With Saturday’s hard fought overtime win Hofstra (16-13) has won seven of eight and is hot at the right time of season with only two games remaining before heading to Richmond for the CAA Tournament starting March 5. No matter what happens in the Pride’s final two conference games at Northeastern Tuesday and home versus Georgia State on Feb. 27, Hofstra (8-8 in the CAA) is locked into the seventh
“Even though we might be locked in at that seven spot our goal is to go 10-8 in the conference and see if we could be in a three-way tie for fifth, sixth and seventh and play in the seven spot….. and then just have our mojo going, going into the tournament,” said Hofstra men’s basketball head coach Tom Pecora.
The Rider win keeps Hofstra’s perfect record in ESPN Bracketbuster games intact (5-0) and Pecora used that as motivation when preparing for the Broncs (15-14). “We’ve never lost in it and that is something I had to use to motivate these guys,” said Pecora. “[Bracketbuster games] can be a bit of a distraction….. you’re so into your league and so into winning conference games and doing all those things but when the game gets started the competitive justices get flowing and you should be off and running.”
Hofstra was off and running early on jumping out to an 8-0 lead out of the gate and led by 11 early in the second half. However Rider’s star senior guard Ryan Thomson had a
Hofstra and Rider used to meet often when they were rivals in the old East Coast Conference but Saturday’s game was the first meeting between the schools since Feb. 15, 1992. As a result of meeting in this year’s Bracketbuster game, Hofstra will play Rider once again next season, this time in Lawrenceville, N.J.
Hofstra is next in action at Northeastern Tuesday at 9 p.m. in a game that will air nationally on ESPNU.