Pride riding 2 game streak into Postseason

iLuvBBall Alum Justin Wright-Foreman scored 19 points and Rokas Gustys had another nice double-double of 15 with 14 rebounds as Hofstra made a late surge to defeat James Madison 71-66 in the Pride’s regular-season finale on Saturday, thus sweeping their season-ending road trip heading into the postseason.

The lead was swapped back and forth until Gustys rebounded a miss from Justin and found Jamall Robinson open for a 3-pointer that put Hofstra ahead for good, 59-57, with 3:37 left. The scenario happened again a minute later when Justin rebounded his own miss and the ball was whipped around the perimeter to Brian Bernardi who hit a dagger of a 3.

James Madison battled back to 69-66 on a Tom Vodanovich putback with 13 seconds left, but Eli Pemberton stretched the lead with two free throws and the Dukes missed twice in the last five seconds. Shakir Brown led James Madison with 20 points.

Justin (pictured above|Photo by Cathy Kushner – JMU Athletics) saw his double figure scoring streak extended to  21 straight games, but his streak of games with at least 20 points snapped and ended at 10. Justin, the NCAA’s most improved scorer (yes most improved in the nation), ended the regular season averaging 18 PPG up from 1.6 PPG last season as a freshman. Justin also led the CAA in scoring during conference play averaging 23.2 PPG (second was W&M Tribe’s Daniel Dixon at 22.9 PPG)

The Colonial Athletic Association tournament beings next Friday in North Charleston, South Carolina. Hofstra (15-16, 7-11) is the 8th seed and faces No. 9 Delaware at 6 pm, while James Madison (9-22, 7-11) is the No. 7 seed and faces No. 10 Drexel the game after scheduled for 8:30 pm.

Catch Highlights of the Game courtesy of CAA’s Twitter Account @CAAbasketball

Hear Coach Mihalich’s Post Game Comments courtesy of Hofstra’s YouTube Channel

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