DURHAM, N.H.-- Sophomore guard Marcus Bullock scored a career-high 24 points and tied the University of New Hampshire record for three-pointers made in a game with eight to lead the UNH men's basketball team to an 84-73 victory over Army on Monday night in front of 470 at the Whittemore Center.
UNH (3-10 overall, 0-2 America East) trailed by as many as 10 points (42-32 at the half), but opened the second period with a 14-5 run to cut the visitor lead to just one point (47-46) on a Bullock three-pointer with 14:47 to play. During that stretch, freshman center Ben Sturgill scored six points to spearhead the comeback.
Bullock then gave UNH its first lead of the game since the first basket of the contest when he buried a three to give the Wildcats a 53-51 advantage with 12:17 to go.
Army (6-7 overall, 0-0 Patriot League) proceeded to match baskets with the Wildcats as the two teams played to four ties, the final stalemate taking place with 7:06 remaining and the score knotted at 60. That was the beginning of the road to victory for the 'Cats, who opened up an eight-point lead (69-61) thanks to a 9-2 run that ended with another Bullock trey with 4:19 to play.
The Wildcats iced the victory with 10x13 shooting from the charity stripe during the final 1:19 of the contest as the Knights fouled intentionally and attempted to come back with a barrage of three-pointers.
The Black Knights were led in scoring by Charles Woodruff and Chris Spatola, who each contributed 20 points and by J.P. Spatola, who scored 17 and dished off a career-high 14 assists.
Other top scorers for UNH included Austin Ganly with 23 points, Chris Brown with 15 and Sturgill with 12 to round out the four double-digit scorers.
UNH recorded its best field goal percentage of the season, hitting 27x59 shots for 45.8 percent and the Wildcats outrebounded the visitors by a 40-35 margin.
Looking at the second half scoring, the 'Cats outscored the visitors, 52-31, after getting outscored by Army in the first half, 42-32.
Brown led all rebounders with a career-high 16 rebounds and recorded his fourth double-double in a row and his sixth in the last seven contests. Brown also recorded a career-high seven assists.
With the victory over Army, UNH recorded back-to-back wins for the first time since the start of the 1998-99 season, when the Wildcats defeated Brown and Delaware State.
UNH will return to action this Saturday, Jan. 12 when the squad travels to Hartford. Game time is 2 p.m.