DURHAM, N.H. - Freshman guard Jamar Wilson scored 39 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Great Danes of the University at Albany traveled to Durham and knocked off the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team, 87-79, in front of a season high 1,573 fans on senior day at Lundholm Gymnasium. The win moves Albany to 7-16 on the season (3-9 America East), while the loss drops the 'Cats to 4-20 (2-11 AE).
Following a first half that saw Albany leading 36-32, the two teams traded hoops over the first 6:20 of the second stanza. UNH then put together a 16-2 run that spanned over the next 4:41 and gave the 'Cats a 60-53 lead with just over nine minutes remaining. Albany, however, would respond, going on a 10-0 run of their own as they took a 63-60 lead with seven minutes to play.
A layup by Kyle Peterson (Malone, Wisc.) gave UNH the lead back with 5:53 to play. The lead was short lived, however, as Wilson scored at 5:37 to put the Great Danes up by one, 69-68. UNH tied the game up at 71 apiece but never managed to regain the lead the rest of the way.
Wilson's 39-point performance came on 14 of 17 shooting from the floor and was a career high for the freshman, just one point shy of the school record. Levi Levine (14) and Rhasheed Peterson (13) also hit double digits for the victors. For the 'Cats, Peterson netted a career-high 19 points to lead the hosts, while Jeff Senulis (Grand, Island, N.Y.) and Ben Sturgill (Hamilton, Ohio) scored 16 and 15 points, respectively. Senulis also grabbed 14 rebounds to go with his 16 points and had his third double-double performance in his last four games. Wildcat guard Marcus Bullock (Cherry Hill, N.J.) also dished out seven assists, matching a career high for the junior.
UNH jumped out to a 5-0 lead to open the game, but Albany scored 10 of the game's next 12 points and led for the remainder of the first half, shooting fifty percent from the field. Wilson scored 15 of his 39 in the opening half on a perfect 6-of-6 shooting from the field.
The Wildcats dominated inside the paint, outscoring Albany 40-18 in the bucket for the game.
The 1,573 fans at Lundholm Gymnasium were the most since Feb. 11, 2001 against Maine, when the 'Cats drew a crowd of 1,865 against their inter-state rivals.
The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team returns to action this Wednesday, February 19 when they travel to Burlington to face the Catamounts of Vermont.