Hempstead, NY - The Hofstra Men's Basketball team will return to the Mack Sports Complex this week as the Pride host Northeastern on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
For ticket information call (516) HOF-TIXX.
The game can be watched on the PRIDE ZONE via GoHofstra.com. Audio is available on WRHU (88.7 FM) and through the PRIDE ZONE as well.
Hofstra (5-17, 2-7 CAA) will look to end its current six-game losing skid on Wednesday when the first place Huskies come to town. Northeastern comes to Hempstead sporting a 14-8 overall record and Colonial Athletic Association (CAA)-leading 9-1 record.
The Pride dropped both games on its recent road trip, falling 62-41 to James Madison before a 72-59 defeat at the hands of William & Mary on Saturday.
This game will be a rematch of an entertaining contest earlier this season in which the Huskies escaped with a 65-60 victory over the Pride on January 16. Down three with under 15 seconds left in that game, Hofstra had a pair of chances in the final seconds but three-point attempts from senior guards Matt Grogan and Stevie Mejia were off the mark and allowed Northeastern to hold on for a the narrow win.
This game will be the Pride’s first home game during February, a month in which Hofstra will play five of its next eight contests at the Mack Sports Complex.
Hofstra will hope to continue to see strong play from senior forward David Imes, who has led the Pride in scoring in each of the past two games. Imes had 10 points and six rebounds against James Madison on January 31 before following that up with a 16-point, seven-rebound effort at William & Mary on Saturday. Imes led Hofstra in scoring and rebounding in both contests and saw his scoring average move from 6.6 ppg to 7.2 ppg over the last two games.
Imes will need help from the Pride’s starting backcourt if Hofstra is to end the current streak and set itself up for a solid February heading into the conference tournament in March.
Sophomore guard Taran Buie has been the Pride’s leading scorer nearly all season, but has failed to reach double figures since scoring 13 points against UNCW on January 26. He still leads the way with 14.4 points per game and has drained a team-best 41 three-pointers. Hofstra will look for that shooting touch as they head into the game with Northeastern.
Mejia is the other half of the Pride’s backcourt, and he has been looked upon all season to provide not only scoring, but to distribute the ball and play solid defense as well. Mejia is currently second on the team with 10.5 points per game, while leading the way with 4.1 assists and 1.9 steals per outing. Both totals are amongst the conference leaders as he is third in assists and second in steals.
Mejia has played at least 33 minutes in each of the last 12 games, while Buie has played 32 minutes in six of the last seven games.
Northeastern has won nine of its last 10 games, including a 59-52 win over preseason CAA favorite Drexel on Saturday. The Huskies pulled away in the second half to put away the Dragons, outscoring Drexel, 35-28, in the second stanza after the two squads were knotted at 24 at half. Jonathan Lee had 17 points, five rebounds and four assists to lead Northeastern, while Joel Smith chipped in with 14 points and four rebounds.
Smith leads the Huskies with 16.5 points per game, while Lee is second with 13.2 points per outing. Quincy Ford is third with 12.5 points, while also pulling down 5.7 rebounds per game.
In a series that dates back to the 1949-50 campaign, Hofstra leads the series with Northeastern, 17-15. Northeastern won this season’s earlier meeting and won both contests a season ago, one by two points (at Hofstra) and by seven points in Boston. Hofstra swept the series in 2010-11, while the 2009-10 season saw the two teams each win on the opponent’s home court before Northeastern won the memorable 74-71 double overtime game in the CAA Tournament. The Huskies won the first-ever meeting 55-53.