STONY BROOK, N.Y. - Freshman Ioannis Karalis (Athens, Greece) tied a career high with 15 points to lead the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team to a 62-55 victory over Stony Brook University in the regular season finale at the SB Sports Complex on Sunday.
The Seawolves took their first lead of the game at the 9:09 mark of the second as D.J. Munir (20 points) finished a three-point play after a foul by junior Griffin Walker (Coffeyville, Kan.). But Stony Brook's lead lasted just 40 seconds as Karalis hit his second three of the game to give UNH the lead for good.
Karalis' three-pointer ignited an 11-1 UNH run that gave the 'Cats a 54-45 advantage with 4:21 to go. Following a dunk by sophomore Ben Sturgill (Hamilton, Ohio), Karalis scored six straight points on two jump shots and a layup to put UNH up by nine.
Sturgill finished with 14 points and junior Marcus Bullock (Cherry Hill, N.J.) chipped in with 11 points, all in the first half. The Wildcats (5-22, 3-13 America East) shot 48.8 percent from the field while they held the Seawolves (13-14, 7-9 America East) to 35.9 percent.
The Wildcats finish the conference regular season eighth and will play No. 1 seed Boston University (18-9, 13-3 America East) on Sunday. Game times for the tournament to be announced this week.
Karalis' previous career high of 15 points came in UNH's last win against Hartford on Feb. 12. The Wildcats are 5-1 when holding their opponent under 70 points and 4-1 when leading at the half.
Junior Kyle Peterson (Malone, Wisc.) tied a career high with nine rebounds. Karalis also set a career high in rebounds with eight as UNH outrebounded the Seawolves, 41-30.
Cori Spencer joined Munir with 20 points as he hit 8 of 12 shots from the field.
The Wildcats opened the game with a 22-12 lead. Stony Brook cut it down to one with 5:41 to play but UNH finished with a 6-1 run to lead 31-25 at the half.