BOSTON, Mass. - Charles Cranford scored 25 points to lead five Northeastern players in double figures as the Huskies defeated New Hampshire 92-77 at Solomon Court on Sunday afternoon.
NU secured the sixth seed at next week's America East Championship, improving to 9-18 and 8-10 in conference play. The Huskies have won three straight games for the first time since the 1997-98 season and will have their highest seeding since entering the 1995 tournament at No. 3. UNH dropped its third straight in falling to 7-20 and 6-12 in America East. The Wildcats will be the ninth seed.
Dwayne Barnes netted a career-high 17 points for the Huskies in his final home game. Two other seniors, Marcus Blossom and George Aygar, added 16 points and 12, respectively. Jean Bain scored 13 points to go with 10 assists. It was the first time since Nov. 27, 1998 that NU had five players score in double figures.
Allen Gould paced UNH with 17 points, while Austin Ganly added 14 and Marcus Bullock 13.
NU led 48-36 at the half and blew the game open early in the second half. Up 50-36, the Huskies made seven straight shots, including four three-pointers, in a 19-7 run to build their largest lead of the afternoon, 69-43, with 12:43 to go. Bain had eight points and two three-pointers in the run, while Blossom netted two three-pointers as well. After NU's big run, UNH got no closer than the game's final 15-point margin.
The Wildcats led 23-17 with 12:33 left in the first half, but the Huskies used a 20-4 run to take control and open a 37-27 edge with 3:55 to go before intermission. NU extended the advantage to 12, 48-36, at the break. UNH had 13 turnovers in the first half, leading to 19 Husky points. The Wildcats finished with 25 turnovers for the game.
NU's 92 points were a season high, one point better than the 91 the Huskies put up in a win over Maine on Friday. It is the first time since early in the 1993-94 season that the Huskies have scored over 90 in consecutive games.