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Justin Wright-Foreman scores 32 as Hofstra claws back to win

Hofstra's Justin Wright-Foreman works the ball against James

Hofstra's Justin Wright-Foreman works the ball against James Madison on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, at thje Mack Sports Complex. Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

NEWARK, Del. — Justin Wright-Foreman shot 6-for-8 from three-point range and finished with 32 points, including 12 in the final eight-plus minutes, to help Hofstra beat Delaware, 64-59, on Saturday night.

Ryan Allen converted a three-point play to give Delaware (11-12, 4-6 Colonial) a seven-point lead with 8 1/2 minutes left. Wright-Foreman answered with a trey and then made back-to-back layups to spark a 12-2 run that made it 58-55 with three minutes to go.

The Blue Hens trimmed their deficit to 60-58 on a layup by Skye Johnson with 39 seconds remaining, but Wright-Foreman made a contested three late in the shot clock with 12 seconds left.

“Justin, I don’t know when we start talking about [CAA] player of the year,” Hofstra coach Joe Mihalich said of Wright-Foreman. “He’s certainly got to be the first name you talk about.”

Eric Carter led Delaware with 16 points and 12 rebounds. The Blue Hens shot 62.5 percent in the second half but only 33.3 percent in the second half.

“We didn’t play great,” Mihalich said. “Didn’t defend good in the first half. I thought our defense in the second half was outstanding. I’m really proud of our guys locking in there and caring about our defense.”

Eli Pemberton added 12 points for Hofstra (13-9, 6-4). Rokas Gustys had only four points but 13 rebounds for the Pride, which committed just four turnovers and scored 15 points off 11 Blue Hens turnovers.

Delaware used a 14-0 run to take a 24-13 lead midway through the first half and didn’t trail again until Pemberton’s free throw with 5:15 to play gave Hofstra a 54-53 lead.

Delaware had a 38-16 edge in points in the paint.

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