DURHAM, N.H. -- The University of Maine men's basketball team utilized a 19-4 second-half spurt to run past the University of New Hampshire, 79-68, in Friday night's America East matchup at the Whittemore Center.
Maine, which set a school record with its 20th win of the season and is now 20-5 overall and 12-2 in the conference, led 45-43 with 14 minutes remaining in the game. Nate Fox then scored 11 of his 15 points over the ensuing 3:30 to spark the Black Bears to a 64-47 advantage.
New Hampshire (3-19, 2-12) closed within 64-54 with 8:18 to play on seven straight points from Austin Ganly (North Yarmouth, Maine; team-high 19 points) but never trimmed the deficit to single figures.
The Wildcats, who had a 39-37 rebound advantage but shot 25-for-67 (.373) from the floor, built a 28-15 advantage with 8:30 to go in the opening half. They would not score again, however, until 2:15 before the half and Maine finished the last eight minutes of the half with a 20-6 run that gave the Black Bears a 35-34 halftime lead. The surge began with a layup from Andy Bedard that put him over the 1,000-point plateau; Bedard finished with 14 points and now has 1,009 career points.
Maine's Julian Dunkley recorded a double-double with a game-high 22 points and 10 rebounds. Teammate Carvell Ammons also scored in double figures with 12 points.
UNH freshman point guard Marcelle Williams (Teaneck, N.J.) contributed 15 points and three assists.
New Hampshire returns to action Feb. 15 against the College of the Holy Cross. Game time at Lundholm Gymnasium is 7 p.m.