DURHAM, N.H., FEB. 2 -- Derrick Hodge scored four of his 18 points in the last 1:29, enabling Maine to come from behind and beat New Hampshire, 71-68, and extend the nation's longest home losing streak to 32 games.
His layup and two foul shots made the Black Bears 10-11 overall and 5-1 in the North Atlantic Conference although they got two field goals in the last 10 minutes. New Hampshire lost on its "Guaranteed Win Day," which drew 2,551 fans, the biggest home crowd since 1984. The team last won at Ludholm Gymnasium in February 1988.
"I thought that promotion was bush," Maine Coach Rudy Keeling said. "To put kids in a situation like that is not the thing to do. You call national attention to a bad situation."
New Hampshire (2-18, 0-5) came out flat, turned the ball over on its first six possessions and fell behind 13-1. Coach Jim Boylan said his team was jittery because of the promotion.
"I called time out and told them just because people are here doesn't mean you'll play well," he said. "I told them I'd give them about thirty seconds to start playing, and if they didn't I was going to yank all of them."