Hempstead, N.Y. - Rejuvenated by its non-conference win over Siena in the previous game, the Hofstra men's basketball team will look to sustain momentum when it travels to Kaplan Arena to face William & Mary on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in a Colonial Athletic Association matchup. The game will be shown on ESPN 3.
Hofstra (9-20, 2-14 CAA) will be playing in a game that could have seeding implications for the CAA Tournament. William & Mary (5-24, 3-13) is currently one game ahead of the Pride for 10th place, which would mean a first-round matchup with the seventh seed instead of the sixth. Northeastern is currently in the seventh spot.
Hofstra swept the regular season series last year and defeated the Tribe in the quarterfinals of the CAA Tournament in going 3-0 against them. Overall, the Pride is 12-5 all-time against William and Mary.
Senior guard Mike Moore scored 30 points to key Hofstra's offense against the Saints in a BracketBuster meeting last game. For the second game in a row, Moore, senior forward Nathaniel Lester and junior guard Stevie Mejia scored in double figures for the Pride.
Moore notched his second 30-point game of the season. The CAA's leading scorer (19.5 points-per-game) joined Delaware's Devon Saddler as the only two players in the league with multiple 30-point games this season.
Lester added 15 points and Mejia recorded his best overall game in a Hofstra uniform. The point guard scored a career-high 16 points, racked up six assists and generated four steals. His only turnover came in the final four seconds when he ran out the shot clock under the direction of the coaching staff.
Three players netted a five-assist game for Hofstra last time out. Sophomore guard Shemiye McLendon tied a career-high with five helpers. McMillan led the team with seven assists for his 13th game of five assists or more in the current campaign. Hofstra produced 21 total assists while turning the ball over just 10 times. The Pride held a 22-8 edge in points-off-turnovers versus Siena.
improved to 7-6 in non-conference action this season, giving head coach Mo Cassara's team an emotional lift heading into the regular season's penultimate
game in Williamsburg, Va.
The Tribe is in a similar situation to Hofstra, looking to bounce back from a rough start in conference play leading to the CAA Tournament. William & Mary has struggled offensively, averaging just 60.2 points for the second-worst mark in the 12-team conference behind Towson.
The Tribe has picked up three of its five wins at home this season. Offensively, senior Quinn McDowell leads the team with 12.5 points while posting 4.5 rebounds. Freshman guard Marcus Thornton has also been a threat, averaging in double figures with an 11.2 scoring average. Sophomore Tim Rusthoven has given the Tribe a presence in the low post, with the 6-9 forward averaging 10.3 points and 5.5 rebounds.
William & Mary has been looking to improve on defense as the Tribe has a minus-9.7 scoring margin thanks to the second-worst-ranked scoring defense in the league in allowing opponents to score 69.9 points.
To capitalize on the Tribe's struggling defense, the Pride will be looking to continue its long-range shooting success. Hofstra tied a season-high in three-pointers when it connected on 11-of-23 attempts from beyond the arc against Siena. The 11 treys matched a season high first set against Binghamton.