ORONO, Maine – Junior guards Eric Gilchrese (
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The win snaps the Wildcats’ four-game losing skid and improves their record to 5-12, including 2-3 in America East. The Black Bears fall to 5-12 overall and 1-3 in the conference.
Gilchrese, who matched a career high by recording 13 of his points at the free throw line, also tallied four rebounds and four assists, while Gibbs, UNH’s America East Player of the Game, added five rebounds and five assists.
UNH kept its solid play going in the second half, opening the frame up with a 14-6 run to move its lead to 55-40 with just under 14 minutes left.
Maine made a furious push midway through the second half, reeling off a 12-2 run to cut its deficit to five (64-59) with 6:22 left.
The Wildcats pushed their lead to 13 with under three minutes to play. Another Black Bear run cut the UNH lead back to six, but that was as close as they would come.
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Freshman center Dane DiLiegro (
UNH started out hot, knocking down five straight treys to grab a 15-9 lead just over five minutes into the game. The ‘Cats hit eight 3-pointers in the first half and finished with 13, which was just four shy of the single-game school record.
The ‘Cats shot 49 percent (23-47) for the game, including 48 percent (13-27) from long distance.
The Wildcats return to action Thursday, Jan. 24 at when they play host to