Hofstra (4-10) at Delaware (6-8)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, January 9, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Bob Carpenter Center (5,000) -- Newark, Delaware. Television: None. Home Record: Hofstra 4-3, Delaware 3-1. Away Record: Hofstra 0-6, Delaware 2-5. Neutral Record: Hofstra 0-1, Delaware 1-2. Conference Record: Hofstra 1-0, Delaware 1-0. Series Record: Hofstra leads, 48-25.
GAME NOTES: The Delaware Blue Hens look to continue their winning ways when they welcome the Hofstra Pride to the Carpenter Center for a Colonial Athletic Association tilt.
Delaware extended its winning streak to three with Saturday's 84-72 road triumph over Old Dominion in its CAA opener. Beginning tonight, the Blue Hens will play three of their next four at home. The lone road game in that stretch is at Georgia State this Saturday.
The road has not been very kind to the Pride, who are winless in seven tries outside of Hempstead this season. However, they enter this contest with some momentum as they snapped an eight-game slide with a 52-50 victory over Georgia State Monday night at the Mack Sports Complex. Following this tilt, Hofstra will return home to face William & Mary on Saturday.
Hofstra leads the head-to-head series, 48-25, although UD swept both meetings last season.
Hofstra senior guard Stevie Mejia registered a game-high 17 points on Monday night, and he scored the game-winning bucket off a drive to the lane with five seconds remaining. Sophomore Taran Buie chipped in with 12 points and five rebounds in the much needed victory. The Pride built a 37-25 lead early in the second half, but Georgia State went to the full-court press and it caused some problems for Hofstra. The Panthers went on a 13-2 run to make it a one-point game on Denny Burguillos' layup with just over 10 minutes to play. They later tied the score with 17 seconds to play, but Mejia had the final say for Hofstra. On the season, Buie leads the team with 14.8 points per game, while Mejia is scoring 10.6 ppg. The Pride have struggled to atone for the absences of starters Jimmy Hall (12.7 ppg) and Shaquille Stokes (10.0 ppg), both of whom were suspended indefinitely in late-November.
The Blue Hens are shooting just 40.6 percent from the floor as a team this season, but they have picked up their play of late, averaging 80 points during the current three-game win streak. The team boasts a potent inside-out tandem in Devon Saddler and Jamelle Hagins. Saddler has knocked down a team-best 27 3-pointers (.355) and leads the conference in scoring with 19.8 ppg. Hagins is the nation's top rebounder, pulling down 12.7 rebounds per contest to go along with 13.1 ppg on 58.1-percent shooting from the floor. Jarvis Threatt rounds out UD's double-digit scorers with 11.0 ppg. In last weekend's win over ODU, Saddler tallied a game-high 27 points while Threatt scored a season-high 19 despite not registering a field goal, as he sank 19-of-20 free throws. The Blue Hens made a school-record 41 free throws in the game, while Hagins notched his 10th double-double of the season with 11 points and 16 boards.
The Pride showed a great deal of character in pulling out Monday's victory in the waning moments. However, they will struggle to match up with the Blue Hens, who have enjoyed solid play all around.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Delaware 79, Hofstra 69
01/09 10:34:24 ET