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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, December 1, 4 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex (5,023)-- Hempstead, New York. Television: None. Home Record: SMU 4-0, Hofstra 3-0. Away Record: SMU 2-0, Hofstra 0-4. Neutral Record: SMU 1-1, Hofstra 0-0. Conference Record: SMU 0-0, Hofstra 0-0. Series Record: First meeting.
GAME NOTES: The Hofstra Pride will try to fend off the SMU Mustangs as they square off in a non-conference tilt at the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex.
Hofstra's program announced that Shaquille Stokes, Jimmy Hall, Kentrell Washington and Dallas Anglin had all been suspended from the University and the team until an investigation into off-court charges are fully investigated.
Coach Mo Cassara's team will have to venture on without the four mentioned players, two of whom were starters and double-digit scorers. The Pride were coming off of an 80-56 loss at George Washington which dropped their record to 3-4 on the season. It was also the second setback in a row for Hofstra, which had won three in a row before the losing skid. The Pride are 3-0 at home this season.
SMU reeled off five wins in a row to tip off Larry Brown's tenure at the school. The five-game streak included a 15-point win over Loyola Marymount, three-point victories on the road over TCU and Texas State, and a 13-point win over Rider. The team finally lost as Arkansas-Little Rock handed them a 13- point setback, but they started a new streak with triumphs over Missouri State (62-61) and Utah (62-55). Brown's team has outscored its opposition by 7.9 ppg this season.
This will be the first meeting between these programs on the hardwood.
Tara Buie, a transfer from Penn State, led Hofstra with 15 points in his first career start versus George Washington. Despite the solid outing by Buie, the team struggled overall. The Pride converted only 31.7 percent of their field goal attempts and shot just 65 percent at the charity stripe. They were also dominated by a 40-27 margin in the rebounding battle. Buie is the team's leading scorer with 14.4 ppg and senior guard Stevie Mejia is second with 10.6 ppg. Moussa Kone, David Imes and Steven Nwaukoni are sure to see their roles increase due to the recent events within the program.
The Mustangs overcame 33.9 percent shooting from the floor their last time out to take down the Runnin' Utes. SMU managed the win by forcing 17 turnovers, converting 18-of-21 at the charity stripe, and making 6-of-11 attempts from beyond the arc. Jalen Jones delivered a double-double with 20 points and 16 rebounds while Ryan Manuel chipped in 14 points. Junior guard Nick Russell went just 1-of-8 from the floor for four points, but managed to hand out eight assists after realizing the Utah defense was keying on him. Jones is leading the team with 16 points and 7.9 rebounds per contest with Russell trailing closing with 14.5 ppg. Manual is contributing 13.6 ppg for SMU.
SMU should be able to take care of business against a depleted Hofstra team. The Mustangs are on a definite rise under the watch of Brown. The Pride are facing a lot of adversity, but the remaining players have a chance to persevere by leaving everything on the court.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: SMU 68, Hofstra 55
12/01 10:31:49 ET
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