ALBANY, N.Y. – Freshman guard Tyrone Conley (Burlington, Vt.) and junior guard Tyrece Gibbs (Brockton, Mass.) scored 17 and 16 points, respectively, but it was not enough as the University of New Hampshire men’s basketball team fell to the University at Albany, 80-59, Wednesday at SEFCU Arena.
The Wildcats fall to 7-15, including 4-6 in America East, while the Great Danes improve to 11-11 overall and 6-4 in the conference.
Conley knocked down a career-high four 3-pointers, while Gibbs tallied eight rebounds, four assists and three blocks.
Albany led from the start, opening the game on an 8-2 run before pushing its lead to 24-8 midway through the first half. The Great Danes took their biggest lead of the half, 34-16, with remaining. Conley scored eight straight points for the Wildcats to close the frame with Albany leading, 41-28. Gibbs, UNH’s America East Player of the Game, led the ‘Cats in the first half with 13 points.
Conley hit a 3 to begin the second half that gave him 11 points in a row for the ‘Cats and closed the gap to 10. Albany would pull away, however, using a 13-3 run to take a 59-39 lead with remaining. The two teams traded baskets down the stretch, with Brent Wilson hitting a trey to close the scoring with 55 seconds left.
Freshman guard Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.), who scored 10 points in the second half, tallied 13 points and four assists in the contest.
Brian Lillis, Albany’s America East Player of the Game, recorded 14 of his 19 points in the second half. Lillis led three Great Danes in double figures while posting nine rebounds.
The Wildcats turned the ball over just seven times compared to Albany’s 13, but also shot just 34 percent from the field (19-56) while the Great Danes shot 50 percent (27-54).
The Wildcats return to action Saturday, Feb. 9 at when they play host to the University of Maine at Lundholm Gymnasium.