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Tribe Treks to Hofstra on Saturday
Updated: Thursday 01/11/2013 (ET)
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The William and Mary men's basketball team continues its three-game road swing at Hofstra on Saturday afternoon. The game is slated for a 4 p.m. tip from the Mack Sports Complex in Hempstead, N.Y. 

Tribe fans can follow the action on the Tribe Radio Network with Jay Colley and former Tribe player John Leone on the call. The Tide 92.3 FM in Williamsburg is the flagship station of the Tribe Radio Network and the broadcast can be heard at TribeAthletics.com as well. GoHofstra.com will offer a live video stream of the contest for purchase. Tribe fans that have already purchased Tribe Athletics TV will have access to the stream under their current package at no addition charge.
  Game Day Information  -  Game 15 at Hofstra
When:     Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, 4 PM
 Where:    Hempstead, N.Y.  |  Campus Map  |  Visitor Center
Venue:    Mack Sports Complex
Broadcast:    Watch Online  |  Listen Online  | Live Stats
Tickets:    GoHofstra.com  |  Buy Tickets Online
Game Notes:  William and Mary  |  Hofstra  |  CAA
Season Stats:  William and Mary  |  Hofstra  |  CAA
Highlights: 
Tribe at Towson (Jan. 9)  |  Tribe vs. George Mason (Jan. 5)
News:  

Towson Rallies over Tribe
Jan. 9, Virginia Gazette


George Mason Pulls Away From W&M Late
Jan. 5, DailyPress

Tribe Falls to George Mason in CAA Match-up
Jan. 5, Virginia Gazette

Tribe Falls to George Mason in Final Minutes
Jan. 5, The Flat Hat

Blogs:  
CAA Hoops Scoop  |  CAAHoops.com

News and Notes

- Hofstra leads the all-times series with the Tribe at 13-6, but the teams have split the last six contests. In fact, four of the last six games between the teams have been decided by four points or less, including the Tribe's 75-71 win over the Pride in Williamsburg last season.

- As of Jan. 11, the Tribe leads the CAA in scoring (69.7), field goal percentage (.466), defensive 3-point percentage (.263), 3-pointers made per game (6.6), assists (14.0) and defensive rebounds (27.1).

- According to the NCAA stats (as of Jan. 10), W&M ranks fifth nationally in defensive 3-point percentage, 44th  in field goal percentage, 93rd in 3-point percentage and 100th in free throw percentage.

- Sophomore guard Marcus Thornton led five Tribe players in double figures with 24 points in the College's double-overtime game at Towson. It marked his sixth 20-plus point game of the season, which is tied for the CAA lead. He is averaging 22 points per game in CAA play.

Scouting Hofstra
Hofstra enters the game with the Tribe at 1-1 in the CAA and 4-11 overall. The Pride won three straight earlier this season, but have lost nine of their last 10 contests. HU opened the CAA slated for a 52-50 home victory over Georgia State on Jan. 7, before falling at Delaware, 69-54, two days later. The W&M game will mark Hofstra's third game in six days.

The Pride average 61.9 points per game, while shooting 38.9 percent from the field and 29.2 percent from 3-point range. According to KenPom.com, Hofstra ranks 51st nationally in free throw rate (41.4) and 44th in percentage of points from the free throw line (23.5). HU ranks second in the CAA in defensive 3-point field goal percentage behind the Tribe at 31.3 percent, but rank last in the league allowing 72.1 points per game. The Pride is one of the top offensive rebounding teams in the CAA at 13.2 per game.

Sophomore transfer Taran Buie leads Hofstra in scoring at 13.8 points per game, which ranks 14th in the CAA. He is among the top 3-point shooters in the CAA, ranking seventh in triples made per game (1.7) and eight in 3-point percentage (.344). Senior guard Stevie Mejia averages 10.5 points per game, which ranks 22nd in the CAA, to go along with 3.9 assists per game. He is third in the CAA in assists per game, fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.3) and eighth in steals (1.7). Junior Stephen Nwaukoni ranks seventh in the CAA at 7.5 rebounds per game, while adding a scoring average of 6.2. He pulls down three offensive rebounds per game, which ranks sixth in the league.

Hofstra leads the all-time series with the Tribe at 13-6. The teams have split the last six meeting and the games have been even closer with four of the six contests being decided by four points or less. Last season, W&M downed Hofstra, 75-71, in Williamsburg as Brandon Britt knocked down the clinching 3-pointer with less than 20 seconds remaining.

