DURHAM, N.H. - Led by 17 points from junior Austin Ganly (North Yarmouth, Maine), the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team posted an 87-69 win over Vermont on Tuesday at Lundholm Gymnasium.
UNH never trailed in the game as it jetted out to a 15-2 lead in the first five minutes of play and never looked back. Senior Brett LeFlem (Peterborough, N.H.) had a career-high 12 points and freshman Anthony Oglesby (Brooklyn, N.Y.) notched career-highs in points and rebounds with 11 points and seven boards.
The win pushes the Wildcats (4-10, 3-2 America East) over the .500 mark in conference play after four or more games for the first time since 1994-95 season. The 'Cats also surpass last seasons marks for total wins (3-25) and conference victories (2-12). Vermont, losers of its last seven in a row, falls to 4-9, 1-4 in America East.
Tony Orciari had a team-high 13 for the Catamounts and Corey Sullivan chipped in with 11.
UNH took a 43-29 lead into the break as Oglesby scored nine of his 11 in the first half. Overall, the Wildcats had 14 steals while forcing 28 Vermont turnovers.
The Wildcats never allowed their lead to fall below 11 in the second half. Senior Colin Donahue (Des Moines, Iowa) and junior Chris Brown (Boston, Mass.) each chipped in with eight points.
The Wildcats return to action Sunday at Maine. Tip-off is 1 p.m.