New Hampshire men’s hoop falls to Maine, 86-84

DURHAM, N.H. — Huggy Dye broke a 84-all tie with one second remaining to propel the University of Maine to a 86-84 victory over the University of New Hampshire men’s basketball team on Sunday at Lundholm Gymnasium.

Shawn Collette’s (Westminster, Mass.) three-pointer with 1:35 left gave the Wildcats a 84-82 lead. But Carvell Ammons tied the game with 24 seconds to go on a layup and Tory Cavalieri stole the ball on the ensuing inbound. Cavalieri called timeout with 22 seconds left, setting up Dye for his last second fallaway to win it for the Black Bears.

Ammons had a game-high 26 for Maine (16-7, 9-5 America East) and Dye finished with 20. Chris Brown (Boston, Mass.) and Rob Marquardt (Northport, N.Y.) each had 15 for the Wildcats (6-17, 5-9 AE). A season-high 1,868 fans attended the game.

New Hampshire trailed by 12 with 15:53 to go in the second half but went on 24-10 run over the next seven minutes, capped off by a Brown three-pointer at 7:12 to give the Wildcats a 72-70 lead.

The Wildcats trailed 47-38 at the break as Ammons had 12 points in the first half on 4-for-6 shooting. UNH started out strong in the second half as Marcus Bullock (Cherry Hill, N.J.) hit a three at 19:43 and Collette scored a pair of baskets after an Ammons layup to cut the deficit to four, 49-45.

Collette finished with 14 points and Bullock chipped in with 11. Ammons led all rebounders with 13.

The Wildcats host Drexel on Thursday at Lundholm. Tip-off is 7 p.m.

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