Four Wildcats Score In Double Figures On Senior Day
DURHAM, N.H.-- University of New Hampshire freshman forward Mike Christensen (Reston Virginia) scored 18 points and three other Wildcats scored in double figures to lead UNH to a 76-66 America East victory over Stony Brook on Senior Day Sunday afternoon at Lundholm Gym.
With the victory UNH improves to 9-18 overall and 5-13 in America East and the team will find out later tonight if it will be the No. 8 or No. 9 seed in the America East Tournament. The Wildcats will play the winner of the Hartford/UMBC game which is being played at 4 p.m. Sunday. If the Hawks win, UNH is the No. 9 seed and if the Retrievers are victorious the Wildcats are the No. 8 seed. Whatever the case, UNH will play in game No. 1, which begins at 6 p.m. on Fri., March 4 in Binghamton, N.Y.
The Wildcats jumped out to an early lead vs. Stony Brook (11-16 overall, 6-12 America East) and led by as many as nine points (27-18) with 7:31 remaining before the half. However, the Seawolves put together a 16-7 run and tied the game at 34 with 2:01 remaining in the half. The two teams went into the lockerroom tied 36-36.
In the second half things stayed even most of the way with neither squad up by more than five points until UNH put together a 7-2 mini run to make the score 68-62 with 3:05 remaining in the contest. The Wildcats made 6-6 free throws in the final 1:32 of the game to ice the victory, four of them by sophomore guard Jermaine Anderson (Beverly, Mass.).
In addition to the 18 points by Christensen, senior center Ben Sturgill (Hamilton, Ohio) poured in 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds, while sophomore forward Blagoj Janev (Sydney, Australia) scored 12 points and senior forward Craig Walls (Minneapolis, Minn.) added 10 points.
Stony Brook was led by Mike Popoko, who led all scorers with 22 points, and by Bobby Santiago, who chipped in 11 points.
UNH shot 54.2 percent from the floor (26-48), while Stony Brook shot 35.2 percent (23-71). The Wildcats outrebounded the visitors (37-36).