The Hofstra men’s basketball team took a much-needed break for final exams and to recharge their bodies following a grueling travel schedule and will return to the court on Thursday, December 19 when it faces Princeton.
The Pride and the Tigers will tip-off from Jadwin Gymnasium in Princeton, New Jersey, at 7 p.m.
The game will air on ESPN+ and there will also be Pride Productions live audio, courtesy of WRHU (88.7 FM). Links to all three, as well as the live statistics, can be found on this page and on the men’s basketball schedule page at GoHofstra.com.
Hofstra improved to 7-4 with a 71-63 win over Stony Brook in its last game on December 10. Senior Desure Buie continued his outstanding season as he had game-highs of 20 points and six assists, while also posting six rebounds and two steals as the Pride captured “The Long Island Rivalry”. Junior Tareq Coburn was active all game as well with 10 points and 12 rebounds for his third double-double of the season and fifth of his career. Senior Eli Pemberton also tallied a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Pride.
Buie has taken over the team lead in scoring at 16.7 points per outing, while also leading the Pride in assists (5.8) and steals (2.5). Three other players average in double figures as Pemberton is second with 16 points per game, junior Jalen Ray ranks third with 13.3 points per contest and Coburn is fourth with 11.6 points per game. Coburn leads the Pride with 7.3 rebounds per game, while sophomore Isaac Kante ranks second in rebounding (6.5) and fifth in scoring (9.2).
Princeton enters the week with a 2-7 overall record. The Tigers, who play Iona on Tuesday at Barclays Center, are coming off an 80-65 win over Fairleigh Dickinson on Saturday. Jaelin Llewellyn leads Princeton with 15.8 points per game, while Richmond Aririguzoh is second with 14.9 points per outing. Aririguzoh ranks first in rebounding at 9.3 a clip and Llewellyn is averaging a team-best 3.1 assists per game.
Hofstra is 2-3 all-time against Princeton in a series that dates back to a 69-60 Pride win during the 1955-56 season. The teams have not met since a neutral site encounter (at Baylor) at the Dr. Pepper Classic in 1991-92.
Interesting note connecting the two programs. Butch van Breda Kolff, a 1945 alum of Princeton, served as the head coach for both programs during his illustrious career. van Breda Kolff was the Hofstra head coach from 1955-62 and again from 1988-94 and served as the Princeton head coach from 1962-67. He won 103 games at Princeton and led the Tigers to the 1965 NCAA Final Four and he is Hofstra’s all-time winningest coach with 215 victories. Remarkably, van Breda Kolff was the Hofstra coach for the first-ever meeting in the series and the most recent meeting in the series, two games that were separated by 36 years.
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