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Hofstra (5-16) at William & Mary (8-12)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 2, 12 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Kaplan Arena (8,600) -- Williamsburg, Virginia. Television: CSN-MA. Home Record: Hofstra 5-5, W&M 5-3. Away Record: Hofstra 0-10, W&M 3-9. Neutral Record: Hofstra 0-1, W&M 0-0. Conference Record: Hofstra 2-6, W&M 2-7. Series Record: Hofstra leads, 14-6.
GAME NOTES: A couple of Colonial Athletic Association teams are set to square off at Kaplan Arena, as the William & Mary Tribe host the Hofstra Pride.
Hofstra suffered its fifth consecutive loss two nights ago against James Madison, 62-41. The Pride have dropped 14 of their last 16 overall and are winless in 11 tries outside of Hempstead. This is the second game of a stretch that will see them play four of five on the road.
Meanwhile, William & Mary is coming off Wednesday's 66-56 loss at Delaware. The Tribe have lost nine of their last 10 outings to drop toward the bottom of the CAA standings along with Hofstra. Beginning today, the Tribe will play three of their next four at home.
Hofstra was a 70-59 road winner over W&M on Jan. 12, and the Pride lead the all-time series, 14-6.
Hofstra has not scored more than 60 points in any game during its current six- game slide, and Thursday's effort was particularly dreadful as the team was held to a season-low 41 points. The Pride shot just 33.3 percent from the floor, including a 3-of-16 effort from beyond the arc (.188), and were out- rebounded by a 36-21 margin. David Imes was the team's only player in double figures , as he finished with 10 points and six boards. On the season, Hofstra is dead-last in the CAA in scoring (59.4 ppg) and field-goal percentage (.387). Sophomore Taran Buie leads the way with 14.7 points per game and has knocked down a team-high 38 3-pointers (.352). Senior Stevie Mejia is next in line with 10.4 ppg to go along with 4.1 assists, which ranks third in the league. Mejia is also averaging a league-best 1.9 steals. However, the arrests and subsequent suspensions of four players back in early-December has left the team scrambling for offense on a nightly basis.
While Hofstra is at the bottom of the league in virtually every offensive category, William & Mary ranks second in the CAA in field-goal percentage (.445), assists (13.7) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.1), while ranking third in scoring (68.2). W&M also tops the league and ranks among the national leaders in defensive 3-point percentage (.284). Sophomore guard Marcus Thornton leads the way with 18.2 ppg, while Tim Rusthoven (14.9 ppg, 7.3 rpg) and Brandon Britt (13.1 ppg) have made steady contributions. Against Delaware earlier this week, Thornton poured in a game-high 22 points for his eighth 20- point game of the season, the most for a W&M player since 2004. It was also the 22nd straight game that Thornton finished in double figures. Rusthoven added 13 points, although the Tribe shot just 37.9 percent from the floor as a team and lost the rebounding battle, 43-31.
In the first meeting between these two teams, Hofstra jumped out to a 16-2 lead and never trailed throughout the game. However, the Pride have struggled mightily on the road throughout the season, and W&M will no doubt want some revenge for that first meeting.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: William & Mary 64, Hofstra 58
02/02 10:53:21 ET
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