MEN'S BASKETBALL DROPS FOURTH STRAIGHT AT BROWN
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Freshman Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.), senior Mike Christensen (Reston, Va.) and junior Tyrece Gibbs (Brockton, Mass.) all scored in double digits, but it was not enough, as the University of New Hampshire men’s basketball team fell to Brown University, 68-52, Thursday night at the Pizzitola Sports Center.

The fourth Wildcat loss in a row drops the ‘Cats to 3-5, while the Bears improve to 5-3.

Mike Christensen

Abreu scored 14 points, marking the seventh time in eight games that he has hit double figures, while Christensen and Gibbs each chipped in with 10. Christensen keeps his double figure streak alive, pushing it to six straight games with 10 or more points.

The Wildcats made it tough on themselves from the start, falling behind 20-2 in the first eight minutes of the game. A 6-0 run near the end of the half cut the deficit to 13, but the Wildcats could not do much more, and went into the locker room trailing, 33-18.

The 18 points in the first half are the fewest the Wildcats have scored in any half this season, while the 52 points are the fewest the ‘Cats have registered in a game this season.

Brown shot 50 percent (12-24) from the floor in the first half, including 58 percent (7-12) from behind the arc. The Wildcats, on the other hand, shot just 20 percent (5-25) from the field and 10 percent (1-10) from 3-point land.

The two teams went bucket for bucket in the second half until Brown went on an 8-0 run to open up a 63-44 lead with 3:34 left in the game.

Abreu provided the final highlight for the Wildcats, scoring the final eight points of the game for his squad. The guard’s two 3-pointers mark the seventh time in eight games that he has recorded exactly a pair of treys.

Mark McAndrew led the Bears in scoring with 19 points.

Junior Eric Gilchrese (Springfield, Ill.) added nine points for the Wildcats, coming off the bench for the first time this season.

The Wildcats ended up shooting 34 percent (18-53) for the game, while the Bears shot 52 percent (22-42), including 50 percent (9-18) from behind the arc.

The ‘Cats return to action for the first of five consecutive games at home when they play host to Long Island University on Monday, Dec. 10. The two teams tip off at Lundholm Gymnasium at 7 p.m.

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