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Hofstra MBB to host William and Mary on NBC Sports Network Televised Game

Brian Bernardi. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Brian Bernardi. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The Hofstra Men’s Basketball team will host William & Mary on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. from the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex and the game will be televised nationally on the NBC Sports Network.

Mike Corey and Ronnie Thompson will have the call for the television broadcast, while Pride Productions will have live audio beginning with the pregame show at 4:15 p.m. Dan Savarino, Chris Buckley and Anthony Notarile will have the call for the audio only broadcast, which can be heard locally at WGCH (1490 AM).

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 (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.

Hofstra (18-10, 9-6 CAA) is coming off an 87-82 victory at Towson on Wednesday evening as the Pride continued its strong February having won four of its five contests during the month.

The Pride got strong games out of junior guard Juan’ya Green and junior forward Ameen Tanksley as each scored 21 points to lead Hofstra. The duo combined to go an impressive 24-26 from the free throw line as well as Hofstra went 37-42 as a team from the charity stripe. Graduate guard Dion Nesmith was effective as well with 16 points, including three three-pointers, in the win.

The top of the CAA standings are as tight as they could possibly as UNCW enters Thursday leading the way at 10-4 with Northeastern, William & Mary and James Madison following closely behind at 10-5. Hofstra is next up at 9-6, setting up a huge showdown in Hempstead on Sunday between the Pride and the Tribe.

Arguably one of the top players in the CAA, Green’s leadership has led the Pride’s resurgence during the month of February. Green now leads the Pride with 17.4 points, 6.6 assists and 1.5 steals per contest. He is also averaging 4.5 rebounds per game, while leading Hofstra in minutes played with 1,008 (36 mpg).

Hofstra is nearly the program’s single season record for three-pointers as this year’s squad has drained 249 from beyond the arc to rank second in program history. The 2006-07 Pride hit 256 three-pointers to hold the current record.

A trio of other players continue to average double figures with Tanksley (17.2), sophomore guard Brian Bernardi (11.4) and Nesmith (10.5) helping Hofstra average 78.5 points per game.

William & Mary dropped a 75-64 decision at Northeastern on Wednesday evening to see its record move to 16-10 overall and 10-5 in league play. Marcus Thornton and Terry Tarpey led the Tribe with 17 points each against the Huskies, with Thornton added five assists and Tarpey tallying five rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks.

Thornton leads William & Mary with 19.1 points per game, while Omar Prewitt is second with 13.6 points per outing. Tarpey averages 11.1 points, a team-best 8.2 rebounds and also dishes out a team-high 82 assists for the Tribe.

William & Mary defeated Hofstra, 100-79, back on January 28 in Williamsburg. Bernardi led the Pride with 23 points, including five three-pointers.

Hofstra is 14-9 all-time against William & Mary, with all 23 meetings occurring since the Pride joined the CAA in 2001-02. The teams split the meetings over the last two seasons prior to this one with each squad winning on its respective home court. Hofstra is 8-2 against William & Mary in Hempstead.

For more information on the 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

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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