The Hofstra men’s basketball team, winners of three straight and sitting in first place in the Colonial Athletic Association, will host Northeastern on Saturday on Winter Homecoming Weekend at the University.
Tip-off from the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex is scheduled for 4 p.m.
Purchase your early bird tickets for just $15! Tickets can be purchased at HofstraTickets.com/WinterHomecoming and enter the code EARLY. You can also call (516) HOF-TIXX or visit the Hofstra Athletics Box Office in the lobby of the Mack Sports Complex. In addition, you will receive a FREE Speedy Claxton jersey t-shirt with your purchase.
Prior to the game on Saturday there will be the Pride Carnival in the Mack Physical Education Center with the New York Fun Factory providing all the fun. In addition, there will be live music and many activities. The Pride Carnival begins at 2 p.m., and fans can enter through the Mack Sports Complex and can enter the carnival through the indoor building connector.
We will be celebrating the 20-year anniversary of the 1999-00 Hofstra men’s basketball team, who won the America East championship and participated in the 2000 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. There will be special messages from members of that team throughout the game.
At halftime there will be a performance from Halftime Dogs – World Famous Frisbee Dogs Halftime Show!
There will be FloHoops live video of the game as well as a Pride Productions live audio broadcast, courtesy of WRHU (88.7 FM). Links to the broadcasts, as well as the live statistics, can be found on this page as well as on the men’s basketball schedule page at GoHofstra.com.
Hofstra is 17-7 overall and 8-3 in league play following an 83-60 win over William & Mary last Saturday. The Pride got 22 points and seven assists from senior Desure Buie, while junior Tareq Coburn added 19 points (five three-pointers) and 13 points and 11 rebounds from sophomore Isaac Kante. Buie owns team-highs of 18.5 points per game as well as 5.6 assists per contest and 2.2 steals per outing. Kante leads the team with 7.4 rebounds per game and ranks fifth with 10.8 points per outing.
Northeastern is 11-12 overall and 5-6 in CAA play. The Huskies dropped a 74-69 decision at Elon on Saturday despite 19 points from Jordan Roland. Three players average in double figures for the Huskies led by Roland’s 23 points per game. Bolden Brace is third in scoring at 10.3 ppg and leads the team with 6.1 rebounds per game.
Saturday’s game will be the 48th all-time meeting between Hofstra and Northeastern in a series that the Pride leads, 24-23. The teams first met during the 1949-50 campaign, but the second meeting didn’t occur until the 1994-95 season. Hofstra won this season’s earlier meeting, 74-72, in Boston back on January 9 as senior Eli Pemberton hit the game-winning layup with 0.5 seconds left.