BOSTON – Sophomore guards Tyrone Conley (Burlington, Vt.) and Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) scored nine and eight points, respectively, but the University of New Hampshire men’s basketball team fell to Boston University, 68-37, Sunday afternoon at Case Gymnasium.
The loss stops the Wildcats’ two-game string of wins and drops their record to 5-8 on the season, including 1-1 in the America East. The Terriers halt their five-game losing skid to improve to 6-8 overall and 1-1 in the conference.
Conley, UNH’s America East Player of the Game, and Abreu each added four rebounds and a steal.
Boston University led from the start, opening the game on an 18-4 run that was capped by a Matt Wolff jumper with 12:19 remaining in the first half. BU immediately followed with a 12-4 run that was finished off with a John Holland dunk with just under eight minutes left. Conley ended the run with a 3-pointer that cut the BU lead to 30-11 with 6:18 on the clock, but the Terriers scored seven of the next nine points and 10 of the final 16 of the half to take a 40-17 advantage into the break. Holland, BU’s America East Player of the Game, finished the opening stanza with 16 points.
The two teams opened the second half trading points for the first two-plus minutes until BU put together a 15-4 run – with six points from Holland, five from Corey Lowe and four from Scott Brittain – that increased its lead to the largest of the game at 63-27 with 7:52 remaining.
A 3-pointer and a layup from junior guard Colbey Santos (Onset, Mass.) sparked a 7-0 Wildcat run that cut their deficit to 63-34 with 5:41 to play. The Terriers scored five straight points before UNH closed the scoring with the final three points of the contest. Santos finished with six points, two rebounds, an assist and a steal.
Freshman Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) played a solid game, especially down the stretch, tallying five points, eight rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal. Sophomore center Dane DiLiegro (Lexington, Mass.) chipped in with five points and four boards.
The Terriers outshot the Wildcats, 52 percent (24-46) to 24 percent (14-58).
Holland finished the game with 25 points, eight rebounds, three assists, a block and a steal. Brittain added 15, while Lowe and Jake O’Brien each netted 10.
Senior guard Tyrece Gibbs (Brockton, Mass.) played in his 100th game as a Wildcat.
The ‘Cats return to action Wednesday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. when they play host to UMBC at Lundholm Gymnasium.