No. 20 Maryland edges Hofstra 69-67 on late free throws

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Ian Martinez made two free throws with 4.2 seconds remaining, and No. 20 Maryland avoided another loss this week by edging Hofstra 69-67

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Ian Martinez made two free throws with 4.2 seconds remaining, allowing No. 20 Maryland to edge Hofstra 69-67 on Friday night and avoid another loss this week.

Eric Ayala led Maryland (4-1) with 14 points but went just 5 of 17 from the field.

Jalen Ray was Hofstra’s leading scorer with 18 points.

With the score tied and the shot clock off, Hofstra (1-3) had the ball, but Omar Silverio’s deep 3-pointer was blocked by Ayala. When Silverio instinctively went for the loose ball, he fouled Martinez.

After Martinez made both free throws, Maryland (4-1) used its last foul to give near midcourt with 3.2 seconds left. Hofstra was unable to get the ball inbounds quickly — Maryland’s Julian Reese knocked the inbound pass back out, leaving 2.2 seconds left, then Fatts Russell stole the inbound pass, and the clock ran out.

Maryland scored the game’s final six points after a 3-pointer by Ray put Hofstra up 67-63.

Reese scored on an offensive rebound to make it 67-65, and Ayala’s driving layup tied it with 23.3 seconds remaining.

BIG PICTURE

Hofstra: The Pride came close, but lost again in a tight game against a well-regarded opponent. Hofstra lost its opener this season to Houston in overtime.

Maryland: The Terrapins clearly had a lot of work to do after losing to George Mason 71-66 on Wednesday, and this game did little to dispel that conclusion. But they defended well enough to win and made enough big plays late.

UP NEXT

Hofstra: Play their fifth straight road game at Richmond on Monday night.

Maryland: Plays Richmond on Thursday night at the Baha Mar Hoops Bahamas Championship. It’s the Terrapins’ first game away from home this season.

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