STONY BROOK, N.Y.-- Senior Chris Brown (Boston, Mass.) recorded team-highs of 18 points and 15 rebounds to lead New Hampshire to a 75-68 America East men's basketball win over Stony Brook Friday night at the Stony Brook Sports Complex.
The Wildcats (5-11, 2-3 AE), who won for the fourth time in five outings, also got big games from sophomore Marcus Bullock (Cherry Hill, N.J.) who had 15 points, and senior Austin Ganly (N. Yarmouth, Maine) who had 13 points and eight boards. The Seawolves (3-15, 2-5) were led by Dawud Munir with 27 points.
Brown, the reigning America East Player of the Week, recorded his sixth double-double in seven games and ninth of the season. He also upped his rebounding average to 10 boards per game to go along with 14.1 ppg.
UNH, which never trailed in the contest, took a 21-6 lead 7:13 into the contest when Bullock drained a three-pointer. Stony Brook cut the lead to four, 28-24, with 4:12 left in the first frame on a Munir trifecta. The 'Cats took a 35-28 lead into halftime.
After extending the lead to nine on an Allen Gould (Grand Rapids, Mich.) layup, the 'Wolves cut the lead to one, 39-38, on another Munir three with 17:35 to play. UNH then went on a 13-4 run capped by a pair of Bullock free throws to make it 52-39 with 12:57 remaining.
The hosts reeled off an 8-0 run of their own to cut the lead to two with 9:07 to play. After trading baskets, the Wildcats gradually increased the lead, taking a 67-56 lead with 3:02 remaining on a Ganly layup. The Seawolves cut the lead to four on three occasions down the stretch, but New Hampshire sealed the win by going 8-for-10 from the charity stripe over the final 1:37.
For the game, UNH was 18-of 24 from the foul line, including 15-for-19 in the second half. The 'Cats owned a commanding 45-29 edge on the boards and also went 5-of-11 from three-point range.
The UNH men's basketball team returns to action Sunday (Jan. 20) when it hosts Albany in an America East game. Tipoff at Lundholm Gymnasium is 1 p.m.