DURHAM, N.H. – Senior Tyrone Conley (Burlington, Vt.) scored a game-high 26 points to help the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team defeat Boston University, 60-48, on Saturday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium.
The Wildcats, who snapped a seven-game skid against the Terriers, improved to 9-12 on the season, 3-6 in America East conference play. UNH's previous win against BU came Feb. 11, 2007 (60-55) at Lundholm. It is the largest margin of victory for the Wildcats against the Terriers since a 73-60 win at home Feb. 9, 1995. Boston University slipped to 10-13, 5-4 in America East after scoring a season-low 48 points, which are also the fewest BU has scored against UNH since a 48-38 win during the 1941-42 season.
Conley, UNH's America East Play of the Game, connected on 8 of 19 shots, including 4-for-10 from 3-point land, with five rebounds and an assist. Sophomore Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) was the other Wildcat in double digits, hitting for 11 points on 3-of-10 shooting, and chipping in with four rebounds and three assists.
Darryl Partin led the Terriers with 14 points and five rebounds, while John Holland was also in double figures with 10 points, but shot just 2-for-13 after being hounded most of the game by Rhoads. Matt Griffin earned America East Player of the Game honors for Boston U. with eight points, eight boards and two assists.
In a defensive slugfest, UNH managed to open a 22-17 lead at halftime. Conley scored 12 of the Wildcats' 22 first-half points, shooting 4-for-10 from the floor and capping the stanza with a two-handed dunk after fighting for a long rebound in the closing seconds for the final points of the half.
Boston University was held to five field goals on 23 first-half shots (21.7%), with no Terrier hitting more than one field goal before halftime. Holland missed six of his seven shots, and Partin was 1-for-7 from the floor.
Overall, the Terriers shot just 26.9 percent (14-52) from the floor, matching UNH's lowest opponent field goal percentage since Jan. 2, 2005 when the 'Cats held UMBC to the same 14 of 52 performance in a 60-41 road win. The 14 field goals also match a season low for a Wildcat opponent this season (Sacred Heart).
A layup by Conley and a 3-pointer from Rhoads pushed UNH's lead to 10 just 2:05 into the second half. A Griffin 3-pointer and a Jeff Pelage layup sliced the deficit to 29-24 with 15:08 remaining, but that was as close as the Terriers would make it the rest of the way.
Just over three minutes later, a Conley 3, followed by a beautiful reverse layup by freshman DeAndray Buckley (Romulus, Mich.), opened the lead to 37-26 with just under 10 minutes to go. After the Terriers cut it to seven, another Conley trey and a Rhoads jumper from the left elbow made it 42-30 with 8:29 to go.
Boston U. made a quick push to cut it back to seven, but an 8-1 Wildcat run – pieced together with 5 of 6 shooting at the line and Conley's final 3-pointer – made it 52-38 with just a shade under two minutes left.
The Wildcats opened up their largest lead of the game at 59-42 with 52 seconds to play when Rhoads completed the rare four-point play, converting the free throw after he was fouled knocking down a 3 from the right wing. Griffin and Partin sank 3-pointers in the closing seconds to tighten up the margin.
UNH, which shot 32.1 percent (18-56) from the field and 38.5 percent (10-26) from deep, hit at a 42.3 percent (11-26) clip in the second stanza, including 46.2 percent (6-13) from behind the arc.
Junior Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) posted seven points, nine rebounds, a block and a steal. Freshman Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) tallied seven points, three assists, a rebound and a steal in a career-high 35 minutes. Senior Dane DiLiegro (Lexington, Mass.) also pulled down nine boards to go along with two points and a pair of assists.
Conley finished with 1,155 career points and moved past Dave Pemberton (1,136) for 15th place on UNH's all-time scoring list.
The Wildcats travel to the University of Vermont for a Monday night (Jan. 31) showdown with the Catamounts at 7:30 p.m. The game can be seen live on Comcast SportsNet. UNH returns to Lundholm Gym on Wednesday night, Feb. 2, to take on the University at Albany at 7 p.m. For tickets CLICK HERE or call (603) 862-4000 x 5.