|Seahawks Seek To Avenge Loss To Pride|
UNCW (6-18, 0-9) Vs. Hofstra (7-17, 3-6)
Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 – 7 p.m.
Mack Sports Complex (5,000) – Hempstead, N.Y.
THE TIP-OFF: Coach Buzz Peterson’s club travels to Long Island for a rematch against Hofstra while hoping to break out of an extended slump on the hardwood. The Seahawks have lost 13 consecutive games since a Dec. 3 decision over Campbell at Trask Colisum.
THE COACHES: UNCW’s Buzz Peterson is in his 16th season with a 264-224 (.540) overall record, including a 39-77 (.336) mark in four seasons with the Seahawks. Hofstra’s Joe Mihalich owns a 272-220 (.553) record in 16 years as a head coach and is 7-17 (.292) in his first season with the Pride.
THE PLAYERS: The probable starters for the Seahawks include Ben Eblen (6-1, 185, Gr., Guard), Addison Spruill (6-4, 225, Jr., Guard), Freddie Jackson (6-4, 185, Jr., Guard), Shane Reybold (6-8, 238, Sr., Forward) and Cedrick Williams (6-9, 225, Jr., Forward). The probable starters for the Pride are Dion Nesmith (6-0, 200, Gr., Guard), Jamall Robinson (6-5, 210, Fr., Guard), Moussa Kone (6-7, 220, Jr., Guard), Zeke Upshaw (6-6, 215, Gr., Forward) and Jordan Allen (6-6, 200, Soph., Forward).
BACK ON THE ROAD: UNCW makes its second trip in as many weekends to the Northeast tonight to take on Hofstra for the second time this season. The Pride rallied past the Seahawks, 69-64, just 24 days ago in Wilmington.
CHALLENGING STRETCH: The Seahawks are playing the first of three games in five days. It’s also a stretch of eight games in 17 days and 10 games in 26 days for UNCW.
THE SERIES: The two teams lock horns for the 29th time tonight since Hofstra joined the CAA during the 2001-02 season. The series is tied at 14-all. UNCW has four sweeps (2002, 2003, 2004, 2008), Hofstra also owns four (2007, 2009, 2010, 2011) and the two clubs have split four times (2005, 2006, 2012, 2013).
ABOUT THE PRIDE: Host Northeastern shot 55.3 percent from the floor and rode the overall play of junior forward Scott Eatherton to an 81-73 verdict over Hofstra on Wednesday night in Boston. Eatherton, a transfer from St. Francis, Pa., registered a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Huskies, who never led by more than eight points in the contest. Graduate guard Dion Nesmith ancjhored three Hofstra players in double digits with 20 points.
LAST MATCHUP: In the last matchup between UNCW and Hofstra on Feb. 15, 2014, at Trask Coliseum, graduate forward Zeke Upshaw tied a Hofstra single game record for three-pointers and wound up with 27 points in a 69-64 victory. Upshaw went 7-of-10 from deep to lead three Pride players in double figures. The Illinois State transfer played all 40 minutes and added five rebounds in helping the Pride win its second straight game. Senior guard Chris Dixon paced UNCW for the third straight game with 15 points and added two assists and two steals.
LAST GAME AT THE MACK SPORTS COMPLEX: In the last matchup between UNCW and Hofstra at Trask Coliseum on Jan. 26, 2013, junior guard Chris Dixon poured in 22 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out five assists to lift UNCW over Hofstra, 57-51, in a Saturday matinee at the Mack Sports Complex. The Seahawks, who flew to Long Island early in the morning and left after the game, snapped a 16-game road losing streak by rallying from a five-point halftime deficit. Junior guard Tanner Milson added 17 points and senior forward Keith Rendleman had 11 for UNCW, which overcame 21 turnovers.
BUZZ VS. HOFSTRA: UNCW’s Buzz Peterson stands 2-5 against Hofstra in seven meetings, including 1-2 against the Pride in Hempstead. He is 0-1 against new Hofstra skipper Joe Mihalich after losing the initial matchup on Jan. 15 in Wilmington.
ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK: The Seahawks have won 55.5 percent of their games (25-20) against 10 teams from the state of New York through the years.
FOND MEMORY: It’s been more than a year since UNCW has won a conference road game. The Seahawks have not won a conference road game since - you guessed it - a 57-51 victory at Hofstra on Jan. 26, 2013.
WELCOME BACK SHANE: Since returning to the lineup three games ago, senior forward Shane Reybold has averaged 7.0 ppg and 5.3 rpg in 21.0 minutes per game. Reybold missed six games and the Seahawks were outrebounded by a 3.3 margin.
FEBRUARY FIGURING: The Seahawks are 0-3 this month after losing games to Delaware, Drexel and William & Mary. Buzz Peterson stands 6-22 in February games in his career at UNCW and 69-58 overall this month as a head coach.
FIFTY FIFTY: The Seahawks scored 50 ponts for the second straight game in Wednesday’s 54-50 loss to William & Mary. UNCW has scored 50 or less points three times this season.
BENCH POWER: The Seahawks have featured double figures contributors off the bench 17 times this season. Tanner Milson chipped in a team-high 11 points off the bench on Wednesday vs. W&M.
HOW TO CATCH THE GAME: If you can’t make it to the game, there are several ways to follow the action. Twitter: @UNCWmenshoops; Live Stats: UNCWsports.com; Internet: Free videostream on GoHofstra.com courtesy of Pride Productions Radio: Sunny 104.5 FM-Wilmington, N.C.
NEXT UP: UNCW returns to North Carolina for a busy week ahead. The Seahawks entertain Towson on Monday in a makeup game from a Jan. 29 postponement and then take on Northeastern two days later on Feb. 12. UNCW concludes the week with a Saturday date at James Madison.