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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 16, 4 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Mack Sports Complex (5,023) -- Hempstead, New York. Television: none. Home Record: Towson 4-5, Hofstra 5-6. Away Record: Towson 7-8, Hofstra 1-12. Neutral Record: Towson 3-0, Hofstra 0-1. Conference Record: Towson 9-5, Hofstra 3-9. Series Record: Hofstra leads, 36-19.
GAME NOTES: Although Hofstra has only six wins this season, the Pride can find solace in knowing they'll face a team today they've dominated over the last few years.
The Pride, losers in eight of their last nine games overall, take on the Towson Tigers in Colonial Athletic Association action. The Pride have won seven in a row against Towson, which hasn't won at Hofstra since Feb. 25, 2002. Hofstra defeated Towson in the only meeting last season, 74-49.
Hofstra is coming off a 61-43 loss at Georgia State on Wednesday. Stevie Mejia registered the first double-double of his career for Hofstra with 18 points and 10 rebounds, but he was the only player for the Pride to score in double figures. The rest of the starting five shot a collective 5-of-21 from the field.
With an average of 58.9 points per game, last in the CAA, it's no wonder the Pride have just six victories. That scoring mark is ranked 329th out of 345 Division I teams. Hofstra is also making just 63 percent of its free-throw attempts, which ranks last in the CAA. The Pride is next-to-last in the conference in 3-point shooting (.288), but holds opponents to 30.6 percent from beyond the arc, which is the best mark in the league. Taran Buie leads the Pride with 13.5 ppg, while starter Stevie Mejia checks in at 11.1 ppg.
Towson has won four of its last five games and is 10-5 since winning at Oregon State on Dec. 29. The Tigers haven't been above the break-even mark this late in the season since the 1995-96 campaign when they were 16-11 after 27 contests.
Leading the way for the Tigers is Jerrelle Benimon, who averages a double- double with 16.6 points and 11.4 rebounds per tilt. He ranks first nationally in double-doubles (18) and third in rebounding. Marcus Damas is the other player on the roster averaging double figures in scoring (11.0 ppg). The team is the best defensively regarding shooting percentage (.392). The Tigers also lead the CAA with 5.4 blocks per game.
A victory today would give Towson 11 wins away from its home court for the first time in a single season since the 1976-77 campaign.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Towson 68, Hofstra 64
02/16 10:44:06 ET
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