UNC-Wilmington (7-11) at Hofstra (5-14)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 26, 2 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Mack Sports Complex (5,023) -- Hempstead, New York. Television: None. Home Record: UNCW 7-1, Hofstra 5-4. Away Record: UNCW 0-10, Hofstra 0-9. Neutral Record: UNCW 0-0, Hofstra 0-1. Conference Record: UNCW 2-4, Hofstra 2-4. Series Record: UNC-Wilmington leads, 13-12.
GAME NOTES: Coming off a heart-breaking loss against Drexel at home earlier this week, the Hofstra Pride try to get back into the win column on Saturday afternoon as they tangle with the Seahawks of UNC-Wilmington at the Mack Sports Complex.
On Wednesday night, the Pride appeared to be heading to overtime against Drexel at home, but with time winding down Hofstra allowed Frantz Massenat to get off a shot from just beyond half court and it found its way through the basket as time expired, sending the hosts to a disappointing 55-52 setback. The loss was the third in a row and the fourth in five outings for a team that has won only twice since the third week of November.
Meanwhile, the Seahawks were also in action three nights ago, on the road at Georgia State where they suffered a lopsided 81-63 defeat. Not only did the decision snap a brief two-game win streak for UNCW, it also kept the program winless on the road this season (0-10). Like Hofstra, the Seahawks are now 2-4 in conference play, which has them tied for eighth place in the standings.
Each of these squads posted a win on their home floor during their meetings last season, which means UNCW still clings to a one-game edge in the all-time series, 13-12.
Keith Rendleman shot 9-of-11 from the floor as he registered a double-double for the Seahawks with his 23 points and 10 rebounds, both team highs, but it wasn't nearly enough as his team was crushed by Georgia State on the road Wednesday night.Chris Dixon accounted for another 20 points and four assists, but he also turned the ball over four times as the team suffered 17 miscues in the matchup. Rendleman a 52.0 percent shooter from the floor on the season, is the lone double-digit scorer for the group at the moment with his 15.9 ppg. Not only that, Rendleman is also first on the glass with 10.6 rpg, first with 32 steals and second in blocked shots with 24. However, for someone who seemingly has his hands on the ball as much as he does on a regular basis, it is rather surprising that he has but 12 assists, against 39 turnovers in 18 starts.
Except for Taran Buie who scored a game-high 29 points, shooting 7-of-11 behind the 3-point line, points were hard to come by for the Pride as the rest of the squad combined for just 23 points and not a single one of them came from the three reserves who took just four shots. The squad made a total of 20 baskets, but at the same time lost possession on 17 occasion and yet they still were tied with Drexel with the game winding down. Over the course of six conference games, Buie leads the team in scoring with 15.3 ppg, but he has connected on just 35.7 percent from the field overall, compared to 37.5 percent beyond the arc. Stevie Mejia, who tallied eight points the other night, is good for another 11.7 ppg for a group that is generating just 55.7 ppg, but also making things interesting with 59.2 ppg allowed.
Rendleman will again have to carry the Seahawks this weekend, but still he'll need some support to get the visitors into the win column. It doesn't hurt UNCW that the Pride lost such a close game the other night.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: UNC-Wilmington 67, Hofstra 63
01/26 10:55:32 ET