Hofstra Basketball Weekly Review: January 5-11

Published: oncampuspsorts.com January 12, 2014

Hofstra freshman point guard, Krystal Luciano. Jeff Lansky

It was a tough week for Hofstra basketball as the men’s and women’s teams combined for a 1-4 record. 

The women’s team started the week with a heart breaking double overtime loss to Delaware Blue Hens on the road. The Pride fell in their Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Opener 71-66 to the Blue Hens. Senior guard, Annie Payton, hit a huge three pointer with 9.9 seconds left to send the game into overtime. Freshman point guard, Krystal Luciano, finished with 10 points as she scored in double figures for the second straight game. Senior forward, Anma Onyeuku recorded 14 points and nine rebounds.

The women’s team returned home to Hempstead on Thursday to host the Towson Tigers. The Tigers went on an 8-0 run in the second half and never looked back as they beat the Pride 62-56. Onyeuku and Payton led the way with 10 points each. Sophomore forward, Dee Thomas-Palmer posted career highs of nine points and six rebounds. With the loss to the Tigers, the Pride fell to 0-2 in conference play and 5-8 overall.

Hofstra sophomore forward, Jordan Allen. Jeff Lansky

The men’s team began their week with an 86-67 loss on the road against the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights. Graduate forward, Zeke Upshaw led the Pride with 22 points. Freshman guard, Jamall Robinson posted 11 points and eight rebounds. The Pride split their season series with the Knights as the won the first meeting on November 10.

The men’s team continued their road trip against the Delaware Blue Hens on Wednesday. The Pride dropped their CAA opener 86-79 to the Blue Hens. Sophomore forward, Jordan Allen, recorded a career high 18 points and Upshaw added 19 points.  Hofstra won the first half as they lead 41-36 at half time. After a back and forth beginning to the second half, the Blue Hens proved to be too much for the Pride.

The men’s team returned home on Saturday as they looked for their first CAA win of the season against the College of Charleston Cougars. The Pride rallied from a 10-point deficit to pull off the big upset. All five of the Pride’s starters finished in double figures as Upshaw led the way with 22 points. Saturday’s win snapped the Pride’s three game losing streak and resulted in their first CAA win of the season. The Pride return to action on the road at UNCW on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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