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Hofstra MBB To Host Defending CAA Champion Delaware On Monday

Hofstra Men's Basketball Huddle. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Hofstra Men’s Basketball Huddle. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The Hofstra Men’s Basketball team will look to continue its winning ways on Monday when the Pride host Delaware at 7 p.m. at the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex.

For ticket information visit the brand-new HofstraTickets.com or call the Hofstra Athletics Box Office at (516) HOF-TIXX.

Pride Productions will have live video and audio of the game between the Pride and the Blue Hens and the game will also be available on WRHU (88.7 FM), with the pre-game show beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Hofstra (10-4, 1-0 CAA) has won three straight games to already equal last season’s win total just three days into the New Year.

In the Pride’s last game, Hofstra went on the road to open Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play and earned a hard-fought 68-56 win over UNCW on Saturday afternoon. Hofstra rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit as they outscored the Seahawks, 43-20, after the intermission to win their first CAA road opener since the 2010-11 campaign.

The Pride’s top two scorers this season, junior guard Juan’ya Green and junior forward Ameen Tanksley, tied for game-high honors with 15 points apiece in the win to catapult the Pride. Green added six rebounds and three assists, and continues to be the only player in the nation to average at least 17 points, six assists and five rebounds per game.

Graduate guard Dion Nesmith was the third member of the team in double figures as he chipped in with 11 points and seven rebounds, while freshman forward Rokas Gustys returned after missing seven games to pull down a game-high 10 rebounds in 22 minutes of action.

Tanksley leads the way with 19.1 points per game this season and also averages six rebounds. Green is second with 17.5 points, while leading the team with 6.4 assists and 20 steals this season. He is also averaging 5.2 rebounds per outing.

Hofstra has lost eight straight games to Delaware dating back to the 2011-12 season. The two teams met three times last season, including a narrow 87-76 Blue Hen win in the CAA Quarterfinals.

Hofstra is 48-31 all-time against Delaware. The teams first met during the 1954-55 campaign with Hofstra capturing a 115-68 victory over Delaware.

The Blue Hens are 1-11 overall and 0-1 in conference play. They dropped a 72-53 decision to Northeastern in the CAA opener on Saturday after earning their first win of the season, 82-77, against St. Bonaventure on December 30.

Three players on Delaware average double figures as Kyle Anderson is first with 14.8 points, Cazmon Hayes is second with 13 points and Kory Holden is third on the squad with 11.4 points per game. Maurice Jeffers leads the team with 4.8 rebounds per game, while Holden has a team-high 43 assists.

After hosting Delaware, Hofstra will head south once again later this week to face Charleston on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and Elon on Saturday at 8 p.m. The game against the Phoenix will mark the Pride’s first encounter with Elon as conference rivals. That contest will be televised in the New York metro area on SNY.

For more information on the Hofstra Men’s Basketball team fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

http://www.gohofstra.com/index.aspx

 

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