UNH IMPROVES TO 4-3 IN CONFERENCE PLAY WITH 74-70 VICTORY OVER HARTFORD

DURHAM, N.H.- Chris Brown recorded his 10th double-double of the season with 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team to a 74-70 America East victory over the the University of Hartford on Thursday evening in front of 706 in Lundholm Gymnasium.

With the victory, the Wildcats (7-11, 4-3) moved into a tie for third place with Hartford (7-13, 4-3) in the America East Conference.

Brown also surpassed the 500-rebound mark for his career (503) and went 12-12 from the free throw line, which ties the UNH record for free throw percentage in a game.

In the first half, it was a close contest throughout and UNH was down by a 22-17 margin before putting together an 8-0 run to take a 25-22 advantage with 7:31 to play in the half. The Hawks then regained the lead and were up at the intermission, 39-38.

In the second stanza UNH opened up its biggest lead of the contest on a basket by Kyle Peterson that made it 58-48 with 10:07 to play. Manchester, N.H. native Ryan Stys, who finished the night with a team-high 18 points caught fire late in the game and brought Hartford back to within three points with a trey to make it 63-60.

UNH took full advantage of its opportunities from the free throw line, making 25 straight from 13:14 of the first half until a missed free throw with 36 seconds left to play in the contest.

Following a quick 5-0 run by UNH, Stys helped his team battle back, scoring seven points in the final 21 seconds, including a three-pointer that cut UNH's lead to just two points (72-70). However, UNH's Allen Gould went to the line with one second remaining in the contest and iced the win with a pair of free throws.

In addition to the efforts of Brown, UNH was led in scoring by Marcus Bullock's 20 points. Austin Ganly also poured in 17.

Hartford, in addition to the 18 by Stys, had four players in double digits, 13 by Pierre Johnson, 12 by Mantas Storpirstis and 10 from Deon Saunders.

In all UNH, connected on 34x38 attempts from the free throw line, while Hartford was 7x9.

With the victory, the Wildcats have won six of their last seven games and three in a row. With its 4-3 mark in the conference, this is the first time since the 1994-95 season that UNH has been above .500 in conference play. That year, the team finished with an 11-5 mark in the North Atlantic Conference.

Only two other UNH players have also gone 12x12 from the line in a game. Paul Shepard did it on 2-16-70 vs. Brandeis and Matt Alosa managed the same feat on 2-26-95 vs. Delaware.

The Wildcats return to action on Sunday, Jan. 27, when the squad entertains Maine. Game time is 2 p.m. in Lundholm Gymnasium. The contest is the America East Television Game of the Week and will be shown in the area on a tape-delay basis on NESN starting at 7 p.m.


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