MEN'S BASKETBALL DOWNED BY BINGHAMTON, 67-58
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DURHAM, N.H.
– Despite the return of forward Rony Tchatchoua (Douala, Cameroon) and his career-high 17 points off the bench, the University of New Hampshire men’s basketball team fell to Binghamton University, 67-58, Thursday night at Lundholm Gymnasium.
Dane DiLiegro

   
With the loss, the Wildcats fall to 5-13, including 2-4 in America East, while the Bearcats go to 9-10 overall and 5-2 in the conference.
   
Tchatchoua, who hit on 8-of-9 shots from the field, saw his first action in six games and tallied three steals, two blocks and two rebounds in 22 minutes. The freshman was named UNH's America East Player of the Game for his efforts.
   
After trailing for all but 23 seconds of the first half, the Bearcats received a 3-pointer from Richard Forbes that gave them the lead for good at 31-30 with 17:34 left in the second half.
   
An 11-2 Bearcat run made it 42-32 just three and a half minutes later, with the lead eventually increasing to 58-47 with 4:36 remaining in the game. A 3 by freshman guard Tyrone Conley (Burlington, Vt.) sliced the Binghamton lead to five before a jumper by Lazar Trifunovic gave the Bearcats a 62-55 lead with 2:25 left. An Eric Gilchrese (Springfield, Ill.) trey made it 62-58 with 1:59 remaining before Binghamton scored the final five points of the contest to close out the game.
   
Junior guard Tyrece Gibbs (Brockton, Mass.) and freshman center Dane DiLiegro (Lexington, Mass.) each had solid games for the Wildcats. Gibbs tallied 10 points, six rebounds and five assists, while DiLiegro added nine points and 11 rebounds.
   
Trifunovic, Binghamton's America East Player of the Game, led four Bearcat scorers in double digits with 19 points.

The first half was a back-and-forth affair, with UNH leading for most of it, but never by more than five points. The ‘Cats went into the break with a 27-24 lead.

Binghamton outshot the Wildcats 48 percent (25-52) to 36 percent (21-59), but also had more turnovers (12) than UNH (9).
   
The Wildcats return to action Sunday, Jan. 27 at 1 p.m. when they play host to the University of Hartford at Lundholm.
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