Offense stalls late as Huskies fall to Hofstra

BOSTON — It took 12 ties and 12 lead changes to separate Northeastern and Hofstra at Matthews Arena Saturday night, but the Husky offense faded down the stretch and Hofstra escaped with a 74-64 road victory.

Northeastern falls to 14-12 overall and 7-7 in the CAA.

T.J. Williams led the way with 21 points, six rebounds and six assists. Alex Murphy chipped in 13 points and seven boards, albeit on 5-16 shooting from the field. The Huskies struggled from three, hitting six of their 27 attempts from deep for 22% clip.

“When we had good shots, we didn’t make shots,” Head Coach Bill Coen said post-game. “For us, we really need to make threes and we didn’t make enough tonight.”‘

Justin Wright-Foreman was sensational for the Pride (13-14, 5-9 CAA), pouring in 25 points on 7-11 shooting. Brian Bernardi (17 points) and Eli Pemberton (13 points) also hit double figures.

After a jumper from Murphy tied the game at 60 with 4:39 to play, the Huskies went scoreless for four minutes, as Hofstra mounted a 10-0 run to put the game away. The Huskies missed all seven of their shots and lost three turnovers in the scoreless stretch. Williams ended the drought  with a layup to bring the score to 70-62 with 33 seconds left, but by then the game was out of reach.

Next up, Northeastern will host conference-leading UNCW at Matthews Arena on Thursday. Jeremy Leopold and Matt MacCormack will have the call on WRBB.

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