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NCAA Men’s Basketball: Hofstra Returns To Empire State For Visit To St. Bonaventure

Following a whirlwind travel schedule that featured five games and trips to California and Florida, the Hofstra men’s basketball team returns to the state of New York on Saturday when it heads to St. Bonaventure for a 2:30 p.m. game.

The Pride will have traveled approximately 9,000 miles on its current road trips that started in California as Hofstra improved to 6-3 this season with a 4-1 swing through California and Florida that included wins over UCLA, Cal State Fullerton, Holy Cross, and Canisius.

There will be ESPN+ live video of the game as well as Pride Productions live audio, courtesy of WRHU (88.7 FM). Links to both, as well as the live statistics, can be found on this page as well as the men’s basketball schedule page at GoHofstra.com.

Hofstra has hit its stride over its last six games as the Pride has won five of its last six contests to improve to the 6-3 mark. The most recent two wins, victories over Holy Cross and Canisius, gave the Pride the Naismith bracket tournament championship at the Boca Raton Beach Classic down in Florida. Seniors Desure Buie and Eli Pemberton earned all-tournament honors in leading the Pride to the wins.

The Pride has shown great versatility on offense this season as five players are averaging in double figures led by Pemberton with 16.9 points per game and Buie second with 16.3. Buie is leading the team in assists with 6.2 per contest, while junior Tareq Coburn is first in rebounding (7.1) and fourth in scoring (12.7). Junior Jalen Ray, who missed much of the Canisius game with an injury, is third on the team with 14.1 points per game and sophomore Isaac Kante rounds out the quintet with averages of 10.0 points and 6.4 rebounds.

St. Bonaventure is 4-4 on the year and has won three straight games, including a 71-64 victory over Florida Atlantic on Monday. Kyle Lofton leads the Bonnies in scoring with 13.3 points per game, while Dominick Welch is second at 12.3 points per outing and Osun Osunniyi ranks third in scoring (10.0) and first in rebounding (7.3). Lofton is also averaging a team-high 5.3 assists per game.

The Pride and the Bonnies have two common opponents as Hofstra defeated Canisius and lost to San Diego, while St. Bonaventure lost to Canisius and defeated San Diego.

Hofstra is 1-4 all-time against St. Bonaventure in a series that began in the 1977-78 season. The teams have split the last two meetings with Hofstra capturing an 89-83 win in Olean in 2015-16 and St. Bonaventure earning an 81-75 victory in Hempstead the following season.

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