MEN'S HOOPS' COMEBACK FALLS SHORT AGAINST NORTHEASTERN
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DURHAM, N.H. – Despite freshman forward Dane DiLiegro (Lexington, Mass.) recording the first double-double of his career, and senior forward Mike Christensen (Reston, Va.) scoring 17 points, the University of New Hampshire men’s basketball team dropped a hard-fought battle with Northeastern University, 62-57, Monday night at Lundholm Gymnasium.
Mike Christensen

   
The loss, their third straight, drops the Wildcats’ record to 3-4, while Northeastern improves its record to 3-4.
   
DiLiegro, the America East Player of the Game, submitted a career night in both points and rebounds, recording 12 apiece, while posting UNH’s first double-double of the season. Eight of those rebounds were on the offensive end of the floor.
   
After being down by as many as 18 points, the Wildcats found themselves trailing by just one, 56-55, with 4:30 to play in the game. A free throw, followed by a Matt Smith 3-pointer opened the Northeastern lead up to five points a minute later. Freshman Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) sunk a pair of free throws to cut the UNH deficit down to three with 2:24 on the clock, but a missed Christensen 3-pointer, combined with a pair of free throws by Chris Alvarez, sealed the game for the Huskies.
   
Christensen, who scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half, added five rebounds and three assists.
   
After Northeastern jumped out to an 11-point lead (18-7) just seven minutes into the game, the Wildcats used a 9-1 run to get back into the contest. The Huskies, however, came right back with a 16-2 run of their own to take a 35-18 lead with 3:16 remaining in the first half. The ‘Cats shaved three points off their deficit and went into the break trailing, 38-24.
   
The Husky lead, which reached as large as 16 in the second half, was 50-34 with 13:02 left in the game when the Wildcats ripped off a 14-2 run, highlighted by eight points from Christensen, to close the gap to 52-48 with 8:05 remaining.
   
Abreu chipped in with 10 points and five rebounds in the game, and buried a pair of 3-pointers for the sixth time this season.
   
One large area the ‘Cats can point to for reasons they lost the game is their 3-point shooting. Despite coming into the game shooting 41 percent (59-145) from behind the arc, the Wildcats shot just 17 percent (5-29) from long distance in the game.

Matt Janning, who netted 16 points, was the high scorer for Northeastern.
   
The Wildcats, who shot 36 percent (22-61) from the field, forced 13 Northeastern turnovers, while the Huskies caused 12 UNH giveaways.
   
The ‘Cats return to action Thursday, Dec. 6 when they travel to Brown University to battle the Bears at 7 p.m. The next Wildcat home game is Monday, Dec. 10 when they host Long Island University at 7 p.m.
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