DURHAM, N.H.-- Shaun Holtz scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds to lead Towson to a 73-66 America East victory over New Hampshire at Lundhom Gymnasium Sunday afternoon.
The game was tied 57-57 with 7:25 remaining on the clock, but a 5-1 run by Towson during the final five minutes gave the visitors the lead for good. During that stretch, Holtz had three points, including a baseline jumper that made the score 65-61 in favor of Towson with 3:19 to play. UNH cut the Towson advantage to just five points (68-63) on a left side jumper by Brett LeFlem with 55 seconds to go, but Towson held on by making three of four shots from the free throw line, two by Raul DePablo with 37 seconds to go (71-63.)
Early in the first half, the Wildcats (1-10, 0-3 America East) got off to a solid start and led by six points (17-11) after a three-pointer by Marcelle Williams, who led UNH with 21 points in the contest. However, the Tigers (6-4, 2-0 America East), closed the gap and took the lead with a 7-0 run that ended at 7:31 with UNH trailing 25-21. UNH put together a 7-0 run of its own late in the first half and led at the intermission (38-33).
Looking at other top contributors in the game, Towson had four players score in double digits, as Brian Barber checked in with 15 points and six rebounds, while Torin Ragin finished the day with 14 points and seven rebounds.
In addition to the 21 points by Williams for UNH, Chris Brown and Assane Faye each chipped in 13 points for the Wildcats.
Towson outrebounded UNH by a 40-37 margin and the Wildcats shot just .368 from the field (21x57), as compared to a mark of .439 for the visitors (25x57).
After a strong first half, the Wildcats were outscored in the second stanza by a 40-28 margin.
The Wildcats will return to action on Tuesday vs. Delaware. Game time is 7 p.m. in Lundholm Gymnasium.