MEN'S BASKETBALL TURNED BACK BY BU, 67-52
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DURHAM, N.H.
– Captains Mike Christensen (Reston, Va.) and Tyrece Gibbs (Brockton, Mass.) scored 16 and 14 points, respectively, as the University of New Hampshire men’s basketball team fell to Boston University, 67-52, Saturday at Lundholm Gymnasium.
Tyrece Gibbs

   
The loss halts the Wildcats’ two-game winning streak and drops their record to 7-14, including 4-5 in America East. The Terriers improve to 7-14 overall and 4-5 in the conference.

After trailing 27-19 with 19:22 remaining the second half, the Wildcats made a run, capped by a Rony Tchatchoua (Douala, Cameroon) put-back off his own miss with 16:30 left, that tied the game at 32. A pair of Christensen 3-pointers highlighted the 13-5 run, which forced the first and only tie of the contest.
   
That was as close as UNH would get to a lead, however, as Carlos Strong and Corey Lowe drilled back-to-back 3s that opened up another wide margin for the Terriers.

The Wildcats used another comeback to get within seven with just under eight minutes left, but BU crafted a 16-4 run to seal the win and take a game-high 19-point lead (67-48) with 1:01 left.

Christensen added six rebounds, while Gibbs, UNH’s America East Player of the Game, recorded two rebounds, three assists, two steals and three blocks.

Lowe, the Terriers’ America East Player of the Game, poured in a game-high 23 points, while Scott Brittain posted a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds.

After BU scored the first seven points of the game, Gibbs capped a 5-0 Wildcat run with a 3 that got his team back in the game. The ‘Cats hung around, trailing by just two (17-15) with 3:44 remaining in the first half, before the Terriers closed the half with a 6-0 run that gave them a 25-17 halftime lead.

BU outshot UNH, 43 percent (24-56) to 37 percent (16-43).

The next game for the Wildcats is Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. when they travel to Albany to take on the Great Danes. The ‘Cats return home Saturday, Feb. 9 at 1 p.m. to play host to Maine at Lundholm.
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