Hofstra Pride men's basketball

The Hofstra Pride men's basketball team is the basketball team that represents Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, United States. Hofstra played its first game in 1936, and currently competes in the Colonial Athletic Association.[2]

Hofstra Pride
2020–21 Hofstra Pride men's basketball team
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UniversityHofstra University
Head coachSpeedy Claxton (1st season)
ConferenceColonial Athletic Association
LocationHempstead, New York
ArenaDavid S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex
(Capacity: 5,142)
NicknamePride
ColorsBlue, white, and gold[1]
              
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away


NCAA Tournament Round of 32
1976, 1977
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1976, 1977, 2000, 2001
NIT Quarterfinals
2006
NIT Second Round
2006
NIT Tournament Appearances
1999, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2016, 2019
Conference tournament champions
East Coast: 1976, 1977, 1994
America East: 2000, 2001
CAA: 2020
Conference regular season champions
1977, 1983, 1990, 1992, 2000, 2001, 2016, 2019, 2020

ArenasEdit

The Hofstra Pride play their games at the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex. They have played many games at Madison Square Garden, winning the Holiday Festival in 1998, 1999, and 2006.[3] Hofstra is 10-9 all-time at the Garden.[4]

Hofstra has also played various games at Barclays Center and the Nassau Coliseum throughout its history.[5]

Players in the NBAEdit

Player Year Round Team
John Mills 1947 N/A Providence Steamrollers
Bill Thieben 1956 3 Fort Wayne Pistons
Richie Swartz 1962 7 New York Knicks
Steve Nisenson 1965 5 New York Knicks
Barry White 1969 8 Baltimore Bullets
Quinas Brower 1972 N/A New York Nets
John Irving 1976 9 Phoenix Suns
Bernard Tomlin 1976 6 New Orleans Jazz
John Irving 1977 3 Detroit Pistons
Rich Laurel 1977 1 Portland Trail Blazers
Henry Hollingsworth 1979 8 New Jersey Nets
Doug Mills 1984 10 Atlanta Hawks
Craig "Speedy" Claxton 2000 1 Philadelphia 76ers
Charles Jenkins 2011 2 Golden State Warriors
Justin Wright-Foreman 2019 2 Utah Jazz

Personal RecordsEdit

There have been 5 Haggerty Award winners in Hofstra's history: Bill Thieben (1956), Rich Laurel (1977), Speedy Claxton (2000), Norman Richardson (2001), Charles Jenkins (2009, 2010, 2011).[6]

Points Leaders[7]
Player Points
1 Charles Jenkins 2,513
2 Justin Wright-Foreman 2,327 Holds record for most points in a game (48)
3 Antoine Agudio 2,276
4 Steve Nisenson 2,222
5 Loren Stokes 2,148
6 Rich Laurel 2,102
7 Bill Thieben 2,045
8 Speedy Claxton 2,015
9 Eli Pemberton 1,982
10 David Taylor 1,818
Assists Leaders[8]
Player Assists Notes
1 Speedy Claxton 660
2 Robby Weingard 606
3 Darius Burton 560
4 Desure Buie 548 Holds record for most career games played (141)
5 Frank Walker 522
6 Charles Jenkins 489
7 Juan'ya Green 463
8 Loren Stokes 377
9 Woody Souffrant 362
10 Carlos Rivera 351

Team RecordsEdit

Longest Win Streaks[9]
Year(s) Streak
1 1959-60/1960-61 23
2 2000-01 18
3 2018-19 16
4 1961-62 14
5 1955-56 12

Most Points (game): 118 vs. Wagner (1971–72)

Most Points (season): 2,919 in 2018-19

Most 3 Pointers (game): 20 vs. James Madison (2019–20)

Most 3 pointers (season): 308 in 2018-19

Notable Victories[10][11][12]
Opponent Year Score
vs. George Mason (#25) 2006 77-66
at UCLA 2019 88-78
at Richmond (#23) 2020 76-71

RivalriesEdit

Besides in-conference rivalries, Hofstra has a local rivalry with SUNY Stony Brook. Hofstra and Stony Brook are the only two NCAA Division I programs on Long Island outside of New York City (there are three universities with Division I programs in the New York City portion of Long Island: LIU and St. Francis in Brooklyn and St. John's in Queens). This rivalry is often referred to as the Battle of Long Island, in reference to the historical Battle of Long Island in 1776. Hofstra leads the rivalry 20 - 4 all time.[13]

Postseason ResultsEdit

NCAA Division I Tournament resultsEdit

The Pride have appeared in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament four times. Their combined record is 0–4.

