DURHAM, N.H.-- The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team put on an offensive show on Sunday afternoon with six players scoring in double figures as the Wildcats posted a 90-66 victory over the University of New Brunswick.
Leading the way in the balanced scoring was junior guard Ioannis Karalis (Athens, Greece) who poured in 14 points, while freshman forward Mike Christensen (Reston, Va.) added 13 points, and senior center Ben Sturgill (Hamilton, Ohio) added 11 points. Freshman guard Chris Vetrano (Andover, Mass), senior forward Craig Walls (Minneapolis, Minn.)and sophomore forward Blagoj Janev (Sydney, Australia) each added 10 points on the afternoon. The first five minutes were slow for both teams until Christensen hit a jumper with 15:52 to go in the first half. That basket sparked a 25-13 run by the Wildcats and put the home team up by 13 points (28-15) with 9:34 remaining before the break.
The Wildcats opened the lead up for good late in the opening stanza with a 14-4 run that started with a jumper by freshman forward Brandon Odom (Dorchester, Mass.) to make it 33-22, and ended with a jumper by sophomore guard Jermaine Anderson (Beverly, Mass.) that gave UNH a 21-point advantage (47-26). UNH led at the intermission by 20 (49-29) and never looked back. The key to the early lead was high-percentage shooting, as UNH shot 52.8 percent from the floor (19-36) in the first half and went 6-11 from behind the three-point arc, good for a percentage of 545. UNH also took very good care of the ball, giving up just one turnover in 20 minutes of action and only five for the entire game.
The largest lead of the contest for the Wildcats was 28 points (84-56) following a pair of free throws by Vetrano with 4:29 to play. UNH won the battle of the boards with ease, outrebounding the Varsity Red by a 48-32 margin. Leading the way was Walls with nine and Sturgill with eight on the afternoon.
The guards distributed the ball well as Vetrano led the way with five assists and Anderson chipped in four dish-offs.
UNH outshot New Brunswick .459 (34-74) as compared to .406 (26-64). Karalis was a key to the high-percentage shooting as he hit 5 for 8 from the floor and he was 3-5 from behind the three-point arc.
New Brunswick was led in scoring by Tom Spink with 25 points and seven boards, and by Doug Thompson with 19 points.
The Wildcats will open the regular season on Nov. 19 at Liberty. Game time is 7 p.m. The team will play its first regular season home game on Nov. 21 vs. Suffolk University. Game time is 3 p.m. in Lundholm Gym.