DURHAM, N.H.- D.J. Munir scored 17 of his game-high 23 points in the first half as Stony Brook University held on in the second for a 77-71 victory over the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team at Lundholm Gymnasium on Sunday.
The Wildcats (3-17, 1-8 AE) trailed 42-38 at the half but were unable to cut the Seawolves' (10-9, 4-4 AE) lead to under three points despite freshman Ronnie Dennis' (Abbeville, Ala.) career-high 21 points.
Dennis scored 14 points in the second half alone, going 5 for 7 from the field and 2 for 3 from beyond the arc. Dennis' second three of the half came with 53 seconds remaining, pulling the 'Cats to within five points (72-67).
Dennis made two more layups down the stretch, but the Seawolves hit 5 of 6 free throws to ice the game. Stony Brook hit 73.5 percent (25 for 34) of its free throws, including 90.9 percent (10 for 11) in the first half, while UNH shot 64.5 percent (20 for 31) for the game.
For Stony Brook, it was its fifth win a row and fourth straight in America East. UNH has lost five in a row.
The Seawolves also enjoyed great success from three-point range, hitting 50 percent (8 for 16) of its attempts. Munir was 5 for 9 from the beyond the arc and Hendrik Feist (nine points) was 2 for 4.
UNH struggled making its threes, hitting only five of 21 attempts.
Junior Marcus Bullock (Cherry Hill, N.J.) was 0 for 6 shooting the three. After Munir the Seawolves received balanced scoring across the board with Cori Spencer (10 points), Feist (nine points), Larry Jennings (eight points) and Mike Orfini (eight points).
Freshman guard Shejdie Childs (Wynnewood, Pa.) netted 16 points and junior Griffin Walker (Coffeyville, Kan.) chipped in with 14 points, all in the first half. Childs, Walker and Dennis were combined 18 for 32 (56.2 percent) from the field while the rest of the team shot 5 for 22 (22.7 percent). The 21 points for Dennis matched a career-high set against Brown University Jan. 13.
The Wildcats trailed by nine (34-25) with 3:44 to go in the first half. However, Walker scored nine points to cut the gap to four (42-38) heading into the locker room.
The Wildcats return to action at the University of Maine on Wednesday (7 p.m.).