– Senior forward Mike Christensen (Reston, Va.) recorded his second double-double of the season with 18 points and 12 rebounds, and freshman guard Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) nearly posted a triple-double to propel the University of New Hampshire men’s basketball team to Wednesday night’s 74-67 America East victory against Stony Brook University at Lundholm Gymnasium.
Mike Christensen

UNH completed the season sweep of the Seawolves – the Wildcats were 68-60 victors Jan. 30 – to improve to 8-18, including 5-9 in America East. SBU is now 5-21 overall and 2-12 in the conference.
Abreu, who was one of four Wildcats to reach double-digits in the game, netted 18 points, tied his career high with eight rebounds and dished out a career-best nine assists to garner America East Player of the Game honors for the ‘Cats. Christensen pulled down his 500th career rebound with his 11th board of the night and also handed out two assists, leaving him one shy of 200 helpers for his career.
The Wildcats finally got out to the quick start they have been looking for, getting 3-pointers from freshman guard Tyrone Conley (Burlington, Vt.), Abreu and Christensen, to take a 9-0 lead 2:26 into the game. UNH used three more treys to craft a 10-2 run and went on top 22-9 with 11:22 left in the opening half. The ‘Cats knocked down a season-high 15 trifectas, which is just two shy of the school record, and extended their streak to 485 consecutive games with at least one 3.
Stony Brook’s Ricky Lucas scored all 10 of his first-half points in the final 4:51 of the half to help the Seawolves cut the deficit to eight (34-26) heading into the break.
A 12-3 Wildcat run, highlighted by 3s from Conley, Christensen and two from junior guard Tyrece Gibbs (Brockton, Mass.), opened up a 53-37 advantage 6:56 into the second frame. Conley scored 15 points in a career-high 39 minutes, while Gibbs tallied 13 points, three rebounds, four assists, a block and a steal.
With UNH’s lead at a game-high 17 (62-45) with 6:07 remaining, the Seawolves – much like in the previous meeting between the two teams – used a 15-5 run to close the gap to 67-60 with 1:27 left. The Wildcats made 7-of-10 from the line the rest of the way, however, to close out the game.
Lucas, Stony Brook’s America East Player of the Game, finished with 24 points, four rebounds and two assists.
UNH, which out-rebounded Stony Brook, 35-31, shot 43 percent (20-47) from the field, including 48 percent (15-31) from behind the arc. The Seawolves shot 45 percent (24-53) from the floor and 42 percent (8-19) from long range.

Christensen, who before the game was given the game ball that he scored his 1,000th career point with by head coach Bill Herrion, now has 1,032 career points and moved past Marcus Bullock (1,015), Eric Thielen (1,019), Dirk Koopman (1,023), Paul Dufour (1,026) and Derek Counts (1,026), and into 18th on UNH’s all-time scoring list. With one more assist, the captain will be just the second player in UNH history to tally 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 200 assists in a career. Dan Nolan posted 1,258 points, 826 rebounds and 219 assists from 1980 to 1984.

UNH returns to action Saturday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. when it travels south to take on the University of Maryland-Baltimore County at RAC Arena. The ‘Cats return home for their season finale on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. when they play host to the University of Vermont on Senior Day at Lundholm Gymnasium.
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