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Hofstra MBB Hosts James Madison In Saturday Afternoon Tilt

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

Hofstra Men’s Basketball Huddle. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 SportThe Hofstra Men’s Basketball team will look for its second consecutive victory on Saturday when the Pride host Colonial Athletic Association rival James Madison.The game will tip-off at 4 p.m. from the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex.

The Hofstra Men’s Basketball team will look for its second consecutive victory on Saturday when the Pride host Colonial Athletic Association rival James Madison.

The game will tip-off at 4 p.m. from the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex.

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

Pride Productions will have live video/audio of the contest, with the pregame show starting at 3:30 p.m. The game can also be heard on WRHU (88.7 FM) with Mark Weiner, Dan Savarino and Julian Coltre on the call.

Hofstra (14-6, 5-2 CAA) ended a short two-game losing skid with a dominating 86-58 win over Drexel on Wednesday evening. The Pride was helped by a strong game from sophomore guard Brian Bernardi, who poured in a team-high 23 points. Bernardi drained six three-pointers in the game, falling one shy of the program’s single game record, one contest after not hitting a three-pointer for the first time this season.

The Pride also got a pair of double-doubles in the game as junior guard Juan’ya Green notched his sixth of the season with 11 points and 11 assists, while junior forward Malik Nichols had 10 points and 10 rebounds for his third of the 2014-15 campaign.

Bernardi increased his scoring average to 12.6 points per game with his scoring outburst against Drexel and ranks third on the team in that category. Green’s outstanding season continues as he is averaging a team-high 6.5 assists per game, while also scoring 17.4 points per outing and pulling down 4.9 rebounds per game. The Pride’s leading scorer, junior forward Ameen Tanksley, was held below double figures for the first time this season against the Dragons (nine points), but still leads the squad with 18.4 points per game.

Hofstra holds a 14-7 advantage in the all-time series with James Madison. The Pride and the Dukes split last season’s meetings with each team winning on their respective home courts. The squads first met when Hofstra joined the CAA beginning in the 2001-02 campaign. JMU won the only meeting in 2012-13 in Harrisonburg and before that Hofstra went 13-1 over a stretch of 14 games against the Dukes, including winning 12 straight in the series from 2003-2011.

James Madison (11-8, 4-2 CAA) has a balanced scoring attack as the Dukes have four players averaging at least nine points per game this season, led by Yohanny Dalembert’s 11.2 points per game. Dalembert also is tops on the squad in rebounding with 5.3 per outing and has a team-best 24 blocks this season. Ron Curry ranks third on the team in scoring with 10.3 points and has dished out a team-high 41 assists this year.

The Dukes, who face Northeastern on Thursday evening in Boston, have won two straight games including a 75-72 home victory over Elon this past Saturday.

Hofstra will head on the road for their next contest following the JMU contest as the Pride will face William & Mary on Wednesday, January 28 at 7 p.m. from Kaplan Arena in Williamsburg, Virginia.

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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