DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team snapped a five-game losing streak to start the season on Sunday by beating Cornell University, 78-62, behind senior Jeff Senulis' (Grand Island, N.Y.) 17 points at Newman Arena in Ithaca, N.Y.
Senulis led five Wildcats in double figures on 6-of-11 shooting from the field and 3-of-6 marksmanship from beyond the three-point line. It was the third game in a row in which the UNH senior has registered double-digit numbers after scoring a career-high 21 against Colgate on Friday and netting 13 points against Mt. St. Mary's on Dec. 2.
From start to finish the Wildcats (1-5) never trailed. Colgate (2-4) tied the game early at 2-2, marking the first and only moment of the game in which UNH didn't hold a lead over the Big Red.
The Wildcats took a 35-22 lead into the locker room at halftime and never allowed their lead to slip below 10 points in the second half.
Joining Senulis with 10 or more points were sophomore Ben Sturgill (Hamilton, Ohio) with 12, freshman Ioannis Karalis (Athens, Greece) and junior Griffin Walker (Coffeyville, Kan.) with 11 apiece and junior Kyle Peterson (Malone, Wisc.) with 10.
UNH also got balanced rebounding from its top-five scorers with each of them pulling down six-plus rebounds. Walker had a team-high nine followed by Senulis with eight, Peterson with seven and Karalis and Sturgill with six apiece.
Freshman guard Shejdie Childs (Wynnewood, Pa.) had another strong game at the point for the Wildcats, scoring seven and dishing out four assists to go along with three steals.
The Wildcats had their best shooting performance of the season, hitting 48 percent of their shots from the field compared to Cornell's 31 percent. Ka'Ron Barnes had 15 points and Eric Taylor 14 points for the Big Red.
The Wildcats return to action at the University of Wisconsin on Dec. 11 (7 p.m.)