MEN'S BASKETBALL BESTS BINGHAMTON 79-69

DURHAM, N.H.-- Senior Austin Ganly (North Yarmouth, Maine) netted a game-high 21 points, including the 1,000th of his career, to lead New Hampshire to a 79-69 America East men's basketball victory over Binghamton University Saturday at Lundholm Gymnasium.

The Wildcats (8-13, 5-5 America East) took a 42-33 lead at the half utilizing a 10-2 run in the final 1:36 of the stanza. Seven of the 10 points during that stretch were scored by Chris Brown.

In the second half, UNH added to its advantage with a 10-1 run that started at 13:48 on a layup by Ben Sturgill to make it 54-43, and ended at 11:13 on a free throw by Assane Faye that gave the Wildcats their biggest lead of the game, 18 points (62-44).

The Bearcats (7-15, 4-7 America East) then put together a 10-2 run to cut UNH's lead to (64-54) with 7:20 to play, but Binghamton could not get any closer than eight points the rest of the way.

UNH utilized hot shooting from behind the three-point arc, connecting on 9x14 treys, which set a school record with a three-point shooting percentage of .643. The previous mark was .632 vs. Providence on Nov. 25, 1995 (12x19).

The Wildcats had four players score in double-digits in the contest. In addition to the 21 by Ganly, Chris Brown recorded his 12th double-double of the season with 19 points and a game-high 13 rebounds, Marcus Bullock scored 13 and Assane Faye had 10 points.

Ganly scored his 1,000th career point on the second of a pair of made free throws with 1:27 remaining in the game. Ganly now has 1,002 career points, which ranks him 21st on UNH's all-time career-scorers list. He surpassed Pat Manor (89-93), who finished his career with exactly 1,000 points.

Binghamton was led in scoring by Anthony Green with 20 points, Andrew Hannan with a career-high 19 points and by Jeffrey St. Fort with 12.

With the win, UNH now has eight victories in 2001-02, which surpasses last year's win total of seven with six games still remaining on the regular season schedule.

New Hampshire travels to Boston for a matchup with Northeastern on Tuesday (2/5) before coming home to host Stony Brook on Feb. 8. Game time at Lundholm Gymnasium is 7 p.m.

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