New Hampshire men’s basketball beaten by Holy Cross, 64-54

WORCESTER, Mass. — The University of New Hampshire men’s basketball team fell to Holy Cross on Thursday, 64-54, as Josh Sankes netted 18 and pulled down 12 rebounds for the Crusaders.

Trailing 33-22 at the half, the Wildcats (2-7) went on an 8-0 run to start the second, pulling themselves to within 33-30. UNH managed to cut the deficit to one, 37-36, at 15:03 when sophomore Jeff Senulis (Grand Island, N.Y.) hit a three.

From there, however, the Crusaders (8-3) scored 13 unanswered points in five minutes, giving them a 50-36 lead with 10:23 to go. UNH cut the Holy Cross lead to 10 only twice after that.

Junior Austin Ganly (North Yarmouth, Me.) had a team-high 15 for the Wildcats. Freshman Allen Gould (Grand Rapids, Mich.) scored 13 in the first half but was held scoreless after the break. Conversely, Senulis, who went scoreless in the first, chipped in 13 in the second.

The Wildcats led by as much as four in the first, leading 16-12 with 9:50 remaining. But the Crusaders finished the half on a 21-6 run to take a 33-22 advantage into the break.

UNH travels to Florida Saturday to take on the Gators at the O’Connell Center (4 p.m.). The game can be heard live on the Internet through www.gatorzone.com.

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