ORONO, MAINE.-- Marcus Bullock tied his career-high with 24 points, Austin Ganly had 22 and Jeff Senulis poured in a career-high 20 points to lead the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team to an impressive 87-69 victory over the University of Maine on Thursday.
The Wildcats (11-14 overall, 8-6 America East) took a firmer hold on fourth place in the conference, while Maine (9-15 overall, 6-7 America East) fell back further into fifth place in America East.
UNH, which connected on an amazing 17x23 three-point attempts in the contest, broke the UNH record for three-pointers made in a game with 17, surpassing the old mark of 14 recorded vs. Towson on 1-28-01. The 17x23 marksmanship also gave the Wildcats an amazing trey shooting percentage of .739, which broke the previous UNH mark set earlier this season vs. Binghamton on Feb. 2, 9x14 for .643. The shooting percentage of .739 is also tied for the second-best ever mark by an America East Team. The best is 18 made by Delaware vs. UNH on Dec. 7, 2000. Vermont also made 17 vs. Middlebury on 2-19-94.
Bullock was the key factor in the sizzling shooting night, as he tied the UNH mark for three-pointers made in a game with eight (8x10). He tied his own mark of eight, which he also recorded vs. Army on Jan. 7.
The first half saw seven ties and nine lead changes as the game seesawed back and forth. The Black Bears led by six (19-13) with 8:59 before the half, but led by just two at the intermission (42-40).
The second half was all UNH, which outscored the home team by a 47-27 margin in the final period thanks to incredible shooting from behind the arc. In the second half, UNH nailed 10x13 treys, seven of them by one player, Bullock, who finished the night 8x10 to tie the school record.
The other story of the night for the Wildcats was the performance of Senulis, who set a new career-high in scoring with 20 points, after hitting 5x7 from behind the arc. His previous best was 18 points, which he scored vs. Delaware State as a freshman during the 1998-99 season. Senulis has missed a great deal of playing time up until now with a sore back. He now has scored in double-digits in three of the last four games for UNH off the bench.
UNH's explosion in the second half featured 18x26 shooting from the floor for a field goal percentage of .692 (18x26) and 31x51 shooting from the floor for the game with a mark of .608. Maine shot 27x61 from the floor for the game (27x61) and shot just .222 from behind the three-point line (6x27).
The Wildcats have now won four of their last five contests and the team has the most victories in a season (11) since the 1994-95 squad finished with a mark of 19-9.
UNH has not had much success in Orono in recent years. The last time the Wildcats defeated the Black Bears in Alfond Arena was back in 1995-96 (106-103).
The men's basketball team will be off until a huge home game vs. No. 1 Vermont on Feb. 22. Game time is 7 p.m. in Lundholm Gymnasium.