Hempstead, NY – The Hofstra Men’s Basketball team will look to regroup following a last-second defeat when it hosts UNCW on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Mack Sports Complex.
For ticket information call (516) HOF-TIXX.
Hofstra (5-14, 2-4 CAA) dropped a heart-breaking 55-52 decision to Drexel on Wednesday as Frantz Massenat hit a 50-foot shot at the buzzer to give the Dragons the victory.
The loss overshadowed an amazing performance from Hofstra sophomore guard Taran Buie, who led all scorers in the game. Buie tied a school-record with seven three-pointers, on his way to a career-best 29 points. He also added three steals, two assists and two rebounds in 38 minutes of action.
Buie’s seven three-pointers tied the school record, originally set by Frank Walker in 1987-88 vs. Florida Southern and tied by Jason Hernandez (1999-00 vs. Northeastern), Cornelius Vines (2009-10 vs. UNC Wilmington) and Mike Moore (2011-12 vs. Binghamton).
Senior guard Stevie Mejia added eight points, five rebounds and a game-high six assists, while redshirt freshman forward Jordan Allen chipped in with a team-best seven rebounds along with five points.
Hofstra got all 55 off its points from its five starters as all five played at least 30 minutes in the contest. It marked the first game all season that all of the Pride’s points came from its starters.
Buie upped his season scoring average to 15.2 with his spectacular outing against the Dragons. Junior forward Stephen Nwaukoni contributed six rebounds and two points and continues to lead Hofstra with 7.8 rebounds per game. Mejia has 80 assists this season, an average of 4.2 per outing, while also ranking second on the team with 10.6 points per game.
Hofstra will look to end its current three-game slid against UNC Wilmington, which enters the game with a 7-11 overall record and a 2-4 conference mark.
The Seahawks have won two of their last three games, but dropped a 81-63 at George State on Wednesday it their last game. Keith Rendleman averages a double-double for UNCW with 15.9 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. Against the Panthers, Rendleman had 23 points and 10 rebounds, while Chris Dixon added 20 points and four assists.
The all-time series between Hofstra and UNCW has been very tight with the Seahawks holding a narrow 13-12 lead. All 25 meetings have occurred since Hofstra joined the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), with Hofstra actually having won 12 of the last 17 meetings following an start that saw UNCW win the first eight games between the two teams. Each team won on their respective home courts last season.
The game can be viewed via the PRIDE ZONE and heard on WRHU (88.7 FM) and also through the PRIDE ZONE.