Previewing Hofstra

NC State's next opponent, Hofstra, opened the season with a 94-61 win over Jacksonville. Here is a quick preview of the Pride.


    G- 14 Brian Bernardi (22.0 ppg, 3.0 apg)
    F- 02 Ameen Tanksley (16.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg)
    F- 00 Malik Nichols (15.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg)
    G- 01 Juan'ya Green (14.0 ppg, 9.0 apg)
    F- 31 Moussa Kone (2.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg)

    Juan'ya Green -- Green, a Niagra transfer, runs the show for Hofstra. He had 14 points, nine assists, five rebounds, and zero turnovers in the team's season-opening win.

    Hofstra Notables

    Series Records
    This will mark the second all-time meeting between Hofstra and North Carolina State as the Wolfpack captured an 82-56 win in Raleigh during the 1983-84 season. Coach Mihalich has never faced NC State during his head coaching career.

    All-time, Hofstra is 4-27 against the current members of the Atlantic Coast Conference with the wins coming against Boston College, Georgia Tech and Virginia (twice).

    Notes And Numbers
    The 2014-15 Hofstra Men’s Basketball roster features three returning starters along with seven student-athletes who have not appeared in a game for the Pride prior to 2014-15. Despite a limited number of players returning from last season, the Pride does have a slew of talent and statistical leaders from 2013-14 on this year’s roster.

    85- Starts Returning From Three Returning Student-Athletes

    13.3- Points Per Game by Dion Nesmith in 2013-14 (ranked second on team)

    5.9- Rebounds Per Game by Moussa Kone in 2013-14 (ranked second on team)

    4.2- Assists Per Game by Dion Nesmith in 2013-14 (ranked first on team)

    37- Total Blocked Shots by Moussa Kone in 2013-14 (ranked first on team)

    33- Starts by Jamall Robinson in 2013-14 (first freshman to start all games since Claxton in 96-97

    Sophomore Jamall Robinson is the only returning player to start every game in 2013-14. He was the first freshman to do that since Speedy Claxton in 1996-97.

    From Long Range
    Sophomore guard Brian Bernardi shined in his Hofstra debut against Jacksonville as the sharp-shooter from Staten Island, New York scored a game-hi gh 22 points, including six three- pointers, in the 94-61 victory. Bernardi hit five of his three-pointers during the opening 20 minutes and he fell one trifecta shy of tying the school record of seven.

    Defensive Force
    Freshman center Andre Walker was a huge key to the Pride’s defensive efforts against Jacksonville in the season opener. The defensive force from Maryland had game-highs of 11 rebounds and six blocks in a stellar debut. All 11 of his rebounds were on the defensive end and his six blocks were he most by a Pride player since Greg Washington had eight against Rider on February 20, 2010(several players have had six since)

    Great First Half
    The 53 first half points scored by the Pride were the most in a first half since Hofstra poured in 54 against UNCW in a 93-54 win over the Seahawks on January 27, 2010.

    Sharing The Rock
    Hofstra fell one assist shy of tying the school record for assists in a game when they dished out 24 in the season opener against Jacksonville. To make it even more impressive, the Pride committed just eight turnovers in the game with Juan’ya Green leading the way with a nine-assist, zero turnover effort against the Dolphins.

    Hofstra athletics contributed to this report.

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