Sylbrin Robinson scored 20 points and added a career-high 16 rebounds to lead Northeastern to an 81-58 win over New Hampshire in an America East game at Solomon Court on Saturday. Robinson (8-12 FG) also had four steals, four assists and a pair of blocks as the Huskies (8-9, 1-3 America East) snapped a three-game losing streak. UNH dropped to 3-13 overall, 1-4 in conference play.
Javorie Wilson netted 15 points for the Huskies, while teammates Jose Juan Barea had 14 and Aaron Davis 10 off the bench. Barea, NU's freshman point guard, added five assists with just one turnover. The Wildcats were paced by Ioannis Karalis and Ronnie Dennis, who scored 10 points apiece.
UNH had no answer for Robinson, America East's top rebounder. He dominated in the paint with five of his 16 boards coming on the offensive end. The Wildcats managed just four offensive rebounds as a team, getting crushed on the boards 42-25.
The Huskies more than doubled a nine-point halftime lead with a 12-2 surge to open the second half, making it 51-32 with 15:19 to go. Barea had six points in the run. UNH missed seven of its first eight shots after the break and turned the ball over three times as the Huskies made it a comfortable lead.
The Wildcats managed to cut the deficit to 13, 54-41 with 11:41 showing, but would get no closer. NU quickly extended its bulge back to 19 as Robinson ended an 11-5 spurt with his second three-pointer for a 65-46 lead at the 7:02 mark. NU's final 23-point margin was its largest of the day. UNH made just 2-13 three-point attempts in the second half and finished with a field goal percentage of 39.6 for the game. NU routinely got easy inside baskets from Robinson and shot 49.2 percent from the floor.
NU jumped to a quick 12-4 edge, but UNH went on an 11-0 run capped by a Marcus Bullock three-pointer to take a 15-12 edge with 10:49 to go in the first half. The teams traded baskets for the next five minutes with Griffin Walker breaking a 26-26 tie to give the 'Cats a 28-26 advantage at the 5:18 mark. It would prove to be UNH's final lead of the afternoon as Robinson scored inside to start a 13-2 half-ending run that gave the Huskies a 39-30 cushion at intermission. NU then started the second half with a decisive 12-2 run, finishing a game stretch of 9:59 in which the Huskies outscored UNH 25-4.
It was Robinson's sixth double-double of the season. His total of 20 points was one short of a career high.