Hofstra battled back all season, and the Pride did it again tonight against second-seeded Northeastern in a second-round Colonial Athletic Association game. But after pushing to the end of two overtime sessions, the Pride ran out of gas in a 74-71 loss.

Tom Pecora's team had fought its way out of a midseason slump to win 10 of its previous 11 games, including a win over the Huskies (20-11) less than two weeks ago in Boston. This time, the Pride (19-14) held a 52-48 lead with 2:22 left to play in regulation, but it went 0 for 4 from the field and committed a turnover as Northeastern came back to tie the game at 52 on a layup by Kauri Black with four seconds left in regulation.

In the first overtime period, Cornelius Vines drained a three-pointer with 14 seconds left to send it to a second OT period. CAA player of the year Charles Jenkins hit a jumper to tie the game at 67 with 1:09 remaining, but Northeastern's Matt Janning responded with a three-pointer with 45 seconds to play for a 70-67 advantage. From there, Northeastern made four of six foul shots to counter to baskets by Hofstra's nathaniel Lester to preserve the victory.

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Janning topped all scorers with 26 points and added nine rebounds for Northeastern. Jenkins lef the Pride with 24 points and eight rebounds, and Vines and Greg Washington each chipped in 11 points. But Hofstra couldn't overcome a 36.5 percent shooting performance in the end.

Considering Hofstra's strong finish to the season, maybe there's still a chance for an NIT bids.