MEN'S BASKETBALL DROPS OVERTIME THRILLER TO DARTMOUTH
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DURHAM, N.H.
– Junior guard Tyrece Gibbs (Brockton, Mass.) scored 21 points and tallied seven rebounds, but the University of New Hampshire men’s basketball team fell in overtime, 65-60, to intrastate rival Dartmouth College on Tuesday night in its non-conference finale at Lundholm Gymnasium.
Alvin Abreu

   
The Wildcats’ record drops to 4-12 overall, while the Big Green improve to 7-8.
   
Trailing 59-57 with 1:43 remaining in overtime, Dartmouth received a jumper from Marlon Sanders that tied the game, took away UNH’s lead for good, and sparked an 8-1 run. After Jonathan Ball converted a layup to put Dartmouth up 61-59 with 55 seconds left, Gibbs made 1-of-2 from the line to bring UNH within one. Sandwiched around freshman guard Alvin Abreu’s (Lynn, Mass.) missed layup with 10 seconds left, the Big Green made their final four free throws to ice the game.
   
Abreu finished with 13 points to extend his double-digit scoring streak to six games, and 14-of-16 overall.
   
The Wildcats led 49-39 with 4:16 left in regulation before Dartmouth crafted a 15-5 run to tie the game. Alex Barnett’s jumper with two seconds remaining sent the game to overtime.
   
With 12:18 left in the first half, Dartmouth held what would be its largest lead of the game at 16-6 before an 18-4 run by UNH, gave the ‘Cats a 24-20 lead with 4:14 remaining in the opening frame. The Wildcats went into the break on top 28-22. Gibbs netted 15 of his points in the first half.
   
UNH widened its advantage to 10 just three minutes into the second half and kept it there until Dartmouth’s run to end the half. The Wildcats, who are ranked 32nd in the nation in free throw percentage, missed four from the line down the stretch to aid the Big Green rally. The ‘Cats finished an uncharacteristic 14-of-25 (56 percent) from the stripe.
   
Senior forward Mike Christensen (Reston, Va.) and freshman center Dane DiLiegro (Lexington, Mass.) each grabbed 11 rebounds, and added nine and eight points, respectively.
   
Barnett led three Dartmouth players in double digits with 13 points and 12 boards.
   
Dartmouth outshot the Wildcats 38 percent (24-63) to 31 percent (19-61) for the game, but turned the ball over two more times (18) than the ‘Cats (16).
   
The Wildcats return to action Saturday, Jan. 19 when they travel to Orono to take on the University of Maine at noon. The ‘Cats return home to Lundholm on Thursday, Jan. 24 when they play host to Binghamton University at 7 p.m.
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