aeropostale Holiday Festival at Madison Square Garden during the 2009-10 campaign (December 20 and 21, 2009).
Hofstra (3-8) dropped a narrow 63-57 decision to Wright State last Saturday in the Pride’s final home game of the 2012 calendar year. It was the Pride’s sixth straight loss.
The Pride got a pair of solid outings in the contest against the Raiders as junior forward Stephen Nwaukoni had a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds in 20 minutes of action. It was Nwaukoni’s first double-double this season and third of his career. Redshirt freshman forward Jordan Allen had the best game of his young career against Wright State as he scored a team-high 13 points and added seven rebounds and two steals.
Hofstra’s leading scorer this season, sophomore guard Taran Buie chipped in with 11 points against WSU and is currently averaging 15.3 points per game. Nwaukoni leads the Pride in rebounding with 7.7 caroms per outing, while also scoring 6.6 points per game.
Tulane is currently 7-3 this season with two more games on the schedule this week before meeting Hofstra on Saturday. They have won four of their last five games, but dropped a 78-72 decision at San Diego in their last game on December 8. Josh Davis leads the Green Wave with 17.9 points and 10.5 rebounds per game.
Following the game against the Green Wave, Hofstra will take a break for the holidays before returning to action on Tuesday, January 1 with a 2 p.m. game at Florida Atlantic. That will be the Pride’s final non-conference game of the season. Hofstra will open Colonial Athletic Association play on Monday, January 7 at home against Georgia State (7 p.m.).