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Justin Wright-Foreman scores 37 to lead Hofstra past Cal State Fullerton

Hofstra guard Justin Wright-Foreman goes to the basket

Hofstra guard Justin Wright-Foreman goes to the basket on Cal State Fullerton forward Davon Clare during the first half of a game at Mack Sports Complex. Credit: Lee S. Weissman/Lee S. Weissman

Justin Wright-Foreman and Kyle Allman Jr. double-teamed in Queens to help their high school  claim a PSAL borough title as seniors in 2015.

The gifted guards were together again on a court in Hempstead Wednesday night, only this time they were college seniors. The former stars at High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture were each trying to help construct a victory for different teams from different coasts.

 Wright-Foreman and Hofstra hosted Allman and Cal State Fullerton at Mack Sports Complex in the first-ever meeting between the schools.

The two close friends put on a show to remember.

Allman nailed eight threes on the way to scoring 38 points. Wright-Foreman scored 37, but he could enjoy the reunion game more after helping power the Pride to an 80-71 win over the Titans, an NCAA Tournament team last season.

“It was a battle,” Wright-Foreman said. “It’s always good to go against your brother . . . Going against your brother, seeing how hard that he works, or how hard that I work, just all correlated into one. It was just simply amazing.

“I was pumped. I can’t lie . . . It was more so that I just wanted to get the win at the end of the day.”

Wright-Foreman, the 6-2 Queens native who’s averaging 28 points, and Allman, the 6-4 Brooklyn native who’s averaging 21.6, were high school transfers and played just that one season together. They remained in touch — text, FaceTime, Fortnite, you name it.

“It was fun,” Allman said. “I know we’re two of the best scorers probably in college basketball, debatably.”

 Eli Pemberton also got into the scoring act for Hofstra (3-2) with 20, including six in an 8-0 burst that opened up a 29-20 lead.

The lead was eight with 1:33 left in the half before Wright-Foreman scored all six in a 6-2 closing burst that gave him 24 and the Pride a 41-29 advantage.

“I think our defense was better than their offense,” Pride coach Joe Mihalich said.

Wright-Foreman drove for two, then drove past Allman, got fouled and hit the two shots, making it a 55-36 cushion.

“This is my mom’s fault,” Wright-Foreman said of his increased driving. “She constantly just keeps getting on me, ‘Stop shooting jump shots.’ ”

Then Allman, who tied the arena scoring record for an opponent, canned three three-pointers and scored 13 in an 18-9 burst that cut it to 64-54. But the margin never got lower than nine.

“This definitely give us a lot of confidence,” Wright-Foreman said.

He scored seven in the last seven minutes to finish two shy of his career high.

“Now that it’s over, I’m happy for both guys,” Mihalich said. “Of course, I’m happy that we won.”


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