MEN'S BASKETBALL FALLS TO IONA, 87-81
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DURHAM, N.H.
– Junior guards Eric Gilchrese (Springfield, Ill.) and Tyrece Gibbs (Brockton, Mass.) led four scorers in double digits, but the University of New Hampshire men’s basketball team dropped a tough outing to Iona College, 87-81, Saturday at Lundholm Gymnasium.
   
The Wildcats’ sixth straight loss drops their record to 3-7, while the Gaels’ third win in four games improves their record to 3-7.
Tyrece Gibbs

   
Gilchrese scored 20 points and added a career-high eight assists, four rebounds and three steals, while Gibbs knocked down a career-high six 3-pointers en route to scoring 20 points in the loss.
   
The Wildcats led, 69-68, with 6:31 remaining in the contest, but the Gaels went on an 11-1 run to take a 79-70 lead with 4:51 remaining. The lead grew as large as 11 points with 1:01 remaining, until Gilchrese scored the final four points of the game to close it out.

Freshmen Rony Tchatchoua (Douala, Cameroon) and Tyrone Conley (Burlington, Vt.) scored 11 and 10 points, respectively, while senior forward Mike Christensen (Reston, Va.) tallied eight points, eight rebounds and six assists off the bench for the Wildcats.

After UNH scored the first points of the game, the Gaels used an 11-0 run to take a 19-7 lead nearly seven minutes into the game. The ‘Cats bounced back with a 12-0 run of their own – highlighted by a pair of Gibbs 3-pointers – to grab a 23-22 lead with 7:32 remaining in the half. The two teams battled back and forth for the remainder of the half, with Iona eventually taking a 39-35 lead into the break.
   
Iona’s lead expanded to 50-43 three minutes into the second frame until the Wildcats scored six straight points, on treys by Gilchrese and Gibbs, to cut the deficit to one. The game stayed that way until Iona pulled away over the final five minutes of the contest.

Milan Prodanovic led five Gael scorers in double digits with 18 points.
   
UNH was outshot 60 percent (30-50) to 48 percent (24-50) from the field, while both teams turned the ball over 21 times.
   
The Wildcats return to action Sunday, Dec. 30 at 1 p.m. when they play host to Colgate at Lundholm.
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