DURHAM, N.H.-- Jose Juan Barea scored 36 points, including his team's final 11, to lead Northeastern University to a 73-67 men's basketball victory over the University of New Hampshire in Lundholm Gymnasium on Wednesday evening.
Barea started his 11-point run with a three-point play that gave NU (13-7 overall, 9-2 America East) its first lead of the second half (65-63) with 2:26 to go in the contest. He then buried a three with 1:50 to play to make it 68-65, another long three to make it 71-67 with 41 seconds left and then he capped it off with a pair of free throws to give his team the 73-67 win with 21 seconds remaining. UNH (7-13 overall, 3-8 America East) missed two three-point attempts in the final 16 seconds.
The Wildcats, who played without their top defensive guard in sophomore Jermaine Anderson (Beverly, Mass.) due to a hand injury, led most of the game and were up by as much as 11 points (55-44). But the visitors then went on a 13-4 run that cut the Wildcat lead to just two points (59-57) on a three-pointer by Marcus Barnes with 5:27 to play.
UNH was led in scoring by senior forward Craig Walls (Minneapolis, Minn.) who poured in a season-high 20 points and grabbed six rebounds. Senior center Ben Sturgill finished with 17 points and freshman forward Mike Christensen (Reston, Va.) added 13 points to the effort.
Barea was the only Husky to score in double figures. Barnes was the next highest with nine points, while Bobby Kelly chipped in eight points.
The Wildcats shot 50 percent from the floor in the game (30-60), while NU was 27-67 for .403. The key to the win was three-pointers, as the Huskies buried 11 of 31 attempts, while New Hampshire was 3-18. Northeastern outrebounded UNH by a 41-35 margin.
The Wildcats will take to the road on Sat., Feb. 5 when the squad takes on Albany. Game time is 7 p.m. and the contest can be seen live on Fox Sports Net New England as part of the America East television package.