University of New Hampshire sophomore guard Tyrece Gibbs (Brockton, Mass.) registered 21 points, seven rebounds and four assists, but the Wildcats fell to defending America East champion, University at Albany, 71-64, on Sunday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium.
    The Wildcats drop their second straight league game and fall to 8-14, 4-5 AE, while the Great Danes improve to 14-7, 7-2 AE.
    UAlbany tallied four scorers in double digits, including America East Player of the Game Jamar Wilson’s game-high 23 points to pace the Great Danes. UAlbany came out hot in the first half of play and jumped out to an early 12-1 advantage. The Wildcats struggled out of the gate, but senior co-captain Blagoj Janev (Sydney, Australia) kept the ‘Cats close by posting 11 first half points.
    The teams traded baskets to open the first 13 minutes of action in the second stanza. Senior Jermaine Anderson (Beverly, Mass.) cut the deficit to single digits (54-47) when he drilled a trey from beyond the arc with 7:23 remaining. Anderson scored nine of his 12 points in the second half. Both offenses began to click in the final minutes of play, and after a pair of free throws by Anderson, the lead shrank to 63-52 in favor of the visitors with just over four minutes left. Gibbs, who was named America East Player of the Game, carried UNH’s offense in the final minutes, connecting on three consecutive three-pointers to bring the once 13 point lead down to two, 64-62.  The comeback fell short, however, as Wilson drilled a jumper with 34 seconds and added two straight foul shots in the last 15 seconds to solidify the win.
    UNH shot 44.7 percent for the game, shooting 21-of-47. UAlbany shot 23-of-42 (54.8 percent) for the contest, recording 20 points at the charity stripe.
    UNH Freshman forward Radar Onguetou (Yaoundé, Cameroon) delivered a team-high eight rebounds and added three points, while classmate Dan McGeary (Newton, Mass.) added five points off the bench.
    UNH returns to action on Wednesday (Jan. 31) with a visit to the University of Vermont. The contest is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start and will be broadcasted on the UNHSN.
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