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Hofstra Returns To Action After Long Layoff

Hofstra Returns To Action After Long Layoff
Hofstra Returns To Action After Long Layoff

The Hofstra Men’s Basketball team will return to the court for the first time since December 4 when the Pride hosts Central Connecticut State on Sunday, December 15 at 1 p.m. in the Mack Sports Complex.

Hofstra has not had a game since the Sacred Heart contest on December 4 as their scheduled contest at SMU on December 7 was postponed due to inclement weather conditions in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The game against the Mustangs has been rescheduled for Sunday, January 19 at 7 p.m. (EST) and the location will now be Moody Coliseum (on campus).

There will be free live video/audio of Sunday’s game, courtesy of PRIDE PRODUCTIONS. The audio only broadcast, featuring Mark Prussin, Josh Levin and Kerri Schreiber, can be heard via the PRIDE ZONE, the GoHofstra mobile app,, the WRHU mobile app and WRHU 88.7 FM.

For ticket information please call (516) HOF-TIXX or visit

Bring your family and friends to the Hofstra Men’s Basketball game for Staff Appreciation Day this Sunday! All Hofstra staff with a valid ID will receive four free tickets to the game, as well as four food vouchers good for one pretzel OR hot dog, and one 22 oz. fountain drink each.

In addition, Santa Claus will be at the game for pictures with your children for FREE! All tickets must be picked up at the Hofstra Athletics Ticket Office in the Mack Sports Complex (open 9 a.m – 5 p.m.) by Friday, December 13 at 5 p.m. Tickets are subject to availability, so we encourage all staff to get their tickets as soon as possible. If you have any questions, call the Ticket Office at 516-HOF-TIXX (x8499).

Hofstra (2-6) dropped a 73-59 decision to Sacred Heart on December 4 in its last contest. Graduate forward Zeke Upshaw led the Pride with 16 points, while also adding four rebounds and four assists against the Pioneers. He was one of three players in double figures as freshman guard Jamall Robinson chipped in with 14 points and sophomore guard Jordan Allen added 10 points. Robinson also had six rebounds and two assists, while Allen notched six rebounds and three assists.

Upshaw continues to lead Hofstra in scoring with a 19.6 points per game average. With graduate guard Dion Nesmith missing the last two games, Robinson has stepped up and is now averaging 8.9 points. Senior forward Stephen Nwaukoni leads the team with 8.3 rebounds per outing and also scores 7.8 points per contest.

Hofstra and Central Connecticut State have met nine times in their history with the Pride holding a 7-2 lead in the series. All nine previous meetings occurred between the 1987-88 and the 1993-94 seasons as the schools spent a few years as conference rivals in the since disbanded Division I version of the East Coast Conference (ECC). The Blue Devils won the first-ever meeting, a narrow 75-74 win in 1987-88, while Hofstra has won the last seven meetings, including an 84-76 win during the 1993-94 season.

The Blue Devils are 3-6 this season after defeating Hartford, 73-59, on Tuesday. CCSU has a pair of players averaging in double digits as Kyle Vinales leads the way with 17.2 points per game and Faronte Drakeford is second on the squad with 11.3 points per outing. Matt Hunter is tops on the team with 6.5 rebounds, while also adding 9.6 points.

After facing Central Connecticut State, Hofstra will take a break for finals and will be off until Monday, December 23 when it travels to Siena for 7 p.m. contest. With the postponement of the SMU game it will mean that the Pride will play just one game between December 4 and December 23, a span of 18 days. The Siena game will start a slate of three games in seven days, though, as Hofstra will host George Washington on December 28 and NJIT on December 30.

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