DURHAM, N.H.- Marcus Blossom scored 27 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead Northeastern University to an 81-77 America East victory over the University of New Hampshire on Saturday evening at the Whittemore Center.
Northeastern (7-20 overall, 5-13 America East) utilized a 17-0 run to build a 54-43 advantage with 12:04 to play in the second half and held their largest lead of the game (68-51 with six minutes to play.
The Wildcats (3-24, 2-16 America East) faced a seemingly insurmountable 76-54 deficit with 1:20 to play. Freshman guard Marcelle Williams then scored six of his team-high 23 points to pull UNH within six points (76-70) with :58 seconds to play. After a pair of Blossom free throws, freshman John Dullea hit a pair of free throws and then a running three-pointer to make it 78-75 Northeastern with :26 seconds left in the contest.
Blossom then sealed the victory with three free throws to make it 81-75.
Other top scorers for Northeastern were Terry Kringe with 11 points and six assists, while Toby Brittian added 10 points.
Also scoring in double figures for the Wildcats were Chris Brown with 17 points and 14 rebounds for a double-double and Austin Ganly with 12 points on the night.
UNH is the 10th seed in the upcoming America East Tournament and will play the seventh seed at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 3 at the University of Delaware.