DURHAM, N.H. – Senior Tyrone Conley (Burlington, Vt.) led all scorers with 17 points, but the University of New Hampshire men's basketball team had its two-game winning streak snapped by virtue of a 63-56 loss to Stony Brook University on Wednesday night at Lundholm Gymnasium.
UNH sees its record dip to 11-14 overall, 5-8 in America East conference play, while Stony Brook improves to 10-15, 5-7 in the league, after sweeping the season series from the Wildcats. The Seawolves had dropped 10 of the last 13 to UNH, including seven straight at Lundholm, where they had not won since Feb. 2, 2003. The 'Cats also lose for just the eighth time in the last 27 games at home (.704).
Conley shot 7 of 17 from the field, including 3 of 9 from beyond the arc, and handed out three assists. Sophomore Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va.) tallied 14 points, four rebounds and one assist, while freshman Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.), UNH's America East Player of the Game, netted a career-high 13 points on 5 of 9 shooting to go along with a pair of assists.
Bryan Dougher earned America East Player of the Game honors for Stony Brook with 16 points, five rebounds and two assists. Leonard Hayes chipped in with 11 points and five boards.
The Seawolves, who shot 51.9 percent (14-27) in the first half, including 50 percent (6-12) from 3-point land, jumped out to a 10-5 lead before layups by Rhoads and Conley sliced it to one. A Hayes 3-pointer and a basket by Al Rapier quickly pushed the lead back to six at 15-9 with 12:57 remaining.
Stony Brook still led by six, 29-23, with two minutes to play in the opening half when 3-pointers by Anthony Jackson and Danny Carter opened the gap to 35-23 at the break.
A Conley basket, followed by a 3-pointer from senior Dane DiLiegro (Lexington, Mass.) – the first of his career – sliced the deficit to seven for the Wildcats to open the second half. The deficit remained seven at 42-35 midway through the period when 3s from Dougher, Jackson and Dave Coley gave Stony Brook its largest lead of the night at 51-35 with 8:37 to play.
A 10-0 UNH run, with five points from Bronner, sliced the deficit to six at 51-45 with just over six minutes remaining. The Wildcats clawed to within five, 61-56, on a Conley layup with 31 ticks on the clock, but that was as close as they would come.
DiLiegro and junior Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) each posted five points and seven boards.
Stony Brook outshot UNH, 41.5 percent (22-53) to 39.6 percent (21-53), including 45.8 percent (11-24) to 28 percent (7-25) from behind the arc. The Seawolves also held a 37-31 advantage on the glass and turned the ball over just six times, while forcing eight UNH turnovers.
Conley finished the night with 1,216 career points and moved past Keith Dickson (1,202) for 10th place on UNH's all-time scoring list.
UNH visits UMBC on Saturday, Feb. 12, for a 7 p.m. game. The Wildcats' final home game of the season is slated for Tuesday, Feb. 22, against the University of Maine at 7 p.m. For tickets, CLICK HERE or call (603) 862-4000, x 5.