DURHAM, N.H. - Four players scored in double figures for the Albany Great Danes as they took advantage of their size and solid shooting to defeat the New Hampshire Wildcats, 73-51, in men's basketball action Thursday evening at Lundholm Gymnasium.
Jamar Wilson led all players with 22 points, shooting 7-of-12 from the field and a perfect 7-of-7 from the free throw line. Lucious Jordan scored 14 points, Levi Levine added 13 points, and Aquawasi St. Hillaire contributed ten points and a team-high eight rebounds for the Danes.
Albany enjoyed a significant advantage on the boards, pulling down 44 rebounds, 19 of them on the offensive end, while New Hampshire was able to grab only 21 total rebounds. The Wildcats were hurt by the absence of senior center Ben Sturgill (Hamilton, Ohio), who broke his jaw in practice earlier in the week and was forced to sit out the conference contest.
Blagoj Janev (Sydney, Australia) led the Wildcats with 15 points, hitting three three-pointers along the way. Craig Walls (Minneapolis, Minn.) went 6-of-9 from the field in scoring 12 points and pulling down six rebounds, and Mike Christensen (Reston, Va.) added 11 points and four rebounds for UNH.
Albany (6-6, 2-1 America East) went on a 20-5 run midway through the first half to pull away from the Wildcats. The Danes shot 50 percent from the field in the first half, finishing with a shooting percentage of 48.3 percent for the game. Meanwhile, New Hampshire shot only 32 percent from the field in the first half in falling behind 36-18 at halftime.
The Wildcats (5-7, 1-2 America East) travel to Stony Brook to face the Seawolves on Sunday, January 9, at 1 p.m. UNH returns to Lundholm Gymnasium in one week to face the Maine Black Bears on Thursday, January 13, at 7 p.m.