University of New Hampshire sophomore guard Tyrece Gibbs (Brockton, Mass.) delivered a career-high 22 points with six rebounds to propel the Wildcats men’s basketball team past the Seawolves of Stony Brook University, 69-56, in America East action on Sunday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium.
    The Wildcats, who extended their winning streak to season-high three games, improve to 8-12 overall and climb to 4-3 in conference play, while the Seawolves fall to 7-12, 2-5 AE.
    After a back and forth first half of action and a halftime score that read 23 apiece, the Wildcats registered a season-high 46 second half points, led by the America East Player of the Game Gibbs’ and senior co-captain Jermaine Anderson’s (Beverly, Mass.) combined 26 point second half outburst as the Wildcats used an 18-5 run to open a 17 point lead (59-42) with just 4:10 remaining. The Wildcats shot 15-of-26 from the charity stripe to hold off any chance of a late surge by the visiting Seawolves. Anderson posted another terrific effort at the line, posting a 5-of-6 performance. The one miss snapped 21 consecutive makes for the captain during the past four games.
    Senior captain Blagoj Janev (Sydney, Australia) just missed a double-double as the forward posted nine points and eight rebounds. Freshman center Sam Herrick (Nantucket, Mass.) notched career-high eight points and five rebounds, including his first career three-pointer from the top of the key with 9:24 to play in the first half to put the Wildcats ahead 13-12. Also providing offensive help for the Wildcats was freshman forward Dan McGeary (Newtown, Mass.) who recorded seven points and four rebounds off the bench.
    The Seawolves held the 40-34 advantage on the glass, but struggled from beyond the arc, shooting 3-of-11 (27.3%) for the game. UNH turned up the offense in the second half, shooting 12-of-19 (63.2) from the floor, which is a season-high percentage for a half.
    Ricky Lucas’ 18 points led Stony Brook, while Solomon Bamiro added eight points and five rebounds in the loss.
    The Wildcats return to action on Thursday (Jan. 25) with a visit to UMBC. The tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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