– Captains Tyrece Gibbs (Brockton, Mass.) and Mike Christensen (Reston, Va.) recorded 22 and 18 points, respectively, to lead the University of New Hampshire men’s basketball team past the University of Hartford, 74-59, Sunday afternoon on Alumni Day at Lundholm Gymnasium.
Mike Christensen

The Wildcats, who have won two of their last three games, improve to 6-13, including 3-4 in America East, while the Hawks drop to 10-12 overall and 4-3 in the conference.
Trailing by nine just over one minute into the second half, the Wildcats ripped off a 19-0 run, holding Hartford scoreless for 6:45 to take a 49-39 lead with 12:14 remaining in the game. Christensen led the charge with four 3-pointers during the span, including three straight at one point. The ‘Cats never trailed again and instead used an 11-0 run to build a game-high 20-point lead (69-49) with just under three minutes left.
Freshman center Dane DiLiegro (Lexington, Mass.) pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds, while freshman guard Tyrone Conley (Burlington, Vt.) and junior guard Eric Gilchrese (Springfield, Ill.) added nine and eight points, respectively. Freshmen Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) and Rony Tchatchoua (Douala, Cameroon) each chipped in with seven points.
Hartford started the game with five straight points, but UNH battled back, building an eight-point lead (23-15) on treys by Conley and Gibbs. A 9-0 run by the Hawks made it 24-23 Hartford with 6:38 left in the first half. The Wildcats managed to go into the half trailing by just four (34-30), despite Christensen and Gilchrese each picking up three fouls in the first half.
Christensen did what senior leaders should do, however, scoring 18 second-half points on 4-of-8 shooting, including 4-of-5 from behind the arc. The forward also added three rebounds, three assists and two blocks.
Gibbs, who equaled his career high in points, tallied five rebounds and two assists en route to being named UNH’s America East Player of the Game.
Morgan Sabia, Hartford’s America East Player of the Game, notched 15 points and seven rebounds for the Hawks.   
Gerry Friel
The Wildcats shot 42 percent (20-48) from the field, including 61 percent (14-23) from long range. The 14 3-pointers match UNH’s season high and are just three shy of the school record.
After shooting 42 percent (10-24) from the field and 53 percent (8-15) from behind the arc in the first half, Hartford managed to shoot just 28 percent (7-25) from the floor in the second half, including 21 percent (3-14) from 3-point land.
Before the game, UNH honored the late Gerry Friel, the Wildcats’ all-time winningest coach, by unveiling logos at two of the opposite corners of the court. The logos are a green shamrock with the words “Coach Gerry Friel” in the middle of them. Friel won 188 games from 1969 to 1989 for UNH. He passed away Aug. 20, 2007 at the age of 64.
The Wildcats return to action Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. when they hit the road to take on Stony Brook. The next home game for the ‘Cats is Saturday, Feb. 2 at 4 p.m. when they play host to Boston University at Lundholm. The ‘Cats will try to “Jam the Gym” for the game, which can be seen live on NESN.
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