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The Hofstra Men’s Basketball team started their season with a 94-61 victory over Jacksonville University at the Mack Sports Complex on Friday night.
Five different Hofstra players scored in double figures, led by Brian Bernardi’s (Staten Island, NY) 22, Ameen Tanksley’s (Philadelphia, PA) 16. Malik Nichols (Rockaway Beach, NY) (15), Juan’ya Green (Philadelphia, PA) (14) and Dion Nesmith (Union, NJ) (11) also finished with more than 10 points for the Pride.
Hofstra never trailed in this game and actually held a lead for all but 40 seconds of the contest. The last time the game was tied was at 2-2. The Pride went ahead for good when the game was just 100 seconds old.
The best part of the game was the balanced scoring set forth by the home team. The Pride passed the ball well and hit the open man. They finished the game with 24 assists led by Green’s nine.
“The points were balanced, the minutes were balanced,” head coach Joe Mihalich said after the game. “It was a good way to start the season.”
Bernardi was particularly accurate, shooting 8-for-10 from the field. As a team, Hofstra shot 55.2 percent from the field with Tanksley (7-of-11) and Nichols (6-for-8) also having very strong shooting days.
Both Bernardi and Green were playing their first official games for Hofstra after transferring and sitting out last season under the NCAA’s restrictive rules. Bernardi transferred from Southern Methodist while Green played for Mihalich two years ago at Niagara.
“I was pretty nervous,” Green admitted. “I think it was all based on my first shot. I felt pretty good about myself out of the gate.”
Freshman Andre Walker (Clarksburg, MD) had 11 rebounds in his college debut to lead the Pride. Rokas Gustys (Kaunas, Lithuania) was close behind with 10 boards in just 10 minutes of playing time.
The Pride led 53-32 at halftime and never let Jacksonville get closer than 19 points in the second half. A 19-4 run by Hofstra made it 81-44 with 7:46 remaining. After that, Mihalich started slowing down the tempo and giving major minutes to his reserves.
An enthusiastic crowd of 2,208 rocked the Mack Sports Complex and cheered the efforts of this new and improved club.
“The excitement was there, the emotion was there,” Mihalich said after the game. “That’s what you want to try do. Give them a reason to come back. We felt bad a year ago when we let everybody down [a shorthanded Pride club finished 10-23]. Tonight, they liked what they saw.”
The 94 points was the most scored by a Hofstra club in regulation since their 102-62 win over Farmingdale State in the 2010-11 season opener.
The Pride returns to action Monday night when they hit the road to take on North Carolina State on Monday at 7 pm ET. The game will air over the Internet on ESPN 3.
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The Hofstra Women’s Basketball team (0-1) opened its season with a disappointing 71-66 overtime loss to Central Connecticut (1-0) in NCAA Women’s Basketball action on 11/14/14.
The Pride was led by Elo Edeferioka (Warri, Nigeria) who had a career-best 22 points and 13 rebounds. Unfortunately, Hofstra shot only 37.3 percent as a team including a disappointing 3-for-20 from three-point range.
“It was a major disappointment not to protect our home in our home opener, coach Krista Kilburn-Steveskey said after the game. “We should have taken care of business on our home floor tonight.”
Hofstra seemed energized by an enthusiastic crowd and jumped out to an early 8-2 lead in the first 3:07 of the contest. But Central Connecticut bounced back and went on a 12-4 run, led by Kaley Watras who finished the game with 16 points to lead the Blue Devils.
Central Connecticut led 32-30 at halftime on the strength of their outside shooting. The Blue Devils finished the first half 6-of-12 from behind the three-point stripe paced by Camden Musgrave who went 3-for-6 from three-point land.
“We didn’t make adjustments,” Kilburn-Steveskey added. “We played very tentative in the first half. It was a bit surprising.”
Hofstra started the second half strong and took a 40-36 lead after Dee Tomas-Palmer (Philadelphia, PA) hit a layup with 14:39 left, but Central Connecticut went on a 9-2 run over the next three minutes to retake the lead 45-42.
The Pride battled hard to stay in the game late and managed to take a 55-52 lead on a layup by Ashunae Durant (Newark, NJ) with a little more than 5:00 left, but the offense went dry after that and Hofstra couldn’t hold the lead.
Things went back and forth and both teams had a chance to win in the final seconds. Krystal Luciano (San Juan, Puerto Rico), who tied her career-best with nine rebounds, saw her layup hit the inside of the rim and bounce out with 17 seconds left in the second half and then saw another chance narrowly miss. In between, Kayla Miller missed a pair of free throw attempts that could have put CCSU ahead with just 11 seconds left on the clock. After 40 minutes, the two teams were tied 55-55.
