Late technical costly as Hofstra loses to Tulane, 61-58

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Helped by a technical foul against Hofstra that led to a late five-point possession, Tulane came back to beat the Pride, 61-58, in a non-conference men's basketball game Thursday in New Orleans.

After two free throws by Zeke Upshaw (31 points) gave the Pride a 58-54 lead with 1:58 to play, Stephen Nwaukoni picked up a technical with 1:30 remaining. Jay Hook hit the ensuing two free throws to bring Tulane within two and Cameron Reynolds sank a three-pointer 12 seconds later to give the Green Wave (8-7) the lead for good.

After a Hofstra turnover, defensive rebounds by Nwaukoni and Upshaw gave the Pride (4-9) two more possessions, but Dion Nesmith missed a jumper with 46 seconds to play and a layup with four seconds remaining before Tulane's Kevin Thomas sank two free throws with one second left.

"I told our guys that competitiveness would win this basketball game, and certainly that was not a pretty game, but we just found a way,'' Tulane coach Ed Conroy said. "I believe the competitive spirit that we showed in the last few minutes of the game won it for us today.''

Hook had 15 points, Jonathan Stark 12 and Thomas 10 for Tulane.

Upshaw, who shot 9-for-19 from the field, broke the 30-point mark for the second time this season, having scored 37 against Richmond.

Nesmith had five points, five assists and four rebounds. Moussa Kone added nine rebounds.

After being held without a field goal for the first 7:33, Tulane scored 12 straight points to take a 15-9 lead. Upshaw then scored 12 points during a 14-1 run by Hofstra, with his three-pointer giving the Pride a 23-16 lead with 3:26 remaining in the half.

Upshaw's three-pointer and Jordan Allen's free throw gave the Pride a 39-31 lead with 15:05 remaining in the game.

Kone's two free throws and Jamall Robinson's layup gave Hofstra a 46-37 lead with 11:45 to play, but Tulane responded with a 15-3 run for a 52-49 lead with 6:13 left. Upshaw's three-point play and two free throws produced a 58-54 Hofstra advantage.

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