Hempstead, NY – The Hofstra Men’s Basketball team will head to Drexel on Monday for a contest that will be televised nationally by NBC Sports Network. Tip-off for the game against the Dragons is scheduled for 7 p.m.
The game marks the Pride’s second nationally-televised game this season as the January 19 game at George Mason also appeared on the NBC Sports Network. It is the first of two games this week that will be televised as Hofstra hosts Old Dominion on Sunday in a game that will air on SNY in the New York area.
The game will also air on WLIB (1190 AM).
Hofstra (6-20, 3-10 CAA) will look to end its current two-game losing skid against a Drexel squad that escaped Hempstead with a 55-52 victory back on January 23 as Frantz Massenat hit a 50-footer at the buzzer to win the game.
In its last game on Saturday, Hofstra fell to Towson, 57-50, as the Tigers used a 10-0 run in the second stanza to regain the lead on their way to the narrow seven-point victory. Senior guard Stevie Mejia continued his solid play as he led Hofstra in a trio of categories with 13 points, seven steals and four assists. The seven steals were one off the school record and marked the second team in a week that a Hofstra player had seven steals as redshirt freshman forward Jordan Allen had seven steals at UNCW on February 9. Sophomore forward/center Moussa Kone joined Mejia in double figures with 11 points, while also adding five rebounds.
Hofstra’s leading scorer, sophomore guard Taran Buie, was held scoreless against Towson to see his scoring average dip to 12.9 points per game. Mejia’s moved to 11.2 points per game to rank second on the team, while senior forward David Imes ranks third with 7.2 ppg and junior forward/center Stephen Nwaukoni is fourth with 6.9 ppg. Nwaukoni is also Hofstra’s top rebounder with 6.9 per game, while Imes ranks first on the team with 1.0 blocks per game and Mejia is the Pride’s top distributor with 3.9 assists per contest.
Drexel is 10-15 overall and 6-7 in league play. Damion Lee leads Drexel in scoring, pouring in 16.8 points per game. Massenat is second on the squad with 14 points per outing, while Daryl McCoy is the top rebounder on the Dragons with 8.4 caroms per game. Drexel has lost three out of it last four games, including a 68-62 home loss to George Mason on February 14.
Heading into Monday’s meeting the series between Hofstra and Drexel has seen the two squads play each other a total of 75 times. That total ranks as the most games against a single opponent for Hofstra. The Dragons lead the all-time series with the Pride, 42-33, and have won four straight in the series, including a 55-52 win in Hempstead back on January 23.