GAME NOTES: The two teams buried at the bottom of the Colonial Athletic Association standings take the floor in New York on Sunday night as the Hofstra Pride entertain the Old Dominion Monarchs.
Old Dominion, which earlier this season fired its head coach and installed Jim Corrigan as the interim, has a total of just four wins this entire season. The team was last in action on Wednesday night versus UNC Wilmington at home and managed to crush the Seahawks in a lopsided 84-61 decision. The win snapped a three-game slide by ODU and now has the team trying to record back-to-back wins for the first time this season.
The Pride, just one step ahead of ODU (2-13) in the conference standings with their 3-12 mark, are dealing with a four-game slide at the moment and have won only once in the last 12 outings overall. The squad was also in action four nights ago as they challenged and lost to George Mason at home, in a 79-50 decision.
The Monarchs own a 15-8 advantage in the all-time series against Hofstra, taking five straight leading up to this meeting.
Five players scored in double figures for the Monarchs in their recent win over UNCW, as the team shot an impressive 58.9 percent from the floor. DeShawn Painter finished with 18 points, followed by Dimitri Batten with 15 points and the trio of Richard Ross, Aaron Bacote and Keenan Palmore all posting 12 in the triumph.
As great an effort as it was against the Seahawks, ODU knows that performance is more the exception than the norm since the Monarchs are putting up only 64.6 ppg against league foes at the moment. Painter leads the way with his 13.7 ppg and is also first with 8.6 rpg, but he could be even more dangerous if not for his 60 percent accuracy at the free-throw line. Batten adds another 11.2 ppg and has the most 3-pointers (26) on the team, but his overall shooting from the floor (.376) is still lacking.
Hofstra made a total of just four field goals in the first half against George Mason in the latest outing, eventually shooting a dismal 26.8 percent from the field and 2-of-18 beyond the arc, en route to the 29-point home loss. Taran Buie was the lone double-digit scorer for the program with 12 points, but he missed all but one of his 10 attempts from long range and finished 5-of-21 from the floor overall.
The offense for the Pride in conference games has been absolutely awful, generating a mere 53.6 ppg as they shoot only 37.3 percent from the field, 26.6 percent beyond the arc and 61.8 percent at the free-throw line. Buie is second on the scoring list in those games with 11.3 ppg, yet is shooting a miserable 27.9 percent from the floor and 26.5 percent behind the 3-point line. Stevie Mejia is responsible for 12.6 ppg and has handed out 56 assists.
ODU has won just a single true road game this season and even though the Monarchs showed that they can still dial up the offense, it must be noted that UNCW is by no means a world-beater.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Hofstra 71, Old Dominion 66
02/24 10:30:36 ET
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