DURHAM, N.H.-- Austin Ganly and Chris Brown each scored 14 points to help the University of New Hampshire men’s basketball team end a 17-game losing streak to Drexel University with a 69-66 America East victory at the Whittemore Center on Friday night.
The Wildcats (3-13, 2-6) trailed by five points with 3:03 to play in the contest (63-58) but put together a thrilling ending. Brown cut the Dragon advantage to just two points (63-61) with a three-pointer at 2:39. Following a bucket by Drexel’s Mike Kouser which gave Drexel (7-9,4-3) a four-point lead, UNH freshman guard Marcelle Williams buried a gutsy three-pointer from the top of the circle to tie the game at 65-65 with 48.9 seconds left. Then, with 12.5 seconds to play, Brown was fouled by Kouser and hit a pair of free throws to give the Wildcats a 67-65 advantage. It wasn’t over, however, as Drexel’s Bryant Coursey went to the line with 6.9 seconds remaining, made the first, but missed the second to make it 67-66 in favor of the home team. Finally, UNH gained possession on a jumpball and Rob Marquardt sealed the win with 0.9 seconds on the clock, making a pair of free throws.
It was not all UNH in the first half, however, as Drexel jumped out to a 9-2 advantage. The Wildcats climbed back into it and took a lead utilizing an impressive 20-2 run that made the score 22-11 in favor of UNH for its biggest lead of the contest. UNH led 42-35 at the intermission.
Drexel was led in scoring by Coursey with 15 points and by Chris Burch with 13.
New Hampshire outrebounded Drexel by a 38-27 margin, led by Brown and Colin Donahue with eight apiece, and both teams shot .429 from the floor in the contest.
The Wildcats will return to action on Sunday, Jan. 23 vs. Hofstra. Game time is at 1 p.m. in Lundholm Gymnasium.