Six From Three
With his six 3-pointers at Towson on Jan. 9, sophomore guard Marcus Thornton became the 10th player in school history (on 30 occasions) to hit six or more treys in a game. Thornton also knocked down six 3-pointers in the season-opening win over Hampton. The six 3-pointers made in a game is tied for the ninth-best single-game total in program annals. It marks the sixth time in program history that a Tribe player knocked down at least six 3-pointers in multiple games over a season. David Schneider '10 knocked six or more 3-pointers on five occasions in 2009-10, while Greg Burzell '89 pulled the trick on four occasions in 1987-88. Matt Verkey '96 and Schneider knocked down at least six 3-pointers on three occasions in 1995-96 and 2008-09, respectively, while current junior Julian Boatner rounds out the group, hitting six 3-pointers on two occasions in 2010-11.

Five in Double Figures
In the College's double overtime loss at Towson, W&M scored a season-high 86 points and in the process placed all five starters in doubles figures. Sophomore guard Marcus Thornton led the way with a season-high 24 points, while junior Brandon Britt added 17 points, all coming in the second half and overtime. Junior Kyle Gaillard scored 14 points, senior Matt Rum registered a season-high 13 points and junior Tim Rusthoven chipped in 12 points. It marked the first time since 2011 that W&M placed five players in double figures in a victory over Radford.

Gaillard Shooting
Junior forward Kyle Gaillard has been extremely effective from the field in 2012-13. The Huntersville, N.C., native ranks third nationally according to KenPom.com, as of Jan. 10, in effective field goal percentage at 71.2 percent. He is also third nationally in true shooting percentage at 70.3 percent. Effective field goal percentage is the same as field goal percentage but gives teams more credit for 3-pointers made, while true shooting percentage includes field goal and free throw percentage. For the year, Gaillard leads the Tribe at 61.5 percent from the field. He has been even better over the last nine games, shooting 68.5 percent (37-of-54) from the floor.  On two occasions this season, Gaillard was perfect from the field. He was 6-of-6 in the Tribe's 82-49 win over Salisbury on Dec. 21. Earlier this season, he tied a school record, going a perfect 7-of-7 from the field in the Tribe's double-overtime game with Richmond on Nov. 28. He became just the ninth player in school history to shoot a perfect 100 percent from the field, taking at least seven shots.

Thornton Shooting the 3
Sophomore guard Marcus Thornton is shooting the ball exceptionally well from 3-point range. He currently leads the CAA at 2.7 3-pointers per game, a number that also ranks second in W&M history behind only the three 3-pointers that Schneider averaged per game in 2010. He has been even better in CAA contests, hitting 4.7 3-pointers per game. His 39.6 percent from 3-point range ranks second in the CAA. Thornton ranks 45th nationally in 3-pointers made per game and 57th in 3-point field goal percentage, as of Jan. 10.

Tribe Excels in the Classroom
Along with its work on the court, the men's hoops program continues to demonstrate why Tribe Athletics personifies the term student-athlete with its efforts in the classroom. The team enjoyed another exceptional semester, amassing a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 at the 'Public Ivy' institution for the 2012 fall semester. In total, 10 Tribe players finished with GPA's of 3.0 or better for the fall semester, including seven with averages of 3.5 or better. Last academic year in 2011-12, W&M produced a team GPA of better than 3.1. W&M also placed a league-high seven players on the CAA All-Academic Team in 2012. Under head coach Tony Shaver, the Tribe produced 25 CAA All-Academic team honorees, the most in the CAA since 2004. No other team had more than two CAA All-Academic team honorees in 2012, and W&M put three of its five  starters on the top two All-Academic teams for the second time in three years. W&M was ranked fourth on  America's Top Public Colleges list according to Forbes in 2012 and the sixth-best public university in the country according to U. S. News and World Report in 2013.

Three-Headed Scoring Monster
The Tribe's top three returning scorers, sophomore Marcus Thornton and juniors Brandon Britt and Tim Rusthoven, have upped their production in the early going of the 2012-13 campaign. The trio is averaging a combined 46.6 of the W&M's 69.7 points per game (66.9 percent). On the year, all three rank among the top 15 in the CAA with Thornton leading the way in second at 18.4 points per game. Rusthoven  and Britt rank 10th and 12th, respectively, averaging 14.2 and 14 points per game. On 10 occasions one of the trio has scored 20-plus points in a game. Thornton scored 20-plus points on six occasions this season, including a season-high 24 against both Hampton and Towson. Rusthoven and Britt have each scored 20-plus points on two occasions. Britt scored a career-high 26 against Howard, while Rusthoven's career high of 23 came at High Point.

Among Nation's Best 3-Point Defense
The Tribe has been among the best teams in the country defending the 3-point line this season. The Tribe leads the CAA and ranks among the top 10 nationally limiting opponents to just 26.3 percent shooting from 3-point range. As of Jan. 10, W&M ranked fifth nationally in 3-point field goal percentage defense according to the NCAA. The W&M school record for 3-point percentage defense is 31.4 percent set in 1998. W&M opponents are hitting less than five 3-pointers per game (4.9) this season.











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