Northeastern (14-8) at Hofstra (5-17)
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DATE & TIME: Wednesday, February 6, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Mack Sports Complex (5,124) -- Hempstead, New York.
Television: None. Home Record: Northeastern 6-6. Hofstra 5-5. Away Record:
Northeastern 6-1, Hofstra 0-11. Neutral Record: Northeastern 2-1, Hofstra 0-1.
Conference Record: Northeastern 9-1, Hofstra 2-7. Series Record: Hofstra
GAMES NOTES: The conference leading Northeastern Huskies make a trip to
Mack Sports Complex to battle the Hofstra Pride in Colonial Athletic
Association action on Wednesday night.
A 59-52 win over Drexel last time out helped Northeastern bounce back from
its first loss in league play. The Huskies have gotten out to a big lead in
the league standings at 9-1 which has them 2.5 games ahead of second-place
Delaware. Northeastern is also tied for the most wins overall in the
conference (14) while having the fewest overall losses (eight).
Hofstra is much further down the conference ladder at 2-7 after a 72-59 loss
to William & Mary last time out. The Pride have lost six straight games and
are currently just 5-17 overall. All five of Hofstra's wins have come at home
An earlier meeting this season went Northeastern's way in a 65-60 decision at
Matthews Arena. The win was the third straight for the Huskies against
Hofstra, which leads the all-time series, 17-15.
After taking a 39-37 lead with just over 12 minutes against Drexel,
Northeastern would never trail the rest of the way. The Huskies did find
themselves leading by just a single point, 42-41, at the seven-minute mark but
an 8-1 spurt over the next four minutes gave them enough separation to pull
away for the win.
Although the 59 points Northeastern managed against Drexel may point in
another direction, Northeastern possesses the CAA's best offense, ranking at
the very top of the CAA in points (69.3 pg), assists (14.2 pg) and field goal
percentage (.452). Those types of offensive numbers have helped the Huskies
overcome their conference-worst rebounding total (30.6 pg) and the 46.1
percent rate they allow foes to shoot. Joel Smith (16.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.0 apg)
is the top scoring option on the squad while providing solid production across
the stat sheet. Jonathan Lee (13.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 4.3 apg) is another versatile
guard that makes his contributions felt in most phases. In the frontcourt
Quincy Ford (12.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg) and Reggie Spencer (10.8 ppg, 6.2 rpg) are the
most productive forces.
Despite outscoring William & Mary in second chance points (20-7) and points
off turnovers (11-2), Hofstra was unable to overcome the Tribe due to its
erratic shooting. The Pride shot at just a 35.6 percent rate in the contest
while allowing the Tribe to drill 56.8 percent of its own field goal attempts.
Hofstra is at the opposite end of the spectrum not only in the standings but
on the offensive end of the floor. The Pride are the lowest scoring (59.4 ppg)
and worst shooting (.386 FG percentage) team in the CAA with each of those
marks among the 25 worst in the country. Defense hasn't exactly been a
strength either with the Pride allowing 68.6 points per game on 44.2 percent
shooting. Taran Buie (14.4 ppg) and Stevie Mejia (10.5 ppg, 4.1 apg) run the
Pride out of the backcourt as the team's top two offensive options. Mejia is
also the third best distributor in the conference but has had very few players
to get the ball to as no other player scores more than 7.5 points per game.
Stephen Nwaukoni (6.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg) doesn't add much offensively but is a
These teams could not be more opposed with Northeastern piling up points and
wins, while Hofstra has struggled to do the same. Playing on the road hasn't
scared the Huskies at all this season and won't again here.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Northeastern 72, Hofstra 64
02/06 10:36:13 ET
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