Hempstead, NY – The Hofstra Men’s Basketball team returns home to the Mack Sports Complex this week for a pair of games, starting with a contest against Drexel on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
The game against the preseason pick to win the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) will begin at 7 p.m. and the Dragons enter the contest with a 6-11 overall record and 2-3 conference mark.
For ticket information to either game this week (Hofstra also hosts UNCW on Saturday at 2 p.m.) call (516) HOF-TIXX.
Hofstra (5-13, 2-3 CAA) went on the road for both games last week and battled hard before dropping back-to-back games to Northeastern (65-60) and George Mason (57-46).
Hofstra will look to return to its winning ways as it returns to the Mack Sports Complex, where it has all five of its wins this season. This week will mark the first time since December 1 and 4 that Hofstra will play back-to-back games at home.
Sophomore guard Taran Buie led Hofstra with 14 points against George Mason on Saturday, while junior forward Stephen Nwaukoni added eight points and a game-best 12 rebounds.
Buie has now scored in double figures in 14 of the 16 games he has played in, with a career and Hofstra individual season-high of 29 points at LIU Brooklyn. Buie has scored in double digits in 12 of his last 13 games and leads Hofstra in scoring with 14.3 points per game.
Currently the Pride’s leading rebounder with an average of 7.9 per game, Nwaukoni has reached double digits in rebounds five times this season.
Drexel visits Hempstead sporting a 6-11 overall record and a 2-3 mark in conference action. The Dragons are coming off a 59-48 road win over William & Mary on Saturday. That victory ended a three-game losing skid by Drexel. The Dragons have been hit by the injury bug this season, but Damion Lee has shined and led the way with 17.5 points per game. Frantz Massenat is second with 14.4 points per outing.
Heading into Wednesday’s meeting the series between Hofstra and Drexel has seen the two squads play each other a total of 74 times. That total ranks as the most games against a single opponent for Hofstra, only equaled (heading into Wednesday) by the 74 games between Hofstra and Delaware. The Dragons lead the all-time series with the Pride, 41-33, and have won three straight in the series. Drexel has won three of the last four meetings in Hempstead.