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DATE & TIME: Sunday, November 11, 2 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Mackey Arena (14,123) -- West Lafayette, Indiana. Television: Big Ten Digital Network. Home Record: Hofstra 0-0, Purdue 0-1. Away Record: Hofstra 0-1, Purdue 0-0. Neutral Record: Hofstra 0-0, Purdue 0-0. Conference Record: Hofstra 0-0, Purdue 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: With both teams trying to avoid 0-2 starts, the Hofstra Pride and the Purdue Boilermakers will meet at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Indiana this afternoon as part of the 2K Sports Classic.
Hofstra opened its season on the road against Monmouth on Friday and lost in blowout fashion, 91-62. The game was never really in doubt, as the Pride found themselves down by 19 points at halftime. They had won their previous two season openers under head coach Mo Cassara.
Purdue's campaign also got off to a sluggish start on Friday. Even though it held a three-point lead with just over five minutes to play, it faltered down the stretch and lost at home to Bucknell, 70-65. The Boilermakers fell to 79-10 all-time in season openers on their home floor.
This game marks the first meeting between Hofstra and Purdue on the hardwood.
Hofstra was one of the lowest scoring teams in the Colonial Athletic Association last season, averaging just 65 ppg on 40.4 percent field goal shooting, and it picked up right where it left off in the opener. Four players tallied double figures, but the team shot a woeful 29.2 percent from the floor, while allowing Monmouth to drain 50 percent of its field goal attempts. Stevie Mejia and Shaquille Stokes led the way with 12 points apiece, but the two combined to shoot just 6-of-22 from the field. Mejia also had a difficult time hanging on to the ball, committing eight of the Pride's 23 turnovers, although he did contribute four assists and four steals. Jimmy Hall (11 points) and Moussa Kone (10 points) came off the bench to contribute double- digit points, and Hall grabbed a team-high 12 rebounds. David Imes, the club's leading returning scorer from a year ago (7.0 ppg), finished with just six points on 2-of-9 shooting, but he did block three shots.
Purdue put together a sound game fundamentally, connecting on 45.9 percent of its field goals while turning the ball over just nine times, and it held Bucknell to just over 42 percent shooting, but it sent the Bison to the foul line 21 times where the Bison drained 18, which proved to be the difference down the stretch. Redshirt freshman Donnie Hale impressed in his first game as a Boilermaker, draining 7-of-12 field goal attempts for a team-high 15 points. D.J. Byrd and Ronnie Johnson each contributed 12 points, although the two combined to hit just 2-of-11 three-pointers. As a team, the Boilermakers could not find any rhythm from beyond the arc (2-of-16). Anthony Johnson played 35 minutes at point guard after averaging just over 15 minutes per game last season, and he took advantage of the increased work load with nine points and eight assists. Terone Johnson, who was the team's leading scorer in its exhibition games, did not play due to an ankle injury.
The slow start was expected from a Hofstra squad that not only struggled a season ago, but lost many of its top performers in the offseason. But Purdue expects to play better this season than it did in the opener, especially at home. Figure the Boilermakers to bounce back and improve to .500 on the young season.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Purdue 77, Hofstra 63
11/11 10:33:04 ET
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