DURHAM, N.H.-- Austin Ganly scored 26 points, 21 in the second half, to lead the University of New Hampshire to a 67-57 America East victory over Stony Brook on Friday night at Lundholm Gymnasium.
The Wildcats (10-13 overall, 7-5 America East) overcame a 34-25 halftime deficit by outscoring the Seawolves (3-19 overall, 2-9 America East) by a 42-23 margin in the second stanza.
UNH, which trailed nearly all of the first half, took its first lead of the game with 10:30 left to play in the contest (46-41) on a three-pointer by Ganly. The teams then played to three ties and six lead changes in the second half until the Wildcats put together an impressive 11-0 run. It started with 5:48 left on a pair of made free throws by Sean Collette to give UNH a one-point advantage (54-53), and ended with 2:22 on the clock after a pair of free throws by Ganly to give UNH a 10-point lead (63-53). Ganly had six points during that stretch, including four free throws and a basket.
Stony Brook gradually opened up a first-half advantage and led by as many as 10 points in the opening stanza (31-21) with 2:37 to play before the intermission. In that first half, seven different Seawolves contributed to help the visitors take a 34-25 lead at the end of the opening period.
Also scoring in double digits for UNH was Chris Brown with 16 points and eight rebounds, and Jeff Senulis with 10 points and six boards.
Stony Brook was led in scoring by Jairus McCollum with 14 points and by Mike Konopka with 12 to round out the double-digit scorers. Stony Brook's top scorer, Dawud Munir, was held in check most of the evening by UNH and was held under his average of 18.2 ppg. with nine points on the night.
UNH shot poorly in the first half (9x27, .333), but bounced back in the second stanza by hitting 12x24 for a mark of .500 to finish the game at .412. The rebounds were even at 32 and the Wildcats once again took advantage of its chances at the free throw line, making 18x23 as compared to 8x14 by the visitors.
With his 26 points, Ganly has moved up from 18th to 15th on UNH's all-time career scorers list past Eric Montanari, who played with the 'Cats from 1991 until 1995 and finished with 1,038 points. Ganly now has 1,051 career points and his season scoring average has improved to 15.6 ppg.
UNH's 10 victories this season is the most since the team recorded a 10-17 mark in 1997-98.
The 'Cats have also won six of their last eight and three in a row for the longest current winning streak in the conference. UNH has also won nine of its last 12 contests.
The Wildcats will return to action on Sunday, Feb. 10, for a key matchup at second-place Boston University. Game time is 1 p.m.