New Hampshire men’s hoop falls to Hofstra, 80-61

DURHAM, N.H. — Norman Richardson’s double-double, 17 points and a career-high 16 rebounds, led Hofstra University to a 80-61 victory over the University of New Hampshire men’s basketball team on Saturday at Lundholm Gymnasium.

The Wildcats trailed 41-34 at the break, but back-to-back three-pointers to open the second half by John Dullea (Peabody, Mass.) and Assane Faye (Dakar, Senegal) pulled the Wildcats to within one, 41-40.

Jeff Senulis (Grand Island, N.Y.) gave UNH a three-point lead, 52-49, with 12:43 to go. But Hofstra answered with a 21-2 run over the next seven minutes to put the game out of reach for the ‘Cats, 70-54. The Pride (22-4, 15-2 America East) outscored New Hampshire (7-18, 6-10 AE) 31-9 in the last 12:43.

Austin Ganly (N. Yarmouth, Maine) had a team-high 17 points for UNH while Faye finished with 10 points and six rebounds. Rick Apodaca led all scorers with 20 points for Hofstra.

With the win, Hofstra clinches the top seed in the America East tournament which begins March 2 at the University of Delaware. The Pride also tie a school record with 14 consecutive wins.

In the first half, the Wildcats were down by 13 with 3:19 to go but ended the half on a 6-0 run on six free throws. That run extended into the second when Dullea and Faye popped a pair of threes to pull New Hampshire to within one at 18:10.

Saturday’s game was Senior Day as the Wildcats acknowledged the four seniors who would be playing their last home game at UNH. The seniors include Colin Donahue (Des Moines, Iowa), Rob Marquardt (Northport, N.Y.), Brett LeFlem (Peterborough, N.H.) and Chris Brown (Boston, Mass.) who will likely forgo his finally year of eligabilty.

The Wildcats return to action next Friday at Boston University. Tip-off is 7 p.m.

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