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Justin Wright-Foreman scores career-high 36 in Hofstra loss

Hofstra guard Justin Wright-Foreman shoots during a game

Hofstra guard Justin Wright-Foreman shoots during a game against the College of Charleston at on Feb. 16, 2017. Credit: Lee S Weissman

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Nathan Knight scored a career-high 31 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and David Cohn added a career-best 26 points with seven assists as William & Mary beat Hofstra, 90-87, on Saturday in a Colonial Athletic Association opener.

Justin Wright-Foreman scored a career-high 36 points for the Pride.

In the final minute, William & Mary’s Connor Burchfield hit a three-pointer to tie the score at 85. Wright-Foreman hit a layup, but Burchfield hit another three-pointer to put the Tribe on top 88-87 with 6.8 seconds remaining.

Then Knight got a key block and Matt Milon, who was fouled while hauling in the defensive rebound, sank both free throws with a second to go. Cohn got a steal to seal it.

Milon finished with 11 points for William & Mary (8-4), which shot 53 percent.

“A heartbreaking loss,” Hof stra coach Joe Mihalich said. “We gotta live with this one.”

Wright-Foreman shot 11-for-22 from the field and 11-for-12 at the line and also had four assists and four rebounds.

“No one in the league scores like him,” Mihalich said. “They [the Tribe] tried to play a triangle-and-two on him and it didn’t stop him.

“But our offense wasn’t the problem. It was our defense; that’s pretty obvious.”

Hofstra (7-6) closed out the first half with a 15-6 run to move within 45-41 and edged into the lead midway through the second half. Wright-Foreman’s back-to-back layups made it 67-65 with eight minutes to play.

Eli Pemberton scored 10 points for Hofstra.

Wright-Foreman’s previous career high of 35 points also was against William & Mary last February.

— AP and Newsday Staff

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