New Hampshire men’s hoop falls short to Hofstra, 75-70

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — A brilliant comeback attempt by the University of New Hampshire men’s basketball team came up just short on Friday, as the Wildcats lost to Hofstra, 75-70, at Hofstra Arena.

Trailing by 22 with 14:38 remaining, UNH outscored the Pride 30-7 in the next 10:54 to take a 66-65 lead with 3:46 to go. Austin Ganly hit a three at 5:04 to pull the Wildcats within one, 65-64, and then gave the Wildcats the lead at 3:46 to with a layup.

Assane Faye put UNH up by three, 68-65, at 3:19 with a layin. But Hofstra awoke from its scoring drought with 10 consecutive points, as Joel Suarez gave the Pride the lead for good with a free throw with 2:12 remaining.

Norman Richardson led all scorers with 23 points. Faye had a team-high 16 for the ‘Cats and Shawn Collette netted 10 points.

In the first half, Hofstra shot .750 (18-24) from the field and .875 (7-8) on three-point attempts, taking a 49-30 lead into the break. The Wildcats led early, 13-5, with 16:52 to play in the half, but the Pride responded with a 14-0 run to take a 19-13 advantage through eight minutes of play.

UNH went five minutes and 52 seconds without a point until Faye hit two free throws to make it 19-15. Rob Marquardt followed up a Brown three with a free throw to pull the Wildcats to within 22-21 at 8:47. Hofstra again pulled away though, scoring 16 unanswered points for a 38-21 lead with 4:54 left in the first.

The Wildcats return to action on Sunday at Drexel. The game will be televised by the New England Sports Network (NESN). Tip-off is 12 p.m.

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