– Despite 20 points from freshman guard Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) and 19 from junior guard Tyrece Gibbs (Brockton, Mass.), the University of New Hampshire men’s basketball team fell to Boston University, 82-72, Wednesday night at Case Gymnasium.

Tyrece Gibbs

The loss drops the Wildcats to 4-10, including 1-2 in America East, while the Terriers improve to 4-10 overall and 1-1 in the conference.

Corey Lowe scored 30 points on 11-of-22 shooting, including 6-of-16 from behind the arc, for the Terriers. Eighteen of Lowe’s points came in the first half.

The Wildcats found themselves down 9-2 to begin the game after three Lowe 3-pointers. A fourth Lowe trey made it 12-6. A 14-3 Terrier run, highlighted by seven points from Carlos Strong, gave BU a 29-13 lead with 6:50 to go in the first half. The Terriers went into the break with a 44-28 lead.

With 9:46 remaining in the contest, the Terriers opened up their largest lead of the game at 70-49. The Wildcats clawed back, however, using an 11-2 run – including five points from Gibbs – to cut the deficit to 12 with 4:15 left. The ‘Cats were down nine (78-69) with 1:24 remaining, but that was as close as they would get.

Freshman guard Tyrone Conley (Burlington, Vt.) netted 14 points off the bench, while junior guard Eric Gilchrese (Springfield, Ill.) chipped in with nine points and a career-high seven rebounds.

The shooting was pretty even for both teams, with UNH edging BU 45 percent (26-58) to 43 percent (26-60).

The Wildcats return to action Saturday, Jan. 12 at 1 p.m. when they take on the University of Vermont at Patrick Gymnasium.

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