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Justin Wright-Foreman drops 42 to lead Hofstra to CAA championship game
By ADAM ZAGORIAJustin Wright-Foreman went for a CAA Tournament-record 42 points to lead Hofstra to within one game of its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2001.
Wright Foreman scored 42 on 15-of-30 shooting along with 5 rebounds and 3 assists as the top-seeded Pride fended off No. 5 Delaware, 78-74 in overtime, in the CAA semifinals in Charleston, S.C.. Hofstra (27-6) will play No. 2 Northeastern — a 70-67 winner over host Charleston — in the CAA championship game Tuesday night (7 p.m., CBS Sports Network).
“My team just needed points and I just wanted to do whatever my team needed me to do get points,” Wright-Foreman told Gary Parrish of CBSSports Network. “My teammates kept me going, coaches kept running stuf for me so it’s just a blessing.”
Former Cardozo guard Tareq Coburn added 13 points and 4 rebounds and Eli Pemberton had 11 points and 6 rebounds.
Jalen Ray hit two foul shots to put Hofstra 76-74 up with 14 seconds left.
Former St. Anthony’s and Roselle Catholic guard Ithiel Horton had 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for Delaware. Fellow New Jersey guy Eric Carter had 12 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists.
With Delaware looking to tie or win the game, Kevin Anderson (17 points, 6 rebounds, 4 steals) stepped on the baseline in the final seconds and turned it over.
Ray then made two more free throws with 7.6 seconds left for a 78-74 left.
Jay Wright was the Hofstra coach the last time they made the Big Dance.
As for playing for the school’s first NCAA Tournament bid in 18 years, Wright-Foreman said, “I wish we could play right now. I’m lying, we tired. But we haven’t been there since 2001 so we’re pretty anxious to play.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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