Hempstead, NY – The Hofstra Men’s Basketball team will open Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play on Monday, January 7 when the Pride host Georgia State at 7 p.m. in the Mack Sports Complex.

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Hofstra (3-10) closed the non-conference portion of its schedule on Tuesday when it dropped a narrow 61-57 decision at Florida Atlantic.  Senior guard Stevie Mejia had a strong game for the Pride as he contributed 13 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals in 35 minutes of action.  All five totals either led or tied for the team lead in the contest.  Sophomore guard Taran Buie tied for team-high honors in scoring with 13 points as well.

The loss was Hofstra’s eighth straight and the Pride will look to break the losing skid against a Georgia State squad that ended its non-conference season with a record of 5-8 (now 5-9, 0-1 CAA).

Buie and Mejia both average double figures for Hofstra as Buie leads the way with 15.1 points per game, while Mejia is second with 10.1 points per outing.

Junior forward Stephen Nwaukoni, who tied for team-high honors with seven rebounds at FAU, is tops on the team with 7.2 rebounds per game.  Mejia ranks first on the team with 4.1 assists per game.

Heading into the opening of their conference slate this weekend, Georgia State finished the out of conference schedule with a four-game losing streak, including a 68-64 overtime defeat at Georgia Southern on December 29.  Three players average in double figures for the Panthers, led by R.J. Hunter’s 15.5 points per game.  Devonta White (14.6) and Manny Atkins (13.0) follow closely behind.

Hofstra and Georgia State have one common opponent this season as the Panthers defeated Monmouth on November 19, while the Pride fell to the Hawks in their season opener.  

Hofstra leads the all-time series with Georgia State, 8-3, with all 11 meetings occurring since the Panthers joined the CAA in 2005-06.  GSU won both meetings last season, including one in the CAA Tournament, with Hofstra winning the three previous meetings in the series prior.