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????????????????????????????? The Sports Network
??????????????? DATE & TIME: Wednesday, February 5, 7 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Mathews Arena (5,066) -- Boston, Massachusetts. Television: None. Home Record: Hofstra 5-6, NU 2-6. Away Record: Hofstra 1-9, NU 3-7. Neutral Record: Hofstra 1-1, NU 2-3. Conference Record: Hofstra 3-5, NU 4-5. Series Record: Series is tied, 17-17.
GAME NOTES: Two squads both in desperate need of a win meet in Boston when the Hofstra Pride take to the road to match up against the Northeastern Huskies in a Colonial Athletic Association tilt on Wednesday night.
Hofstra has lost four in a row after winning three of its first four CAA games. In their last outing, the Pride fell on the road to College of Charleston 67-49 on Saturday.
The Huskies will be coming into this game on short rest after losing to Delaware Monday night in Newark, 80-67. Northeastern has lost two straight and six of its last 10 games overall.
Northeastern and Hofstra will meet for the second time in just 12 days and the 35th time in series history on Wednesday. The rivalry is knotted at 17-17, after the Huskies' 70-57 victory in Hempstead on Jan. 25. The Huskies have won five straight in the series.
Zeke Upshaw led the Pride with 14 points in the loss to Charleston. Dion Nesmith and Jamall Robinson added 10 points apiece in the loss with Robinson also grabbing 10 boards. The Pride shot just 27.1 percent from the field in the game, including a woeful 4-of-23 from beyond the arc. Field goal defense was an issue as well, as Charleston connected on 12-of-3 from 3-point distance.
Upshaw has proven to be one of the better scorers this season in the CAA, as he leads the Pride and is second in the conference with 19.0 ppg, while shooting 40 percent shooting from the floor. Nesmith is second on the team in scoring, and the only other player to average double-digit scoring totals this season, with 12.9 ppg and a team-best 82 assists on the year. Stephen Nwaukoni tops the squad in rebounding at 8.5 rpg. The Pride are averaging 67.2 ppg this season while allowing opponents to score at a 72.9 ppg clip, second-worst in the conference.
Scott Eatherton scored 21 points and Northeastern shot 48 percent from the floor, but they were no match for a Delaware squad that drained a season-high 12 3-pointers on Monday night. David Walker added 12 points in the loss. Delaware had a 43-31 edge on the boards, including a 16-5 difference on the offensive glass, leading to a 20-9 advantage in second chance points.
Eatherton leads the Huskies with 16.6 ppg, hitting his field goals at a 55.4 percent clip. Eatherton is also the top rebounder for the group with 10.1 rpg, which means he is one of only a handful of performers in the nation averaging a double-double. Walker is the only other player averaging in double figures, scoring 11.8 ppg. As a unit, the Huskies are scoring just 65.1 ppg but giving up only 68.0, third best in the CAA.
Each of these teams needs a win to stop a free fall in the CAA standings. While both are in the middle of the pack in league scoring, the Huskies are the much better defensive squad, so look for them to continue their recent dominance of the Pride and grab the home victory.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Northeastern 67, Hofstra 63
02/05 10:32:17 ET