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Justin Wright-Foreman scores 25 as Hofstra beats Northeastern

Justin Wright-Foreman #3 of Hofstra University makes a

Justin Wright-Foreman #3 of Hofstra University makes a pass during an NCAA men's basketball game against Drexel at Mack Sports Complex in Hempstead, NY on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017. Photo Credit: James Escher

BOSTON — Justin Wright-Foreman made three three-pointers and scored 25 points to help Hofstra beat Northeastern, 74-64, on Saturday.

It was Wright-Foreman’s seventh straight 20-plus game.

Wright-Foreman hit an open three-pointer from the wing after a cross-court pass from Deron Powers for a 60-58 lead, and the 6-foot guard soared for a dunk with 3:09 left to give the Pride a 66-60 advantage.

Wright-Foreman was 7-for-11 from the floor and 8-for-10 at the free-throw line.

“Justin is becoming a star,” Hofstra coach Joe Mihalich said. “He’s making big shots and making big plays. The dunk he had was unbelievable. I think it had an impact on the other team. [Normally] two points is just two points. But sometimes a play like that feels like a lot more than two points.”

Brian Bernardi added three threes and 17 points for Hofstra (13-14, 5-9 Colonial Athletic Association), and Eli Pemberton had 13 points, eight rebounds and four assists.

Hofstra trailed 35-33 at halftime and took its first lead of the second half at 45-44 on Pemberton’s three-pointer with 14:20 to go.

T.J. Williams led Northeastern (14-12, 7-7) with 21 points, six rebounds and six assists, and Alex Murphy had 13 points and seven rebounds.

Rokas Gustys, who came into the game ranked fourth in Division I rebounding but had missed the previous four games, had only two points but grabbed 12 rebounds — precisely his average — including five off the offensive glass.

Gustys’ lone basket gave Hofstra a 62-60 lead with 4:23 to play and touched off the Pride’s 14-4 run to end the game.

“A gutty gutty win,” Mihalich said, noting the travel turnaround from the loss at Towson on Thursday to Saturday in Boston. “Even though we’re deep into the season, we’re still learning. We’re still pointing to the end of February, beginning of March [for peak performance].”

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