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Hofstra MBB Heads South To Begin Road Trip

The Hofstra Men’s Basketball team will look for its first win streak of at least five games when the Pride starts a two-game southern road trip with a Thursday night encounter with Charleston.

Rokas Gustys. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Rokas Gustys. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Hofstra (11-4, 2-0 CAA) will face the Cougars on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. before continuing on to take on Elon on Saturdayevening at 8 p.m.

Pride Productions will be live video and audio of the Charleston game, with the video courtesy of CofC. The audio only broadcast will also be available on WRHU (88.7 FM), with the pregame show starting at 7 p.m.

Hofstra last had a win streak of at least five games when the Pride captured seven consecutive victories from February 10, 2010 to March 5, 2010.

The win streak reached four games on Monday as the Pride earned a 71-58 victory over Delaware and it marked the end of an eight-game losing skid to the Blue Hens over the last three seasons.

Hofstra placed four players in double figures against the Blue Hens, led by 16 points from junior guard Juan’ya Green. Also reaching double digits were junior forward Ameen Tanksley (15) sophomore guard Brian Bernardi (13) and freshman forward Rokas Gustys (11).

It was a special night for Gustys as the talented Lithuanian native tallied the first double-double of his young career with 16 rebounds to go along with the 11 points. He also added five blocked shots, while playing just 20 minutes in the contest.

Gustys leads Hofstra with 8.6 rebounds per game to go along with his 5.1 points per contest. Tanksley is tops on the roster with 18.9 points and is followed by Green (17.4), Bernardi (12.7) and graduate guard Dion Nesmith (10.4).
Green leads the team with 6.3 assists and 1.5 steals per game, while playing a team-best 35.8 minutes per outing.

Charleston will be a 5-10 overall record and a 0-2 conference mark into Thursday’s game. The Cougars have dropped their first two Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) games to William & Mary (75-45 on 1/3) and James Madison (61-50 on 1/5).

Joe Chealey and Canyon Barry are the only two players on Charleston averaging double figures as Chealey leads with 10.9 points and Barry is second with 10.6. Chealey has a team-high 46 assists this season, while Adjehi Baru ranks first on the team with 6.3 rebounds and also chips in with 7.4 points per outing.

Donovan Gilmore had 12 points and seven rebounds in the game against James Madison, while Anthony Stitt added 10 points for the Cougars.

Hofstra is 1-1 all-time against Charleston with both meetings taking place last season, the Cougars inaugural season in the CAA. Each team won on their own home court.

Following Thursday’s game the Pride will continue the southern swing with a Saturday night game at Elon. The 8 p.m. game will be televised in the New York area on SNY-TV.

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

http://www.gohofstra.com

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