It has been a long and tough week for the Hofstra University men’s basketball team (3-5), concluded with a very tough 73-47 loss to Southern Methodist (8-1) in what was SMU head coach Larry Brown’s homecoming.
Not only do these young men have to deal with the tough juggling act of being a student-athlete, many now have to deal with the fact that four of their teammates were suspended due to being charged with burglary.
“It has been a difficult few days, our guys have been very resilient and they gave it their all today,” said Hofstra men’s basketball coach Mo Cassara. “There is nobody that feels worst about this than me.”
Coach Cassara continued to say, “There is no one more embarrassed or even heartbroken I’d say, but we are going to keep working hard and that is all we can do. I am proud of these guys and proud of my staff.”
So now it is time for Coach Cassara and his new look team to start to rebuild the relationship they have with the Hofstra community. Thought it will take a while, and a lot of effort Coach Cassara and his staff feel they have the tools to restore pride on the campus of Hofstra University.
“We are going to persevere and we are going to keep working hard because that is all I know how to do,” said Coach Cassara.
The Pride indeed did work hard, hanging tough against the Larry Brown led Mustangs. Hofstra scored three of the first five points in the second half to pull within 11 points within seconds into the frame.
SMU had some big runs and dunks in the stanza, as they expanded their lead to 27 points, 55-28 with 11:45 left. Hofstra though continued to show heart and resilience, but in the end the Mustangs were too tough coming away with the victory.
Leading the way in scoring for the Pride was senior guard Stevie Mejia (Hyde Park, MA), who had 11 points, including some big three-pointers for Hofstra. Sophomore guard Taran Buie (Albany, NY) recorded 10 points and a career-high seven rebounds.
“There have been some wonderful days here as well as challenging ones,” said Cassara. “I will tell you our guys are resilient, my staff is resilient and most importantly I am resilient and we are going to keep working as hard as we can. It is a long season, we are not where we want to be right now, but we have got some good pieces and we are going to keep building on it and building on it.”
Coach Cassara continued to say, “I said to the guys that it has been a challenging week, but we’ve got two games next week we have got to get ready for Wagner and we have to hook arms and stay tight and we need to keep focusing on what is important.”
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