DURHAM, N.H.- Junior guard Marcus Bullock (Cherry Hill, N.H.) matched a season high with 21 points and freshman Ioannis Karalis (Athens, Greece) notched a career high with 15 as the University of New Hampshire Wildcats ended a seven-game losing skid by beating the Hawks of Hartford University, 72-61 on Wednesday night at Lundholm Gymnasium. The win pushed the 'Cats to 4-19 overall (2-10 America East) while the Hawks left town at 11-11 (6-5 AE).
Bullock's 21 points came on 5 of 11 three-point shooting and matched his season high, set at Hartford on January 4 in the teams' first meeting of the season. Karalis' 15 points came on 7 of 11 shooting from the field, and bested his previous career high of 14 points, set against Vermont on Jan. 29. Senior forward Jeff Senulis (Grand Island, N.Y.) also played well for the 'Cats, as he chipped in with nine points to go along with his game-high 10 boards.
The second half saw Hartford whittle a 32-22 Wildcat halftime lead to just one point (42-41) on a Ryan Stys layup with 10:33 to play. But the 'Cats responded, as Karalis scored five of his 15 in a 6-0 UNH run that gave the Wildcats a 48-41 lead with 9:08 remaining. Hartford would get no closer than three points the rest of the way as the 'Cats coasted down the stretch to victory.
Leading Hartford was guard Jerell Parker, who poured in 21 points. Aaron Cook also hit double figures for the Hawks, as he dropped in 15 in the losing cause.
Hartford came out of the gates on fire, as they jumped out to an 8-2 lead to open the game. But UNH would have an answer, as Bullock hit three-straight three pointers to spearhead a 17-0 Wildcat run that would give the 'Cats a 19-8 lead with 8:47 remaining in the opening stanza. UNH would extend that lead to 15 points (26-11) on a Shedjie Childs (Friends Central, Pa.) layup and took a 32-22 lead into halftime.
UNH shot a season best 52.3 percent from the field while Hartford managed just a 38.1 percent clip on 24 of 63 shooting for the game.
The 'Cats return to action this Sunday when they host Albany at Lundholm Gymnasium. Tip-off is slated for 1p.m.