NEWARK, Delaware -Five players scored in double figures for Delaware as the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team dropped its America East opener to the Blue Hens on Thursday at the Bob Carpenter Center, 92-75.
Junior Austin Ganly (North Yarmouth, Maine) scored a game-high 30 points but it wasn't enough to offset a balanced Blue Hen attack that set a conference record with 18 three-pointers. Billy Wells had team-high 22 points while Austen Rowland netted 16 to go along with 14 assists. Ajmal Basit recorded a double-double with 12 points and 15 rebounds.
The Wildcats (1-4, 0-1 America East) trailed by just three early in the second half. Ganly connected on a pair of jump shots at 18:02 and 17:25 to make it 52-49. Less than a minute later though Greg Miller (15 points) hit one of his five three-pointers to put the Blue Hens up six.
Maurice Sessoms extended Delaware's lead to eight at 15:11, but Ganly responded with another field goal to draw UNH to back within six, 57-51. Ryan Iversen (16 points), who was 4-for-5 from three point land, hit a three to put Delaware up by nine at 14:26. UNH would pull no closer than eight the rest of the way.
Junior Chris Brown (Boston, Mass.), who missed the Wildcats' first four games due to a torn ligament in his right ring finger, returned to the lineup with 12 points and two steals. Junior Jeff Senulis (Northport, N.Y.) scored nine for the Wildcats. Ganly was 11-for-17 from the field, 4-for-4 from three-point range and pulled down a team-high eight rebounds. Delaware took a 47-40 lead into halftime.
The Wildcats return to action Saturday at Towson (8 p.m.)