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New Hampshire 83, Delaware 81

March 4, 1995

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) _ Eric Montanari hit two decisive free throws off an intentional foul, and New Hampshire survived a frantic final minute to beat Delaware 83-81 Saturday in the North Atlantic Conference playoffs.

Delaware missed a chance to win when Robbie Johnson’s short jumper missed at the buzzer.

The victory sends the Wildcats (19-8) into Monday’s semifinals against Northeastern, which beat Vermont 73-71 in overtime.

Scott Drapeau had 30 points, Matt Alosa 17 and Montanari 15 for the Wildcats.

Brian Pearl had 22 and Patrick Evans 16 for Delaware (12-15).

Montanari hit one of two free throws for an 80-78 lead, deflected a pass for a steal and then was leveled as Peca Arsic tried to get through a screen.

Arsic was called for an intentional foul with 2:19 left, and Montanari sank both free throws for an 82-78 lead.

Pearl, who brought Delaware back from a 79-70 deficit by scoring the Fighting Blue Hens’ last 11 points, hit a 3-pointer with 1:30 remaining.

Delaware had two more chances, but Evans missed a short jumper, and Pearl missed in traffic.

Matt Acres hit one of two free throws for UNH’s final point with 4.4 seconds left before Johnson missed.

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