Mar 1, 2014, 7:21 PM EDT
After finishing up our interviews for the Full Court Press and In Focus features, the crew is ready for some #CAAHoops action. We’ve made our way to Hempstead for Hofstra’s Senior Day matchup with James Madison, which marks the regular-season finale for both teams ahead of next week’s CAA Championship in Baltimore.
The CAA.TV staff has visited all nine campuses over the past two months to provide in-depth features, post-game press conferences, highlights and much more.
You can follow our coverage of today’s game in a number of ways. We’ll post a few notes here on the blog in addition to postgame highlights and postgame comments later tonight. We’ll use the @CAABasketball timeline on Twitter to provide updates from around the league. You can also follow the #CAAHoops hashtag as we know our fans and media across the league always provide engaging commentary. Lastly, don’t forget to take a look at both our Facebook page and Instagram feed for inside looks at tonight’s contest.
Follow along below for a live blog and be sure to watch for our features with the Pride this coming Tuesday and Wednesday.
End of Game: Hofstra sends its seniors off with an 82-71 win here at the Mack. JMU threw it away in the closing seconds to sum up a tough final few minutes for the Dukes down the stretch. Robinson led three Pride players in double figures with 22 points, with Nwaukoni coming up just short of a double-double with nine points and 13 rebounds. Andrey Semenov had a team-high 17 points to pace four Dukes in double figures. Highlights and postgame presser to follow here on the blog.
Second Half Under 4:00: Nwaukoni’s big block signaled the final media timeout, but more importantly brought the crowd to its feet. The block (and the free tee shirts being tossed by the cheerleaders) have allowed the Pride fans to get right back into this one as their team maintains a 70-64 lead with 3:56 to play.
Second Half Under 8:00: Jackson Kent picked up his fifth foul to signal the timeout with 7:44 to play. The Pride are also facing foul problems, as Kone has four and both Nesmith and Robinson have been whistled for three apiece. With Hofstra leading, 64-,61, the teams have already put up more points than in their previous matchup this season.
Second Half Under 12:00: We’re all tied up at 55-55 with 11:05 to play in this back-and-forth battle. Upshaw is once again shining with 16 points for the Pride, who need to be careful with three players on the floor with three fouls at the whistle.
Second Half Under 16:00: Allen and Robinson hit back-to-back jumpers before the media timeout to give Hofstra a 50-46 lead. The Pride are getting some wide-open looks and the Dukes will look to tighten up their defense now.
First Half Notes: After a close game in Harrisonburg earlier this season, it’s another great one here at the Mack as JMU leads Hofstra, 41-39, at the break … The Dukes are shooting an impressive 14-of-23 (60.9%) from the floor and are 6-of-12 from beyond the arc. The Pride also had a solid first half from the floor, finishing the opening 20:00 14-of-28. Cook leads all scorers with 12 points for the Dukes, including a 2-of-2 clip from long range, while Ron Curry (8 points) and Andrey Semenov (7) are closing in double figures. Upshaw paces the Pride with 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting, while Nwaukoni has nine tallies – in large part due to a 5-for-7 first half at the line – and six rebounds. A double-double may well be in his future.
Under 4:00 Media Timeout: It remains a three-point lead for the Dukes at the 3:04 mark. The Dukes continued their solid shooting and are now 13-of-24 (54.2%) from the floor, including five three-pointers. Cooke showed why he’s a threat from long range, left wide open before sinking his second trey tonight.
Under 8:00 Media Timeout: Four Dukes have scored from long range through the opening 12:25. JMU is 4-of-7 from long range and 10-of-16 shooting from the field thus far tonight. Zeke Upshaw and Charles Cooke lead Hofstra and JMU, respectively, with seven points apiece. The Dukes lead the Pride, 26-23.
Under 12:00 Media Timeout: JMU used a 16-7 run to climb ahead, 20-16, with 11:32 to play in the opening half. Senior Andre Semenov scored five points on a quick jumper and a trey to highlight the run.
Under 16:00 Media Timeout: Four different Pride players scored to put Hofstra ahead, 9-4, at the 15:48 mark. Dion Nesmith nailed a three-pointer in the opening minutes to spark his squad and an impressive home crowd on hand for the Pride’s home finale.
Pregame Notes: This is the regular-season finale for both teams ahead of next week’s CAA Championship … Hofstra holds a 13-7 edge in the all-time series, but JMU prevailed, 59-53, in the most recent meeting in Harrisonburg on Feb. 10 … The Pride will look for its first win since Feb. 8 (61-52 vs. UNCW) and to snap a five-game losing streak tonight … The Dukes have won three of their last five games, with its losses coming to league leaders Delaware and Towson.
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