DURHAM, N.H.-- Forward Chris Brown recorded a double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds to lead the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team to a 69-55 victory over Colgate in front of 604 fans in Lundholm Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.
Colgate (8-4 overall) led by as many as eight points in the first half (24-16) with 6:58 to go before the intermission, but UNH (2-10, 0-2 America East) finished strong with a 7-0 run, including four consecutive free throws by Brown, to go up by one (31-30) at the half.
In the second stanza, the Raiders closed the gap to just two points (49-47) with 7:13 to play in the game, but the Wildcats responded once again, this time with an 8-0 run to give UNH a 57-47 advantage. During that stretch, guard/forward Allen Gould recorded six consecutive points, including a three-point play and a long three-pointer.
The Raiders threatened one more time and reduced the UNH lead to six points with 3:36 left on the clock after a pair of free throws by Tim Sullivan. However, five UNH free throws and a layup by Gould with 15 second to play gave UNH its biggest lead of the contest (14 points) and the 69-55 victory.
Solid defense was also a key to the win for the Wildcats, as Colgate did not make a field goal in the final 7:13 of the game. UNH won the rebounding battle by a decisive 53-39 margin and the Wildcats were at the free throw line often, making 22x34 attempts as compared to a mark of 11x14 for the Raiders.
Leading Colgate in scoring were Dave Hardy and Matt Shirley, who each contributed 10 points apiece, while Pat Campolleta scored eight points and led the team with 10 rebounds.
UNH had four players score in double-digits. In addition to the game-high 19 points by Brown, guard Austin Ganly poured in 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds, while Gould added 13 points and guard Brady Catlett added 10 points. Brown's 12 rebounds, which was a game-high, also equaled his season-high.
The Wildcats, who ended a four-game losing streak with the victory over Colgate, will play the final game of its five-game homestand when the squad entertains Army on Monday, Jan. 7. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. at the Whittemore Center.