It was apparent very early on that the Hofstra Pride, the Colonial Athletic Association's 11th seed, were completely overmatched against the sixth-seeded Georgia St. Panthers and their dominant forward, Eric Buckner. Bucker, a 6-foot-7 senior, scored 21 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, shot a perfect 7-7 from the field and didn't turn the ball over once while leading the Panthers to an 85-50 victory and a second-round matchup against the No. 3 seed, the George Mason Patriots.
Buckner was joined in the "major contributor" category by teammates Devonta White, who had 13 points and two assists, and James Fields, who scored 14. Buckner wasn't the only efficient Panther scorer, as the team shot 59.6 percent from the floor and 83.3 percent from the charity stripe. They also turned the ball over just eight times against 16 total assists.
On the flip side, the Pride, who won just three CAA games in the regular season, had 14 turnovers and seven assists, shot 34.8 percent from the field and 26.7 percent from long distance. They were led by Mike Moore with 16 points and Stevie Mejia with 14.
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