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Hofstra MBB To Face Towson In Mid-Week Affair

Winners of three of the last four games, the Hofstra Men’s Basketball team will look to continue its strong play as the Pride will face Towson on Wednesday at 7 p.m. from SECU Arena.

Pride Productions will have live video and audio of the game, with Mark Weiner and Anthony Santaniello on the audio only call. The audio only broadcast can also be heard locally on WRHU (88.7 FM) with the pregame show beginning at 6:45 p.m.

Malik Nichols. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Malik Nichols. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Hofstra has had a ton of success on the road this season and will look to continue that trend against the Tigers. The Pride is currently tied for the nation’s lead in road victories (9) with Virginia, Gonzaga, Iona and Maryland-Eastern Shore (as of 2/16).

There are just two weeks left in the regular season and Hofstra (17-10, 8-6 CAA) will look move even further up the conference standings. The Pride is currently tied with Drexel in fifth place in the conference standings, but only two games separates first from sixth in the CAA. William & Mary and UNCW lead the way at 10-4, while Northeastern and James Madison are next at 9-5.

Hofstra had an outstanding showing in its last game, an 81-57 rout of Drexel on Sunday evening. Senior center Moussa Kone had a career-best 23 points on 10-10 shooting from the field, while junior forward Malik Nichols tied his career-high with 15 points and added eight rebounds.

Kone’s tremendous game helped the Pride to an outstanding shooting game from the field. Hofstra shot 63% from the field against Drexel (34-54). It is the best showing from the field since going 33-52 (63.5%) from the field against James Madison on February 24, 2007.

It was an incredible showing for Kone against Drexel as he became just the seventh player in the history of the Colonial Athletic Association to go at least 10-10 from the field in a game. Scott Eatherton went 10-10 for Northeastern this season against Towson, with former NBA superstar David Robinson doing it first in 1985 (12-12).

It marked the Pride’s first season sweep of Drexel since the 1007-08 campaign as Hofstra won 86-58 in Hempstead on January 21.

Junior guard Juan’ya Green, who chipped in with 13 points, six assists and six rebounds against Drexel, took over the scoring lead for Hofstra as he is now averaging 17.2 points per game. He also leads the way with 6.6 assists and 1.5 steals per outing.

Hofstra is 36-24 all-time against Towson in a series that started during the 1982-83 campaign. The Tigers have won the last five meetings but prior to that Hofstra had won six straight in the series dating back to 2008-09. Hofstra won the first-ever meeting, 86-71, during the 1982-83 season.

Towson is 12-15 overall and 5-9 in CAA play. John Davis leads the Tigers in scoring and rebounding with averages of 11.9 points and 8.2 rebounds per outing. Four McGlynn is also in double figures for Towson with 11.4 points and leads the squad with 44 assists.

Hofstra fell to Towson in the earlier meeting this season, 86-72, in Hempstead on January 31. Green led all scorers with 25 points, while graduate guard Dion Nesmith added 13 points. The Tigers got 22 points from McGlynn in that contest.

Following the game at Towson, Hofstra returns to the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex on Sunday, February 22 when it hosts William & Mary at 4:30 p.m. in a game that will be televised nationally on NBC Sports Network.

The Hofstra Men’s Basketball team will host Military Appreciation Day against the Tribe. All active and veteran military personnel will receive complimentary tickets for themselves and their families by calling (516) HOF-TIXX (463-8499) in advance of the game.

Camouflage Hofstra Athletics t-shirts are available for a $5 donation to Canine Companions for Independence when you order tickets online (HofstraTickets.com) or call the Hofstra Athletics Ticket Office at (516) HOF-TIXX (463-8499) (Limit one shirt per ticket purchased).

The first 300 Hofstra students at the game will receive one for FREE! Canine Companions for Independence is a non-profit organization that provides assistance dogs and ongoing support to our veterans in need and people with disabilities.

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

http://www.gohofstra.com

For more information on Canine Companions for Independence fans are encouraged to click on the link seen here:

http://www.cci.org/site/c.cdKGIRNqEmG/b.3978475/k.3F1C/Canine_Companions_for_Independence.htm

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