New Hampshire men’s hoop falls to Delaware 88-74

DURHAM, N.H. — Billy Wells and Ajmal Basit combined for 48 points to lead Delaware to an 88-74 win over New Hampshire in men’s basketball action Thursday at Lundholm Gymnasium.

Wells had 25 points, including six three-pointers, to pace the Fightin’ Blue Hens, while Basit had 23 points and 17 boards. Assane Faye (Dakar, Senegal) had 16 points to pace the Wildcats, while Marcus Bullock (Cherry Hill, N.J.) had 14.

The Wildcats fall to 4-6 in America East, 5-14 overall. Delaware improves to 12-7, 8-2 in the conference.

UNH would cut the lead to four (56-52) on a Chris Brown (Boston, Mass.) layup with 16:30 to play. Delaware then went on a 14-0 run capped by a pair of Basit free throws to go up 70-52 with 11:27 to play. Back-to-back layups by Brett LeFlem (Peterborough, N.H.) and Faye would cut Delaware’s lead to 76-66 with 6:44 left, but Delaware would maintain at least a 10-point cushion the rest of the way.

The Wildcats would open a 9-3 lead 2:17 into the contest, but a 6-0 run capped by a Wells layup knotted the game at 9. New Hampshire used a 10-0 run to take a 27-18 lead with 10:38 to play in the opening period. From there the two teams would trade baskets until the Hens went on a 15-5 run to take a two-point lead, 41-39, with 3:45 left in the first. Delaware would push the lead to six (52-46) at the half.

UNH returns to action on Sunday at Lundholm vs. Towson. Tip-off is 1 p.m.

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