PORTLAND, MAINE-- The University of New Hampshire and the University of Maine men’s basketball teams battle in an unusual venue on Saturday afternoon, the Portland Civic Center, and the Black Bears were victorious by a 76-63 margin in the America East matchup.
The Wildcats (2-13 overall, 1-6 America East) were led by, of all things, a Maine native, as sophomore forward Austin Ganly (North Yarmouth, Maine) poured in a career high and team season-high 25 points on 8x13 shooting from the floor and 6x9 marksmanship from behind the three-point arc. Sophomore forward Chris Brown (Boston, Mass.) was the only other UNH player to score in double digits (13 points).
UNH kept it close in the early going and held a one-point lead (14-13) with 13:34 to play in the opening stanza. However, Maine put together a 7-2 run that started with the score 26-21 and 7:37 on the clock and ended at 35-23 with 4:10 to play. The Black Bears (13-4, 5-1 America East) headed into the lockerroom up by 11 points (41-30).
In the second half the Maine advantage was no less than nine points (41-32) and the Black Bears held their largest lead of the contest (18 points) with 54 seconds left in the contest and the score at 76-58.
The home team was led by Julian Dunkley, who poured in 16 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Also scoring in double digits for the Black Bears were Nate Fox and Huggy Dye as both finished the day with 15 points.
Maine shot well from the floor (28x50, .560), while holding UNH to a .379 mark (22x58). The Black Bears also outrebounded the Wildcats by a 36-27 margin.
The men’s basketball team returns to action on Friday, Jan. 21 when the squad entertains Drexel in the Whittemore Center. Game time is 7 p.m. Then UNH will host Hofstra on Sunday, Jan. 23. That contest begins at 1 p.m. in Lundholm Gymnasium.