Hofstra (5-12) at George Mason (10-7)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 19, 5 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Patriot Center (10,000) -- Fairfax, Virginia.
Television: NBCSN. Home Record: Hofstra 5-3. George Mason 5-2. Away
Record: Hofstra 0-8, George Mason 2-3. Neutral Record: Hofstra 0-1,
George Mason 3-2. Conference Record: Hofstra 2-2, George Mason 2-2. Series
Record: George Mason leads, 13-8.
GAMES NOTES: George Mason will wrap up a two-contest homestand on Saturday
when the Patriots play host for the Hofstra Pride in a Colonial Athletic
Association bout at the Patriot Center.
Hofstra hasn't been able to get into a rhythm of late by trading wins and
losses in its last four contests. In comparison to the rest of the season the
recent stretch has been a hot streak, as the Pride are just 5-12 overall.
Hofstra has split its four conference games but going on the road is unlikely
to help matters as the Pride are winless in eight trips. Hofstra is at home
against Drexel and UNC Wilmington in its next two games.
The Patriots topped off in-state rival James Madison, 68-57, in the first half
of this short home stretch. The win was the third in four games for George
Mason which is now 10-7 overall, while also splitting its four contests
against CAA competition. George Mason is 5-2 at the Patriot Center, but will
travel to Towson in its next contest.
This is a conference rivalry that George Mason has owned recently with wins in
eight of the last nine matchups, including a series sweep last season. The
Patriots are 13-8 all-time against the Pride.
Hofstra trailed by as 12 points and never led in its loss to Northeastern this
past week. The Pride shot a solid 46.9 percent from the field in the game and
had a 30-26 edge in rebounds. However a 28-6 deficit in points off turnovers
really sank Hofstra in the loss.
On the campaign Hofstra is being outscored by more than eight points of game
due to its troubles in finding its shooting stroke. The Pride is hitting on
just 39.8 percent of its shots from the floor and netting 62.2 points per
game. Leading the offensive charge for the Pride are Taran Buie (14.3 ppg) and
Stevie Mejia (10.8 ppg). Hurting the Pride on offense is the suspensions of
Jimmy Hall (12.7 pp, 9.4 rpg) and Shaquille Stokes (10.0 ppg) who were two of
four players suspended at the end of November.
George Mason came alive in the second half against James Madison as the
Patriots rode a 40-24 second period to the 11-point win. The Patriots shot
just 35.7 percent from the floor in the contest but limited the Dukes to just
36.7 percent shooting, while earning a 48-29 edge on the boards.
Although scoring just slightly better than Hofstra, George Mason's defensive
efforts have allowed it to put up more wins than losses. The Patriots are
letting up just 62.8 points per game on an even 40 percent shooting
performance. On the offensive side the Patriots are a less stellar squad as
they put in just 65.5 points per game despite shooting the third best
percentage from the floor (.436) in the conference. Sherrod Wright (17.9 ppg,
5;0 rpg) is one of the best guards in the CAA and is third in the league in
scoring, while shooting 51 percent from the field. No other players are
averaging in double figures though with Johnny Williams (7.5 ppg) the only
one above more than seven points a contest.
With its home crowd behind it, George Mason will be able to keep Hofstra in
check offensively while finding enough scoring from Wright and company to
coast to a win.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: George Mason 72, Hofstra 62
01/19 10:32:24 ET