BROOK, N.Y. – Senior forward Mike Christensen (Reston, Va.) scored 25 points on 8-of-11 shooting to lead the University of New Hampshire men’s basketball team to a 68-60 victory Wednesday night at Stony Brook Arena.

Eric Gilchrese

With their second consecutive win, the Wildcats improve to 7-13, including 4-4 in America East, while the Seawolves fall to 4-16 overall and 1-7 in the conference.

Christensen, UNH’s America East Player of the Game, added five rebounds, two assists and a block.

After being down by as many as 14 points in the second half, Stony Brook used an 11-2 run to cut the UNH lead to 60-55 with 2:24 remaining. A Michael Tyree 3-pointer cut the Seawolves’ deficit to a pair with 1:44 left, but that was as close as they would come as the Wildcats locked down and hit 8-of-10 free throws down the stretch to seal the win.    

Junior guard Eric Gilchrese (Springfield, Ill.), who was 5-of-6 from the line in the final minute, tallied 17 points, five rebounds and three assists.

After trailing 9-0 to begin the contest, the Wildcats climbed back into the game, using a 15-5 run to take a 25-22 lead with 3:38 left in the first half. A Gilchrese jumper in the paint with 5:37 left put the ‘Cats on top for good. UNH went into the break with a 32-27 lead.

The Wildcats slowly pulled away in the second half, eventually opening up a 14-point lead with 6:01 remaining when Christensen knocked down one of his three treys and then hit a jumper on the next possession.

Junior guard Tyrece Gibbs (Brockton, Mass.) chipped in with eight points, six rebounds and four assists, while freshman center Dane DiLiegro (Lexington, Mass.) added five points and eight rebounds – six of them on the offensive boards.

Ricky Lucas, Stony Brook’s America East Player of the Game, netted 22 points – all in the second half - and added five rebounds.

UNH shot 44 percent (22-50) compared to Stony Brook’s 35 percent (18-51).

The Wildcats return to action Saturday, Feb. 2 at 4 p.m. when they play host to Boston University at Lundholm Gymnasium. The ‘Cats will try to “Jam the Gym” for the game, which can be seen live on NESN.
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