New Hampshire men's hoop nipped by Towson 89-87

DURHAM, N.H. - Brian Allen's basket with 56 seconds remaining gave Towson its final lead in a see-saw, 89-87 victory over the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team at Lundholm Gymnasium Sunday.

The game included 12 lead changes in the final 8:49. Rob Marquardt (Northport, N.Y.) gave the Wildcats a one-point lead, 87-86, on a layup with 1:23 remaining, but Allen scored two with 56 seconds left and Sam Hutton made the first of two free throws with 15 second to go, giving his team a two-point advantage.

Austin Ganly (N. Yarmouth, Maine) and Shawn Collette (Westminster, Mass.) each had a chance to win it with time running out, but both of their three-point attempts came up short.

New Hampshire (5-15, 4-7 America East) was led by Collette, who poured in a career-high 17 points on 5-for-6 three-point shooting. John Dullea (Peabody Mass.) had a career-high 16 for the 'Cats, while Chris Brown (Boston, Mass.) had 11 and Marquardt had 10. Towson's (10-10, 6-5 AE) Brian Barber led all scorers with 18 points.

The Wildcats set a school record with 14 three-pointers. The old record was 13 against Maine on Feb. 28, 1995. Collette had a career-high five three-pointers and Dullea finished with a career-high three treys.

New Hampshire held the lead for the entire first half and led by as much as thirteen, 28-15, with 10 minutes to go. However, Towson outscored UNH 21-10 before the break and trailed by only two, 38-36 at the half.

The Wildcats return to action on the road at Vermont on Thursday. Tip-off is 7 p.m.

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