MEN'S HOOPS DOWNED BY LONG ISLAND, 84-78
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DURHAM, N.H.
– Even a career night from freshman guard Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) could not stop the University of New Hampshire men’s basketball team from dropping its fifth consecutive game. The Wildcats dropped an 84-78 decision to Long Island University on Monday at Lundholm Gymnasium despite four players scoring in double figures.
Rony Tchatchoua

   
The loss drops the Wildcats to 3-6, while the win improves the Blackbirds’ record to 6-3.
Playing a career-high 38 minutes, Abreu tallied a career-high 23 points, including a career-high four 3-pointers, and added four rebounds. Abreu, the America East Player of the game, was named America East Rookie of the Week earlier in the day.

Junior guard Eric Gilchrese (Springfield, Ill.) netted 16 points, freshman forward Rony Tchatchoua (Douala, Cameroon) poured in a career-high 14 and junior guard Tyrece Gibbs (Brockton, Mass.) chipped in with 10. Gilchrese added six assists and four rebounds, Tchatchoua matched his career high with seven boards and Gibbs recorded five rebounds and five assists.
   
After the Blackbirds jumped out to a 9-2 lead to start the game, they used an 11-0 run to take a 24-9 lead midway through the opening half. A 17-7 Wildcat run cut the LIU lead to 34-28, but a 10-4 run to close out the half by Long Island made it 44-32 and ended the seesaw battle in the Blackbirds’ favor.
   
Long Island went on a 16-5 run to open the second half and take a 23-point lead – its largest of the game – just six minutes in. The Wildcats fought back however, receiving 3-pointers from Gilchrese, Abreu and Gibbs to craft a 13-0 run that cut Long Island’s lead to 60-50.
   
The Wildcats scored the final six points of the game, but never got closer in the second half.
   
Kyle Johnson led the Blackbirds with 16 points.
   
Senior forward Mike Christensen (Reston, Va.) scored six points to snap his double-digit scoring streak at six games.
   
Abreu had recorded exactly two treys in seven of the first eight games before hitting four against Long Island.
   
The Wildcats return to action Saturday, Dec. 15 when they play host to Iona College. Game time at Lundholm is 3 p.m.
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