South Dakota State (1-1) at Hofstra (0-2)
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DATE & TIME: Friday, November 16, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Mack Sports Complex (5,023) -- Hempstead, New York.
Television: None. Home Record: SDSU 1-0, Hofstra 0-0. Away Record: SDSU 0-1,
Hofstra 0-2. Neutral Record: SDSU 0-0, Hofstra 0-0. Conference Record: SDSU
0-0, Hofstra 0-0. Series Record: First meeting.
GAME NOTES: The Hofstra Pride are set for their first home game as they host
the South Dakota State Jackrabbits at the Mack Sports Complex on opening night
of the Hempstead Subregional of the 2K Sports Classic.
The four-team subregional features a round robin format. The University of the
District of Columbia and Marshall will also participate in the Hempstead
South Dakota State picked up its first win of the season its last time out by
downing Tennessee State, 78-71, in its home opener. The Jackrabbits played
Alabama very tough on the road in their season opener, but a three-point shot
at the buzzer by Trevor Lacey gave the Crimson Tide a narrow 70-67 victory.
SDSU is coming off a stellar 27-8 season that ended with a hard fought loss to
the Baylor Bears in the NCAA Tournament.
The Pride enter the 2K Sports Classic with an 0-2 mark following their 83-54
loss to Purdue. The Boilermakers held a massive 50-22 advantage in the
rebounding battle while Hofstra converted only 3-of-11 from beyond the arc and
missed 10 foul shots. Coach Mo Cassara's team was also blown out in its opener
by Monmouth (91-62).
The engine behind SDSU's success is its star senior Nate Wolters. The combo
guard was one of the few players in the NCAA to score in double-figures in
every game he participated in last season. He drew national attention for a
19- point outing in the Big Dance and averaged 21.2 points, 5.9 assists, and
5.1 boards in 2011-2012. Wolters picked up right where he left off this season
by tallying 52 points, 12 assists, nine boards, and five steals in just two
games. Junior forward Jordan Dykstra was a serviceable big man in his first
two seasons with 11.3 ppg both years, but he has elevated his play to post 17
points and 8.5 rebounds per contest in two games this year.
The Pride were led by freshman forward Jimmy Hall and sophomore center Moussa
Kone in their loss at Purdue. Hall produced 17 points, five rebounds, and
three steals while Kone netted 12 points and pulled down four boards. Hall is
pacing the team through two games with 14 points and 8.5 rebounds per outing.
The Pride's lineup looks much different this season and 54 percent of its
scoring so far has been courtesy of newcomers. Hawaii transfer Shaquille
Stokes (9.0 ppg) and Rhode Island transfer Stevie Meija (8.0 ppg) are the two
most productive additions to the squad.
Although they have the homecourt advantage, the Pride will have their hands
full with the Jackrabbits in this one. SDSU has quickly risen above many
Division I programs since moving up from the Division II level in 2004-2005.
Wolters has developed from a high school player with little recruiting
interest into an All-American candidate.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: South Dakota State 81, Hofstra 62
11/16 10:32:52 ET
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