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Hofstra tackles Iona

Hofstra University #23 Mike Moore, left, looks to

Hofstra University #23 Mike Moore, left, looks to drive past Colgate University #12 Mike Venezia in the first half. (Dec. 22, 2011) Credit: James Escher

Thursday could be a big night for Hofstra.

But it’s not about whether Hofstra is as good as a red-hot Iona team that has turned a lot of heads this season. Thursday’s matchup with the Gaels is all about whether Hofstra has found that consistency on offense.

Hofstra will host the Gaels in a big local non-conference game Thursday night at 7 p.m. at the Mack Sports Complex.

When starting point guard Stevie Mejia first went down, Hofstra’s offense was in disarray. Dwan McMillan, who played in just 11 games last season, was thrust into the starter’s role. It was struggle for a while as the Pride averaged just 54 points in the first three games (James Madison, Wagner, Manhattan) Mejia missed.

Since then it’s been a different story.

McMillan has a combined 28 points and 14 assists in his last two games. It’s clear the Brooklyn-born point guard is starting to get in a groove as the starting point guard.

"I always had the same confidence," McMillan said. "I was just waiting for the opportunity. It's unfortunate that Steve went down, but I told them, 'I've got us.'"

Thursday will be the ultimate test for McMillan and the Pride (5-7). Iona (10-2), led by Scott Machado, Michael Gover and Lamont “Momo” Jones, is one of the nation’s highest scoring teams.

Hofstra has its own scoring machine in Mike Moore (21.2) and a second double-figure man in Nathaniel Lester (12.2). To keep pace wit Iona the Pride will need someone other than Moore and Lester to find the basket.

With any luck McMillan will be able to find them.

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