New Hampshire 83, Delaware 81
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.