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Hofstra loses in overtime to Richmond

Hofstra's Zeke Upshaw, rear, attempts a shot over

Hofstra's Zeke Upshaw, rear, attempts a shot over the defense of Louisville's Montrezl Harrell during the first half. (Nov. 12, 2013) Credit: AP

Zeke Upshaw had a career-best 37 points for Hofstra, but Richmond rallied late and beat the Pride, 74-63, in overtime last night at the Robins Center.

The 37 points by Upshaw made him the first Pride player with 30 or more since Mike Moore had 30 vs. North Carolina Wilmington on Feb. 25, 2012. It was the most for a Hofstra player since Charles Jenkins had 40 against Binghamton on Dec. 8, 2010.

Richmond (3-1) took its first lead with 3:44 to play in the first OT as Kendall Anthony sank a three-pointer for a 62-59 lead.

Hofstra led 51-42 in the second half when the Spiders mounted a rally to tie it at 51 on a basket by Trey Davis with 5:16 left.

Hofstra (1-3) led 37-33 early in the second half, then used a 7-0 run to take its largest lead at 44-33 after two free throws from guard Dion Nesmith. It was the Pride's defense that shined during the run as Hofstra forced the Spiders into nine consecutive missed field- goal attempts.

Richmond chipped away at the Pride lead and cut it to four points at 44-40 with 10:11 left in regulation on a layup by Derrick Williams.

Hofstra had an answer as sophomore forward Jordan Allen hit two free throws and Upshaw drained another three-pointer around a Richmond basket to give Hofstra a 49-42 lead with 7:37 to play.

Upshaw was the only player in double figures for Hofstra, which got eight points and 10 rebounds from Stephen Nwaukoni and a career-high 11 rebounds from Allen.

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