DURHAM, N.H. - Freshman guard Jose Juan Barea netted 19 of his game high 28 points in the first half, leading Northeastern University to a 75-61 victory over the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team in front of 1,203 at Lundholm Gymnasium on Saturday. With the win, the Huskies improve to 13-11 (6-5 America East) while the 'Cats fall to 3-19 (1-10 AE).
Barea had a strong night from the floor, hitting nine of 17 shots attempted. Javorie Wilson also hit double figures for Northeastern, as he poured in 17 points and led the Huskies with seven boards.
Senior forward Jeff Senulis (Grand Island, N.Y.) was the top scorer for UNH as he notched his second straight double-double performance with 18 points and 10 boards. Center Kyle Peterson (Malone, Wisc.) also hit double figures for the 'Cats, as he netted 11 points in the losing effort.
Leading 39-33 after the first half of play, the Huskies came out cold in the second half, missing four of their first five shots. The host 'Cats took advantage, as a layup by freshman Ioannis Karalis (Athens, Greece) trimmed the Northeastern lead to just one (42-41).
Following two free throws from freshman Shejdie Childs (Wynnewood, Pa.) that gave UNH its first lead of the half (43-42), junior guard Marcus Bullock (Cherry Hill, N.J.) nailed a three-pointer to extend the UNH lead to two points (46-44) with 15:53 remaining in the game.
However, down the stretch the Huskies were just too much for the 'Cats to handle, as Northeastern outscored the 'Cats 14-5 over the final 5:27 of the game to seal the win.
The Wildcats opened the game on a 5-0 run, holding Northeastern scoreless over the first 5 minutes of the half. The 'Cats would hold on to that lead and extend it to six points (21-15) with 8:12 remaining in the opening stanza, but Barea and Wilson would spearhead an 11-0 Husky run to give them a 26-21 lead.
Northeastern extended that lead to 13 (38-25), but UNH ended the half on an 8-1 run to trim the advantage to just six (39-33).
The difference in the game proved to be shooting from beyond the arc, as Northeastern hit 5-12 shots to register a 41.7 percent clip, while the 'Cats hit just 3 of their 22 shots to end the game at just 13.6 percent.
The Wildcats return to action when they host the University of Hartford on Wednesday (7 p.m.).