Northeastern Defeats Wildcats In America East Opener, 84-72

DURHAM, N.H.-- Aaron Davis scored 15 points and led five Northeastern University players in double figure scoring to help the Huskies to an 84-72 America East Conference victory over the University of New Hampshire in men's basketball action at Lundholm Gymnasium.

Northeastern (3-9 overall, 1-0 America East) led the entire way, except when UNH led 2-0 at 19:16 of the first half. The Wildcats (1-9 overall, 0-1 America East) kept the game close in the early going and cut NU's lead to one (19-18) with 10:04 to play in the opening stanza.

However, the Huskies broke the game open after that with a frantic 19-5 run that gave the visitors a commanding 14-point lead (38-24) with 3:47 to go before the intermission. During that stretch, Davis and Jermaine Hancock each scored five points for NU. The Huskies held a 43-29 lead at halftime.

UNH drew to within eight points (46-38) with 17:03 to play in the contest on a layup by senior forward Chris Brown, but Northeastern then opened up its largest lead of the contest, 19 points with the score 61-42 and 12:43 left on the clock. The smallest lead after that point for NU was 12 points.

Leading the Wildcats in scoring was Austin Ganly, who scored all of his team-leading 18 points in the first half after getting in foul trouble early. Also scoring in double digits for UNH was Allen Gould with 13 points and Chris Brown, who had his fifth double-double of the season with 12 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.

In addition to Davis, Toby Brittian had 13 points for the Huskies and three others contributed 10-points in the winning effort. Northeastern outrebounded UNH by a 52-40 margin and shot 45.2 percent from the floor (28x62), as compared to a mark of 34.8 by the Wildcats (23x66).

New Hampshire returns to action on Jan. 2 vs. America East foe Boston University. Game time is 7 p.m. in Lundholm Gymnasium. The game vs. the Terriers is the first of three straight games played at home for the 'Cats.

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