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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, November 18, 3 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Mack Sports Complex (5,023) -- Hempstead, New York. Television: None. Home Record: Marshall 1-0, Hofstra 2-0. Away Record: Marshall 0-1, Hofstra 0-2. Neutral Record: Marshall 1-1, Hofstra 0-0. Conference Record: Marshall 0-0, Hofstra 0-0. Series Record: Hofstra leads, 1-0.
GAME NOTES: The Hofstra Pride close out play in the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project when they play host to the Marshall Thundering Herd on Sunday at the Mack Sports Complex in the Hempstead Subregional.
The Pride opened the 2012-13 season with a pair of losses on the road to Monmouth (92-61) and Purdue (83-54), but have rallied to pull even on the year with back-to-back wins at home over South Dakota State (66-63) and yesterday's win over District of Columbia (74-59).
The Thundering Herd are also just 2-2 on the season. The team opened the year with a decisive win over Longwood at home (81-47) but followed that up with a loss at Villanova (80-68) to begin play in this event. Since heading to Hempstead, Marshall has split its two games thus far, knocking off District of Columbia on Friday (80-58) and dropping a one-point decision yesterday to South Dakota State (78-77).
These two teams have met just one time prior to this matchup. Hofstra posted a 73-70 win in the 2006 Great Alaska Shootout.
The Thundering Herd were done in by a late 3-pointer by South Dakota State, falling by one point to the Jackrabbits in a spirited game throughout. Marshall held a five-point lead with 20 seconds left, but couldn't hold on for the win. The loss spoiled a strong performance by forward Elijah Pittman, who recorded a double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds. Guard DeAndre Kane almost had one of his own, leading the team with 19 points, while dishing out eight assists. Dennis Tinnon also had a strong performance with 10 points and nine boards, while D.D. Scarver checked in with 10 points of his own.
Through four games, Marshall has shown to have offensive balance, with four players currently averaging double figures. Scarver and Kane lead the way with 14.3 ppg. Kane has been outstanding as a distributor as well, averaging eight assists per outing. Pittman (12.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg) and Tinnon (11.5 ppg, 8.8 rpg) have been strong up front.
Hofstra was able to get into an offensive groove early on Saturday against the District of Columbia, shooting 54.3 percent from the floor in the first half en route to a 10-point lead the intermission. The team was able to keep its opponent at bay in the second half to even its record up at 2-2 on the year. Six players for the Pride scored in double figures in the win, led by Stephen Nwaukoni's 13 points off the bench. Jimmy Hall and Taran Buie added 12 points each, while David Imes, Stevie Mejia and Shaquille Stokes all finished with 11 points.
It is no surprise that the Pride are playing a lot better in their own building and they should be able to finish things off today against a Marshall squad searching for answers.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Hofstra 63, Marshall 60
11/18 10:47:50 ET