MEN'S BASKETBALL CRUISES PAST HARTFORD, 72-59
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Durham, N.H. –
University of New Hampshire (5-11, 2-2 AE) sophomore Tyrece Gibbs (Brockton, Mass.) notched a career-high 21 points to propel the Wildcats past the University of Hartford (8-7, 2-1 AE), 72-59, in America East action on Thursday night at Lundholm Gymnasium.
    Gibbs, who garnered America East Player of the Game honors scored a game-high 21points to go along with six rebounds to help UNH secure its second conference victory, while handing Hartford its first conference loss of the season. UNH also won its first home contest in Lundholm Gymnasium this season.
    UNH never trailed throughout the contest and came out firing right out of the gates to post a 15-2 run over the first 7:41 minutes of action on a three-point basket by Gibbs, who also posted a career-high five three-pointers. UNH held a comfortable 36-24 heading into the half. Senior co-captain Jermaine Anderson (Beverly, Mass.) delivered 10 first half points en route to scoring 15 on the night, including seven points at the charity stripe.
    The second half featured the return of Hartford’s leading scorer Bo Taylor who was in foul trouble for most of the first half of action. Taylor tallied 14-second half points, but UNH remained in control throughout the rest of the contest. UNH freshman forward Dan McGeary (Newton, Mass.) posted a solid outing by chipping in 13 points and a career-high six assists off the bench.
    Senior co-captain Blagoj Janev (Sydney, Australia) added nine points and six rebounds, while junior forward Brandon Odom (Dorchester, Mass.) started his first game of the season and posted seven points and three rebounds in the win.
    UNH shot a season-high 52 percent from the floor and also shot a season high 14 three-pointers, shooting at a 48.3% clip. Both teams made 12 turnovers apiece and Hartford held a slight advantage on the glass, 34-28.
    UNH returns to action on Saturday (Jan. 13) with a trip to Boston University. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. and tickets are still available at www.unhwildcats.com.
   
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