The team was due for their fifth appearance in the 2020 tournament, which was ultimately canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Year Round Opponent Result
1976 Regional Quarterfinals Connecticut L 78–80OT
1977 Regional Quarterfinals Notre Dame L 83–90
2000 First Round Oklahoma State L 66–86
2001 First Round UCLA L 48–61

NCAA Division II Tournament resultsEdit

The Pride have appeared in the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament three times. Their combined record is 5–4.

Year Round Opponent Result
1959 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Wesleyan (CT)
American
W 48–67
L 65–66
1962 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
C.W. Post
Mount St. Mary's
W 56–55
L 54–66
1963 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Philadelphia Textile
Mount St. Mary's
L 50–55
W 78–71
1964 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Elite Eight
Catholic
Elizabethtown
Akron
W 92–91 2OT
W 74–61
L 58–77

NIT resultsEdit

The Pride have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) six times. Their combined record is 2–6.

Year Round Opponent Result
1999 First Round Rutgers L 45–58
2005 Opening Round Saint Joseph's L 44–53
2006 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Nebraska
Saint Joseph's
Old Dominion
W 73–62
W 77–75
L 51–61
2007 First Round DePaul L 71–83
2016 First Round George Washington L 80–82
2019 First Round NC State L 78–84

CBI resultsEdit

The Pride have appeared in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) three times. Their combined record is 0–3.

Year Round Opponent Result
2010 First Round IUPUI L 60–74
2011 First Round Evansville L 70–77
2015 First Round Vermont L 81–85

PlayersEdit

Retired jerseysEdit

Hofstra has retired five jerseys in program history. In 2011, Charles Jenkins became the first to have his retired while still active.[14]

Hofstra Pride retired numbers
No. Player Years
10 Speedy Claxton 1996–2000
13 Steve Nisenson 1962–1965
21 Rich Laurel 1973–1977
22 Charles Jenkins 2007–2011
93 Bill Thieben 1953–1956

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hofstra Licensing Standards Guide (PDF). July 1, 2014. Retrieved April 1, 2016.
  2. ^ "2020-21 Hofstra Men's Basketball Record Book (PDF)" (PDF). Hofstra University Athletics. Retrieved 2020-12-29.
  3. ^ "2020-21 Hofstra Men's Basketball Record Book (PDF)" (PDF). Hofstra University Athletics. Retrieved 2020-12-29.
  4. ^ "2020-21 Hofstra Men's Basketball Record Book (PDF)" (PDF). Hofstra University Athletics. Retrieved 2020-12-29.
  5. ^ "2020-21 Hofstra Men's Basketball Record Book (PDF)" (PDF). Hofstra University Athletics. Retrieved 2020-12-29.
  6. ^ "2020-21 Hofstra Men's Basketball Record Book (PDF)" (PDF). Hofstra University Athletics. Retrieved 2020-12-29.
  7. ^ "2020-21 Hofstra Men's Basketball Record Book (PDF)" (PDF). Hofstra University Athletics. Retrieved 2020-12-29.
  8. ^ "2020-21 Hofstra Men's Basketball Record Book (PDF)" (PDF). Hofstra University Athletics. Retrieved 2020-12-29.
  9. ^ "2020-21 Hofstra Men's Basketball Record Book (PDF)" (PDF). Hofstra University Athletics. Retrieved 2020-12-29.
  10. ^ "Hofstra Pride vs. UCLA Bruins Live Score and Stats - November 21, 2019 Gametracker". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 2020-12-29.
  11. ^ "Hofstra vs. Richmond - Game Recap - December 22, 2020 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2020-12-29.
  12. ^ ESPN https://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/game?gameId=260542275. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  13. ^ "Men's Basketball History vs Stony Brook University". Hofstra University Athletics. Retrieved 2020-12-29.
  14. ^ "MBB: Hofstra To Retire Jenkins Jersey Number Saturday". GoHofstra.com. February 24, 2011. Retrieved May 2, 2020.

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