MEN'S BASKETBALL CLOSES OUT DECEMBER WITH 49-46 LOSS TO COLGATE
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DURHAM, N.H. – Guards Eric Gilchrese (Springfield, Ill.) and Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) scored 14 and 13 points, respectively, but it was not enough as the University of New Hampshire men’s basketball team dropped its seventh consecutive game, 49-46, to Colgate University on Sunday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium.
   
The Wildcats fall to 3-8, while the Raiders improve to 7-5.
   
After a pair of Mike Christensen (Reston, Va.) free throws pulled the Wildcats to within three with 2:24 remaining in the game, two Daniel Waddy turnovers gave UNH one last chance with 21 seconds left. Abreu took the ball to the hoop hoping for a chance at a three-point play, but his shot with six seconds left didn’t fall. Gilchrese recovered the rebound and got the ball to junior guard Tyrece Gibbs (Brockton, Mass.), whose deep look at a 3-pointer went long as time expired.
   
Gibbs tallied seven points and seven rebounds, while Christensen added five points and five rebounds.
   
Abreu scored the first eight points of the game for the Wildcats, who led for most of the first frame. The ‘Cats went into the half with a 27-24 lead and looked in position to grab their first win of the month.
   
Colgate, which shot 39 percent (9-23) from the floor in the first half, had other ideas when it shot 53 percent (10-19) in the second half. A 9-0 run gave the Raiders their largest lead of the game at 36-31 with 13:58 remaining in the contest. The Raiders eventually widened their advantage to 10 (48-38) with 6:57 left, but treys by Gilchrese, the America East Player of the Game, and Abreu cut the UNH deficit to 48-44 with 4:23 remaining.
   
Alex Woodhouse led all scorers for Colgate, netting 17 points on 7-of-7 shooting.
   
Freshman Dane DiLiegro (Lexington, Mass.) chipped in with five points and five rebounds for UNH, which shot 26 percent (14-54) from the field for the game.
   
Despite losing, UNH outshot Colgate from the charity stripe, 73 percent (11-15) to 47 percent (7-15) and had fewer turnovers (15) than the Raiders (23).
   
The Wildcats return to action Thursday, Jan. 3 when they kick off conference play with a 7 p.m. tilt versus Albany.
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