In overtime, Central Connecticut took control early, breaking to a 66-59 lead halfway through the extra session. The Pride gradually drew closer and made it a one-possession game when Edeferioka scored from in close to make it 67-64 in the final 31 seconds. Miller missed a pair of free throws and Edeferioka scored again with 1.1 seconds left to make it a 67-66 game.
CCSU hit their free throws in the final 0.1 seconds to provide them with the final 71-67 margin.
After the game, the players were disappointed with the outcome of their season opener. “I don’t feel good at all,” Edeferioka said. “I feel like we should have won the game. Losing to the same team for the second time [the first was last season], I’m not happy about that. The points and the rebounds, it doesn’t really count right now since we didn’t get to our goal of winning the game.”
“We’ve got to play better and we’ve got to play tougher,” Kilburn-Steveskey said.
The Pride return to action Tuesday night when they host Fairfield. Tip-off is at 7 pm at the Mack Sports Center.
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The Bellator weigh-ins have been completed from San Diego’s Valley View Casino Center in preparation for Bellator MMA’s November 15th event. Bellator 131 will take place from the Valley View Casino Center on Saturday, November 15th with first fight taking place at 3:45 p.m. PST and streaming live on Spike.com. The main card will begin at 6 p.m. PST (9 p.m. EST) live on Spike TV.
Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Tito Ortiz (205.5) vs. Stephan Bonnar (205.5)
Lightweight Title Fight: Michael Chandler (154.4) vs. Will Brooks (154.4)
Middleweight Feature Fight: Melvin Manhoef (185.5) vs. Joe Schilling (186)
Catchweight Feature Fight (143 lbs.): Mike Richman (142) vs. Nan Phan (143)
Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: King Mo (204.5) vs. Joe Vedepo (205)
Middleweight Feature Fight: AJ Matthews (186) vs. Kyle Bolt (186)
Flyweight Feature Fight: Ron Henderson (125.5) vs. Jonathan Santa Maria (125)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Jordan Bailey (145.5) vs. Alex Higley (145.5)
Catchweight Feature Fight (132 lbs.): Matt Ramirez (132) vs. Nick Garcia (125)
Welterweight Feature Fight: Andy Murad (185.5) vs. Bubba Pugh (185.5)
Bantamweight Feature Fight: Rolando Perez (135.5) vs. Mark Vorgeas (136)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Ian Butler (156) vs. Joao Faria (155)
1495 Sports is proud to bring the following videos from the Hofstra University Men’s Basketball game v Jacksonville on 11/14/14:
Some of the Sights from the Game:
Malik Nichols Dunk:
Hofstra Men’s Basketball Postgame Press Conference:
Featuring Head Coach Joe Mihalich and Student-Athletes Juan’ya Green and Brian Bernardi
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1495 Sports is proud to present the following videos from the Hofstra University Women’s Basketball game v CCSU on 11/14/14:
Some of the Sights from the game:
The Hofstra Women’s Basketball Postgame Press Conference 11/14/14
Featuring Head Coach Krista Kilburn-Steveskey and Student-Athletes Ashunae Durant and Elo Edeferioka:
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The weigh-in for #Bellator131 will take place Friday, November 14 at 5 p.m. PST from San Diego’s Valley View Casino Center (3500 Sports Arena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110). #Bellator131 will take place from the Valley View Casino Center on Saturday, November 15th with first fight taking place at 3:45 p.m. PST and streaming live on Spike.com. The main card will begin at 6 p.m. PST (9 p.m. EST) live on Spike TV.
All participants from Saturday night’s event will be on hand, as well as Bellator President Scott Coker.
The event will be emceed by Bellator cage announcer Michael C. Williams and Bellator color commentator Jimmy Smith.
As always the weigh-in is open to both the public and media.
Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Tito Ortiz (17-11) vs. Stephan Bonnar (15-8)
Lightweight Title Fight: Michael Chandler (12-2) vs. Will Brooks (14-1)
Middleweight Feature Fight: Melvin Manhoef (29-11 MMA, 37-12 Kickboxing) vs. Joe Schilling (1-3 MMA, 17-7 Kickboxing)
Bantamweight Feature Fight: Mike Richman (17-5) vs. Nan Phan (20-13)
Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: King Mo (13-4) vs. Joe Vedepo (17-8)
Middleweight Feature Fight: AJ Matthews (6-3) vs. Kyle Bolt (8-3)
Flyweight Feature Fight: Ron Henderson (3-0) vs. Jonathan Santa Maria (2-0)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Jordan Bailey (4-1) vs. Alex Higley (2-1)
Flyweight Feature Fight: Matt Ramirez (1-0) vs. Nick Garcia (7-3)
Welterweight Feature Fight: Andy Murad (8-2) vs. Bubba Pugh (3-2)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Rolando Perez (7-4-1) vs. Mark Vorgeas (5-2)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Ian Butler (1-0) vs. Joao Faria (debut)